November 23, 2013 |
LEBANON, Pa. - It had been six years since the Rev. Frank Schaefer officiated at the wedding of his son, Tim, to another man - long enough that he rarely thought about the ceremony anymore. Long enough that he didn't expect it to become an issue for parishioners at his church in this quiet, rural area in eastern Pennsylvania, especially since he'd made a point of not telling them about it. But Schaefer's United Methodist Church does not tolerate same-sex marriage, and Schaefer has become the latest poster child in the fight between reformists and traditionalists, who after learning of the wedding took Schaefer to a church court this month and won. After an emotionally charged trial, a jury of fellow pastors convicted Schaefer of breaking church law and suspended him for 30 days for performing the April 2007 marriage of his son in Massachusetts.
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July 31, 1993 |
An installation service on Sunday for new Senior Pastor Scott Jenkins at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Garden Grove will be led by Bishop Robert Miller of the Pacifica Snyod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The service will be at 4 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner in the fellowship hall at the church, 12432 9th St., Garden Grove. Information: (714) 534-2329.
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February 22, 2002 |
An ecumenical panel of bishops and other Christian leaders will discuss contemporary ethical issues Monday at Chapman University. Participants will include Bishop Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles; Bishop Tod D. Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange; the Rev.
July 6, 1997 |
The United Church of Christ has decided to unite with three other Protestant denominations, sharing congregations and ministers with the denominations for the first time since the 16th century. At the church's convention in Columbus, more than 700 delegates--representing 1.5 million members--voted to accept the plan for "full communion." The unification proposal, which would allow joint congregations, minister exchanges and shared sacraments, was approved earlier this year by the 2.