Reconciling Ministries

First UMC Reconciling Service w/Frank Schaefer

Sunday, April 27th at 6pm. First UMC Sanctuary, Service of Affirmationlogo

Guest speaker Reverend Frank Schaefer
(A United Methodist pastor who lost his credentials for officiating his son’s gay wedding)

Reception following service in the FUMC Family Life Center

After giving twenty years of service to the church, Rev. Schaefer who led a congregation in Lebanon, Pennsylvania for more than a decade was defrocked last year by the church’s Board of Ordained Ministry for performing the 2007 wedding of his gay son in Massachusetts where same-sex unions are legal.  Rev. Schaefer will share with us his perspective on the issue of inclusion in the church and how his compassion trumped doctrine.  In addition, FUMC pastor Rev. John Wright and his staff have created an affirming and healing liturgy with beautiful music, litanies, and prayers.

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