After Officiating Son's Same-Sex Wedding, Mennonite Pastor Gets His Credential Revoked

When Phil Wenger wanted to marry his partner, he asked his father, 96-year-old Chester Wenger, a longtime pastor and missionary in the Mennonite Church, to officiate. The backyard ceremony at the home of Wenger and his now-husband, Steve Dinnocenti, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was attended by only a few people in June. But since that day, it has rippled far beyond the town. In September, the retired pastor's ministerial credential was revoked by the church based on these guidelines: "Pastors holding credentials in a conference of Mennonite Church USA may not perform a same-sex covenant." L. Keith Weaver, moderator for the Lancaster Mennonite Conference,
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Teamsters Leader Elected to Head Calif. Film Commission

Labor leader Steve Dayan is the new head of the California Film Commission Board of Commissioners, replacing outgoing Chairman Keith Weaver of Sony Pictures Entertainment, who will remain on the board. Dayan's election to the chairmanship was announced at a board meeting last Friday. Dayan, of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 399, who has been on the board since 1999, will begin serving as 2014 chairman on Jan. 1. "Steve is a passionate advocate who has devoted his career to helping support film and TV production jobs in California," Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission, said in a statement. "He's also an exceptionally strong leader with the experience, expertise and determination to get things done." A Teamsters Local 399 member for more than 28 years, Dayan served as business agent and organizer for the union before his election last month to the top leadership post of secretary-treasurer. Local 399 represents more than 4,500 drivers, location managers,
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Biz Briefs: WB DVD Delay; Calif. Film Board

WB Doubles Netflix, Redbox Wait For DVD Rental To 56 Days Warner Bros has had second thoughts about making new DVDs available to Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster just 28 days after retail release. The studio is doubling the time the trio of rental services must wait to 56 days to give regular retailers a longer shot at sell-through. According to the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD blog, it’s part of WB’s continuing effort to shore up DVD sales. Deals establishing the 28-day delay were struck in 2010 and included VOD streaming incentives for Netflix. The new, longer window doesn’t include those incentives. Sony Evp Keith Weaver New Board Chairman, Calif. Film Commission Sony Pictures executive Keith Weaver has been elected chairman of the board of the California Film Commission. Weaver is Sony’s Evp worldwide government affairs. He has served on the commission board since 2008. Commission executive director Amy Lemisch said of Weaver in a statement,
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Keith Weaver Elected Chairman of California Film Commission

Keith Weaver has been elected as chairman of the California Film Commission for its 2012 term. He replaces Iatse official Michael F. Miller, Jr., who continues as a board member. Weaver’s day job is executive vp of worldwide government affairs for Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he has worked for over a decade. He has been on the board of the film commission since 2008. "Keith brings a powerful blend of public affairs and entertainment industry experience that will help advance our mission of increasing production and creating jobs in California," says Amy Lemisch, executive director of the California Film Commission. "He's as

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4 tapped for California film board

4 tapped for California film board
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed four new members to the California Film Commission on Thursday, including Academy Award-winning producer Albert Ruddy and Sony Pictures Entertainment executive Keith Weaver. Joining Ruddy and Weaver on the commission, which seeks to enhance production in California, are IATSE 11th vp Michael Miller and Fresno Mayor Alan Autry. Schwarzenegger also took the occasion to reappoint producer Stanley Brooks, producer and entertainment executive Joe Hartwick, producer Tom Werner and actor/directors Danny DeVito, Bill Duke and Clint Eastwood. "I am pleased this team of renowned, award-winning professionals is serving the state of California to find innovative ways to encourage film production and the vital role it plays in our state," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

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