They finally did the right thing and properly disciplined a rogue pastor who was shaking his fist at God, the Bible and the Methodist Book of Discipline by performing “same-sex marriage” rights. Via Renegade United Methodist Pastor Suspended:
Given the pridefully defiant note Schaefer decided to take – so that he was described by the Rev. Chris Fisher, counsel for the church, as being very explicitly “unapologetic and committed to disobeying the Book of Discipline” again in the future – this penalty amounts to a permanent defrocking of Schaefer, unless he has a sudden, dramatic change of heart. But the penalty is also structured to make it clear that if he is permanently defrocked, it is his own choice.
This penalty sets an important precedent for other pending church trials in the UMC.
I’m hoping that they see how easy that was and discipline others in the same way.