Tag: Council of Bishops

Perspectives on Schaefer case, same-sex debate, in United Methodist Church

The debate around same-gender weddings and human sexuality has heated up in The United Methodist Church after recent events including the defrocking of a pastor for performing the wedding of his gay son. Here is some of the debate.

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Mixed reaction to requested complaint against bishop

The Council of Bishops’ call for a complaint to be filed against one of its own is prompting mixed reactions from United Methodists across the theological spectrum — including from the bishops themselves.

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Brown, Ough win elections to lead bishops

The Rev. Amy Delong expresses her feelings of not being heard by the Connectional Table to Bishop Bruce Ough. A UMNS photo by Kathleen S. Barry.

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., who leads the California-Nevada Annual (regional) Conference, will be the next president of the Council of Bishops.In addition to Brown, the council’s active bishops on Nov. 13 by at least a two-thirds vote, elected Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough as the president-designate and Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey as secretary.

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Commentary: Good News responds to call for no church trials

Good News has responded to the Rev. Thomas Frank’s call for United Methodist bishops to hold no more trials of clergy accused of violating the denomination’s laws on homosexuality.

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Commentary: Frank asks bishops ‘to stop the trials’

In an open letter to the Council of Bishops, the Rev. Thomas E. Frank, an expert on United Methodist polity, is urging the Council of Bishops for the sake of church unity to stop church trials of elders accused of violating the denomination’s stance on homosexuality.

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