A retired United Methodist minister intends to officiate same-sex marriages in Texas even though it is illegal in the state and against the church's doctrine.
Pastor Bill McElvany is taking the controversial stand despite recent cases involving United Methodist church leaders who were reprimanded for performing gay weddings.
"This is much more than an issue to be addressed. It's all about acceptance as human beings, about not having one's worth voted on by peers who believe a few scriptural passages formed by the apostle Paul are more authoritative than the numerous persuasive and powerful texts lifting up God's radical love through Jesus Christ," said McElvany, according to his predecessor, pastor Eric Folkerth's blog. more >>
A clergyman and former dean at Yale Divinity School will be tried by the United Methodist Church later this year for officiating his son's same-sex wedding.
Last week, the church trial for The Reverend Thomas Ogletree was scheduled for March 10, reported the Associated Press. The church trial has garnered much attention due to its spotlighting of the UMC's position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
In addition to considering homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching", the UMC Book of Discipline also states that clergy cannot perform same-sex marriages. more >>
Christians, including those from numerous denominations, from across the world are set to observe a time of prayer for the unity of the faith.
The annual "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" begins this Saturday and continues for the next seven days. Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox will hold various events centered on praying for the unity of the Christian faith.
Rev. John W. Crossin, executive director for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told The Christian Post about the Catholic Church's involvement in the observance. more >>
The United Methodist Church is denying that an Indiana church dismissed its openly gay choir director over his sexual orientation.
Dan Gangler, spokesman for the UMC Indiana Conference, told The Christian Post that First United Methodist Church of Alexandria had other reasons for not re-hiring Adam Fraley.
"The position was not open. Mr. Fraley had resigned earlier in the year and the pastor did not think it wise to re-hire him since he already have once resigned from the position," said Gangler. "This was a personnel decision. The position was the church's position in the first place. The church has the option to fill or not fill a particular position." more >>
A former Pennsylvania United Methodist Church pastor who was defrocked for not accepting the denomination's ban on officiating gay weddings has joined a pro-gay congregation in Washington, D.C.
Frank Schaefer, who was suspended by the UMC for officiating his gay son's same-sex wedding, recently joined Foundry UMC and preached a sermon there Sunday.
Dean Snyder, senior pastor at Foundry, told The Christian Post about how Schaefer became a member of his congregation. more >>
Following the United Methodist Church's decision last week to defrock the Rev. Frank Schaefer for officiating his gay son's wedding in 2007, a California-based Methodist bishop has offered Schaefer to join her ministry.
Bishop Minerva Carcaño offered Schaefer the opportunity to become a part of the California-Pacific Annual Conference soon after the church made its verdict last week because he would not retract his stance on same-sex marriage and refused to voluntarily give up his credentials.
"Frank Schaefer chose to stand with Jesus as he extended love and care to his gay son and his partner. We should stand with him and others who show such courage and faithfulness," said Carcaño, in a statement. more >>