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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 […]

Good News responds to plans for same-sex union by Pennsylvania 30

Good News, an evangelical/conservative advocacy group in the United Methodist Church (UMC), released a statement today responding to the announcement last week that 30 UMC clergy would be presiding over a same-sex union service as a sign of solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer. Schaefer will be tried by a church court in November for […]

Retired UM pastor faces possible church trial for officiating at gay son’s wedding

A new, high-profile episode in the United Methodist Church’s struggle over homosexuality has emerged, with a retired UM pastor and Yale Divinity School dean, the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, facing a possible church trial for presiding at the wedding of his gay son to another man. The UMC’s Book of Discipline forbids clergy from officiating at same-sex […]

Church: No weddings till UMC changes homosexuality stand

Leaders of a United Methodist congregation in Winston-Salem, N.C., have decided not to hold weddings in the church building until the denomination lifts its ban on same-sex marriage. Green Street UMC announced publicly March 17 that its 18-member leadership council also has asked its pastors to refrain from signing marriage licenses until North Carolina recognizes […]

Bishop Dyck disputes ‘disunity’ charge

Bishop Sally Dyck’s recent statement endorsing same-sex marriage has drawn praise and criticism within the United Methodist Church, which officially holds that homosexual conduct is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” In an interview, she rejected claims by some that her stand will promote disunity in the denomination. “Find me a United Methodist who believes and accepts everything […]

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 […]

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