Tag Archive: Book of Discipline

Perspectives on Schaefer case, same-sex debate, in United Methodist Church

The debate around same-gender weddings and human sexuality has heated up in The United Methodist Church after recent events including the defrocking of a pastor for performing the wedding of his gay son. Here is some of the debate.

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Schaefer, family, join Foundry UMC in Washington

Frank Schaefer, the former United Methodist clergyman who was defrocked Dec. 19, is now a member of Foundry United Methodist Church and mulling over an offer to move west. Schaefer, his wife, Brigitte, and two of his four children – sons Kevin and Jordan – were received into membership by the Washington congregation, with dozens of people surrounding the family on the platform during the installation.

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Bishop Schol addresses Schaefer case, clergy trials

Bishop John Schol issued a video statement Dec. 20 in response to the defrocking of Frank Schaefer and called for The United Methodist Church to stop using clergy trials as a way to resolve differences in the church.

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2013: Same-sex wedding issues abound

Weddings and trials sound disharmony for The United Methodist Church as it ends a year that included two well-publicized same-sex weddings and a high-profile church trial for a pastor who officiated at his son’s same-sex nuptials.

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Finance agency responds to clergy housing decision

A U.S. federal district court has ruled tax-free housing benefits for clergy unconstitutional. The United Methodist finance agency is closely monitoring the case.

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Mixed reaction to requested complaint against bishop

The Council of Bishops’ call for a complaint to be filed against one of its own is prompting mixed reactions from United Methodists across the theological spectrum — including from the bishops themselves.

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Schaefer suspended 30 days for performing same-sex wedding

The Rev. Frank Schaefer has been given a 30-day suspension and told that if he can’t uphold the Book of Discipline he must surrender his credentials.

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More than 50 United Methodist clergy show support of marriage of gay couple

Inside the walls of a 150-year-old United Methodist church in Philadelphia on Nov. 9, Richard Kevin Taylor and William Robert Gatewood celebrated their 25-year love story with a service of Christian marriage. More than 40 faith leaders, mostly United Methodist, were in attendance for the service, which is forbidden by the United Methodist Book of Discipline.

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Good News calls for accountability following same-sex union

Good News, an unofficial United Methodist group that advocates maintaining the denomination’s current definition of marriage, has responded to retired Bishop Melvin Talbert officiating at a same-sex ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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Bishop Talbert performs Alabama wedding for two men

Joe Openshaw (left) and Bobby Prince approach the altar to be married by United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert (second from left in background) at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert performed the marriage ceremony Oct. 26 for Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw in a United Church of Christ church in Birmingham, Ala. United Methodist polity does not allow same-sex marriages in United Methodist churches and does not allow United Methodist ordained clergy to officiate.

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