The Reverend Frank Schaefer Reinstatement
For Immediate Release, Wednesday June 25, 2014
By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Laci Lee Adams
Affirmation congratulates the Rev. Frank Schaefer for standing strong and making the case to be reinstated as a United Methodist elder in full connection. As The United Methodist Church continues to prayerfully learn how to be in ministry with all of God's children, it is wrong to prosecute a father who performed the wedding for his gay son. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a time where we can live together in our differences.For decades the United Methodist church has denied full inclusion to LGBTQ Christians who are called to be ordained clergy or who want to have services of marriage performed in our churches. We are witnessing the first rays of the new day when the church will support the whole human family, including those of us who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). Affirmation stands with those who are being prosecuted for their identity and for the faithful allies like Rev. Schaefer who are faithfully being obedient to God's call and to the biblical message of love.