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Bishop Talbert complaint resolved

Complaints filed against Bishop Melvin Talbert alleging he violated the sacred trust of his office for officiating a same-sex wedding have been resolved, avoiding trial.

Recently Read: Complaint Filed Against 36 Pennsylvania United Methodist Clergy Who Blessed Gay Wedding

Michael Gryboski of The Christian Post reported Monday that action has begun in response to the actions of 36 UMC clergy last fall. The 36 clergy came together to bless a same-sex wedding at Arch St. UMC in Philadelphia. From the clergy group statement at the time of the wedding: “We acted as a matter […]

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.

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 […]

UM Pastor found guilty on 2 counts for presiding at his son’s wedding

SPRING CITY, Pa. — The Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor of the Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon, Pa. was found guilty by a jury of his peers for violating the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Schaefer, an elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, faced two charges. The 13-member jury deliberated for about one […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]