Archives for December 2013

NJ Bishop supports gays and lesbians & voices opposition to church trials

Bishop John Schol of the New Jersey Episcopal Area released a video yesterday expressing his feelings about how the United Methodist Church is addressing homosexuality. The video was created in response to Thursday’s defrocking of Frank Schaefer. “This issue is so important to the present and future of our church and meaningful to me personally, […]

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

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 […]

Recently Read: Top 10 Reasons Why Schism Solves Nothing

In the face of several voices calling for schism in the United Methodist Church (including one posted here on the UMR site), Jeremy Smith bucks the trend today with his 10 reasons why schism solves nothing: This blog’s stance against schism puts us at odds with both Traditionalists who want to carve out dissenters and […]

Frank Schaefer to preach at D.C.’s Foundry UMC this Sunday

Washington, D.C. — The Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. announced this morning that Frank Schaefer, the former UM clergy person who was defrocked yesterday, will be preaching in both worship services this Sunday, and will hold a press conference following the 11 a.m. worship service. “We had invited Frank to preach at Foundry the […]

UM Action responds to Schaefer defrocking

Washington, DC — John Lomperis, the director of United Methodist Action, has issued a statement regarding yesterday’s action by the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry(BOM) to remove the ministerial credentials for Frank Schaefer. Schaefer was convicted in November of conducting a same-sex wedding service (he son’s). Schaefer had been given a 30 […]

MFSA issues statement on Schaefer Credentials

Washington, DC — Methodists for Social Action (MFSA)  has released a statement in response to the removal of the clergy credentials for the Rev. Frank Schaefer by the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference earlier today: Thirty days following the penalty handed down by a trial court in the Eastern Pennsylvania […]

Duck Dynasty, defrockings, and free speech

by Shane Raynor There are two big stories blowing up on social media right now, both related to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The most widely discussed one involves the star of the popular A&E reality showDuck Dynasty, Phil Robertson. In aninterview with GQ, Phil made some controversial remarks about homosexuality and was suspended indefinitely by the network after […]

Frank Schaefer loses ministerial credentials

Both the Associated Press and United Methodist News Service are reporting that Frank Schaefer no longer holds the title, “Reverend.” Schaefer met today with the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, and after a brief meeting, walked out without comment and without his credentials. Schaefer had been found guilty last November of […]

Recently Read: Church Memorializes Homeless Woman

The custodian of Spring Woods United Methodist Church in Houston Texas found a woman sleeping in a cove of the church. Seeing the woman sleeping the custodian left food and another blanket for her and leaving her to sleep. After a few hours, and noticing that she and the food had not moved they realized […]

Bishop Johnson pledges to avoid church trials

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has pledged in a statement to avoid conducting church trials as much as possible. Johnson released her statement on December 17 as a response to the statement from the Rev. Frank Schaefer issued at a press conference at the Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia, Penn. the day […]