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Good News responds to clergy coming out letter

The Rev. Tom Lambrecht, Vice President and General Manager of Good News, an organization that has advocated for the retention of the current United Methodist teaching on homosexuality, released a statement this afternoon in response to the letter from 111 UM clergy identifying themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI). “Unfortunately, the […]

Haynes: Who says Elephants can’t dance?

Of course, the divisive issue that we face now is whether to change the language of the Book of Discipline as related to homosexuality. In many local churches divisions over our acceptance or rejection of homosexuals could become a crippling blow. The General Conference’s discernment on the issue of sexuality has serious implications for our continued life together.

Adam Hamilton starts new series on the Bible, homosexuality, and the UMC

Adam Hamilton, the pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection  (the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S.) has started a new series on his blog adamhamilton.org titled “The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC.” Hamilton is offering the series in preparation for the United Methodist General Conference which begins on May 10 in […]

Haynes: A Biblical analysis of homosexuality

Editor’s Note: For many years Dr. Donald Haynes was a regular and popular commentator for The United Methodist Reporter. While Dr. Haynes retired from regular writing, we recently submitted the following reflection as he wrestles in his mind with the conversations ahead of The United Methodist Church at the 2016 General Conference in Portland. We share […]

Steadier footing: an examination of our stance on inclusive faith and practice

To understand Scripture we must plant one foot firmly in the world of the Bible and the other foot firmly in our world–two worlds that often are very different.

Wesleyan Wisdom: Do Mr. Wesley’s Insights Help Our Divisiveness?

Dr. Don Haynes gives insight into how Wesley might approach todays divisive debate over homosexuality in the church.

Trial set for theologian who officiated at son’s wedding

By Heather Hahn and Kathy Gilbert* A United Methodist theologian and retired elder in the New York Annual (regional) Conference will face a church trial for officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son. The trial of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree is scheduled for March 10 at First United Methodist Church in Stamford, Conn., reports […]

Love Prevails forces Connectional Table to address sexuality issues

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Love Prevails, an advocacy group working for the full inclusion of GLBTQ persons in the life of the United Methodist Church, disrupted this morning’s meeting of the Connectional Table. The Connectional Table is the primary visioning and coordinating body for The United Methodist Church, and has been meeting this week in Nashville at the […]

Pennsylvania pastor trial underway

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The Rev. Frank Schaefer has pleaded not guilty to two charges of violating The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline. Schaefer, a clergy member of the eastern Pennsylvania Conference, is charged with performing a same-sex wedding in April 2007, which is prohibited under church law. He faces those charges, as well […]

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 […]