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Defrocked pastor defends gay rights at new pulpit
Defrocked pastor defends gay rights at new pulpit

The pastor walked the streets of Lower Manhattan, his hands trembling. A day earlier, he'd been stripped of his ministry, defrocked by the United Methodist Church for presiding over his gay son's wedding. He was afraid he'd never lead a church again. Then his cellphone rang. A woman he'd never spoken with was on the other end: Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the liberal-leaning head of more than 350 Methodist churches from Southern California to Saipan. "Brother Schaefer," she said, "you have support here on the West Coast. You have a community that welcomes you. You acted in the spirit of Jesus, and we invite you to come minister here." ...

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