Talbert officiates another same-sex wedding in North Carolina

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Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

Charlotte, NC — Bishop Melvin Talbert, the retired United Methodist bishop who came under fire for officiating at a same-sex marriage service in 2013, has again presided at a similar service in North Carolina. According to various news reports, Talbert and the Rev. Val Rosenquist defied the United Methodist Church’s ban on UM clergy conducting same-wex weddings by presiding at the marriage of John Romano and Jim Wilborne at a service held at the First United Methodist Church of Charlotte, NC.

A complaint was filed against Talbert in 2014 for his presiding at a similar service held in a non-United Methodist Church in Alabama. That complaint was settled through the “Just Resolution Process” without going to church trial.

Talbert and Rosenquist’s actions are especially significant in light of the upcoming United Methodist General Conference meeting this May, being held in Portland, OR. The quadrennial meeting sets the policy and direction for the church, and it is expected that the issue of human sexuality will again be an important point of discussion. Proposals have been made to change the church’s existing proscription’s against same-sex weddings and inclusion of GLBT persons as ministers, while others have submitted legislation calling for mandatory punishments for clergy who defy church teaching on these issues.

Click here to read the Charlotte Observer’s full coverage of the Romano/Wilborne wedding.

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Scott
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Why is Talbert even being allowed to officiate anything in UM churches after his disgraceful officiating at a same-sex rite in 2013? Either the Discipline is to be followed, or none of it is. Talbert and this minister at the Charlotte church have demonstrated their contempt for UMC Discipline, and both should be denied UMC clergy credentials. But, of course, that won’t happen with the so-called “progressive” episcopacy of the UMC. The hierarchy has no backbone, no adherence to orthodoxy, and are intent either to (1) avert their eyes from glaring Discipline violations, or (2) administer a polite “don’t do… Read more »
Richard F Hicks
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Reminds me of little children shouting “Look at me!” Only now it is adults shouting, “Look at me! I’m still relevant! I’m still important!” Thank you, Richard F Hicks, OKC

Jamie
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Another sad day for our denomination. This was well staged and planned. She even had another one of her left wing friends bring her up on charges so she would not face trouble. Real conviction!!!

Charles Harrison
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Your candid comment is still there. We have asked you not to make personal attacks.

Charles Harrison
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Local Pastor,

We do not allow personal attacks. Please find a new way to express your opinions without name calling. Thank you.

Charles Harrison
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We are all for people giving praise and compliments to anybody. There is no rule against that. However, personal attacks always demean and therefore are a poor Christian Witness and are not allowed. Arguing with the Administrator is also unwise. Please practice self discipline in the future. Thank you for your consideration.

Charles Harrison
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Local Pastor, I have not silenced anybody. I have simply asked you to be kind and not make personal attacks. I think our readership understands your posts and worldview clearly. Please just stop attacking people personally. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Mike Thomas
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I don’t understand the hatred, anger and vitriol directed at these pastors. Why are people so obsessed about this? Why do they care if two gay people get married and a Methodist minister performs the ceremony on their own time? Just because someone stuck some objectionable wording in the Book of Discipline a few decades ago? Gender orientation is a biological function and not a moral choice that someone makes so condemning it as a sin is both unjust and unfair. Jesus never said anything about it, so calling it “incompatible with Christian teaching” as the BOD does is a… Read more »
Kevin
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I get angry at people who are oath breakers. Destroys trust. We live in a connectionAL system. Acts of disobedience undermine the connection and hurt us all. If we were under a congregational system I would not care a bit what a church in North Carolina did.

Mike Thomas
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Opposition to gay marriage is not a “biblical principle” any more than is opposition to women serving in the clergy. Just because some folks managed to stick some divisive language in the Discipline back in 1972 doesn’t make it right. The discipline needs to be corrected and we all need to remember that Jesus said the Law is fulfilled by doing these two things – Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself. With that as our guiding principle we can get past most of our differences and remain united as a church in the service of Christ.

Kevin
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If do not understand why oath breaking, deliberate violations of our discipline, schismatic actions and further fracturing of our connectional system makes people angry then there is no way to explain it to you.

Scott
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You’re right about one thing — it’s not so much gay marriage itself that is pulling the church apart; it’s the apparent abandonment of biblical principles by certain bishops and clergy. Gay marriage is merely evidence of the abandonment of biblical principles. And, as a United Methodist, I am offended by any UMC pastor and any UMC local church that acts so defiantly toward not only the Book of Discipline, but, more importantly, the teachings of holy scripture. I hope that both the church pastor and this renegade, retired bishop are strongly — not lightly — sanctioned. They need to… Read more »
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