Excerpt from the text of UM Action Director John Lomperis’s recent “Rebuilding and Defending United Methodism Today” speech. In this section, part 1 of 9, John talks about the need to rebuild our church cultures.
Proponents of gay marriage often claim that denominations embracing same-sex marriage will attract new members and counteract declines in membership. However, a quick glance at the membership figures of outspoken pro-gay UMC churches show just how wrong they are.
In bringing ecumenical greetings to the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting last week, a bishop of the Episcopal Church bizarrely defended the alleged theological orthodoxy of his denomination.
A renegade United Methodist pastor is held accountable for his covenant-breaking defiance of the United Methodist Church’s biblical policies on sexual morality.
In a dramatic defiance of UMC church law, retired Bishop Mel Talbert has become the first known United Methodist bishop to perform a homosexual union ceremony. This epic clash pits Talbert and other members of the denomination’s fading liberal old guard against younger generations of more orthodox UMC leadership.
In response to retired Bishop Mel Talbert’s increasingly brazen covenant-breaking misbehavior, the UMC Council of Bishops executive committee is finally showing some leadership, publicly calling on him to abandon his widely publicized plans to bless a same-sex union this weekend in open defiance of church law.
United Methodist individuals still have the right to directly petition their denomination’s highest governing body, the General Conference, since a motion at the 2012 General Conference to end this practice was not done properly.
While the unofficial United Methodist gay caucus barred IRD from observing its secret workshops, some of their radicalism is coming to light.