Updated: Rev. Frank Schaefer, “convicted” in a church “trial” of breaking United Methodist church law by officiating his son’s same-sex marriage, received a 30-day suspension from a Pennsylvania church jury, according to the New York Daily News.
I’m proud of Rev. Frank Schaefer, even if I don’t know him personally. I wish more members of the clergy would act on what they know in their hearts and speak out against the institutionalized bigotry and superstitions of their religious organizations. By standing up to the anti-LGBT policies of his church, Rev. Schaefer has pointed out to the Methodists what so many other religious organizations now understand, that love transcends gender, that it is about a union of spirits, which all originate from the same Source. And, as The Heartland Proclamation signed by 263 clergypeople says:
As Christian clergy we proclaim the Good News concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons and publicly apologize where we have been silent. As disciples of Jesus, who assures us that the truth sets us free, we recognize that the debate is over. The verdict is in. Homosexuality is not a sickness, not a choice, and not a sin. We find no rational biblical or theological basis to condemn or deny the rights of any person based on sexual orientation. Silence by many has allowed political and religious rhetoric to monopolize public perception, creating the impression that there is only one Christian perspective on this issue. Yet we recognize and celebrate that we are far from alone, as Christians, in affirming that LGBT persons are distinctive, holy, and precious gifts to all who struggle to become the family of God.
Please click on the link to read more of the Proclamation — it is very heartwarming.
As I wrote this, I was awaiting the decision by the Methodist Church on what Rev. Schaefer’s penalty would be for conducting a same-sex marriage. The trial was a sickening, hypocritical process, and reminds me of the injustice endured by Jesus.
Indeed, by submitting to this absurd trial by the Methodist Church, Rev. Schaefer has proven that he is a true Christian, and I have no doubt that Jesus would be very proud of him.
Bravo, Mr. Schaefer!
Hugs from me and many others!