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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CHICAGO (UMNS) — “Not allowing space for people who long for an open church is counter-productive to fulfilling our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ,” writes Bishop Sally Dyck in an open letter to the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.
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.
The Connectional Table suspended business Nov. 19 for conversation around inclusiveness after a disruption by Love Prevails, a group advocating inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the life of The United Methodist Church.
SPRING CITY, Pa. (UMNS)—A jury of ordained United Methodist clergy has found the Rev. Frank Schaefer guilty on both counts of violating his vows as an ordained United Methodist elder not to perform same-sex marriages and disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church.
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — A United Methodist polity expert’s call to halt church trials related to the denomination’s stance on homosexuality is sparking conversation both in the blogosphere and within the Council of Bishops.
Good News has responded to the Rev. Thomas Frank’s call for United Methodist bishops to hold no more trials of clergy accused of violating the denomination’s laws on homosexuality.
In an open letter to the Council of Bishops, the Rev. Thomas E. Frank, an expert on United Methodist polity, is urging the Council of Bishops for the sake of church unity to stop church trials of elders accused of violating the denomination’s stance on homosexuality.
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.
The wedding this weekend in Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia of two men is stirring many emotions in the denomination because not only will this same-sex couple be married in a United Methodist church, more than 51 United Methodist pastors have said they will officiate.