RCM: Another clergy member facing church trial

In a commentary on biblical obedience at The Reconciling Ministries Network blog we learn of another clergy member about to face trial for performing a same-sex wedding:

Rev. Frank Schaefer, elder at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, performed the wedding of his son Tim and his partner over 5 years ago. Out of love for his son and his commitment to the gospel of inclusion for LGBT persons, Schaefer made the decision to lead the ceremony in order to fulfill his calling to the ministry of all people.

via Biblical Obedience on trial.

The article goes on to mention a total of four clergy that are facing complaints or charges related to homosexuality issues. Are you aware of other pending actions in your annual conferences related to what RMN calls “biblical obedience”?

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Matthew Ray
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2 years 9 months ago

I believe it is a matter of biblical conscience, for Dr. Talbert. This is something the church is simply going to have to accept. Gay and Lesbian Christians want to be married, and they should have this option. I do not believe the Bible condemns committed same-gender relationships, and I believe the United Methodist Church will have to evolve on this issue.

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2 years 11 months ago
On Labor Day weekend, retired Bishop Melvin Talbert officiated at a wedding of a gay couple on Saturday, and in a very public way BLESSED and CELEBRATED the same-sex relationships of the gay couples in attendance at the Sunday evening worship service at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Washington DC. The Sunday evening service was entirely framed as a wedding service–using the words of the official United Methodist wedding service. Bishop Talbert preached on "Biblical Obedience" and proclaimed the same-sex couples "married" during the Sunday evening service. He also claims that the ENTIRE college of bishops of the Western Jurisdiction… Read more »
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