motorcycles, expensive sports
cars and even bicycles parked in
front and on the lawn. They keep*
their shades drawn so you can't
see what's going on inside but they
must be up to no good, or why the
We called the police department"
and they asked if we wanted to press charges. They said unless the
neighbors were breaking some law
there was nothing they could do.
Abby, these weirdos are wrecking our property values. How can
we improve the quality of this once-
UP IN ARMS
You could move.
Open To Gays
□ QWil Schaefer, deposed as a
United Methodist minister by a
church court more than a year
ago in San Antonio, has found his
way back into a religious denomination.
But he had to invent one to do
In a news conference held in a
"gay bar" in San Antonio Friday
afternoon, Schaefer announced the
wheat Wine Mission Ecumenical
Church as the newest denomination in the state.
And Schaefer is the self-appointed bishop.
He has been at odds with the
United Methodist Church since he
was ousted by a 13-member jury
of clergymen who found him guilty of immorality, disobedience and
HE WAS DEPOSED --not expelled from the church -- for refusing
to sever his relationship with Mrs.
Judy Nash , a San Antonio divorcee,
while still married to Mrs. Schaefer.
Since the court decision, Schaefer and the former Mrs. Nash have
lived together on a farm south of
Luling, Texas. She gave birth to
a son last February. The couple
was legally married in May.
The new church, Schaefer told
The Houston Post, was granted a
charter by th e office of the Texas Secretary of State May 17.
He said he waited to make the announcement of the new denomination until th e end of the annual
meeting of the Southwest Texas
Conference of the United Methodist
Church this week in San Antonio.
That was the conference Schaefer was in before he was deposed.
The Southwest Conference has
been faced with the issue ofhomo-
sexuality which was forced on it
by F. Euegne Leggett, who has publicly announcee his homosexuality.
Leggett, of Dallas, was suspended as a minister in the conference
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last year and made a futile attempt
on homosexuality and the church.
"WE KNEW the church would do
what it has done, refuse to talk to
people like Gene Leggett," Schaefer said. "We had hoped it would
make a place for people like him
Schaefer, who is a friend of Leggett, said: "If Gene is a homosexual
that's his business. But if he's a
man of compassion and truth he
meets our standards. The people of
the church are neither compassionate nor truthful, so they have '
forced us tostartadenomination."
"The meeting this last week was
the last straw," Schaefer said.
"We saw the church was hopeless."
The new denomination has three
board members, Schaefer,his wife,
and a San Antonio psychoanalyst.
It has three priests, one named
on abbott, who remains at the farm
near Luling (now called the Monastery), a black priest (formerly
head of the state Student National
Coordinating Committee) and a
priest who will minister to homosexuals.
Asked if the new denomination
will recognize homosexual marriages, the bishop said, "it's not for
me to decide if they are moral in
their marriage. Marriage is a personal matter between two people."
Schaefer said a priest of the denomination would have to decide if
the two homosexuals were entering
into a "truly spiritual marriage."
If a priest of the denomination
chose to marry two homosexuals,
"I'd support him," Schaefer said.
"I.CAN'T SAY that two homosexuals getting married is not moral. I can't do that. It'snot for me
to say," the bishop said in a telephone interview.
Wheat Wine Mission Ecumenical Church will begin with a headquarters temple in San Antonio,
Schaefer said. He expects to expand the church throughout the
nation "as far as people need a
church to serve their needs."
Counseling clinics for drug and
alcohol abuse and marriage problems will be set up, and a retreat
center in Southern Mexico and the
farm near Luling will be part of
the denomination's offerings.
The first meeting of the church
will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at
San Pedro Park in San Antonio.
Schaefer described the scheduled
service as " a sort of church happening."
The philosophy of the denomination, he explained is individual f re-
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