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Love, equality, and #MinistryOnTrial

By Shannon Trenton, Originally published on her blog. In the last week, I’ve made some passing references and shared quite a bit on my Facebook page about a very ...
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For this week's #ThrowBackThursday, we invite you to read this deeply moving issue of "Open Hands Magazine" featuring stories and reflections from the fall of 1985. #tbt

"I do not intend to sit around wasting away. My life has been and is one of the most fulfilling I have ever encountered. A gift...I am at peace and more in love with the God of my soul than I ever dreamed possible."

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Richard GlodoI didn't find any publication dates so I'm wondering if RMN has any record of my former partner's book written in 1990? The book is entitled 'Living with Aids, One Christian's Struggle" Written by Terry Boyd. Former UMC Bishop Leontine Kelly wrote an endorsement for the book.19 hours ago   ·  1
Rory GoshornThis brought a smile to my face! Disneyland opened the year I was born. In the summer of '66 my family moved to Villa Park California which at the time was still a place where citrus and avocados were grown. Disneyland was a short drive from our house. In the summers we would climb on our roof and watch the fireworks at Disneyland. My mom would take my brother and I there often in the summer and drop us off for the day with our ticket books. Of course the E ticket was the best, and we were always close to first in line to ride the Matterhorn when the park opened. What fun memories...4 hours ago

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“This has been a long and difficult journey for me and my family. I am grateful to the Judicial Council for considering the facts and the law in this case, and confident that they will agree with the Appeals Committee which found in June that my defrocking violated the Council’s precedents. I am grateful to my counsel, Scott Campbell, who has so eloquently demonstrated how law and compassion are not incompatible. Above all I am grateful to people all over the country – including so many in The United Methodist Church – who have been faithful to the call to love and who have sustained me throughout this ordeal. Whatever happens in my case, this movement of love that has embraced me will continue until that day when our church finally stops discriminating against God’s LGBTQ children.”

- Rev. Frank Schaefer 10/22/14 following the Judicial Council hearing
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Laura HarrisThank you, Frank, for having the courage and stamina to make it through all the trials. I pray that this Judicial Council will see their way past fear to love and fairness.2 days ago   ·  38
Rachel GarrettThanks for leading the way. Love never fails. God bless you and your family.2 days ago   ·  21
Carla Oakes ClarkAs a lifelong Methodist, I say thank you Rev. Schaefer, for your love, compassion and courage in truly following Jesus.2 days ago   ·  12
Steve UrieYes Scott Prange it is OK to be a Christian and gay at the same time... There is no where in the Bible that Jesus condemned it, Mankind put the word homosexual in the Bible changing the word effeminate... I have a lot of straight friends that flame more than I do. I have full faith in my relationship with Christ... "whosoever" is an all inclusive word!2 days ago   ·  10
Marcia RobertsAs a proud Mom of two wonderful gay sons I thank you for standing up for them. I hold you and your dear family in my prayers.2 days ago   ·  8
David Bales de GraaffThis'attitude' of conservative Christianity is an embarrassment to the name which bears the Christ's name. Little puny man has been SO busy dancing to the enemies' tune, laboring to prove that the body of Christ is doing it 'right' and following all the rules (Oh look! There's a pharisee!), bogged down in the chains of guilt and retribution (Oh yeah, Christ died on the cross for that) - that a LARGE portion of Christ's bride has forgotten to be humble and has been PRESUMING to know the mind of God (Isaiah 40:13/ Romans 11:28-36). How DARE ANY of us stand as accusers or think to have the right to be in a place of condemnation over another human being. It saddens me the feelings or spirit of superiority some secretly or blatantly hold over others in their own self -righteousness. We are ALL sinners and fall short of the glory of God. WAY short ... EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US!!!!! Just love people as Jesus commanded and let GOD judge and move people's hearts to repentance and conviction of whatever sin they may have in HIS eyes ... NOT yours. Concern yourself with your OWN walk with the Lord. Geeze. I'm SO sick of ALL the people walking around on this ball in space thinking they are enrolled in the Being God 1.01 course for beginners.2 days ago   ·  14
Diane SchmeckThank you for your courage. May those sitting in judgement chose Love!2 days ago   ·  6
Janice SappThe church is called to love. Love one another. That seems to be the underlying thread. However the church can't seem to do that and stands righteously in front of the crucified Christ and denies love with conditions to Gods children. Shame on the church.2 days ago   ·  5
Richard GlodoWe thank you and your family for witnessing for Love Above Law ! Much love and prayers to you all.2 days ago   ·  5
Maureen Kruckenberg VetterThanks for your witness and courage to hang in there2 days ago   ·  6
Duane FortierTHANK YOU...& again....Thank You...We ARE all God's Children...AMEN.2 days ago   ·  4
Steve UrieThank you for your courage and strength... may God's light so shine!2 days ago   ·  4
Deborah GudgerThank you Frank for your courage to stand for what is right. We're standing with you.2 days ago   ·  4
Vicky Budd SharpThis makes me very sad. I am not sure why anyone should have to 'fight' to belong to a church.2 days ago   ·  4
Janice PerkinsGod bless and thank you for your courage.2 days ago   ·  4
Linda HaywoodEloquent. Thank you Frank Schaefer and family for your sacrifices on behalf of all of us.2 days ago   ·  4
Laura Cook GranthamWhatever happens, know the many who stand behind you 100%, and thank you in behalf of our gay or transgender children! God is on your side!2 days ago   ·  4
Rick WatersGod bless you for standing for love as Jesus did.2 days ago   ·  4
Dawn LiphartYou are such a testimony of love, compassion, and grace to me. Hmmm perhaps because I see you embracing Biblical obedience. We continue to stand and wait prayerfully with you Frank Schaefer.2 days ago   ·  3
Scott PrangeSo let me get this right. Its ok to be a Christian and gay at the same time2 days ago   ·  3
Chriss ZimmermanCould we love like Jesus, instead of judging like a Pharisee?2 days ago   ·  2
Barbara ShaverRev Schaefer is not a rebel. He is a loving father who is thoughtfully and prayerfully inclusive in his beliefs. I respect him enormously!2 days ago   ·  2
Steven LeiphartLove will win, no matter what happens, and we will all be changed. Time to move this church forward in love, the love of Christ. Keep praying the Hate away!2 days ago   ·  2
Lacey Lynne BonsantoStand firm and keep the faith, Reverend Schaefer. Bless you! :)2 days ago   ·  2
Revd Ian P. HamiltonPrayer from UK.2 days ago   ·  2

