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Recently Read: Frank Schaefer Reinstated

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was stripped of his ministerial credentials in a church trial in summer of 2013 has been reinstated by Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals.

Frank Schaefer Appeal Hearing

The nine-member Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals has wrapped up nearly 3 hours of testimony and questioning, and the fate of Frank Schaefer now rests in their hands. The committee, meeting near Baltimore, heard the Rev. Scott Campbell, counsel for Schaefer, say that their appeal was based on the defrocking penalty given Schaefer, not the […]

Bishop Sally Dyck Arrested in Protest

During an anti-deportation rally in Chicago on Thursday, March 27th, 40 people were placed under temporary arrest. Among the arrested party were many United Methodists including Bishop Sally Dyck. According to a photo on the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Facebook page almost 50 clergy and laity from the conference participated in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Schaefer states that he cannot uphold Book of Discipline

The Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist clergyperson recently convicted for disobeying the teaching of the United Methodist Church for presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son, held a press conference today to announce that he would be unable to affirm the United Methodist Book of Discipline in its full entirety when he meets with […]

Penn. United Methodists deliver petition to bishop calling for end to trials

NORRISTOWN, Pa.  — A group of United Methodists from throughout Pennsylvania delivered a petition signed by 25,000 Christians across the country, calling on Bishop Peggy Johnson not to put any more pastors on trial over gay weddings. The petition comes after United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer was put on trial for officiating at the wedding […]