Archives for November 2013

Recently Read: Lambrecht takes on Love Prevails

Tom Lambrecht of the Good News organization and the recent consultant to the church counsel in the Frank Schaefer trial wrote a post today taking on the Love Prevails group (which includes the Rev. Amy DeLong, who Lambrecht prosecuted in 2011). Love Prevails staged a disruption of the Connectional Table meeting earlier this week in Nashville. Lambrecht wrote: If it […]

Recently Read: Sunday mornings are broken

Tom Erich has written a very interesting column over at Religion News Service arguing that pastors need to change their focus from Sunday morning worship. Sunday worship isn’t growing churches any longer. Sunday morning has become a time for sleeping in, kids’ sports and shopping. Young prospects want engagement, not pew-sitting. Churches grow when they […]

Bishop Johnson responds to questions on Schaefer trial

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area, which includes the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference where the Rev. Frank Schaefer is a clergy member, responded to questions from The United Methodist Reporter about Schaefer’s trial. Rev. Schaefer was convicted earlier this week of performing a same-sex wedding (for his son Tim) and disobedience to the […]

Recently Read: Bishop responds in Northern Illinois

Bishop Sally Dyck, the episcopal leader of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference, has written an open letter to her flock addressing the Council of Bishops statement on Bishop Melvin Talbert, and the ongoing debate on the inclusion of GLBTQ persons in the life of the church: I love this annual conference. But I don’t want […]

Diverse group of young adults considers God’s call to ordained ministry

by Vicki Brown* Speaker after speaker told the 429 young adults gathered to explore ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church that God is calling them to go change the world and the church. “This is not your momma and daddy’s church. We have to be about making disciples, not members,” Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey […]

Reconciling Ministries Network responds to Schaefer trial

The Executive Director of the Reconciling Ministries Network issued a statement early this morning on the network’s suggesting that the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor found guilty this week of presiding at the wedding of his gay son was an inspiring force in the efforts to make the UMC more inclusive to […]

Good News releases statement on Schafer trial verdict

Good News, an independent group of United Methodists focused on promoting “traditional Wesleyan orthodoxy,” released a statement tonight in response to the verdict and penalty issued to the Rev. Frank Schaefer in his trial ending today. “Although eminently appropriate,” the statement said,  “this penalty marks a sad moment in our church’s life. No one enjoys the […]

End of trial prompts varied reactions from participants

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The verdict has been proclaimed and the penalty has been issued. The trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer is over, and the participants reflected on the events of the past two days at a post-trial news conference. The counsel of the church, the Rev. Christopher Fisher, stated that he believed the […]

Love Prevails forces Connectional Table to address sexuality issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Love Prevails, an advocacy group working for the full inclusion of GLBTQ persons in the life of the United Methodist Church, disrupted this morning’s meeting of the Connectional Table. The Connectional Table is the primary visioning and coordinating body for The United Methodist Church, and has been meeting this week in Nashville at the […]

Schaefer Jury: 30 day suspension and possible surrender

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The jury in the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer has ordered that Schaefer be suspended immediately from the practice of ministry for 30 days, during which time he must decide whether he is willing to comply with the United Methodist Book of Discipline “in it’s entirety” or surrender his ministerial credentials. The […]