Recently Read: Ogletree’s church trial postponed indefinitely

Rev-Thomas-Ogletree-UMCFrom the Religion News Service:

(RNS) The trial of a retired United Methodist pastor and former Yale Divinity School dean accused of breaking church law by performing a gay wedding has been delayed indefinitely.

Bishop Clifton Ives, a retired Maine bishop overseeing the trial, and pastors representing the church and the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, all agreed to pursue a “just resolution” before resorting to a trial, said the Rev. William S. Shillady, secretary of the trial court.

via United Methodists postpone Thomas Ogletree’s church trial | Religion News Service.

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Jay
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Jay
2 years 6 months ago

I am very sorry that Dr. Ogletree was not put on trial. He did a wonderful thing that needs to be publicized, as does the injustice that is embodied in the BoD. I think the refusal to place him on trial was just a face-saving tactic on the part of a homphobic denomination.

Sandy Wylie
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2 years 6 months ago

Jay, you are right on both counts. The UMC is just about the only homophobic mainline church left, and a huge number of adherents are determined to keep it that way. With the weight of the homophobic Africans growing with every General Conference, there’s just no way to end this nightmare. What a blot on the witness of one of the great churches of history.

Jay
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Jay
2 years 6 months ago

Yes, Sandy Wylie, it is very sad that the prevailing theology of a once great denomination is now closer to that of Fred Phelps and the Duck Dynasty charlatans. Soon it will be dictated from Uganda. Glad I am no longer a member though I miss my former congregation.

Scott
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Scott
2 years 5 months ago

Jay, your comments are unreal. What an insult to biblically based believers. I recognize you’re entitled to your opinions, but is it really necessary to publish ad hominem attacks on conservative believers ? Just because we do not believe in same sex marriage as a rite that our church should ever be performing does not make us homophobic, hateful or anything else but people who subscribe to biblical teachings recognized for centuries. Please stop the personal insults.

Brandon
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2 years 6 months ago

How can anyone in their right mind invite someone to the church when these progressive pastors and bishops insist on promoting their agenda of same sex relationships.

Jay
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Jay
2 years 6 months ago

How can anyone in their right mind invite someone to a deeply homophobic church that is dominated by unChristlike conservatives.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews
2 years 6 months ago

Brandon, you post got me to thinking we probably should refer to the “progressive” folk as “regressive.” They really aren’t helping the church, or the Gospel progress forward. They are obscuring it…

MethodistPie
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MethodistPie
2 years 6 months ago

I personally think it would be wise to avoid bringing an 80-year old retired seminary dean to trial. In terms of pure practicality, what would be the sentence? And we’ll get beat up in the press. Bishop Talbert is another matter entirely.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews
2 years 6 months ago

I agree, MethodistPie. Trails are not preferable, respect and honor is, which seems to be lacking among some within our church who reject UM identity as defined by GC and publish in the BOD.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews
2 years 6 months ago

Headline should read: “UM Bishops Fail the Denomination, Again”

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