The Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists (B-WARM) invite you to come show your support for Frank Schaefer as he presents his case before the Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals.
Friday, June 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. – Gathering
10:30 a.m. – Hearing
12:00 -1:00 p.m. – Prayer Circle
Location: BWI Airport Marriott Hotel, 1743 West Nursery Rd, Linthicum, MD 21090
Under church law, the appeals committee can consider only two questions:
1) Does the weight of evidence sustain the charges? and
2) Were there errors of church law “as to vitiate the verdict and/or the penalty?”
The appeals committee, by majority vote, has the authority to sustain the findings, reverse the penalty in whole or in part or remand the case to a new trial. It does not hear witnesses. An appeal of the committee’s decision could go on to the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court. The committee includes four ordained clergy, one diaconal minister, one full-time local pastor and three lay people. Members of Schaefer’s episcopal area must recuse themselves from the case.
Come show your support for Frank Schaefer and to stand with us during this important time for full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the United Methodist Church.
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