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Defrocked pastor preaches in Lancaster

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

The former Lebanon County pastor, who was defrocked by the Methodist Church last month for officiating his son's same-sex wedding, preached again Sunday in Lancaster.

The First United Methodist Church on East Walnut Street welcomed Pastor Frank Schaefer for its Human Relations Day. The church says it's a time of recognition to better develop relationships with each other and the community.

Schaeffer spoke about the importance of accepting all church members.

"As a church, we cannot say 'you can come here, and you can be baptized, and you can be a member, but when it comes to marrying the person that you love, we won't do that for you," Schaefer said. "Or if it comes to becoming a minister in the church, you can't do that. That's discrimination. That's treating some of our members as second class Christians and it has to stop."

Shortly after he was defrocked last month, Schaefer received a job offer from the California-Pacific Methodist conference. He has not yet said what he'll do next.

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