(Chris Knight/ Associated Press ) – The Rev. Frank Schaefer, right, of Lebanon Pa., walks to the gymnasium with an unidentified woman, before facing his sentencing at Camp Innabah, a United Methodist retreat, in Spring City Pa. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. A jury of his pastoral peers convicted Schaefer on Monday of breaking his vows by officiating his gay sons’ Massachusetts wedding in 2007. Schaefer could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to a suspension to losing his minister’s credentials.
SPRING CITY, Pa. — A United Methodist minister from southeastern Pennsylvania who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony was suspended for 30 days Tuesday and told he will lose his credentials if he violates any of the church’s rules in that time.
The same jury of fellow pastors that convicted Rev. Frank Schaefer on Monday of breaking his vows told him he must “discern his newly discovered calling to the LGBT community” and surrender his credentials if he decides he can’t uphold all of the church’s Book of Discipline.