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May 11, 2000 Photos

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'MARCHING IN THE LIGHT OF GOD' -- Protesters march around the outside of the Cleveland Convention center while singing hymns following a vote by the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference to maintain the denomination's anti-homosexual policies. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Photo number gc2kK22, 5/11/00

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PRAYING PROTESTER -- United Methodist Pastor William Aldridge of Alexandria, Va., prays during a protest against his denomination's anti-gay policies. Aldridge and 28 others were arrested on May 11 for blocking the United Methodist General Conference in Cleveland. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo number gc2kK21, 5/11/00

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MOVING PROTEST -- The Rev. John Ellinger hugs his sister the Rev. Janet Ellinger during the United Methodist General Conference in Cleveland. The two joined a demonstration against the denomination's anti-gay policies and were arrested along with 27 others. Both are district superintendents, he in Lansing, Mich., she in Eau Claire, Wisc. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo number gc2kK20, 5/11/00

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BISHOP AT BASEBALL GAME -- United Methodist Bishop S. Clifton Ives (second from right) and his wife Jane visit with United Methodists protesting outside a Cleveland Indians baseball game. The demonstrators, in Cleveland for the denomination's General Conference, oppose the use of Native American images for team mascots. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo number gc2kK19, 5/11/00

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JUST SAY NO -- Homer Noley, a United Methodist from Wilburton, Okla., joins other members of his denomination in protesting outside a May 11 Cleveland Indians baseball game held during the United Methodist General Conference. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo number gc2kK18, 5/11/00

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INDIGENOUS PROTEST -- Janet E. Super, a United Methodist from Bellingham, Wash., demonstrates her opposition to the Cleveland Indians baseball team's use of a stereotyped Indian face for its mascot. Super was one of some 40 United Methodists who demonstrated at the game, held during the denomination's 2000 General Conference. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo number gc2kK17, 5/11/00

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NO HAIL TO THE CHIEF -- United Methodists demonstrate their opposition to the "Chief Wahoo" mascot outside a Cleveland Indians baseball game. The game took place May 11 during the United Methodist General Conference. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey. Photo number gc2kK16, 5/11/00

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HANDBELL CHOIR -- The Agape Children's Handbell Choir from Agape Methodist Church in Parnu, Estonia, plays an Estonian hymn during morning worship at the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference in Cleveland. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey Photo number gc2kK15, 5/11/00

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SHOW OF SUPPORT -- In a show of support, bishops at the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference stand and sing during a break in conference proceedings caused when people protesting the church's anti-homosexual policies blocked the aisles. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey Photo number gc2kK14, 5/11/00

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AGAPE CHOIR -- The Agape Children's Handbell Choir from Agape Methodist Church in Parnu, Estonia, plays an Estonian hymn during morning worship at the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference in Cleveland. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin Photo number gc2kK13, 5/11/00

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PROTESTING -- People protesting the United Methodist Church's anti-homosexual policies block the aisles during the denomination's 2000 General Conference. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin Photo number gc2kK12, 5/11/00

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IN SONG -- Delegates and guests to the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference join hands in song during a break in conference proceedings caused when people protesting the church's anti-homosexual policies blocked the aisles. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin Photo number gc2kK11, 5/11/00

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WATCHING THE VOTE -- Standing in civil disobedience to disrupt the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference during a vote to maintain anti-homosexual policies are, from left: Randy Miller, Susan Laurie and Greg Dell. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey Photo number gc2kK10, 5/11/00

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IN SOLIDARITY -- United Methodist bishops stand in solidarity with people protesting the church's anti-homosexual policies during the denomination's 2000 General Conference. A UMNS photo by John C. Goodwin Photo number gc2kK09, 5/11/00

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DISOBEDIENCE -- Standing in civil disobedience to disrupt the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference are Randy Miller (left) and Susan Laurie. They were joined by other protesters in making a witness against the denomination's anti-homosexual policies. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey Photo number gc2kK08, 5/11/00

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UNDER ARREST -- United Methodist Bishops Susan Morrison (left, center) and Joseph Sprague are arrested by Cleveland Police after blocking a session of the denomination's 2000 General Conference in protest of the church's anti-homosexual policies. At right is Chip Aldridge. 27 were arrested and charged with disrupting a lawful meeting. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey Photo number gc2kK07, 5/11/00

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A visitor to the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference identified as Jeanne Smile is pulled to safety from a balcony ledge overlooking the plenary floor at the Cleveland Convention Center. The woman jumped onto the ledge during a debate over the church's anti-homosexual policies, causing many in the hall to fear she would fall or jump. A UMNS photo by Paul Jeffrey Photo number gc2kK06, 5/11/00

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A visitor to the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference identified as Jeanne Smile stands on a balcony ledge overlooking the plenary floor at the Cleveland Convention Center. The woman jumped onto the ledge during a debate over the church's anti-homosexual policies, causing many in the hall to fear she would fall or jump. She was pulled to safety. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Photo number gc2kK05, 5/11/00

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BLOCKING THE AISLE -- Siting in the aisle at the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference in an act of civil disobedience are, from left: Randy Miller, Susan Laurie and Greg Dell. They were joined by other protesters in making a witness against the denomination's anti-homosexual policies. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Photo number gc2kK04, 5/11/00

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BISHOPS ARRESTED -- United Methodist Bishops Susan Morrison (center) and Joseph Sprague are arrested by Cleveland Police after blocking a session of the denomination's 2000 General Conference in protest of the church's anti-homosexual policies. 27 were arrested and charged with disrupting a lawful meeting. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Photo number gc2kK03, 5/11/00

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CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE -- Susan Laurie (left) and Randy Miller explain to the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference that a group of protesters feel compelled to make a witness against the denomination's anti-homosexual policies by acts of civil disobedience. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Photo number gc2kK02, 5/11/00

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CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE -- Standing in civil disobedience to disrupt the United Methodist Church's 2000 General Conference are, from left: Randy Miller, Susan Laurie and Greg Dell. They were joined by other protesters in making a witness against the denomination's anti-homosexual policies. Behind them on the video screen are images of three of the church's bishops who were presiding over the legislative session. From left are: Bruce P. Blake, Dan E. Solomon and Janice Riggle Huie. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Photo number gc2kK01, 5/11/00

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