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Weekly Digest: November 22, 2013


UMNS Weekly Digest

November 22, 2013

NOTE: This is a digest of news features provided by United Methodist Communications for Nov.18 - Nov. 22. It includes summaries of United Methodist News Service stories and additional briefs from around the United Methodist connection. Full versions of the stories with photographs and related features can be found at

United Methodists and sexuality

Schaefer says he does not blame others for trial

SPRING CITY, Penn. (UMNS) - 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 them because at one point I also had a different opinion." Read story and post a comment

Schaefer found guilty; penalty phase begins

SPRING CITY, Pa. (UMNS)-The Rev. Frank Schaefer faced another long day Nov. 19 after a jury of ordained United Methodist clergy found him guilty of breaking church law by officiating at the same-sex marriage of his son in 2007. Read story and post a comment

Schaefer suspended 30 days for performing same-sex wedding

SPRING CITY, Pa. (UMNS) - The Rev. Frank Schaefer has been given a 30-day suspension by the jury in his church trial and told that if he cannot uphold the Book of Discipline in its entirety, he must surrender his credentials. Read story and post a comment

Petitioners ask bishop to end clergy trials

PHILADELPHIA (UMNS) - Two days after a United Methodist pastor was found guilty of violating the denomination's law book for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding, representatives of Faithful America presented United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson with a petition signed by more than 19,000 calling for an end to clergy trials. But it came out during the petition presentation that a new "supervisory action" has been started against another United Methodist pastor. Read story and post a comment

Mixed reaction to requested complaint against bishop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Council of Bishops' call for a complaint to be filed against one of its own is prompting mixed reactions from United Methodists across the theological spectrum - including from the bishops themselves. Read story and post a comment

Disruption prompts church leaders to address sexuality issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - The Connectional Table changed its agenda Nov. 19 to make time for a conversation about inclusiveness among members and guests at the fall meeting. The move followed a disruption by Love Prevails, a group advocating inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people in the life of The United Methodist Church. Read story and post a comment

Church preparing for Pennsylvania clergy trial

SPRING CITY, Pa. (UMNS) - 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 trial for officiating at a same-sex union. The Rev. Frank Schaefer goes on trial Nov. 18-19 for officiating at the same-sex union of his son in 2007. Read story and post a comment

United Methodists aid Philippines

UMCOR gets food packages to typhoon survivors

TACLOBAN, Philippines (UMNS) - The United Methodist Committee on Relief has delivered food packages to waiting residents of an impoverished community in Tacloban hard hit during Typhoon Haiyan. The UMCOR convoy of three vehicles departed from Dasmari

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