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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 […]

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 RMNBlog.org 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 […]

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 […]

Jury deliberating over penalty in trial of PA pastor

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The jury hearing the case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor found guilty yesterday of disobeying church teaching on same-sex unions, is debating an appropriate penalty tonight after a day of testimony from persons on both sides of the issue. The jury has a wide range of options […]

Recently Read: Schaefer ‘unrepentant’ for officiating gay son’s wedding despite trial conviction

This afternoon’s report from the NY Daily News: Schaefer told jurors he has been called by God to be an advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people. He says the church needs to stop treating them as “second-class Christians.” via Pastor Frank Schaefer ‘unrepentant’ for officiating gay son’s wedding despite trial […]

Schaefer trial: Jury receiving testimony in the penalty phase

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The jury in the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer convened this morning to receive testimony in preparation for their deliberations regarding the Schaefer’s penalty. Schaefer was found guilty by this jury yesterday for conducting a same-sex wedding and disobedience to the order of the United Methodist Church. According to the […]

UM Pastor found guilty on 2 counts for presiding at his son’s wedding

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor of the Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pa. was found guilty by a jury of his peers for violating the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Schaefer, an elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, faced two charges. The 13-member jury deliberated for about one […]

Schaefer found guilty on both counts

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor on trial for presiding at the wedding of his son, was found guilty this evening by a jury of his peers of disobeying the provisions in the United Methodist Book of Discipline forbidding clergy from participating in same-sex weddings and unions. Schaefer was also found guilty […]

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