Tag Archive: Frank Schaefer

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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Pennsylvania pastor invited to join Cal-Pac conference

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.

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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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Defrocked pastor to preach Sunday in D.C. church

The Rev. Frank Schaefer says he is not ready to give up on The United Methodist Church and will immediately seek an appeal of a decision to take away his ministerial credentials.

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Pennsylvania pastor says he will not surrender clergy credentials

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.

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Schaefer says he does not blame others for trial

When asked what he would say to the people who brought charges against him for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage, the Rev. Frank Schaefer said, “I cannot blame them because at one point I also had a different opinion.

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Petitioners ask bishop to end clergy trials

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.

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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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