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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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