Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Pastor who was defrocked is reinstated

Philadelphia

Pastor who was defrocked is reinstated

A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday 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 last year erred when fashioning his punishment. Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pa., was then transferred to the California conference of the church, effective July 1. "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.

Washington

Congress honors MLK and his wife

Congressional leaders commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act on Tuesday by posthumously bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal upon the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, for their efforts in passing the landmark legislation. The Kings' children, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King and Bernice King, accepted the honor in the Capitol Rotunda.

Elsewhere:

Minnesota: The state besieged Tuesday widespread flooding. Water spilled onto streets in St. Paul, crops of soybeans and corn were damaged, and a state of emergency was declared in 35 counties.

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