July 27, 2015 |
IT'S BEEN years since Ocean City, N.J., proclaimed itself "America's Greatest Family Resort. " But it's been many more years - 136, to be precise - since four Methodist ministers set up a camp meeting beneath cedars and named streets after their denomination's prominent leaders. They called their al fresco spiritual outpost "the Tabernacle. " That tamed land still belongs to "the Tab," a nonprofit charged with upholding island tradition and drawing some of the town's 120,000 summer visitors away from the beach and into ample theater seats.
June 19, 2015 |
JOANNE GIOVANETTI had an important job at Methodist Hospital - getting the money. "She would say, 'I'll find the money, I'll get the money for you,' " said Barbara Rubino, Joanne's supervisor at Methodist. "And she always did. "It was a challenge for her. She loved the investigation work. " Joanne, who was in billing at Methodist Hospital for 37 years, often had a quirky way of getting things done, both at home and on the job. She did things her own way, her family said. It wasn't always the customary way, the most acceptable way, or the most diplomatic way, but it was her way and, of most importance, it worked.
May 4, 2015 |
The former Lebanon, Pa., Methodist minister who was defrocked for officiating at his gay son's wedding and later reinstated says the issue does not seem as contentious in Pennsylvania now that gay marriage is legal in the state. Frank Schaefer, who became a national symbol for church reform on the issue, returned to the state Saturday to host an inclusivity conference at a Montgomery County church. "When the legislation changes, it changes people and attitudes," Schaefer said. He said that since gay marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, he had not seen protests when he speaks here, as he had in the past.
October 28, 2014 |
Frank Schaefer, the former Lebanon, Pa., pastor defrocked and then reinstated after officiating at his gay son's wedding, has cleared his final legal hurdle. The United Methodist Church's highest judicial board on Monday said Schaefer can keep his ministerial credentials, bringing closure to a case that last year led to some calls for a schism. The Judicial Council, in a decision issued following a hearing last week in Memphis, did not weigh in on the denomination's ban on gay marriage, ruling on technical grounds.
July 20, 2014 |
The Rev. Frank Schaefer, recently reinstated as a Methodist minister after losing his credentials for presiding over his gay son's wedding, has one more legal battle ahead. The Methodist Church is appealing his reinstatement to its highest judicial board, according to Schaefer. Schaefer, formerly of Lebanon, Pa., and now working as a minister in California, said he wasn't surprised by the move. He said it worried him, but he also sees it as an opportunity for the LGBT cause. "I think it will be great if we could win this," he said.
July 11, 2014 |
Another church trial over a same-sex wedding could be on the horizon locally for the United Methodist Church - this time with 36 defendants and reverberations in congregations across the region. Accused of breaking doctrinal law are the pastors who jointly performed a same-sex wedding last year in Philadelphia in solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the Lebanon, Pa., pastor put on trial for presiding at his gay son's wedding. A complaint against those 36 ministers was filed by a group of about 50 members, mostly clergy, of the church's eastern Pennsylvania Conference, according to those with knowledge of the confidential process.
June 27, 2014 |
Frank Schaefer's battle may not be over. A Methodist church panel on Tuesday found that the pastor from Lebanon, Pa., was wrongly defrocked for officiating at his son's gay wedding. While Schaefer celebrated and planned a move to California for a new job as a full-time minister, the church's prosecutor was contemplating an appeal to the Judicial Council, its highest appeals body. That step would extend the national attention on a debate over same-sex marriage in the United Methodist Church, and could deepen divides within the denomination.
June 26, 2014 |
Frank Schaefer on Tuesday was reinstated as a Methodist minister by a church panel that found the Pennsylvania pastor was wrongly defrocked in December for officiating at his son's gay wedding. A committee of lay church members and clergy said Schaefer's sentence unjustly required a promise to uphold the church's laws in the future if he wished to receive back his ministering credentials at the end of a suspension. "Our clergy can only be punished for what they have been convicted of doing in the past, not for what they may or may not do in the future," the decision stated.
June 23, 2014 |
The Methodist church panel weighing whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor who lost his credentials after officiating his gay son's wedding, did not announce a decision Saturday, according to Schaefer's counsel. The panel, composed of nine lay members and clergy from the church's northeast jurisdiction, heard Schaefer's appeal Friday in Baltimore and had been expected to announce its decision Saturday. No reason was given for the delay. It is not known when the decision will come, but the panel has 28 days to issue a ruling.
June 22, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - A Methodist church panel on Friday weighed whether to reinstate Frank Schaefer, the Pennsylvania pastor defrocked after he officiated at his gay son's wedding, with some members making clear they questioned the penalty's legality under church law. During the hearing, the members grilled the pastor who prosecuted Schaefer's case about the punishment and how it was imposed, including whether Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pa., could be disciplined for...