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Bishop Melvin G. Talbert

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The Rev. Drew B. McIntyre takes strong objection to recent administrative decisions regarding clergy who have performed same-sex marriages more

Feb 6, 2015 9:19 AM Perspectives 4 Comments

2012 Book of Discipline

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General Conference legislation to enforce penalties against clergy who perform same-gender weddings appears to be on outcome of the complaint resolution against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert for performing a wedding for a gay couple in Alabama. more

Jan 12, 2015 11:46 AM Ordained Ministry

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The Institute on Religion & Democracy's UMAction committee angered dozens of United Methodists by using a subscriber list purchased from a defunct church newspaper to send a letter targeting a "renegade bishop." more

May 16, 2014 5:40 PM In the Church 5 Comments

Openshaw-Prince Wedding

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The formal complaint process has begun in the UMC's Western Jurisdiction against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for officiating at the October religious wedding of Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw in Birmingham, Ala. more

Mar 14, 2014 11:03 AM In the Church

Thomas Ogletree

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The Rev. Thomas Ogletree, a United Methodist pastor and retired dean of Yale Divinity School, will be tried March 12 in Stamford, Conn., for officiating at the wedding of his gay son. more

Jan 17, 2014 5:32 PM In the Church 1 Comments

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw

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Reactions run a gamut from outrage to support across the United Methodist Church to the Council of Bishops' request to file charges against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for officiating at a wedding ceremony for two men, Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. more

Nov 20, 2013 5:41 PM In the Church

Talbert at RMN

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The Rev. Thomas H. Griffith outlines why a procedure known as "just resolution" -- a step that comes before a church trial in the Book of Discipline -- would be a better solution in the complaint being brought against retired Bishop Mel Talbert. more

Nov 20, 2013 5:26 PM Perspectives 6 Comments

Talbert and Clergy

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The Council of Bishops has requested that a complaint be filed against retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert for performing a wedding ceremony Oct. 25 for a gay couple in Alabama. more

Nov 15, 2013 1:54 PM In the Church 6 Comments

Philly Gay Wedding 2

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The actions of retired Bishop Mel Talbert and dozens of other clergy in defiance of United Methodist laws against same-sex marriage have brought the denomination to the breaking point it has tried to avoid for more than 45 years. more

Nov 15, 2013 1:37 PM Views from a Ridge 4 Comments

MLK in Jail

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The Rev. Eric Folkerth looks at the historical significance of acts of civil disobedience taking place in Birmingham, Ala., in connection with Bishop Melvin G. Talbert officiating at a wedding ceremony for gay couple there. more

Oct 28, 2013 10:30 AM Perspectives 3 Comments

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw

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The Rev. Chappell Temple takes a thoughtful look at the implications of retired Bishop Mel Talbert defying United Methodist anti-LGBT policies to conduct a marriage ceremony for a gay couple in Birmingham, Ala. more

Oct 28, 2013 10:26 AM Perspectives 4 Comments

Talbert and Clergy

Photos by the Rev. Laura Rossbert, Reconciling Ministries Network

Despite a rare public warning from the Council of Bishops, retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert officiated at a wedding ceremony for Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince at a church near Birmingham, Ala. more

Oct 28, 2013 10:22 AM In the Church 2 Comments

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw

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Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw, scheduled to be wed by Bishop Mel Talbert on Oct. 26, plead to be seen as human beings in love, not as a church issue. more

Oct 23, 2013 4:04 PM In the Church

Why I Cannot Applaud Bishop Talbert

The Rev. John Meunier isn't among those cheering on Bishop Mel Talbert's "biblical obedience" campaign – but not for the reason you might expect. more

Oct 23, 2013 3:51 PM John Meunier 2 Comments

Talbert at RMN

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Will a bishop face a church trial? The Executive Committee of the United Methodist Council of Bishop has issued a rare public statement asking retired Bishop Mel Talbert not to officiate at the wedding of a same-gender couple Oct. 26. more

Oct 23, 2013 3:21 PM In the Church 1 Comments

Talbert at RMN

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Lay missioner Kevin Nelson examines the meanings of "covenant" and "harm" in response to a recent Good News statement condemning Bishop Melvin G. Talbert's call for "biblical obedience" in regard to same-sex marriage. more

Sep 20, 2013 10:50 AM Perspectives

A Bishop's Prayer

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The Rev. Steve Clunn of Methodist Federation for Social Action examines the push to have Bishop Melvin G. Talbert censured by the Council of Bishops for urging United Methodist pastors to stand up for marriage equality. more

Sep 7, 2012 2:05 PM Perspectives 6 Comments

A Bishop's Prayer

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If a definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over expecting different results, then how do we learn to welcome the "strangers" in our midst when they hold moral views so opposed to our own? more

Aug 24, 2012 4:30 PM Views from a Ridge 5 Comments