Bishop Melvin Talbert speaks to Coalition during General Conference

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Bishop Melvin Talbert’s remarks
Love Your Neighbor Coalition
May 4, 2012
Tampa, Florida

I. Greetings

  1. Sisters and brothers, I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ.
  2. I am pleased to stand before you this day to share a few words of reflection in the midst of our contemporary reality regarding the role and place of LGBTQ persons in our UMC.
  3. I want to acknowledge the presence of some of my episcopal colleagues who have come to be present with me as I share what I hope may be words of hope and challenge as we chart the course for the future. Also, I want to acknowledge the presence of my friend Dr. Bruce Robbins who, with other present here, represents more than 1,100 clergy who signed the pledge to perform same-sex marriages in the course of their normal pastoral duties in their congregations.
  4. I want to be very clear. I am not speaking for any of my colleagues. Nor am I speaking for the Council of Bishops. I am speaking only for myself.

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