The church trial of Frank Schaefer, who officiated at the wedding of his son to another man, started a whirlwind of controversy with consequences not only for Schaefer but also for members of the church he led, for his wife and children, for his United Methodist conference and for the denomination.
Kent Knappenberger, son and grandson of United Methodist pastors and a United Methodist himself, won the first Grammy for a music educator. “It meant everything,” said Mr. K, as his students call him, of the Methodist influence on his life.
” I began my search for an event that would integrate social justice, conversation, re-imagination and experimentation. I wanted to participate in an exchange of ideas and inspirations,” wrote Cassandra Lawrence, who explains she found that event at the annual Wild Goose Festival.
The $750,000 maternity building, funded through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad and the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has doubled the previous maternal bed space from 24 to 50 at Kissy United Methodist General Hospital (above) in eastern Freetown, Sierra Leone.