Tag Archive: Sexuality

Scars and hope emerging from Schaefer trial, struggle to resolve United Methodist same-sex wedding laws

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.

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New group aims to find way to ‘live in a divided church’

A new United Methodist group in the United States is forming with the aim to advance “the Kingdom of Christ,” despite the denomination’s growing divisions over same-sex unions and gay ordination.

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Retired Texas church leader says he is willing to defy church law to officiate at same-sex weddings

A retired United Methodist seminary president and pastor said Sunday that he is willing to defy church law to officiate at same-sex weddings.

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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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People must ‘wake up,’ end death penalty: Prejean

Bishop Melvin Talbert and Sister Helen Prejean at Scarritt-Bennett Center, Dec. 7. Photo by Beth Kindig.

The death penalty is the most flagrant example of racism today, and it is our biggest civil rights and human rights issue, said Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking.” Prejean was the guest speaker Dec. 7 at the 25th anniversary awards dinner of the Scarritt-Bennett Center, a retreat center operated by United Methodist Women.

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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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