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Methodist Federation for Social Action and the Institute on Religion & Democracy weigh in on Schaefer decision

This week’s decision by the UMC’s judicial council to uphold the NE Jurisdiction’s Committee on Appeals decision to reinstate Schaefer brought quick response from many corners.

Judicial Council hearing for the Rev. Frank Schaefer

The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will conduct an Oral Hearing in the case of the Rev. Frank Schaefer on October 22, 2014, at the Doubletree Hotel at 185 Union Avenue in downtown Memphis, Tenn.

Will Frank Shaefer’s reinstatement be overturned?

The United Methodist Judicial Council will hear an appeal for a church trial case in which Frank Schaefer had his clergy credentials returned after being defrocked for violating church law on gay marriage.

Schaefer’s new book and the shifting LGBT inclusion conversation

By Cassandra Lawrence Rev. Frank Schaefer’s personal retelling of the events leading up to his trial and defrocking, are detailed in his new book, “Defrocked: How a Father’s Love Shook the United Methodist Church” (UMC). “I never got to tell my side of the story,” Schaefer says on why he wrote the memoir, which officially […]

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 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 […]

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