Rev. Frank Schaefer

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United Methodist News Service looks back at the top stories of 2014. more

Dec 30, 2014 4:13 PM In the Church

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The Judicial Council's ruling that affirms the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer doesn't mean that The United Methodist Church's stand against homosexual practice has changed. more

Oct 30, 2014 3:11 PM In the Church 2 Comments

Frank Schaefer Decision

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The United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court," ruled Oct. 27 that the Rev. Frank Schaefer's reinstatement as ordained clergy was valid. more

Oct 27, 2014 9:11 AM In the Church

Schaefer Appeal

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The United Methodist Judicial Council heard arguments Oct. 22 in an appeal of a jurisdictional ruling that restored the ministerial credentials of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, defrocked 10 months ago for presiding at his gay son's wedding. more

Oct 24, 2014 11:31 AM In the Church

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Attacks on LGBTQ people show the links between the church and violence, as the Rev. Frank Schaefer, now on trial again for officiating at his gay son's marriage, understood, writes the Rev. Vicki Flippin. more

Oct 24, 2014 11:11 AM Advocating Justice

Schaefer Arch Street

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The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has appealed the reinstatement of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding, to the Judicial Council. more

Jul 25, 2014 9:49 AM In the Church

Frank Schaefer

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Despite criticisms to the contrary, the United Methodist judicial system worked properly in the appeals committee ruling reinstating the Rev. Frank Schaefer, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a longtime advocate in church trial proceedings. more

Jul 2, 2014 6:51 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Frank Schaefer Restored

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In a unanimous decision, a jurisdictional appeals committee has restored the Rev. Frank Schaefer to full ordained ministry after he was defrocked six months ago for conducting a same-sex marriage for his son. more

Jun 24, 2014 8:32 PM In the Church 3 Comments

CarcaƱo at Western

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The day after his ministerial credentials were revoked by Eastern Pennyslvania, Rev. Frank Schaefer received an invitation from Bishop Minerva G. Carcano to come to the California-Pacific Annual Conference. more

Dec 21, 2013 9:09 PM In the Church

Schaefer won't give up

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The Rev. Frank Schaefer intends to appeal the removal of his clergy credentials by the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after he was convicted of violating the Book of Discipline by officiating at his gay son's wedding in 2007. more

Dec 19, 2013 3:57 PM In the Church 2 Comments

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Just Pretend It Isn't There?

The Rev. Andy Bryan ponders how it can be that there's no way to resolve the internal contradictions of the Book of Discipline, as in the case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer's conviction for conducting the marriage of his gay son. more

Dec 11, 2013 10:43 AM Andy Bryan 3 Comments

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Area offers her reflections on the conflict now facing The United Methodist Church over its stances regarding homosexual people. more

Nov 27, 2013 11:52 AM Perspectives

Joseph Peters-Mathews

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A former United Methodist turned Episcopal priest asks why the Rev. Frank Schaefer's conviction for marrying his gay son hasn't galvanized more United Methodists into speaking out against and working to change unjust anti-LGBT policies. more

Nov 23, 2013 2:48 PM Perspectives 1 Comments

Justice of the Heart and Frank Schaefer

The Rev. Morgan Guyton contends that the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer for conducting his gay son's wedding did no justice to the concept of biblical justice, but instead created an idolatry elevating the Book of Discipline above the Holy Bible. more

Nov 21, 2013 3:41 PM Morgan Guyton 4 Comments


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The Rev. Christy Thomas laments that United Methodists claim certainty about their faith when in reality we really don't know how Jesus would respond or what the Bible says. more

Nov 20, 2013 9:28 PM Christy Thomas 1 Comments

Discipline Wesley

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Top 25 Ways United Methodists Don't Uphold the Book of Discipline

The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares a list from a clergy colleague of ways that United Methodists don't fully uphold the requirements of the Book of Discipline, as the Rev. Frank Schaefer is being required to affirm or surrender his ministerial orders. more

Nov 20, 2013 5:55 PM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

Rev. Frank Schaefer

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The Rev. Frank Schaefer faces a church trial Nov. 18-19 for officiating at his gay son's wedding. more

Nov 15, 2013 1:46 PM In the Church