An panel from the United Methodist Church has agreed to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The appeals committee plans to hear the case of defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer this coming summer.
Jen Ihlo, president of the UMC Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, said in a statement that the appeal will be tried under the authority of the Book of Discipline and will take place on June 20.
The "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," according to the UMC Book of Discipline. "Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." more >>
A Florida church is now offering drive-thru prayer service for its community as a way to fulfill busy commuter's spiritual needs on the go.
Motorists along U.S. highway 41 in Southwest Florida can pull over once they spot a member of Estero United Methodist Church, carrying large signs that read "Need prayer? Turn here," where close to a dozen volunteers are waiting in the church parking lot to offer prayer.
"You'd be surprised by the tears of joy from people when they come through, because they know God's there for them and He is listening to their concerns. It's really neat," Pam Sebby, drive-thru prayer leader at EUMC, told The Christian Post. more >>
A North Carolina pastor has established a website with the purpose of seeking questions from the public that he can address in his sermons each Sunday and helps attenders interact during the services.
Known as "WikiWorship," the online project is overseen by United Methodist Reverend Philip Chryst, who is a student at the Duke Divinity School. Individuals submit their questions to Chryst via the website or via email and he addresses them during a worship service he oversees in Wilmington known as The Anchor.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Chryst explained that the origin of WikiWorship comes from a sermon at Duke Divinity School's Goodson Chapel. more >>
Conservative members of the United Methodist Church have expressed disappointment over a bishop's refusal to punish a clergyman who violated church rules by officiating his son's gay wedding.
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree, former dean of Yale Divinity School, officiated at the same-sex wedding of his son in 2012. A complaint was filed against him and a church trial was originally scheduled for March.
Bishop Martin D. McLee of the UMC New York Conference reached an "Agreement for a Just Resolution" where no trial will be held. Further, McLee called on a cessation of all church trials for UMC clergy who had presided over gay unions. more >>
A United Methodist Church pastor defrocked by his denomination for performing his son's same-sex wedding will soon have a movie made about his life.
Francis Schaefer, the Pennsylvania-based ex-pastor who lost his credentials late last year, will be the subject of a film to be produced by Kate Logan and directed by Scott Sheppard. Titled "An Act of Love," the documentary aims to examine the controversy surrounding Schaefer and the current policy of the UMC regarding homosexuality and marriage definition.
A United Methodist charity is looking to provide 700,000 malaria nets to a province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by mid-March.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is looking to collect and distribute the large number of nets on behalf of residents of Maniema Province. An estimated 3,000 volunteers will be headed to the eastern Congo province next month, reported Julia Kayser Frisbie of UMCOR.
"While one volunteer hangs a net over the sleeping area in each home, the other speaks with the family," wrote Frisbie. "Their key messages: Mosquitoes bearing malaria parasites transmit the disease through their bites." more >>