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United Methodist Church body proposes more open stance on homosexuality

Saturday, February 14, 2015
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Gay clergy and same-sex marriage may soon be allowed at United Methodist Churches under a proposal drafted by the Connectional Table, a respected international body of clergy members and lay people in the church. [...]

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Methodists end case against bishop who officiated same-sex wedding

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Bishop Melvin G. Talbert
A church statement says the case against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert is ending with a settlement that the denomination calls a "just resolution." [...]

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Indiana church that booted gay choir director to close due to falling attendance

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind.
The church made national headlines in January when as much as eighty percent of the congregants left after a popular gay choir director was forced to resign. [...]

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Methodist pastor who officiated at gay son’s wedding to keep ordination

Monday, October 27, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister. The Judicial Council of the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last [...]

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Methodist panel hears appeal over pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer, center, and his son, Tim Schaefer, second from left, walk to a meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Rev. Schaefer was suspended and defrocked in 2013 for officiating at his son’s wedding to another man.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Methodist pastor who became a gay rights activist after he was disciplined for officiating at his son's wedding to another man will soon find out whether he can remain an ordained minister in the nation's second-largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was suspended and then [...]

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Methodist clergy escape sanctions over blessing of same-sex wedding

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Rev. Frank Schaefer
Dozens of United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia will face no discipline for breaking church law, but acknowledge they could be punished if they do it again, according to a settlement announced by the denomination. A total of 36 Methodist clergy blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony [...]

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Methodist church to hear appeal of pastor who officiated gay son’s wedding

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, then re-instated by an appeals panel in June. That decision has since been appealed to the Judicial Council, the church’s highest court.
PHILADELPHIA -- The Methodist church's highest court will decide later this month whether a minister who officiated his gay son's wedding can keep his pastoral credentials. The Rev. Frank Schaefer was defrocked following a church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania last year, then re-instated by an appeals panel in June. That [...]

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‘Refrocking’ of Methodist minister who officiated gay son’s wedding appealed

Friday, July 18, 2014
Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son Tim's wedding to another man, then re-instated by an appeals panel in June. That decision has since been appealed to the Judicial Council, the church’s highest court.
PHILADELPHIA -- A Methodist minister ousted and then reinstated after performing his son's gay marriage said Friday that a church official is appealing his refrocking. The Rev. Frank Schaefer said he is disappointed to learn of the appeal, but not surprised. Schaefer is moving to a California diocese this week [...]

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Retired Methodist pastor commits suicide to protest racism, homophobia

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Rev. Charles Moore
A retired United Methodist pastor who spent much of his life fighting against racial injustice, homophobia and the death penalty, has committed suicide in what was intended as a final protest and an act to inspire change. Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire [...]

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Complaint filed against 36 Methodist pastors for blessing same-sex wedding

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Bishop Peggy Johnson
PHILADELPHIA -- A complaint has been filed against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law. The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding [...]

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