Methodist Jury Convicts Lesbian Minister Thursday, December 2, 2004 Posted: 2:11 PM EST (1911 GMT) http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/12/02/methodists.gays.ap/index.html PUGHTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A jury made up of United Methodist Church clergy convicted a lesbian minister Thursday of violating church law by openly living with her partner in a committed relationship.The Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud could be defrocked as a result of the ruling, which came on the second day of her church trial. The same 13-member jury was set to meet Thursday afternoon to decide her penalty. Methodist law bars "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" from ministry. Nine votes were necessary for a conviction and the jury voted 12-1 to find Stroud guilty. The Lord God has spoken!