When the United Methodist Council of Bishops met during its mid-November meeting, it requested that a formal complaint be filed against retired Bishop Melvin Talbert for performing an October 26 same-sex union in Alabama. Talbert had been asked not to perform the ceremony – which is prohibited by The United Methodist Church – by the active bishop in the area, as well as from his colleagues on the Council of Bishops.
The Council of Bishops assigned Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the council and episcopal leader of the Germany Area, to file the complaint.
Good News contacted the bishops in order to discover the progress of the charges against Talbert.
According to their statement: “Bishop Wallace‐Padgett and Bishop Wenner are following the processes outlined in the church law, and have had several conversations to discern their next steps, both via telephone and meeting in person in Washington D.C. in December for discussion and prayer. They anticipate that they will complete the process before the executive committee of the Council next meets in mid-January.”
“We do this in a spirit of hope that God’s work of justice, reconciliation, and healing may be realized,” Bishop Wenner said. “Bishop Wallace-Padgett and I ask for your continued prayers for all involved in this process and the church as a whole.”