Christina Dillabough, Director of Communications
“Bishop follows through on commitment to conduct same sex wedding” was the title of a recent article on the debated same gender marriage ceremony officiated by retired Bishop Melvin Talbert on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The ceremony celebrated the marriage of Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw, both active members of The United Methodist Church in the North Alabama Annual Conference. Several other articles and statements have been published both in support of and against this action. The intention of this article is to provide both sides of the argument and documentation from The Book of Discipline so that the people of The Desert Southwest Conference may pray over those involved and for those affected by the dialogue and impending actions that will result from the recent event.
Read the articles with an open heart and open mind. Pray for God’s wisdom as you absorb the language from The Book of Discipline and study it considering what scripture, tradition, reason, and experience tells you. Strive to keep conversations and actions respectful and civil.
“Bishop follows through on commitment to conduct same sex wedding,” The United Methodist Reporter: http://tinyurl.com/mmy3mo6
“Executive Committee Issues Statement on Same Gender Ceremony Planned by Bishop Talbert,” Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church:http://tinyurl.com/ltgftca
“Bishop Mary Ann Swenson writes dissent on Council Birmingham statement,” Bishop Mary Ann Swenson: http://tinyurl.com/p5xycm3
“Same-sex couple responds to Council of Bishops’ statement on their wedding,” UMConnections a blog about The United Methodist Church:http://tinyurl.com/ldkjr4s
What is the denomination’s position on homosexuality?http://tinyurl.com/kvge77p
In The United Methodist Church, trial is the very last resort. There is always room for a just resolution. Chargeable offenses are defined along with the statute of limitations at http://tinyurl.com/p4o6324.