Schaefer’s 30-day suspension for conducting son’s same-sex wedding may become permanent

The Rev. Michele Wright-Bartlow, spokesperson for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, reads a statement to the media on behalf of Bishop Peggy Johnson. by John W…. Read more

Facts and Bishop’s Statement on Jury’s Penalty for Rev. Frank Schaefer

The Rev. Frank Schaefer consoles a supporter while giving him Holy Communion after Schaefer’s trial ended Tuesday night. – John Coleman photo Beginning on November 18, Bishop Alfred Gwinn (retired) presided… Read more

Bishop Johnson offers initial statement on start of church trial

The church trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer began with jury selection this morning, with Bishop Alfred Gwinn (retired) presiding. Thirteen jurors were selected from a pool of 87, and… Read more

Frank Schaefer found guilty in church trial


The Rev. Frank Schaefer greets supporters after receiving a guilty verdict Nov. 18. The penalty phase begins Nov. 19. He did not make any comments after the verdict. UMNS photos… Read more

Join Us in Standing for Justice with Immigrant Families

Hundreds of United Methodist clergy answered the call to lead for genuine immigration reform! Other clergy urged to join them powerful witness by signing our letter. The United Methodist letter… Read more

Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony

Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church 100 Maryland Ave. NE Washington, D.C. 20002 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2013 Council of Bishops Takes Action Following Same-Gender Ceremony Lake… Read more

October 2013 Financial Update

Conference Budget – Schedules A & B: Please reference Schedule A and Schedule B for a summary of the conference budget for October 2013. As a result of the faithful… Read more