Category: Robert Neville

LETTERS: Pastors’ courage offers hope that bigotry can be countered

December 24th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Robert Neville 0 comments

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Bigotry against gays and other sexual minorities is deeply rooted in many of the cultures within which the United Methodist Church works, and the UMC is at grievous fault when it does not combat this bigotry…

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Methodist Church defrocks minister who officiated at gay wedding in Hull

December 20th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Robert Neville 0 comments

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Robert Neville, College of Arts & Sciences

United Methodist Church officials defrocked Thursday the pastor who was convicted in a church trial last month for performing the marriage ceremony of his gay son in Hull six years ago…

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“I think until the appeal process is finished, it’s not clear what anybody can do.”

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Among Methodists, schism over gay rites

November 24th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Robert Neville 0 comments

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The Rev. Frank Schaefer did not hesitate for a moment when asked by his gay son, Tim, to preside at his wedding in Hull. The Methodist minister was honored — and overjoyed…

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“The United Methodist Church, on the other hand, has a very strong federal government.” The General Conference makes rules for everything, and makes them by a majority vote.”

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