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Pennsylvania Pastor Defrocked After Performing Gay Son's Wedding, Offered New Job In California


We previously reported on the woes of Reverend Frank Schaefer who, after performing his gay son's wedding ceremony in 2007, ended up receiving a thirty-day suspension for breaking Methodist Church doctrine. Now the punishment has become more severe. After meeting with church officials on Thursday, Schaefer was told that would need to follow the Book of Discipline, or resign from his position at the church. Schaefer stated that the doctrine is discriminatory, and also that he would not willfully resign, according to an AP article. As such, church officials decided to defrock him.

Rev. Schaefer has now become an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community.

NBC Philadelphia reports:

"I cannot voluntarily surrender my credentials because I am a force now for many, for tens of thousands of LGBT members in our church," said the Rev. Frank Schaefer at a news conference Monday in Philadelphia...

"I cannot uphold the United Methodist Book of Discipline in its entirety," Schaefer said. 
"I just cannot. In fact, I dont' believe anyone can."

The minister says the Book of Discipline is filled with contradictory statements making it difficult for any clergymen to support all the competing ideas it describes.  

For Schaefer, the Methodist church laws that affect his gay son are the most challenging.

"In particular," he said, "I cannot uphold those discriminatory laws ...that are hurtful and harmful to our homosexual brothers and sisters in the church."

Now, Schaefer has received a job offer from his United Methodist brethren on the west coast. He has been invited to join the California-Pacific Annual Conference specifically based on his anti-discriminatory stance. Rev. Schaefer has said he is considering the offer, though according to a news report from Newsy, the official responsible for the job offer would be unable to reinstate his ministerial abilities.

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  1. Frank Schaefer is another that belongs on the LGBT Heros list. 2013 saw an unprecedented number of people from all walks of life stand up for equality. They deserve our recognition and thanks.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 22, 2013 3:35:43 PM

  2. unable to perform his ministerial abilities? Oh yeah that's right these magic folk have special abilities. Did they take away his wand?

    Posted by: terry | Dec 22, 2013 4:43:55 PM

  3. It is more important to follow Jesus Christ, than to be heterosexual.

    Posted by: DVDINORL | Dec 22, 2013 4:45:34 PM


    Jesus of Nazareth was a human being whose "ministry" was inspired primarily by opposing the Roman occupation of his homeland as well as his disgust at the inequality between wealthy Romans (and their Jewish overlords) and the masses of very poor ordinary folks. Both of those positions are laudable but they certainly do not make the man a deity.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Dec 22, 2013 6:09:11 PM

  5. He could also realize that Christian teachings in general need a lot of rationalizing to come to any sort of modern philosophical understanding. It's many centuries out of date now.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 22, 2013 10:56:06 PM

  6. Aren't all those Protestant Ministers just heretics in danger of eternal damnation? That's what I was taught in the True Church, the Roman Catholic Church, LOL LOL LOL

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 23, 2013 6:29:50 AM

  7. @Andrew: You evidently believe just adding LOL to any post makes it humorous, eh?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Dec 23, 2013 1:45:29 PM

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