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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Good News president releases video on Bishop Talbert

Good News president Rob Renfroe released a video statement this afternoon on Bishop Melvin G. Talbert’s disobedience of United Methodist church law in presiding at a celebration of marriage for a gay couple in Alabama this past week. In the video, Renfroe focuses in particular on Talbert’s actions in refusing Bishop Debra Wallace Padgett’s request […]

Editor’s Notes: Joe and Bobby are married. What now?

For the past week it seemed like all that any of us United Methodist news nerds could talk about was the ongoing struggle between Bishop Mel Talbert and the Council of Bishops as he prepared to officiate at the celebration of marriage of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. Comments flew fast and heavy on the […]

Bishop follows through on commitment to conduct same sex wedding

Center Point, AL — United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert followed through on his announced commitment to join in marriage Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw, a same-sex couple who are members of the Discovery United Methodist Church in Hoover, Ala. Openshaw and Prince were legally married in a civil union in Washington, D.C. in September. Wanting […]

Recently Read: Many weigh in on Talbert action

Former UMR editor Sam Hodges offered a digest today on the UMCConnections blog of the various statements and blog posts written in response to Bishop Melvin G. Talbert’s plan to preside at a same-sex wedding tomorrow. Click here to read that story. Recently Read Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist […]

Bishop Swenson dissents from COB Birmingham statement

RMNBlog, run by the Reconciling Ministries Network, published a dissent by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson today from the statement issued by the Council of Bishops Executive Committee urging Bishop Melvin Talbert to refrain from conducting a same-sex wedding. Swenson, who was listed as a member of the Executive Committee issuing the report, said that she […]

Reconciling Ministries Network director responds to the Council of Bishops Executive Committee

In a statement released on RMNBlog (the blog site for the Reconciling Ministries Network(RMN))  Matt Barryman, RMN Executive Director expressed disappointment with the October 23 letter from the United Methodist Council of Bishops Executive Committee asking Bishop Melvin G. Talbert to refrain from performing a same-sex wedding ceremony this Saturday. Berryman focused particularly on the […]