What Really Happened with the Schaefer Decision

Facebook and Twitter are abuzz with reaction to the Judicial Council decision released Monday to affirm the reinstatement of Frank Schaefer as an ordained elder. Schaefer’s ordination had been revoked by a trial court in Eastern Pennsylvania that found him guilty of disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church for performing… Continue reading What Really Happened with the Schaefer Decision

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Disappointment in Schaefer decision

Good News strongly disagrees with the October 27 decision of the Judicial Council to uphold the appeals committee and restore the Rev. Frank Schaefer to ordained ministry. Schaefer was found guilty last year of violating church law by performing a same-sex wedding for his son in 2007. The new decision overturns the good faith effort… Continue reading Disappointment in Schaefer decision

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Methodism as a Missional Movement

Several weeks ago, I attended the inaugural New Room Conference in Franklin, TN, sponsored by Seedbed and the Wesleyan Covenant Network.  I’d like to share some of the things I found helpful and stimulating in this post and others in weeks to come.  The New Room Conference was an incredibly motivating experience, with an amazing… Continue reading Methodism as a Missional Movement

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Are Bishops Accountable?

The mantra in The United Methodist Church right now is “accountability.” The Council of Bishops has repeatedly committed itself to holding its members accountable. They instituted accountability groups among themselves for implementing the Vital Church initiative and seek to “hold each other’s feet to the fire” to engage in leadership strategies that will yield more… Continue reading Are Bishops Accountable?

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Why the Rules Matter

When a person brings up the Book of Discipline in a United Methodist meeting, most eyes glaze over. A seminary professor teaching a course on UM polity (church government) suggested that the Discipline makes good bedtime reading. And parts of it are extremely hard to follow and seem disconnected from everyday reality in the church.… Continue reading Why the Rules Matter

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Resolving to be Unaccountable

“Accountability” is the watchword of the numerous Judicial Council cases to be considered at its October 22-25 meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. The work of the Judicial Council is aimed primarily at providing the legal framework from our Book of Discipline to govern the actions of clergy, bishops, annual conferences, and General Church agencies. Since before 2012 and… Continue reading Resolving to be Unaccountable

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