Tag Archive: 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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Bishop Talbert performs Alabama wedding for two men

Joe Openshaw (left) and Bobby Prince approach the altar to be married by United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert (second from left in background) at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. A UMNS photo by Kathy L. Gilbert.

Retired United Methodist Bishop Melvin G. Talbert performed the marriage ceremony Oct. 26 for Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw in a United Church of Christ church in Birmingham, Ala. United Methodist polity does not allow same-sex marriages in United Methodist churches and does not allow United Methodist ordained clergy to officiate.

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Bishops urge Bishop Talbert not to officiate at same-sex union

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has urged Bishop Melvin Talbert not to perform the same-gender marriage in Birmingham, Ala.

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Bishops hold 2nd consecutive closed meeting

The gathering will be more like a retreat to exchange ideas, say bishops. Still, some longtime church observers say the meeting should be open.

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Bishop supports Illinois same-sex bill

Bishop Dyck also notes she will follow church law on the issue.

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Remembering to see Jesus through the eyes of a child

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, reminds us that It shouldn’t astonish us when children point out this miracle. God becomes a child. Jesus puts children at the center and tells us that they are teachers in matters of faith. It is, therefore, in our best interest to pay more attention to children in church and society.

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