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Frank Schaefer

Outpouring Of Methodist Clergy Pledge Support To LGBT Colleagues

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.03.2017 | Religion

One week after more than 100 United Methodist clergy collectively came out as LGBT, hundreds of their colleagues called for the church to end discrimi...

Christians: You Have 5 Months

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I call on all Christians to lay down your scriptures, dogmas, doctrines and interpretations long enough to learn how to love your neighbor as your self.

United Methodist Church Makes Small Step Toward Accepting Same Sex Marriage

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

The United Methodist Church is taking a small step towards becoming a more welcoming place for LGBT people. The Connectional Table, a global church...

Michelangelo Signorile

Pastor Who Will Keep Ordination After Performing Gay Marriage: 'I Will Never Be Silent Again'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was jubilant yesterday, discussing what’s been dubbed his “refrocking" in the United Methodist Church (UMC), calling it a ...

Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Makes Final Appeal To Hold Onto Ordination

Reuters | BIANCA PHILLIPS | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an appeal to hang ont...

Why Frank Schaefer in Memphis Matters in New York

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Rev. Schaefer saw the connection between church and violence. His long journey toward acceptance and, now, activism began when he found out his son was gay and considering suicide, largely because of what he had been taught in church.

How My Father's Gay Marriage Trial Re-Ignited My Calling to the Ministry

Tim Schaefer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Tim Schaefer

I sit at my desk again now to answer the question, "Why would I pursue ordination after all the pain my Church has put me and my family through?"

WATCH: 'Will & Grace' Producer Discusses New Gay Sitcom Starring Ian McKellen

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every F...

WATCH: The Journey Of A Methodist Pastor Who Was Punished For Pro-Gay Move

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Late last year a story made national headlines and reignited a decades-old debate about the way religion intersects with the lesbian, gay, bisexual an...

Justice on Trial: Another Minister Breaks Church Law to Perform Gay Marriage

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Rev. Thomas Ogletree performed a marriage ceremony for his own son. For that, he will stand trial in March before an ecclesiastical court of the United Methodist Church. You see, his son is gay. Ogletree officiated over his wedding to Nicholas Haddad.

13 Religious Leaders Who Rocked 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Malala Yousafzai By continually reminding everyone that her convictions around education and peace come from God and Islam, Malala proved again and a...

My Letter to the Bishop Who Judged the Methodist Minister Who Officiated His Gay Son's Wedding -- and Her Amazing Response

Rob Watson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Watson

Just in case a voice of reason might prevail where a petition of thousands did not, I sent this open letter to Bishop Johnson and any others in the Methodist hierarchy who are judging Rev. Schaefer. Here is my letter to her, and her kind and pretty amazing response back.

Michelangelo Signorile

Pastor Punished For Officiating Son's Gay Marriage Speaks Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

“I didn’t do this to make a rebellious statement against the church,” Rev. Franks Schaefer said on Friday, reflecting on the action taken by a U...

The Broken Covenant

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The good Rev. Frank Schaefer, a pastor probably not unlike the one I idolized as a child, has been suspended by the United Methodist Church for officiating the wedding of his gay son. It is a blow that, even after nearly a decade away from the church, leaves me filled with anger and despair.

Pennsylvania Pastor Wrongly Suspended for Officiating Son's Marriage to Another Man

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Siebold

If the United Methodist Church in southeastern Pennsylvania eventually defrocks Rev. Schaefer, it would be a great shame. This is a man who can teach the church and the community real life lessons about love, compassion and doing the right thing.

A Methodist Inquisition

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

One more United Methodist minister, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, was convicted of performing a marriage of a loving same-gender couple -- his son and his son's beloved.

Pastor Facing Trial Over Gay Marriage

Posted 11.18.2013 | Religion

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A Pennsylvania pastor charged under United Methodist law with officiating his son's same-sex marriage is ...

Methodist Gay Marriage Debate Hits Court

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The United Methodist Church’s highest court gathers for its semiannual meeting in Baltimore on Wednesday, as the denomination confronts a grow...

Pastor On Trial For Officiating Son's Same-Sex Wedding

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A Pennsylvania pastor will reportedly be be forced to stand trial in front of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church for o...