church trials

Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy A. Johnson has joined with others among her episcopal colleagues in asserting she will not forward any homosexuality complaints to church trials. Read more

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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, thinks the church should put a moratorium on clergy trials over LGBTQ+ issues until the 2020 General Conference. Read more

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Desert Southwest Conference plans information sessions; a layman ponders the effects of church trials. Read more

UMC Future

The Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland of Mainstream UMC looks at the charges and pending church trial against the Rev. David Meredith of West Ohio Conference. Read more

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Anna Blaedel

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The Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland looks at the damage caused by clergy trials over LGBTQ identities and same-sex marriage in anticipation of harsher penalties beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Read more

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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. Read more

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). Read more


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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more


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. Read more

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. Read more


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. Read more

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