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August 1, 2002 | From staff reports
A funeral for Gardena Serra High track coach Richard Gatlin will be at 11 a.m. today at United Methodist Church, 4410 South Budlong Ave., Los Angeles. Gatlin, who died last week at his home, was 62. He coached for 10 years at Serra, guiding his team to a state championship in 2000.
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December 24, 2013
Re "Methodist pastor defrocked," Dec. 20 I write in defense of the defrocked minister, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who officiated at the marriage of his gay son. As a fellow Methodist minister in a denomination that has led the charge on so many civil rights issues, I am ashamed. Many states now recognize same sex-marriages, and yet the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline still says that the practice of homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching. " This doesn't reflect the thinking of most Methodists in the Western U.S., the upper Midwest or the Northeast.
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August 20, 1988 | From Times wire service reports
The Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, facing a budgetary crisis, is in the midst of a substantial wave of personnel changes for the second time in six months. At meetings in New York, directors of the board's national division voted to eliminate 11 mid-level positions and six support staff jobs as part of a $2-million budget cut.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Frank Schaefer had prepared for the worst, but his voice shook Thursday as he described how it felt to be defrocked by the United Methodist Church after he refused to comply with its law against same-sex marriage. "I guess I took it harder than I thought I would," Schaefer said shortly after a private meeting in which church officials demanded that the pastor from Lebanon, Pa., surrender his credentials. "I was prepared for it, but it's traumatic. " Schaefer, who officiated at his son's marriage to another man in 2007, appealed, setting the stage for a drawn-out battle over an issue that has put the United Methodist Church at odds with some of its clergy and with public attitudes toward same-sex marriage.
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September 7, 1985 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The 9-million-member United Methodist Church, often considered the most broadly represented Protestant denomination in the nation, has been ignoring ominous regional differences in its ranks, according to a study by two professors at the Duke University Divinity School.
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June 17, 2000 | ELAINE GALEBD TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County pastor hailed as a pioneer in interfaith outreach preached his final sermon this week to a standing-room-only crowd of his parishioners, many teary-eyed as they said their farewells, and clergy of all faiths from across Southern California. The Rev. Robert B. Shepard, 63, is retiring from Anaheim United Methodist Church, where he served for 15 years.
NEWS
November 27, 1997 | LEE ROMNEY and NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Mary Ann Jones made her trademark toffee bars because the rabbi from the temple across town "likes those a lot." She and other members of Anaheim United Methodist Church laid out a spread of kosher macaroons and chocolate bonbons purchased especially for their Jewish guests. And for the 40th year running, they celebrated a joint Thanksgiving service that unites the Methodist congregation with its Jewish counterpart from Temple Beth Emet.
NEWS
January 17, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In an unprecedented act of mass disobedience to their church, 95 United Methodist ministers Saturday risked their ordinations by uniting two lesbian women in a "holy union." The marriage-like ceremony, witnessed by an estimated 1,200 gay, lesbian and straight supporters, was viewed here as a defining moment in a two-decade controversy over the role and place of homosexuals in the United Methodist Church.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Church in Ocean Park, a United Methodist congregation that ministers to the young and unconventional, began planning a concert last summer "designed to affront the sensitivities of the prudish." The Nov. 17 concert, called "Naked in the Church," will feature performance artists who will do separate pieces about the "body" and "pornography," music by The Underthings, described as a provocative rock group, and a film short, "Elektra," by two "feminist underground filmmakers."
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March 15, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, who risked censure in the United Methodist Church for appointing his denomination's first openly gay pastor in 1982, died March 1 in Mission Viejo after a lengthy illness, a church spokesman said. He was 93. Wheatley was known for promoting dialogue across faiths and cultures during nearly two decades in Los Angeles as senior pastor of the Westwood United Methodist Church. In 1972 he was elected bishop and assigned to Denver as the gay rights movement was underway.
