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Frank Schaefer Reinstated!

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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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:49

Co-Spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne: RIP

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Tim Tennant-JayneTim Tennant-Jayne:
Affirmation Co-spokesperson Dies

"There are some people that I can sit in silence with a know I have been in the presence of God. Tim Tennant-Jayne was one of those people. Thank you for your quiet, powerful presence. You have taught me much and it has been my privilege to know and love you. Go with God, dear friend." -- Lyn

"I am weeping at learning that Tim Tennant-Jayne has passed away. I can't even adequately express my anger at the United Methodist Church that these saints are passing away without getting to see the change they tirelessly worked for. How many years do they/we have to be dead before an official apology? Tim and Bill made it possible for me to survive the last General Conference. I will greatly miss Tim's fierce and gentle soul. My condolences to all who loved him." -- Joy

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:53

Reverend Frank Schaefer Defrocked

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For Immediate Release, Monday December 23, 2013

By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne

Affirmation is angered and embarrassed by the actions of Bishop Peggy Johnson, the trial court, and the Board of Ordained Ministry of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference.  Reverend Frank Schaefer stood up to injustice and discrimination while living out his ordination vows by performing a wedding for his gay son.

Reverend Schaefer’s treatment is an inevitable consequence of The United Methodist Church’s unjust doctrine around its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQI) members.  However, it is also inevitable that just people will rise up against power structures that perpetuate injustice.  Now is the time to claim the authority to live out our Christian journeys with integrity.

The Affirmation Council stands with all who are ready to boldly engage our United Methodist Church’s power structures and demand full inclusion of all people.  Now is the time to claim our power as people who understand that Christmas is about love, not apathy; hope, not fear; joy and openness, not hiding; and peace based in justice, not exclusion.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 December 2013 09:25

Marriage Equality Progress

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For Immediate Release, Tuesday December 24, 2013

By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne

The Affirmation Council wonders at the work of the Holy Spirit in our land.  New Mexico and Utah have seen judicial action open the doors for same gender marriage.  Justice has prevailed as full participation replaces discrimination.  This Christmas season has shown that God’s justice is possible.  Nor does that justice only burst forth in official church settings.  Affirmation calls on all jurisdictions to join the 18 states and the District of Columbia that welcome all to marry.  We long for the day that people in all states and nations will be included in society regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

We continue to call on United Methodists to lead in the cause of justice.  Not only do we work to open our church for all people, but we also work to live in God’s love in all the world.  Affirmation longs for the day that our leaders will stop persecuting and start calling for prophetic change.  Justice is incomplete until all the world lives without fear.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 08:55

Time To Do The Right Thing

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It is time to do the right thing.

Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert spoke those words to more than 550 people Sept. 1, during the 2013 Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) Convocation held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase. RMN’s mission, according to its web site, is to “mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.”


Last Updated on Sunday, 29 December 2013 09:24
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