Archives for April 2016

UPDATED: Recently Viewed: Homeless, Not Voiceless (Dallas Street Choir)

Time for an uplifting moment. The Dallas Street Choir is a ministry in by the North Texas Conference area and directed by Dr. Jonathan Palant who is also the Director of Music at Kessler Park UMC in Dallas, Texas. Bishop Mike McKee says “Jonathan Palant is one of a kind! He started the Dallas Street Choir (Homeless,Not […]

A Nearly Forgotten Exemplar of Generous Orthodoxy

Like a number of other words, “orthodoxy” (or “orthodox”) has become a fighting word. People who call themselves “orthodox” (as I do) get taken to task by others suspicious of our motives. Apparently, we are hellbent to impose our narrow, outmoded, beliefs on others and either force them to capitulate or force them out of […]

Commentary: A difficult obedience

by Michael J. Gehring* Adam Hamilton, in the closing session of the 2015 Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, related how he and the other ministers at the church work diligently to foster a culture of call. In Sunday school classes, youth meetings, and in other venues, they encourage youth and […]

Updated: Complaint filed in Talbert/Rosenquist wedding

Charlotte, NC — The Western North Carolina Annual Conference reported today that a complaint has been filed against the Rev. Val Rosenquist (currently serving First UMC Charlotte) for her participation in a same-sex wedding last week. The United Methodist Reporter originally reported that a complaint against Bishop Melvin Talbert had been filed as well, but as reported by […]

Talbert officiates another same-sex wedding in North Carolina

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 […]

Caldwell: Reminders of our Methodist Biblical misinterpretations that have been corrected

Once there were Methodists who supported the enslavement of blacks. Once there were Methodists who did not support the ordination of women. Once there were Methodists who voted to create an all black, segregated Central Jurisdiction. Once there were Methodists who were against divorced clergy. And there have been Methodists who believed that the consumption […]

A response to Dr. Frank

Dear Mr/Ms Editor, Dr. Frank has some impressive titles and history. He talks about an injustice that has gone in the past 50 years. He talks about all persons need to be included in the church with no holds barred. When I was baptized over 75 years ago few people knew anyone who were of […]

MFSA announces leadership change

  Washington, DC – The Board of Directors of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) announced today they have accepted the resignation of Executive Director Chett Pritchett effective June 10, 2016. “Under Chett’s steady hand, MFSA has delved deeper into the work of leading and energizing people to be agents of God’s justice, peace, and reconciliation”said MSFA Board […]

Commentary: Don’t escalate the war

by the Reverend Michael Tupper* The Covenantal Unity Plan (CUP) proposed by Dr. Bill Arnold is more likely to escalate the 44 year civil war in the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion than to lessen it. This General Conference legislation would enact severe mandatory sentences for pastors who officiate at same gender weddings. Many […]

Commentary: A proposal for automatic penalties for clergy

Is it time for the United Methodist Church to do away with church trials to adopt a more efficient system of automatic penalties for wayward clergy?