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Bishop Talbert refuses Council of Bishops request

In a report at, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has announced that he will be not be following the request of the United Methodist Council of Bishops and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett to refrain from conducting a same-sex marriage celebration this Saturday: In response to requests from Wallace-Padgett and the executive committee of the United Methodist […]

Birmingham couple responds to Council of Bishops’ statement

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw , the same-sex couple whose celebration of marriage Bishop Melvin G. Talbert will officiate this Saturday,  have released a statement in response to the  Council of Bishops Executive Committee statement issued earlier this morning. The Executive Committee statement urged Bishop Talbert to refrain from presiding at the service. Quoted in […]

Recently Read: South Lebanon pastor receives support in advance of his trial

From the Lebanon Daily News, a story about local support for the Rev. Frank Schaefer as the date of his church trial for presiding at a same-sex wedding approaches: At last count, Sterner said, Schaefer’s legal-defense fund was around $3,500, and it continues to grow every day. The goal is to raise $10,000, she said. […]

Council of Bishops Executive Committee urges Talbert to refrain from same-sex wedding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Executive Committee of the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued a statement today urging Bishop Melvin G. Talbert to refrain from conducting a same-sex wedding service this Saturday in Alabama. Talbert, a retired bishop and one of the architects of the “Biblical Obedience” movement of the Reconciling Ministries Network (an advocacy […]

Recently Read: Pastors to jointly officiate at same-sex marriage

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this morning that 30 additional UM pastors will be jointly officiating a same-sex marriage ceremony in solidarity with the Rev. Frank Schaefer, who faces a Nov. 18 church trial in Chester County for officiating at the 2007 marriage between his son and another man.

Recently Read: Gay issues on Judicial Council agenda

The Judicial Council, the top court of the The United Methodist Church, recently published the agenda for their October meeting, leading to several articles in the church and secular press. United Methodist News Service’s (UMNS) Linda Bloom offered an synopsis of the issues in an article on the UMCConnections site: During the 2013 annual conference […]

Recently Read: Pastor faces trial for officiating same-sex marriage

From the Lebanon Daily News: Like all ministers, the Rev. Frank Schaeffer looked forward to officiating his son’s wedding. Now, his decision to do so could end his ministerial career. Schaefer, pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in South Lebanon Township, will go on trial before the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United […]

Recently Read: PBS show examines UM position on same/sex marriages

The PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly featured the debate in the UMC around same-sex marriage:   REV. OGLETREE: I was inspired by Dr. King during my participation in the Civil Rights Movement when he said that an unjust law is no law. These are unjust laws, and therefore they do not really have the authority of […]

Recently Read: Good News Magazine responds to Bishop Talbert

Tom Lambrecht from Good News responds to the recent story about Bishop Melvin Talbert’s sermon and blessing at the Reconciling Ministry Network’s ChurchQuake convocation: Good News laments the fact that, once again, leaders in our church are advocating for disobedience to our United Methodist covenant, without any public rebuke or accountability from the bishops, who are charged […]

US Court rulings impact same-sex couples

By Heather Hahn, UMNS… The full ramifications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings Wednesday, June 26, on same-sex marriage are still being hashed out. But the rulings already are winning praise from some United Methodists even as they trouble others. On one thing many United Methodists agree: The decisions will likely add fuel to a […]