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Recently Read: Good News Magazine responds to Bishop Talbert

Tom Lambrecht from Good News responds to the recent story about Bishop Melvin Talbert’s sermon and blessing at the Reconciling Ministry Network’s ChurchQuake convocation: Good News laments the fact that, once again, leaders in our church are advocating for disobedience to our United Methodist covenant, without any public rebuke or accountability from the bishops, who are charged […]

Bishops hold closed meeting to start quadrennium

United Methodist bishops from around the globe will gather Nov. 4-9 for a private retreat intended to establish a spiritual grounding for their work together during the next four years. Among roughly 125 active and retired bishops planning to attend the event at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga., the 14 new episcopal leders, who […]

Black Methodists for Church Renewal offers support for Bishop Talbert

Black Methodists for Church Renewal says it stands by retired Bishop Melvin Talbert, subject of a censure effort for advocating that UM pastors officiate at same-sex unions. Here’s a statment from BMCR: Last month a group of United Methodist laity and pastors who claim to stand for “scriptural integrity and covenantal unity within The United […]

Clergy, laity group asks censure of Bishop Talbert over gay rights activism

  Some United Methodist clergy and laity are calling on the Council of Bishops to censure retired Bishop Melvin Talbert for encouraging clergy to go against the Book of Discipline by officiating at same-sex unions. The 70-plus member group, including leaders of the Good News and Confessing Movement caucuses, made their appeal in a letter sent to all bishops. Bishop Talbert could […]

Admirers recall ‘bold journey’ of Bishop Leontine Kelly

Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly is being remembered as a trailblazer, a spiritual mother, a bearer for women of color in leadership and a gift to the United Methodist Church. She died at age 92 on June 28. Being elected as the first African-American woman bishop was just part of her “audacious life,” said Bishop Judith Craig, […]