“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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"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 ... See MoreSee Less
LIVE Tweeting (@RMNetwork) from inside the #UMC Judicial Council trial of Rev. Frank Schaefer; Rev Scott Campbell now speaking - Rev Schaefer's counsel:
Campbell strongly requests that material submitted by church counsel subsequent to trial should not be considered by JC.
"Alleged bias provides no grounds for reinstating previous penalties."
No evidence that NEJ Committee influenced by alleged bias. Campbell strongly refutes bias allegations.
Campbell strongly restating relevance of JC Decision 240.
Campbell claims church counsel's reading of trial court decision is "fanciful" and not at all accurate.
Campbell reminds us that trial court was supremely concerned about Schaefer's possible future support of LGBT people.
Hence Decision 725 is completely relevant in this case. Future action was primary concern of trial court.
Rev Schaefer never said he would violate the BoD in the future. Trial sought to control ambiguous future actions.
Trial court cannot hand down penalties based on possible future actions.
Campbell is finished, Fisher has 5 minutes for rebuttal. #MinistryOnTrial ... See MoreSee Less
LIVE Tweeting from inside the #UMC Judicial Council trial of Rev. Frank Schaefer:
Counsel for church, Rev Chris Fisher, restating facts of trial and outcome of Appeals Committee.
Church counsel maintains Appeals Committee misinterpreted JC decision 240.
Church counsel maintains JC decisions 240 & 725 were good for those cases, but cases not similar to Rev Schaefer case.
@MINDNYAC Across country, thousands of #UMC clergy are ministering to couples. #loveoverlaw #justicerollsdown
Church counsel closes by calling into question impartiality of NEJ Appeals Committee. Alleges perception of bias.
Church counsel attempts to submit new evidence of Rev Schaefer's behavior and actions subsequent to trial. #MinistryOnTrial ... See MoreSee Less
A sea of rainbow stoles to stand with Rev. Frank Schaefer. #MinistryOnTrial ... See MoreSee Less
The chairs are ready for The #UMC Judicial Council members to arrive. They will decide the fate of Rev. Frank Schaefer's clergy status. Expecting a decision to be announced by Sunday or Monday. #MinistryOnTrial ... See MoreSee Less
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