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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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.
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.
Frank Schaefer, who was asked Dec. 19 to surrender his ministerial credentials to the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference has been invited to join the California-Pacific Annual Conference.
At a news conference at Arch Street United Methodist Church Dec. 16, the Rev. Frank Schaefer said he will not surrender his clergy credentials and intends to continue to be an outspoken advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Two days after a United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, was found guilty of violating the denomination’s lawbook for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding, representatives of Faithful America presented United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson with a petition signed by more than 19,000 calling for an end to clergy trials. It was learned, however, during the presentation of the petition that a new “supervisory action” has been started against another United Methodist pastor.
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.