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An Act of Love

Director:
Scott Sheppard
Producers:
Kate S. Logan, Scott Sheppard

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. Schaefer was given a choice - vow to never again preside over a same-sex wedding, or lose his credentials as a minister. Frank knew that he could make no such promise, as three of his four children are gay. After giving him 30 days to reconsider his stance on gay marriage, the United Methodist Church (UMC) officially defrocked Rev. Schaefer in December, 2013. An Act of Love will follow Frank, his family, and the continuing struggle over LGBTQ inclusion in the United Methodist Church.

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