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Family, friends and supporters react to hearing Rev. Frank Schaefer will be suspended for 30 days for violating the church’s stance against United Methodist pastors officiating at same-sex marriages. Schaefer performed the wedding for his son, Tim, and another man in 2007. Seated in the middle are Schaefer’s wife, Brigitte, and her son, Tim. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Schaefer says he does not blame others for trial

When asked what he would say to the people who brought charges against him for officiating at his son’s same-sex marriage, the Rev. Frank Schaefer said, “I cannot blame... Read More

Bishop Peggy Johnson holds petitions presented by Faithful America. (From left) Rev. James Todd, Johnson and Karen Wiseman. Photo by John Coleman/Eastern Pa. Conference

Petitioners ask bishop to end clergy trials

Two days after a United Methodist pastor, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, was found guilty of violating the denomination’s lawbook for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding, representatives of... Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer (left) and his son Tim stand together during the Nov. 18 church trial. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Schaefer suspended 30 days for performing same-sex wedding

The Rev. Frank Schaefer has been given a 30-day suspension and told that if he can't uphold the Book of Discipline he must surrender his credentials. Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer greets supporters after receiving a guilty verdict Nov. 18. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Penalty phase begins in Pennsylvania clergy trial

SPRING CITY, Pa. (UMNS)—A jury of ordained United Methodist clergy has found the Rev. Frank Schaefer guilty on both counts of violating his vows as an ordained United Methodist... Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer speaks with reporters outside Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia following the wedding of Richard Taylor and William Gatewood. Schaefer will go before a church trial on Nov. 18 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual (regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church for performing the same-sex marriage of his son.A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Church preparing for Pennsylvania clergy trial

For the first time since the 2012 United Methodist General Conference upheld the church’s stance that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” a United Methodist pastor will face a church... Read More

The wedding this weekend of Bill Gatewood and Rick Taylor at Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia is stirring many emotions in the denomination. Photo courtesy of Arch Street United Methodist Church.

Same-sex wedding is high-profile prelim to church trial

The wedding this weekend in Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia of two men is stirring many emotions in the denomination because not only will this same-sex couple be... Read More

Good News calls for accountability following same-sex union

Good News, an unofficial United Methodist group that advocates maintaining the denomination's current definition of marriage, has responded to retired Bishop Melvin Talbert officiating at a same-sex ceremony on Saturday,... Read More

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw married in a civil ceremony in September and now look forward to being married by retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert in the presence of family and friends on October 26. Photo by Kevin Higgs.

Same-sex couple responds to Council of Bishops’ statement on their wedding

A same-sex couple who plan to wedSaturday, Oct. 26, are responding to a Read More

The Rev. Frank Schaefer faces a church trial on Nov. 18 for officiating at the 2007 same-sex wedding of his son. He is pastor of Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pa. Photo courtesy of Frank Schaefer.

30 pastors plan to perform same-sex union

The Rev. Frank Schaefer will go before a church trial on Nov. 18 for performing the same-sex wedding of his son, but he is going with the support of more than 30... Read More

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw married in a civil ceremony in September and now look forward to being married by retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert in the presence of family and friends on October 26. Photo by Kevin Higgs.

Wedding bells sound challenge for church

On Oct. 26, Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince will participate in a holy ceremony officiated and blessed by a United Methodist pastor in the presence of their family and friends in... Read More

Evelyn and Joseph Lowery are honored for their years of dedication to civil rights at Cascade United Methodist Church, Atlanta, in 2011. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Evelyn Lowery, civil rights leader, dies at 88

Evelyn Gibson Lowery, 88, died Sept. 25 in her home in Atlanta after suffering a stroke on Sept. 18. She was a civil rights leader and the wife of civil rights leader the... Read More

Bishop Beverly Shamana (right) greets supporters of slain teen Trayvon Martin at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena on March 25, 2012. A web-only 2012 file photo by Ron Fu, courtesy of The Pasadena Star-News.

Reflections on what Trayvon Martin case means for Christians

Many took to the streets to protest the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, but many also went to their houses of worship to find peace and seek... Read More

Residents of Oklahoma neighborhood hit by the tornado survey the damage. A web-only photo courtesy of The Transcript/Kyle Phillips.

Oklahoma Tornado: $100,000 brings tears to all

When word went out that McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church was taking donations for disaster relief they never dreamed that in one day they would collect more than $100,000 without even... Read More

Oklahoma Tornado: Moore FUMC checking on its members

The Rev. Tish Malloy, pastor of First United Methodist Church, said the last two days have been “pretty painful” as residents of a town blown apart by a tornado on... Read More

Pastor D.A. Bennett with his wife Robin and children featured today on NPR’s Here and Now. “As people of faith, we do not grieve without hope,” Bennett said. “We’re going to walk together through this. It is not something you can walk through alone.” Photo courtesy of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Oklahoma Tornado: Don’t underestimate need for prayer

The Rev. D.A. Bennett, pastor of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, was one of the anxious parents with children in South Moore High School waiting to hear if... Read More

Jim Meeker, Lt. Col. Karen Meeker’s father, places shoulderboard showing her new rank. Photo courtesy of Meeker family.

Chaplain tackles Mount Kilimanjaro

The Rev. Karen Meeker is between peaks in her career. Really, really tall peaks. Lt. Col. Meeker, an Army chaplain and United Methodist ordained elder, is on her way up... Read More

United Methodists are leading the call to reform immigration

While The United Methodist Church is holding its worldwide assembly, United Methodists in other parts of the country are holding prayer vigils while the U.S. Supreme Court considers Arizona... Read More