Methodists elects first openly gay bishop despite ban

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Scottsdale, Arizona (AP) – The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships.

The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late July 15 night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.

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Screened Out – FFF’s An Act of Love

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While celebrating their 25th year, the Florida Film Festival is also celebrating the LGBTQ community. In their quarter of a century, the festival has always added diversity and inclusiveness to the act. Everything starts Fri. Feature lengths kick off Sat., Apr. 9. Here are a couple LGBTQ-focussed films.

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Christian artist Ray Boltz discusses small town upbringing, coming out and his upcoming concert at Venice MCC

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The Venice MCC certainly has a history worth celebrating. On Feb. 19, 1995, Rev. Sherry Kennedy founded the church after Venice and Port Charlotte residents faced increased difficulty in traveling to the Manatee County MCC every week. Rev. Kennedy helped organize the first meeting, at which 78 members were present—a denominational record.

Twenty years later, the congregation will celebrate a milestone with a weekend long celebration that includes a performance by out Christian performer Ray Boltz. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

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Methodists end case against bishop who performed same-sex wedding

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The United Methodist church is settling a complaint against a retired bishop who performed a same-sex wedding in Alabama, and a church leader said the agreement showed the denomination doesn’t have to be divided by differences over gay marriage.

Church statements issued Jan. 5 said the case against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert had ended with a settlement that the denomination calls a “just resolution.”

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Pastor who performed same-sex marriage keeps ordination

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordained minister.

The Judicial Council of the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination ruled Oct. 27 that a Pennsylvania church jury was wrong to defrock Frank Schaefer last year after he would not promise never to perform another same-sex wedding.

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Methodists reinstate pastor after performing gay son’s wedding

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APHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pastor who presided over his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel June 24 overturned a decision to defrock him.

The nine-person panel ordered the church to restore Frank Schaefer’s pastoral credentials, saying the jury that convicted him of breaking church law erred when fashioning his punishment.

“I’ve devoted my life to this church, to serving this church, and to be restored and to be able to call myself a reverend again and to speak with this voice means so much to me,” an exultant Schaefer said, adding he intends to work for gay rights “with an even stronger voice from within the United Methodist Church.”

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Qiew set to return Jan.4 with Rev. Schaefer as guest

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Orlando – Come Jan 4, Orlando residents will once again get a chance to listen to The Qiew, the popular LGBT-centered show on AM 810. The weekend show will resume broadcasting each Saturday at 1 p.m. with hosts Randy Stephens and Paul Karle.

The show’s first guest will be Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist pastor who was defrocked after officiating his son’s wedding to his male partner. Schaefer made national headlines when he lost his position and was invited by a California Methodist bishop to serve in her region, indicating another sign of a split in the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination.

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