Suspended Pennsylvania minister having news conference; asking bishop to end religious trials
A UnitedMethodist minister punished for officiating at his gay son's wedding is set totalk about his future.
The Rev.Frank Schaefer, pastor at Zion Methodist Church in Iona, Pa., is holding a news conference Monday in Philadelphia.He's been ordered to surrender his religious credentials by Thursday if hecan't adhere to church doctrine.
TheMethodist church accepts gay and lesbian members but rejects the practice ofhomosexuality as "incompatible with Christian teaching."
Schaefer is serving a 30-day suspension for leading his son's 2007 wedding inMassachusetts.
OnMonday, he'll be joined by a group of Methodist ministers who will discuss apetition being presented to Bishop Peggy Johnson.
It asks her to stop holdingreligious trials for pastors who perform gay weddings.