(RNS) The denomination’s top court upheld a June decision to reinstate the Rev. Frank Schaefer’s ministerial credentials after a trial court defrocked the Pennsylvania pastor last year.
Articles tagged “United Methodist Church”
(RNS) Ten years after rejecting an “amicable separation” as premature, conservatives within the United Methodist Church now say a divorce is inevitable.
(RNS) The United Methodist Church opposes same-sex marriage. But now same-sex spouses of some church employees can receive church benefits.
(RNS) Retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert is the highest clergyperson to have broken the church’s official laws and the only bishop known to have officiated at a same-sex wedding ceremony.
(RNS) The resolution of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree’s case highlights an emerging dynamic that allows some pastors to skirt rules banning clergy from performing same-sex wedding, while others risk costly church trials and the loss of clergy credentials.
(RNS) Almost daily, evidence mounts of defiant United Methodist clergy breaking church law on behalf of gays and lesbians as the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination struggles with what may be its most vexing rebellion in decades.