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An Act of Love

AN ACT OF LOVE is about the trial that rocked the United Methodist Church and the minister who risked it all for his son.

In 2013, Rev. Frank Schaefer was put on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating a same-sex wedding for his oldest son. The wedding had been performed years before. But, a disgruntled member of his parish filed a complaint just before the 6-year statue of limitations was up. Immediately, the Schaefer family was thrust into the front of a movement for LGBTQ equality in the nation’s second largest protestant denomination.

AN ACT OF LOVE allows the Schafer family to guide the journey, but includes interviews with people on all sides of the issue to provide a balanced, emotional look at this equality issue shaking up most organized religions.


86 min

Director: Scott Sheppard

Writer: Scott Sheppard

Producers: Kate S. Logan, Scott Sheppard, Mike C. Manning, Pauley Perrette

Cast: Rev. Frank Schaefer, Tim Schaefer, Brigitte Schaefer, Jimmy Creech, Beth Stroud, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

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