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December 16, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A United Methodist minister who was suspended for officiating at his son's gay marriage said on Monday he will not voluntarily surrender his religious credentials even though he cannot uphold his church's doctrines on issues relating to same-sex marriage. The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon, Pa., was convicted of violating church doctrine by performing a same-sex marriage when he officiated at his son's nuptials in 2007 in Massachusetts. On Nov. 19, he was suspended for 30 days and asked to agree to abide by church doctrine, as outlined in the Methodist Book of Discipline, or to surrender his ministerial credentials.
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November 23, 2013 | By Tina Susman
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.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Location manager Brian O'Neill needed a location to film a wedding scene for the upcoming move "The Wedding Ringer," and he knew just the place: Hollywood United Methodist Church at the corner of Franklin and North Highland avenues. With its Gothic Revival cathedral, stained-glass windows, breezy courtyards and lush gardens, the church would be an ideal setting for the Screen Gems movie, in which comedian Kevin Hart runs a wedding consulting business. But there was another reason to select the church for the upcoming wedding scene.
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July 7, 2012 | By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
Leontine T.C. Kelly, a daughter and wife of ministers who followed her own calling and became the first black woman bishop in a major Christian denomination when the United Methodist Church elevated her to the position in 1984, has died. She was 92. Kelly, who oversaw Northern California and Nevada for the church from 1984 to 1988 while based in San Francisco, died June 28, the denomination announced. She had been in poor health for some time while living at a retirement home in Oakland.
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December 29, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
A Claremont church's nativity display that showed gay couples holding hands was vandalized in an incident discovered Christmas Day that authorities are investigating as a hate crime. Claremont United Methodist Church has a Christmas tradition of unusual nativity scene installations that are intended to carry a social or political message. Despite some of the controversial topics, the installations had never been defaced, according to church officials and John Zachary, the artist who created them.
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June 27, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
The United Methodist Church has lifted sanctions against the Claremont School of Theology, which risked breaking its longstanding ties with the church when it announced plans earlier this year to begin training Muslim imams and Jewish rabbis in addition to Christian pastors. In a terse statement Friday, the United Methodist University Senate announced that it had rescinded a public warning and restored funding to the school, which will remain affiliated with the church. The senate oversees all Methodist-affiliated seminaries.
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October 31, 1998
* "All Saints' Sunday" will be celebrated Sunday at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oxnard. The service recognizes and memorializes members and friends of the congregation who have died since last All Saints' Sunday, said the Rev. Al Gorsline. A special communion offering for Hispanic ministries in the United Methodist Church conference will also be recognized with a special communion. For more information, call 487-2711. The church is at 1800 South C St.
NEWS
July 19, 1988
A San Francisco-area pastor has won a coveted vacancy as a bishop in the 9-million-member United Methodist Church and has been assigned to Portland, Ore. The Rev. William W. Dew Jr. of Alamo, Calif., outpolled six other pastors at the denomination's Western Jurisdiction Conference meeting in San Diego. The Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., a former aide to the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and pastor of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, was his closest rival.
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March 15, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Like many Americans, Doug Pagitt grew up outside the world of organized religion. Neither his parents nor his grandparents were churchgoers, and there was no expectation that he would be any different. Today, with his goatee, ear stud and funky clothes, he could easily pass for the sort of Gen X hipster who lives an entirely secular life. But at 17, Pagitt saw a Passion play that hit him like a thunderbolt, and he wound up becoming a Christian pastor. His church in Minneapolis, Solomon's Porch, is blazing a trail in a new movement that could be called Church 2.0. That was, in fact, one of the terms used last week during a three-day conference about the future of American Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology.
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March 15, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, who risked censure in the United Methodist Church for appointing his denomination's first openly gay pastor in 1982, died March 1 in Mission Viejo after a lengthy illness, a church spokesman said. He was 93. Wheatley was known for promoting dialogue across faiths and cultures during nearly two decades in Los Angeles as senior pastor of the Westwood United Methodist Church. In 1972 he was elected bishop and assigned to Denver as the gay rights movement was underway.
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