October 29, 2013
Melvin Talbert's Gay Wedding, No Big Deal?
Bart Styes, United Methodist Reporter
For the past week it seemed like all that any of us United Methodist news nerds could talk about was the ongoing struggle between Bishop Mel Talbert and the Council of Bishops as he prepared to officiate at the celebration of marriage of Joe Openshaw and Bobby Prince. Comments flew fast and heavy on the websites and Facebook pages between those who saw Talbert as courageous and prophetic in his stance against injustice, and those who saw him as outside God’s will, bent on destroying the church. And we in the press contributed our own sense of urgency in our breathless reports in the war of the competing statements.
So, the service is over. Bishop Talbert has carried through on his promise to ignore the official teaching of the church in his desire to demonstrate...
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