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Schaefer Trial Update: Accuser and defendant have their say

SPRING CITY, Pa — The counsel for the church  and the defense have rested their respective cases in the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor charged with presiding at the same-sex wedding of his son. Although a number of possible witnesses had been listed this morning in the lead up to […]

Pennsylvania pastor trial underway

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The Rev. Frank Schaefer has pleaded not guilty to two charges of violating The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline. Schaefer, a clergy member of the eastern Pennsylvania Conference, is charged with performing a same-sex wedding in April 2007, which is prohibited under church law. He faces those charges, as well […]

Editor’s Notes: Moving from a meeting to a trial

For most of the past week those of us who are United Methodist news junkies have been fixated on the rumblings from Lake Junaluska as the United Methodist Council of Bishops met. Throughout the week we waited for the news that it seemed like everyone wanted to know: Would the COB take action against Bishop […]

Philadelphia Clergy issue statement

PHILADELPHIA, Penn — The clergy leaders who presided at the celebration of a same-sex marriage in Philadelphia have issued a statement explaining their reasoning behind defying the United Methodist church law forbidding clergy from participating in such ceremonies. The service was held this past Saturday, November 9, at the Arch Street United Methodist Church. “We […]

Recently Read: Ministers defy church by presiding at same-sex union

PHILADELPHIA, Penn — Some 50 United Methodist ministers defied the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) proscriptions against participating in ceremonies celebrating same-sex unions yesterday in a service at the Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia, PA. This service was announced to be a statement of solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who is facing a church trial […]

Recently Read: Gay former minister understands Frank Schaefer’s plight

Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (EPAC) facing a church trial later in the month for presiding at the marriage of his gay son, is not the first clergy person to defend his actions at EPAC’s Camp Innabah. Almost exactly 9 years ago, the Rev. Irene Elizabeth “Beth” Stroud of […]