Live-streamed worship from Foundry UMC in DC – Jan 26, 11am eastern
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Watch worship at Foundry UMC with Rev. Frank Schaefer:
Schaefer introduction – 36:50
Scripture – 45:50
Schaefer leads “We Shall Overcome” – 1:31:31
Watch the Question and Answer session with Rev. Schaefer here.
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This page will be updated with a selection of media coverage from Rev. Frank Schaefer’s trial. The links are categorized and dated, with the most recent items at the top of each list.
FACTS ABOUT THE CASE
- Rev. Frank Schaefer officiated the wedding of his son Tim Schaefer to another man.
- Several years later, a complaint was made against Rev. Schaefer by Mr. Boger following his mother being fired as music director of the church.
- Read the entire complaint process here.
- Rev. Schaefer was charged with “officiating a same-sex union and breaking the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church.”
- The trial court (jury), composed of clergy members from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, found Rev. Schaefer guilty on both counts.
- The jury suspended Rev. Schaefer from his pastoral duties for 30 days while also requiring him to report to his Board of Ordained Ministry and District Superintendent as to whether or not he will be able to uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety. If, at the conclusion of his 30 day suspension, Rev. Schaefer does not agree to uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety, the penalty stipulates that he must surrender his orders.
- There are opportunities for appeal and various options for Rev. Schaefer.
- Rev. Schaefer has clearly stated he will not renounce his support for LGBTQ persons or marriage equality
- Read Schaefer’s decision on his penalty here.
- Read Bishop Carcaño’s invitation to Rev. Schaefer to join the California-Pacific Conference as clergy
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PRESS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
11/25/2013 – PolicyMic website – This Methodist Minister Was Punished For Officiating His Gay Son’s Marriage
11/25/2013 – Unfundamentalist Christians on Patheos – The Methodists, slavery, and homosexuality: is history repeating itself? Former Methodist Don M. Burrows reflects.
11/23/2013 – Los Angeles Times – Methodist pastor, suspended for performing gay marriage, weighs options
11/22/2013 – TIME Magazine (online) – Discrimination and Hate Speech in the United Methodist Church. Rev. Frank Schaefer in his own words.
11/21/2013 – Philadelphia Inquirer – Gay-rights activists plead with Methodist bishop. Petition presented to Bishop Peggy Johnson to stop the trials.
11/21/2013 – Signe Wilkinson offers a cartoon response.
11/20/2013 – Washington Post – Methodist pastor who officiated at gay son’s wedding is suspended for 30 days
11/20/2013 – Huffington Post – A Methodist Inquisition. Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Global Leader of the Metropolitan Community Church (and former Methodist) comments on the current situation.
11/20/2013 – Lebanon Daily News – Lebanon County Pastor Frank Schaefer receives suspension.
11/18/2013 – Believe Out Loud – Marriage On Trial In The United Methodist Church
11/24/2013 – Michelangelo Signorile, Sirius Radio Interview – Frank Schaefer, United Methodist Pastor, Discusses Conviction For Officiating Son’s Gay Marriage
11/21/2013 – Here and Now, NPR – Same-Sex Marriage Roils Methodist Church. Eight minute interview with Rev. Frank Schaefer
11/20/2013 – CBS Philly – Pastor Suspended For Officiating Son’s Same-Sex Marriage Speaks Out [VIDEO: interview with Rev. Frank Schaefer day following end of trial.]
11/20/2013 – CNN, The Lead with Jake Tapper – Pastor suspended for officiating son’s same-sex wedding would do it again [VIDEO – includes new TV interview with Jake Tapper]
11/19/2013 – ABC News (Harrisburg, PA) – Local News Report following trial. [VIDEO – includes scenes from our witness at the end of the trial]
11/19/2013 – NBC News (Local station) – coverage following end of trial. [VIDEO – includes interview with Frank and scenes from our witness]
11/19/2013 – CBS Local News Coverage [VIDEO – include press conference following trial and scenes from our witness]
11/19/2013 – NBS News (WGAL Local station) [VIDEO – pre-penalty announcement, interviews with church members]
PRESS INSIDE THE CHURCH
11/21/2013 – Bishop John Schol, Greater New Jersey Conference
11/20/2013 – Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, New England Conference
11/20/2013 – Bishop Peggy Johnson, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference responds to questions from media.
11/20/2013 – Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference
11/20/2013 – Hollywood UMC, Hollywood, CA – A Letter from Our Rev. Kathy Cooper-Ledesma, “It’s Time for Our Denomination to Grow Up”
11/20/2013 – First UMC, Seattle, WA – Pastor: Church is ‘wrong, stupid and evil’ for anti-gay marriage stance [VIDEO]
11/20/2013 – Foundry UMC, Washington DC – A Statement from Foundry
11/20/2013 – Urban Village Church, Chicago, IL – A Statement of Affirmation and Dissent, toward a Gospel Inclusive Church
11/20/2013 – Metropolitan Memorial UMC, Washington, DC – Asking Someone to Repent an Act of Grace
United Methodist News Stories
11/19/2013 – United Methodist Reporter – End of trial prompts varied reactions from participants
11/19/2013 – United Methodist Connections – Schaefer suspended 30 days for performing same-sex wedding
11/20/2013 – RMN Response from Executive Director Matt Berryman – Frank Schaefer Trial statement: Re-membering the Body
11/20/2013 – MFSA Response – The United Methodist Church Continues to Inflict Spiritual Carnage
11/21/2013 – Rev. Karen Oliveto – Welcome, Everyone?
11/20/2013 – Morgan Guyton – Justice of the heart and Frank Schaefer
11/20/2013 – Hacking Christianity – Top 25 ways United Methodists don’t uphold the Book of Discipline
11/19/2013 – Rev. Becca Girrell – The courage of couples
11/18/2013 – Michael Williams – Ordination and Marriage: Positions of Privilege or Opportunities to Serve?
11/18/2013 – Hacking Christianity – This Trial is no way to settle an HR dispute