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Methodists Nominate 3 Openly Gay Candidates for Bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller At its quadrennial meeting last month, the United Methodist Church decided not to take up contentious LGBT issues. But that’s not stopping its regional conferences from making decisions on their own. Two U.S. jurisdictions will consider three openly gay candidates for bishop next month. The Rev. Karen Oliveto, the Rev. Frank […]

Recently Read: California-Nevada Conference passes resolution for living into grace

by Reconciling Ministries Network On Saturday, June 26th the California – Nevada Annual Conference passed the following: Living into a Season of Grace Background: The California-Nevada Annual Conference established itself as a Reconciling Conference in 1987 and has been continuously committed to being a fully inclusive church. The following are the aspirations of our Annual […]

Virginia Clergy Not to Face Trial; Lost Salary Subsidized by Supporters

United Methodists are sending a message to conferences like Virginia that would seek to deter LGBTQ people from receiving the full ministry of the church: We will support clergy that The UMC attempts to penalize.

Practicing biblical obedience in a racist nation

“We practice Biblical Obedience in the prejudiced church and we practice Biblical Obedience in the racist nation,” said Berryman. “While moments like these feel like Good Friday, we live with the Christian hope that redemption and resurrection are on the horizon.”

Frank Schaefer Appeal Hearing

The nine-member Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals has wrapped up nearly 3 hours of testimony and questioning, and the fate of Frank Schaefer now rests in their hands. The committee, meeting near Baltimore, heard the Rev. Scott Campbell, counsel for Schaefer, say that their appeal was based on the defrocking penalty given Schaefer, not the […]

10 Retired Clergy Say They Will Officiate at Weddings of Same-Sex Couples

Even though their denomination’s policy officially prohibits clergy from officiating at the wedding of any same-sex couple at the risk of losing their ordination, ten retired United Methodist clergy have stated their intent to make themselves available to officiate weddings of same-sex couples.

Reconciling Ministries Network responds to Schaefer trial

The Executive Director of the Reconciling Ministries Network issued a statement early this morning on the network’s suggesting that the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist pastor found guilty this week of presiding at the wedding of his gay son was an inspiring force in the efforts to make the UMC more inclusive to […]

Reconciling Ministries Network director responds to the Council of Bishops Executive Committee

In a statement released on RMNBlog (the blog site for the Reconciling Ministries Network(RMN))  Matt Barryman, RMN Executive Director expressed disappointment with the October 23 letter from the United Methodist Council of Bishops Executive Committee asking Bishop Melvin G. Talbert to refrain from performing a same-sex wedding ceremony this Saturday. Berryman focused particularly on the […]

A layman’s plea on gay issue

By Robert Garrett, Special Contributor… Editor’s note: On Feb. 10, Mr. Garrett gave these remarks in moving that his church, First UMC in Austin, Texas, join the Reconciling Ministries Network. Years from now, no one will remember what we say today. A few, though, may remember what we do. If we are true to ourselves, […]

First UMC Austin joins Reconciling Ministries Network

The First United Methodist Church of Austin, Texas, voted Sunday, Feb. 10, to join the Reconciling Ministries Network, a group actively opposing the denomination’s stance on homosexuality. The UMC’s official position, stated in the Book of Discipline, is that the practice of homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” The UMC does not allow “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” to […]