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"If Schaefer's being reinstated as clergy is left to stand, that decision will harm the Church." ~ Counsel for The #UMC, Rev. Chris Fisher

No acknowledgement of years of harm done to LGBT community... #MinistryOnTrial
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Justin DavisThe Church already harms itself by excluding Children of God.2 days ago   ·  28
Diane SchmeckRev Schaefer is not harming the Church. Those who sit in judgement are harming the Church.2 days ago   ·  25
Brite Divinity SchoolAt Brite Divinity School, we #StandWithFrank and with all our LGBTQIA sisters and brothers. We acknowledge, too, that justice-seeking and peace-making are scandalous, prophetic endeavors, but our voice remains steadfast. We shall overcome, and we'll snatch the wig from dominant, heteronormative discourses in the process.2 days ago   ·  21
Mandy Sloan FlemmingMy heart aches for the violence done to so many through narrow-minded thinking.2 days ago   ·  19
Martie Muldoonif he is NOT reinstated, THAT will harm the church .....2 days ago   ·  17
Blake HaneyThat line of reasoning is absurd.2 days ago   ·  13
Eugene LongThe church has injured itself by letting prejudice lead the way against science and the teaching of most mainstream biblical scholars and theologians. And christians wonder why so many of us have given up on the church following years of racial, gender and now sexual prejudice.2 days ago   ·  9
Arthur WinchSo…this will harm the church in what way? By making it a truly christian organization by welcoming ALL people and blessing them as one of God's children. Really now! I suppose this hurts the church like gay marriage hurts straight marriage. Do you really believe that crap?2 days ago   ·  7
Tim Wilkinsthe church's homophobic stance has already sealed its impending death as a viable relevant part of society.2 days ago   ·  12
Jack LipphardtOhmagooness! The harm done to the church by the language in our discipline regarding homosexuality and the practice of ministry that is discriminatory, biblically unfounded, theologically bankrupt, and alienation from God (which is sin) is incalculable.2 days ago   ·  4
Steve N-Bob Bigden-RussellnfamIf modern Methodists realized the BoD is out dated, is there not a judicial body that can declare the rule unconstitutional and remove it from the BoD. 2 days ago   ·  3
Brett Isernhagen...or the harm to the Church as we have kept from discerning the Body. :/2 days ago   ·  3
Mark PoirierWhy can't they simply love one another?2 days ago   ·  2
Deborah GudgerIf the decision doesn't stand, it will do much more damage, not only to the UMC, but more importantly, to God's children. I stand with Rev. Frank Schaefer.2 days ago   ·  2
George Jonte-CraneWhat harm will it do to the church? He's an idiot too. It will only serve to help the church-maybe the church will one day wake up to the reality that this is one of the reasons for our decline.2 days ago   ·  2
Sherry Beck-PolandUgh, so unloving...2 days ago   ·  2
Debra DrewThe church has already been harmed by the closed mindedness of those who would deny the LGBTQ community the rights and privileges everyone else enjoys.2 days ago   ·  4
Marylou CateThe church hierarchy has gotten many things wrong over the ages: slavery and women being second class yo name two. God works through social awareness and growth to undo the harm literal interpretation has done.2 days ago   ·  1
Becky KaufmanNo the decision will not harm the church. To the contrary, it may help some people remain in the church.2 days ago   ·  1
Theodore HamptonSo does that mean it is harmful for the Church to admit when it is wrong?2 days ago   ·  1
Peg IsaacsonWhat a unintelligent comment! I am trying to be nice and not say what I would really like to call him.2 days ago   ·  1
Andrew DavisSad.2 days ago   ·  1
William KellyHow is it absurd2 days ago   ·  1
Tom GallowaySo much for Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open doors......18 hours ago
Peter ClarksonIt's those who hold the Book of Discipline above the Bible, and distort what the bible actually says are the ones that are doing the harm to the church. The Church (regardless of denomination) has being doing so for hundreds of years. The suffragette movement fought for women's rights, because of the way women were treated, which was all based on what the bible said they should be treated. Those dear ladies didn't fight for equality for nothing. The days of Martin Luther King, were no different, yet some places in the world still, unfortunately uphold to discrimination, yet cry that their religious freedom is being infringed upon when people fight back. The Church has and will continue to harm and divide society, until those higher-ups in the church, actually show love and acceptance just like Jesus did. They say they follow Jesus and his teachings, and endeavour to be like Jesus, all I say to them is PROVE IT! and stop tring to look all high and mighty to save face. I pray that the holy spirit will move in them, and convict them in ways that they realize that they were wrong.23 hours ago

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