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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 […]

Recently Read: Bishop takes on on-line ordinations

Last week Bishop Peggy Johnson posted an article on her blog addressing concern about UM’s taking advantage of on-line ordinations: Furthermore, anyone who has an ordination certificate has joined another denomination and is no longer a member of the United Methodist Church.   The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2012) reads as follows:   […]

Recently Read: Bishop calls Pennsylvania to extend rights to all

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area (Eastern Pennsylvania) recently submitted a letter to the editor of Philadelphia Inquirer arguing for the passage of an anti-discrimination law at the state level. She wrote: That is why I am speaking up for my lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters. I was surprised […]

Book highlights how UM clergy with disabilities view their status

By Minnie Payne, Special Contributor… The Rev. Robert L. Walker was born with Usher syndrome, which in his case caused early, persistent hearing problems and gradual loss of sight. These did not keep him from a 42-year career in United Methodist ministry. “In my penultimate appointment, our district superintendent was told at a Charge Conference that […]