Bishop Carcaño invites Frank Schaefer to serve in Cal-Pac Conference

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Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area announced yesterday that she has invited Frank Schaefer to serve in ministry in the California-Pacific Annual Conference. Schaefer was removed from ministry in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference last week as a penalty for conducting the same-sex wedding service of his son.

In a statement published on the California-Pacific Annual Conference website, Carcaño said that she was following in the spirit of Bishop Gerald Kennedy who had brought 8 Mississippi Methodist pastors out west during the civil rights battles of the 1960’s when they were being criticized and attacked for standing against racial discrimination. Carcaño stated that she had offered the invitation to Schaefer with the support of his current bishop, Peggy Johnson.

Carcaño did not articulate a specific appointment, and said that she and Schaefer, along with his family, were entering into a time of discernment regarding the possible move to California.

Carcaño acknowledged that she held no power to reinstate Schaefer’s ministerial credentials. “Only a board of ordained ministry can recommend such a reinstatement of credentials, and only the ordained clergy of an annual conference can determine whether a person will be credentialed for ordained ministry,” she wrote. “What I can do, however, is invite and welcome others to love and serve Christ Jesus among us, accompany those who choose to be faithful, and exhort us all to be biblically obedient. This I will do for as long as God gives me breath.”

“I believe that the time has come for we United Methodists to stand on the side of Jesus and declare in every good way that the United Methodist Church is wrong in its position on homosexuality,” Carcaño wrote.  “Frank Schaefer chose to stand with Jesus as he extended love and care to his gay son and his partner. We should stand with him and others who show such courage and faithfulness.”

Click here to read Bishop Carcaño’s full statement.

Jay Voorhees, Executive Editor

The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC which operates this site and MethoBlog.com. Jay is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Jay has written on life and the practice of faith in The United Methodist Church at Only Wonder Understands since 2003.

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LPW
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2 years 5 months ago

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors?

Michael T. Curd, D. Min.
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2 years 5 months ago

Dear Bishop, thank you, thank you, thank you for your courageous and grace filled invitation to the Reverend Schaefer. I pray other Bishops in the UMC will have the same courage and grace to stand for justice and mercy rather than be a part of the pharisaic love of rules.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews
2 years 5 months ago
Dr. Curd, do you stop at Stop signs? If you do, then by your logic, you must be a “pharisaic” type driver. Stop signs are supposed to protect people. My guess is, if you didn’t honor Stop signs, then your life and the life of others would be in danger. Of course, people do make the case that Stop signs are old fashioned. Maybe that is your position when it comes to a new way of looking at driving. Perhaps we should only have ‘Yield’ signs, because Stop signs are kinda harsh, exclusive, and restrictive, and keep us from being… Read more »
Russ
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2 years 5 months ago

Careful what you ask for Michael Curd. Some of those “rules” are allowing you to stay on the fringe.

james
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james
2 years 5 months ago

Sadly, Carcano is the rule rather than the exception. The progressive bishops “yell.” The few who are not, remain silent. Keep looing up–signs and wonders are happening every day. Come, Lord Jesus, come…………………..

jeff
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jeff
2 years 5 months ago

Thank you for your leadership and courage, Bishop Carcano. In your face, eastern PA.

PN Griffin
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2 years 5 months ago

Bishop Carcano has a pattern of not addressing the real issue in statements. Immigration is about the “migrant”, avoiding the adjective “illegal” . “Biblical obedience” in this case is about loving like Jesus, avoiding the mention of marriage. If Frank Schaefer had only loved like Jesus, he’d still be a pastor today. This case all about sanctifying a union between the same sex. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible where that is being obedient to scripture.

Rev John
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Rev John
2 years 5 months ago

Please read Book of Discipline paragraphs 367 and 368 dealing with restoration after termination. It happens in the original conference not a new one.

