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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 […]

UM polity expert asks Council of Bishops to “stop the trials”

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In an “Open Letter to the Council of Bishops (COB)” released today, Wake Forest University professor and United Methodist polity expert the Rev. Dr. Thomas E. Frank asked the council “…for the sake of the unity of the church, to stop the trials.” “We need to engage our differences through “Christian conversation” […]

Bishop Wenner challenges Council to engage in “Laganda”

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, drew on the example of the women’s soccer team from her home of Germany to challenge the Council of Bishops this morning. The German team used a Swedish word — Laganda — to describe their recent success, a word which […]

Council of Bishops meet next week at Lake Junaluska

NASHVILLE, Tenn — In a press release issued yesterday, the United Methodist Council of Bishops announced their next gathering will be next week from November 10-15, 2013 at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina. The Council of Bishops—made up of 46 active bishops in the United States, 20 bishops in Europe, […]

Editor’s Notes: Joe and Bobby are married. What now?

For the past week it seemed like all that any of us United Methodist news nerds could talk about was the ongoing struggle between Bishop Mel Talbert and the Council of Bishops as he prepared to officiate at the celebration of marriage of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. Comments flew fast and heavy on the […]

Episcopal dissent not a new phenomenon

Retired United Methodist Bishop Mary Anne Swenson’s dissent from the statement issued by the Council of Bishops Executive Committee asking Bishop Melvin Talbert to refrain from presiding at the celebration of marriage for Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw tomorrow in Birmingham may seem unique to the current generation of United Methodists. But as Deen Thompson, […]

Bishop Swenson dissents from COB Birmingham statement

RMNBlog, run by the Reconciling Ministries Network, published a dissent by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson today from the statement issued by the Council of Bishops Executive Committee urging Bishop Melvin Talbert to refrain from conducting a same-sex wedding. Swenson, who was listed as a member of the Executive Committee issuing the report, said that she […]

UMC agencies move to intensify ministries with the poor

By Elliott Wright* NEW YORK, NY — Efforts are underway to expand, strengthen, and promote United Methodist ministries with the poor in the United States. This intensified work includes connecting local models of successful ministries that cross class, ethnic, and racial lines to address the causes and conditions of poverty. It seeks to engage more […]