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Good News issues statement on UM Council of Bishops request

Good News, the independent group of United Methodists committed to promoting “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity,” has issued the following statement in response to the United Methodist Council of Bishops statement earlier today requesting the filing of a complaint against the actions of Bishop Melvin G. Talbert: Good News, a renewal and reform ministry working within The United […]

MFSA issues statement on Council of Bishops decison

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), an independent organization of United Methodists focused on peace and justice ministries, issued a statement today critical of the decision issued by the United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB) earlier today requesting that a complaint be filed against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for his presiding […]

COB requests complaint to be filed against Talbert

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — In a statement read this morning by Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. of the Oklahoma Episcopal Area, the Council of Bishops(COB) requested that Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the Council, and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference file a complaint regarding Bishop Melvin Talbert’s action, for “undermining the ministry […]

Good News president releases video on Bishop Talbert

Good News president Rob Renfroe released a video statement this afternoon on Bishop Melvin G. Talbert’s disobedience of United Methodist church law in presiding at a celebration of marriage for a gay couple in Alabama this past week. In the video, Renfroe focuses in particular on Talbert’s actions in refusing Bishop Debra Wallace Padgett’s request […]

Good News responds to same-sex union performed by Bishop Talbert

HOUSTON, Tx — Good News, a group in the United Methodist Church which attempts to promote “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity,” released a statement today condemning Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for presiding at a service celebrating the marriage of a gay couple this past Saturday in Birmingham, and calling on the Council of Bishops to “exercise discipline and hold […]

Bishop follows through on commitment to conduct same sex wedding

Center Point, AL — United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert followed through on his announced commitment to join in marriage Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw, a same-sex couple who are members of the Discovery United Methodist Church in Hoover, Ala. Openshaw and Prince were legally married in a civil union in Washington, D.C. in September. Wanting […]

Recently Read: Many weigh in on Talbert action

Former UMR editor Sam Hodges offered a digest today on the UMCConnections blog of the various statements and blog posts written in response to Bishop Melvin G. Talbert’s plan to preside at a same-sex wedding tomorrow. Click here to read that story. Recently Read Recently Read posts are stories the editors of The United Methodist […]

Bishop Talbert refuses Council of Bishops request

In 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 […]

Birmingham couple responds to Council of Bishops’ statement

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw , the same-sex couple whose celebration of marriage Bishop Melvin G. Talbert will officiate this Saturday,  have released a statement in response to the  Council of Bishops Executive Committee statement issued earlier this morning. The Executive Committee statement urged Bishop Talbert to refrain from presiding at the service. Quoted in […]

Council of Bishops Executive Committee urges Talbert to refrain from same-sex wedding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Executive Committee of the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued a statement today urging Bishop Melvin G. Talbert to refrain from conducting a same-sex wedding service this Saturday in Alabama. Talbert, a retired bishop and one of the architects of the “Biblical Obedience” movement of the Reconciling Ministries Network (an advocacy […]