JM Smith
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2 years 5 months ago

Bishop Carcano is the same Bishop who basically told African Methodists they need to “grow up”, remember… http://www.examiner.com/article/phoenix-bishop-wishes-african-methodists-would-grow-up

She along with the other Bishops who cannot abide by the denomination they swore to serve should follow what she believes to be the spirit and step out in faith to minister in a new and fresh way…without living off of the financial and organizational resources of the church she is openly opposing. http://jmsmith.org/blog/talbert

James Ballard
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2 years 5 months ago

Amen Brother

Thomas Clemow
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2 years 5 months ago

Well done Bishop. Well done! Your courage and integrity evidence real leadership.

Mark Flores
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2 years 5 months ago
These people need to be understood for what they are. They do not believe in the Word of God nor will they follow any rules or laws that they have sworn to do. They have always crept in by stealth and use every craft to gain their will. These are Gnostics think that they know better than everyone what God would have us do and ignore all warnings in His word of Hell and Damnation. Here is just one warning about them in the book of Jude. For There Are Certain Men Crept In Unawares, who were before of old… Read more »
Bruce
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Bruce
2 years 5 months ago

Apparently there are more persons living who are able to throw the first stone living in our time than in Jesus’ time.

Jay
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Jay
2 years 5 months ago

This posting by Mark Flores exemplifies precisely why this denomination must split. He completely ignores the spirit of the Gospel and embodies the intellectual heft of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. I find that kind of thinking repellent and blasphemous.

Mark Flores
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2 years 5 months ago
Now this is “The Spirit of the Gospel” compared to who Jesus really is and said. Am I then being judged to be a “repellent blasphemous Westboro Baptist ” because I quote the Word wholly and in context of the debate? Is this fellow all about splitting The Body of Christ and creating divisions? The very Pastor they are defending has drove away over half of his sheep and has been caught lying about attendance and membership since last April. He has stumbled and hurt those he was paid to shepherd. Let us consider apart from the attitudes of the… Read more »
Jim Hoying
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Jim Hoying
2 years 5 months ago

We are all challenged on a daily basis to walk in Christ’s footsteps and follow his word. I like many Christians have dissonance over these events. Hopefully, our spiritual leaders will take this opportunity to help educate us and heal the widening divide.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews
2 years 5 months ago
Jay, neither Shaefer nor Carcaño are “standing with Jesus.” Their “gospel” has little to do with the Good News. It is about politics. It’s about control. It’s about bashing a loving church for its faithfulness to Scripture. It completely disregards the hard work of General Conference and the due process as set in the BOD. Their gospel treats Scripture as something to be barely tolerated and only used as authority when “redacted” to fit their own limited wisdom. So, Shaefer is defrocked and now he exploits the UMC and mocks it. That’s good will, yep.
WAD
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WAD
2 years 5 months ago

You know, there’s no other institution on the planet that would tolerate a tenth of what the UMC has tolerated from these folks.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews
2 years 5 months ago

Exactly right. The pro-gay marriage/ordinations folk are bullies. That have spit in the faces of the faithful in the UMC. The faithful have offered love and belonging, and these folks have shown shameful disregard.

Jay
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Jay
2 years 5 months ago
What an absurd account. The conservatives in the UMC have repeatedly rejected those of us who wanted to make the Church a more accepting and loving denomination. At one point, we would have been content with the position of the Methodist Church of the United Kingdom, for example, which says that the Church is divided on the question of whether homosexuality is sinful. Every attempt to expunge the hateful clause in the BoD has been met with hysterical and ugly reaction. I have left this denomination because it has not only become clear that people who embrace the humanity of… Read more »
MethodistPie
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MethodistPie
2 years 5 months ago

For what it’s worth, Fred Phelps and company did their vile thing at a funeral held in our congregation. This was interesting: We received one actual threat of violence: from a ‘progressive” neighbor who assumed we had invited the Westboro people! Which was just nuts. There are nuts on both sides of this issue, making me all the more determined to chart a middle course–which is what I think the BOD is trying to do.

Reformed Catholic
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Reformed Catholic
2 years 5 months ago

Take a good look at the PC(USA) … they’re getting to be a close second, especially if what is being planned happens at next year’s General Assembly.

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