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IRD Angers Ex-UMR Subscribers with 'Renegade Bishop' Mailing

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 Issues 5 Comments

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert, center, marries Joe Openshaw, left, and Bobby Prince at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala.

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Complaint Process Begins Against Bishop Talbert for Same-Sex Union

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 Issues

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UMC Sets Date for Trial of Another Father-Pastor

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 Issues 1 Comments

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw were to be married Oct. 26, 2013, by retired United Methodist Bishop Mel Talbert.

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Mixed Reactions to Requested Complaint Against Bishop Talbert

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 Issues

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert calls for "biblical obedience" during the 2013 convocation of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

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A Just Resolution Would Bring Justice for the UMC and Bishop Talbert

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

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert (left) speaks to other United Methodist clergy who attended the wedding for Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw.  At right is the Rev. Kevin Higgs, pastor of Brownsville United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

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Council of Bishops Requests Complaint Against Bishop Talbert

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 Issues 6 Comments

Clergy and faith leaders gather outside Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia in support of Richard Taylor and William Gatewood (at top of stairs in doorway) after their wedding.

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At the Crossroads of Covenant and Compassion

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a vigorous defense of civil disobedience at behalf of civil rights while imprisioned in a Birmingham, Ala., jail. Now United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert has chosen Birmingham as the site to conduct a wedding ceremony for a gay couple in defiance of the UMC's anti-LGBT stances.

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The Metaphor of Birmingham

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 were to be married Oct. 26, 2013, by retired United Methodist Bishop Mel Talbert.

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Is Today the Beginning of the End for the UMC?

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

United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert (left) speaks to other United Methodist clergy who attended the wedding for Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw.  At right is the Rev. Kevin Higgs, pastor of Brownsville United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

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Bishop Talbert Performs Wedding for Two Men in Alabama

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 Issues 2 Comments

Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw were to be married Oct. 26, 2013, by retired United Methodist Bishop Mel Talbert.

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Gay Couple Responds to Council of Bishops' Statement

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 Issues

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

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert calls for "biblical obedience" during the 2013 convocation of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

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Bishops Warn Talbert Not to Officiate at Same-Gender Wedding

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 Issues 1 Comments

Bishop Melvin G. Talbert calls for "biblical obedience" during the 2013 convocation of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

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Covenantal Harm: A Response to Good News

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

Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert (right) prays with a delegate during April 26 evening worship at General Conference. The bishop's rainbow-colored scarf signifies his longtime support for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the work and life of The United Methodist Church.

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Why Are Ultra-Conservative United Methodists Going After Bishop Talbert?

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

Retired Bishop Melvin Talbert (right) prays with a delegate during April 26 evening worship at General Conference. The bishop's rainbow-colored scarf signifies his longtime support for the full inclusion of LGBT people in the work and life of The United Methodist Church.

UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

A Way Out of Insanity?

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