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Frank Schaefer appellate hearing June 20

Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals
The United Methodist Church

Media Advisory
May 20, 2014

Baltimore, Md.:  The Committee on Appeals for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church will hear the appeal of Frank Schaefer on June 20, 2014, at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Linthicum, Md.  The hearing will begin at 10:30 am. 

According to church law, the Committee on Appeals is comprised of four ordained clergy, one diaconal minister, one full-time local pastor and three lay people. Jen Ihlo, president of the committee and a layperson from the Baltimore Washington annual conference, will serve as the presiding officer.

The hearing will be open to the public; however, the committee’s deliberations following the hearing will be closed. A decision is expected to be announced the following day.

Background of the case can be found here.

Media guidelines for the hearing are as follows:

1.  Media seating will be provided to credentialed news media (subject to available space). Credentials for news media personnel will be issued onsite on the day of the hearing beginning at 9:00 a.m. To be accredited, individuals must represent a recognized news organization such as a newspaper, wire service, television or radio station, magazine or ongoing newsletter, or must serve as a communicator for a United Methodist agency, annual conference, or other church entity.

2.  Because of the short duration of the hearing, there will not be a press room with facilities for reporters.  News media should provide contact information in order to receive follow-up communication about when a decision will be announced.  This information will also be posted at UMCpresscenter.org.

3.  Photographs, audio and video broadcast and recording of the hearing proceedings and announcement of the decision, either by observers or media, are prohibited.

4.  Observers /media may not post to social media or text during the hearing. Laptops, cell phones and pagers must be turned off during the proceedings. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave.

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Media contact:
Natalie Bannon
nbannon@umcom.org

615-742-5413

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