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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 responds to Frank letter

Good News has issued a statement in response to Dr. Thomas E. Frank’s Open Letter to the Council of Bishops issued earlier today. The statement reads as follows: In an open letter to the Council of Bishops, Dr. Thomas Frank, a United Methodist historian, calls upon the bishops to refrain from processing any more complaints against pastors […]

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” […]

Philadelphia Clergy issue statement

PHILADELPHIA, Penn — The clergy leaders who presided at the celebration of a same-sex marriage in Philadelphia have issued a statement explaining their reasoning behind defying the United Methodist church law forbidding clergy from participating in such ceremonies. The service was held this past Saturday, November 9, at the Arch Street United Methodist Church. “We […]

Recently Read: Ministers defy church by presiding at same-sex union

PHILADELPHIA, Penn — Some 50 United Methodist ministers defied the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) proscriptions against participating in ceremonies celebrating same-sex unions yesterday in a service at the Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia, PA. This service was announced to be a statement of solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who is facing a church trial […]

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 […]

Upper NY bishop issues statement on complaint

Bishop Mark J. Webb of the Upper New York Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church has issued the following statement on a complaint brought against the Rev. Stephen Heiss regarding his performing same-sex marriages: After 120 days of a supervisory response, which included a 30-day extension, to seek a just resolution of the complaint […]

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 […]