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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 […]

Youth need voice—and vote—in UM conferences

By Megan Smith, Special Contributor… In July, the quadrennial meeting of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church took place in Charleston, W.Va. Hundreds gathered, representing each of our Jurisdiction’s ten annual conferences, to make decisions that would affect the entire jurisdiction, including the nominations for jurisdictional committees and elections for three open episcopal […]

Jurisdiction opposes UMC on homosexuality

The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has issued a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that emphasizes Christ’s grace and love is available to all and that the UMC is in error on the subject of “homosexuality’s incompatibility with Christian teaching.” In addition, delegates to the jurisdictional meeting July 18-21 voted to extend “extravagant hospitality” to all people […]