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2012 Book of Discipline

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The United Methodist Church's "high court" assessed how clergy penalties are variously applied in different annual conferences. more

Oct 31, 2016 10:47 AM Finance and Administration

Covenant Meme

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The Rev. Drew McIntyre writes that United Methodists should adopt the hardline reaction of a Texas presbytery, which has defrocked a pastor who led his church to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA). more

Jan 14, 2015 8:48 AM Perspectives

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

The volunteer organization Associates in Advocacy will hold a seminar in November to demystify the workings of United Methodist church trials and other kinds of legal proceedings. more

Oct 9, 2014 2:29 PM In the Church

Bishop McLee Memoriam

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New York Area Bishop Martin D. McLee, who made news recently by suspending church trials over gay marriages in his area, has died. more

Sep 7, 2014 9:47 AM In the Church

Phillly Clergy

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Formal complaints have been brought against 36 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference clergy who concelebrated a same-sex wedding in November 2013, writes the Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner. more

Jul 5, 2014 12:42 PM Advocating Justice 1 Comments

United Methodist "jurors" have many more options available to them than "not guilty" or "revoke credentials" in a pastor's church trial, writes the Rev. Jerry Eckert. more

Mar 26, 2014 2:57 PM In the Church 1 Comments

Cost of Church Trials

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The Rev. Jerry Eckert, a volunteer with Associates in Advocacy, adds up the many expenses involved with a church trial under the United Methodist judicial system. more

Mar 14, 2014 1:56 PM In the Church 10 Comments


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The wake of action by Washington state's governor to halt executions until the death penalty can be evaluated, the Rev. Jeremy Smith wonders why the same logic can't be applied to United Methodist clergy trials about same-gender marriage. more

Feb 14, 2014 12:19 PM Jeremy Smith 2 Comments

Steve Heiss

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Black History Month puts the Rev. Steve Heiss in mind of the similarities among Methodist views between the 19th century struggle to abolish slavery and the 21st century struggle for marriage equality for gays and lesbians. more

Feb 11, 2014 2:02 PM Perspectives 2 Comments

Scott Jones

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In a statement given during a clergy session of the newly formed Great Plains Annual Conference, Bishop Scott J. Jones commits to conducting church trials of those who perform same-gender marriage in defiance of UMC anti-LGBT stances. more

Jan 29, 2014 2:44 PM Perspectives 2 Comments


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The impending church trial of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree for conducting his gay son's wedding isan opportunity for United Methodists to begin fixing the "crime" of discriminating against LGBT people and their families, writes Rev. Becca Girrell. more

Jan 22, 2014 9:02 AM Perspectives

Schaefer won't give up

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The Rev. Frank Schaefer intends to appeal the removal of his clergy credentials by the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after he was convicted of violating the Book of Discipline by officiating at his gay son's wedding in 2007. more

Dec 19, 2013 3:57 PM In the Church 2 Comments

Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Philadelphia Area offers her reflections on the conflict now facing The United Methodist Church over its stances regarding homosexual people. more

Nov 27, 2013 11:52 AM Perspectives

Justice of the Heart and Frank Schaefer

The Rev. Morgan Guyton contends that the trial of the Rev. Frank Schaefer for conducting his gay son's wedding did no justice to the concept of biblical justice, but instead created an idolatry elevating the Book of Discipline above the Holy Bible. more

Nov 21, 2013 3:41 PM Morgan Guyton 4 Comments

Eastern Pa. Petitions

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Representatives of the ecumenical group Faithful America presented Eastern Pennsylvania Bishop Peggy Johnson with petitions asking her to halt church trials for pastors who officiate at same-gender weddings. more

Nov 21, 2013 3:20 PM In the Church 1 Comments

Discipline Wesley

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Top 25 Ways United Methodists Don't Uphold the Book of Discipline

The Rev. Jeremy Smith shares a list from a clergy colleague of ways that United Methodists don't fully uphold the requirements of the Book of Discipline, as the Rev. Frank Schaefer is being required to affirm or surrender his ministerial orders. more

Nov 20, 2013 5:55 PM Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

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

Philly Gay Wedding

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The United Methodist Gay Wedding Crisis

The Rev. Morgan Guyton takes a different tack in examining the current conflict over United Methodist clergy performing gay weddings: What if we aren't really supposed to behave like the U.S. government, but like people led by God? more

Nov 15, 2013 2:36 PM Morgan Guyton 16 Comments