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Rev. Frank Schaefer

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Methodist Pastor

First United Methodist Church of Germantown
Phone: (817) ***-****  HQ Phone
First United Methodist Church
422 Church Street
Grapevine, Texas 76051
United States

Company Description: First United Methodist Church offers a full range of music opportunities with the following: Choral Music: Chancel Choir - Adults Men's Choir The music...   more
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  • Princeton Theological Seminary
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ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, FEB. 10, ...
www.state-journal.com, 6 Feb 2014 [cached]
ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, former United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer speaks with reporters after a news conference at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. United Methodist church officials have defrocked Schaefer, who officiated his sons gay wedding in Massachusetts. The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, former United Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer speaks during a news conference at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. United Methodist church officials have defrocked Schaefer after he officiated his sons gay wedding in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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The intensity of the conflict was laid bare over the last several months, when the church tried, convicted and defrocked Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania pastor who presided at the wedding of his son to another man. Berryman said the case galvanized Methodists advocating for recognition of gay marriage, increasing donations to the group and traffic on Reconciling Ministries' online sites. Schaefer has since been traveling the country giving talks and sermons on gay acceptance.
In December, pastor Frank ...
www.ldnews.com, 17 Jan 2014 [cached]
In December, pastor Frank Schaefer of central Pennsylvania was defrocked after he officiated at his son's gay wedding. The church considers homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching."
Ogletree is a theologian, a former Yale Divinity School dean and a retired elder in the church's New York district, or Annual Conference. Former United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer embraces The Rev. Lorelei Toombs during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Former United Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer embraces The Rev. Lorelei Toombs during a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia. United Methodist church officials have defrocked Schaefer, who officiated his son's gay wedding in Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke)
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Rev. Frank Schaefer remains defiant
Complainant in Rev. Frank Schaefer case states his position
Schaefer trial: United Methodist bishop admits to 'contradictions' in Book of Discipline
South Lebanon pastor Frank Schaefer rebuked for gay wedding looks to future
Methodist pastor from Iona found guilty in church trial
Live blog: Rev. Frank Schaefer to learn fate today
Defrocked pastor Frank ...
www.ldnews.com, 7 Jan 2014 [cached]
Defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer to speak at Lancaster church | Full Story Defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer to speak at Lancaster church - Lebanon Daily News
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Defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer to speak at Lancaster church
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Recently defrocked United Methodist minister Frank Schaefer will be the Human Relations Day preacher at First United Methodist Church in downtown Lancaster on Jan. 19.
During the 8:30, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. services at the church at Duke and Walnut streets, Schaefer will speak about human relations and how it relates to his faith, family and recent ordeal with the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, according to a church news release.
Six years after he conducted a same-sex marriage for his son at a Massachusetts restaurant, Schaefer, then the pastor of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon County, went on trial in November for violating the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline, which does not permit same-sex marriages.
At the conclusion of the two-day trial at a Chester County church camp, a jury of clergy members convicted Schaefer and suspended him for 30 days. Near the end of his suspension, Schaefer said he could not uphold the Book of Discipline but did not want to surrender his credentials.
Frank Schaefer wins final ...
www.religionnews.com, 27 Oct 2014 [cached]
Frank Schaefer wins final reinstatement with Methodists
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Schaefer appealed and was reinstated by a vote of a regional court, the Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals. At that time, Schaefer said, "I will not refuse ministry to anyone.
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Schaefer, formerly pastor of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pa., has since moved to the UMC's California-Pacific Conference where he is assigned to a ministry in Santa Barbara.
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Tags: gay marriage, Matt Berryman, Reconciling Ministries Network, Rev. Frank Schaefer, United Methodist Church
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RMNBlog: Biblical Obedience
www.rmnblog.org, 24 May 2013 [cached]
Rev. Frank Schaefer, who is under the supervision of Bishop Johnson, faces the Board of Ordained Ministry on Thursday, December 19 who will decide the fate of his future as a clergyperson in The UMC.
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Schaefer was found guilty last month for officiating the wedding of his gay son, an action that is against UMC law. Schaefer was adamant in a statement to the press on Monday that he would refuse to denounce his actions, and he would not voluntarily surrender his credentials. 
If the Board chooses to defrock Schaefer, they will do so with the knowledge that Schaefer's only crime was being disobedient to a rule that their own bishop has now called "discriminatory."  
By not obeying the Discipline's discriminatory rule, Schaefer was obeying theDiscipline's call to inclusiveness:  
Inclusiveness means openness, acceptance, and support that enables all persons to participate in the life of the Church, the community, and the world; therefore, inclusiveness denies every semblance of discrimination. Book of Discipline, ¶ 140  
By not obeying the Discipline's discriminatory rule, Schaefer was practicing Biblical Obedience and obeying Jesus's call to love one another and followed Paul, Philip, and the example of other apostles who broke church law and practices to offer the ministry of Christ to all-even to gentiles, eunuchs, and others against whom the early church discriminated.  
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The media want to tell the story of Rev. Frank Schaefer and the many others because The United Methodist Church has decided to enforce discriminatory laws that do harm to people in our churches.  
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Rev. Schaefer is facing trial because he believes his son worthy of the full blessing of being a member of the United Methodist Church. It's not marriage that's on trial; what's on trial is LGBTQ full inclusion and blessing in the church. We get so caught up in one issue that we no longer see the forest for the trees.
As we move forward, we must certainly be vocal and supportive of Rev. Schaefer and the others who are facing trial.
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Rev. Frank Schaefer, elder at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, performed the wedding of his son Tim and his partner over 5 years ago. Out of love for his son and his commitment to the gospel of inclusion for LGBT persons, Schaefer made the decision to lead the ceremony in order to fulfill his calling to the ministry of all people.
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