Bishop issues statement on McElvaney case

mckee_sq Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual Conference issued a statement earlier today on the situation involving the Rev. Bill McElvaney, a retired member of that conference who recently presided at a same-sex marriage service.  Although the Dallas Morning News reported yesterday that McElvaney had been suspended, McKee stated that no suspension had been initiated, and instead that they were pursuing the Book of Discipline mandated supervisory process.

McKee wrote:

As a bishop of The United Methodist Church, I realize that our denomination often finds itself in conversations about a number of social issues, including the evolving discussions regarding the church and human sexuality. Like any other body with a diverse membership, there will always be a wide range of deeply held ideas and ideologies.

My hope is that we will not simply focus on the differences with which we wrestle. Rather, by honoring the great diversity found in our churches and pews, United Methodists in North Texas will always remain connected to our most deeply held commitment to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people.

via Message from Bishop McKee re: McElvaney.

Click on the link above to read Bishop McKee’s full statement

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I read the Bishop’s statement three times. I have no idea what he is saying. Looks like he wants to have conversations of some kind.

Wes Andrews
Wes Andrews

Another cowardly Bishop….


Didn’t we have this “conversation” at General Conference? I guess we’ll keep “discerning” until we come up the answer the dissidents want–whereupon the “conversation” will be closed.

Gary Bebop
Gary Bebop

Diana is right. Why has UMReporter become the shill for this particular lobby? It’s obvious pandering. The enthusiasts will of course rave about getting the slant, but the rest of us recognize a pasquinade for what it is.

Diana Hill

It seems like the only thing I see on Facebook from the united Methodist reporter is about gay issues. Is there some good news you can report? I don’t. Really agree with your perceived issues, I would love to see other topics covered especially during this Lenten season. Thank you

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