Bishop Talbert refuses Council of Bishops request

Bishop Melvin TablertIn a report at, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has announced that he will be not be following the request of the United Methodist Council of Bishops and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett to refrain from conducting a same-sex marriage celebration this Saturday:

In response to requests from Wallace-Padgett and the executive committee of the United Methodist Council of Bishops not to do the service, Talbert has informed them he plans to go ahead with the service against their wishes.

“I’ve had to say to both I regret that I cannot honor their request,” Talbert said.

via First United Methodist bishop to preside at gay wedding defies Alabama bishop’s request |

Talbert couched his refusal in terms of the church’s call to offer hospitality:

“We as the church have the privilege of inviting people to come to God’s table, but we do not say which ones can and which ones can’t,” Bishop Talbert told “They are all created in the image of God. They all have a place at God’s table. They should not be excluded.”

The wedding service will be held this Saturday, October 26 at the Covenant Community Church (UCC) at 4:30 p.m. Talbert is also scheduled to speak at the Brownsville United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 27.

Click here to read the full story at

Recently Read

Recently Read

Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist Reporter have found interesting from other sites and wanted to share with our readers. The editors do not necessarily endorse the opinions shared in these stories, and referral here should not imply endorsement of that content.

Leave a Reply

The United Methodist Reporter wants to encourage lively conversation about The United Methodist Church and our articles in the belief that Christian conversation (what Wesley would call conferencing) is a means of grace. While we support passionate debate, we cannot allow language that demeans or demonizes others, and we reserve the right to delete any comment we believe to be harmful or inappropriate. We encourage all to remember that we are all broken and in need of Christ's grace, and that we all see through the glass darkly until that time we when reach full perfection in love. May your speech here be tempered with love, and reflection of the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. After all, "There is no law against things like this." (Galatians 5:22-23)
2 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
Robin M. HynickaSteven Marc Davis Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Robin M. Hynicka

Bishop Talbert stands tall and not alone. God is with him and so am I.

Steven Marc Davis
Steven Marc Davis

I'm proud of Bishop Talbert and saddened by our denomination continuing to exclude ALL our brothers and sister from the full grace and care of the Church. God bless you Bishop! Welcome to the club!

%d bloggers like this: