A free screening of the
“An Act of Love”
with special guests
Tim Schaefer and Rev. Casey Orr
Sunday, June 4, 2017
4:00 – 6:30 pm | Wesley Hall
First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth
800 W. 5th St. | Fort Worth, TX 76102
Co-sponsored by eleven:eleven celebration of FUMCFW
and Advocates for Social Justice of FUMC Arlington
Rev. Frank Schaefer was a United Methodist minister in a small Pennsylvania town until he was put on trial in the Church for officiating the same-sex wedding of his eldest son, Tim. Schaefer was given a choice — vow to never again preside over a same-sex wedding or lose his credentials as a minister. Frank could make no such promise — three of his four children are gay. After giving him 30 days to reconsider his stance on gay marriage, the United Methodist Church officially defrocked Rev. Schaefer in December 2013. A documentary award winner at multiple film festivals, “An Act of Love” follows Frank, his family, the subsequent trials and appeals, his reinstatement two years later, and the continuing struggle over LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church.
Following the screening, Tim Schaefer, who resides in the DFW area and is currently attending Brite Divinity School at TCU, will be on hand for a brief Q&A about the film and what he is doing now. Rev. Casey Orr, Associate Pastor at FUMCFW, serves on the General Conference’s special Commission on a Way Forward and will present where the Commission is in the process of finding a solution.
Snacks and refreshments will be served. There will not be child care for this event, but older children are welcome to attend.