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Three More Complaints Filed Against Bishop Talbert By Cal/Nev Lay Member


From: Don Fleharty don_fleharty@hotmail.com
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2000 11:09 PM
Subject: COMPLAINTS FILED! Brothers and Sister in Christ

This is to advise you of my recent action to file complaints against Bishop Melvin Talbert of the California-Nevada Annual Conference (UMC). The three complaints (see attached files in Word 7.0 format) were sent to the President of the Western Jurisdictional Conference (Bishop William Dew), with copies sent to Bishop Talbert.

Basically, the man is out of control, thinking that he has no-one but himself to answer to and placing himself above the law and authority of the UMC Discipline. The purpose here is to forcibly bring this matter to the attention of all in the Methodist Church, in hopes that appropriate actions will be taken!


Don Fleharty. lay member
Hope UMC
Sacramento CA


COMPLAINT

 

filed with:

President, College of Bishops

Western Jurisdictional Conference

 

filed against:

MELVIN G. TALBERT, Bishop

California-Nevada Annual Conference

 

nature of the complaint:

During the final session of the 2000 General Conference (May 12), Bishop Talbert chaired and addressed an official legal body of the United Methodist Church. During the course of such assembly, Bishop Talbert did state (as a matter of record) that, "I have upheld every law of the church." This statement amounts to nothing more than a lie.

Bishop Talbert did, in fact, permit and allow clergy under his charge to violate church law , pp65(c), by allowing them to perform a homosexual union on January 16, 1999 In Sacramento California. This was NOT a secret, clandestine event, but was well publicized in advance and known to all. Also, he has allowed and permitted the Committee on Investigation, which was called to examine this issue, to NOT uphold the law of the church.

To state that he has "upheld every law of the church" is a obtrusive lie. Lying is contrary to the Word of God and is not a witness to the laity or clergy of this Conference or the United Methodist Church. By lying publicly and before a sanctioned body of the Methodist Church, Bishop Talbert implies that it is okay to do so, especially if you are trying to justify your actions or position. Lying is not befitting the position of Bishop as outlined in pp 414 of the Discipline.

submitted by:

June 1, 2000

Don Fleharty, lay member
Hope UMC, Sacramento CA
56 Abbeywood Cir
Sacramento CA 95823-4959
(916) 423-1579
don_fleharty@hotmail.com


COMPLAINT

 

filed with:

President, College of Bishops

Western Jurisdictional Conference

 

filed against:

MELVIN G. TALBERT, Bishop

California-Nevada Annual Conference

nature of the complaint:

Bishop Talbert has violated church law in context with pp2624(1)e of the Discipline; "disobedience to the Order and Discipline of the United Methodist Church." The violation comes by knowingly permitting clergy under his charge to openly disregard the Discipline, pp65(C), by performing a homosexual union on January 16, 1999 in Sacramento California. This media event was purposed as an "act of ecclesiastical defiance" against church law. Further, Bishop Talbert did willfully permit the Committee on Investigation, called to look into the above mentioned violation, to allow a finding of "not enough evidence," when, in fact, it did take place. Allowing a finding of guilt would have also pointed a finger of guilt at himself.

A bishop is required to "seek and be a sign of the unity of the faith," and "to exercise the discipline of the whole church," as set forth in pp404(1) of the Discipline. In the above reference situations, Bishop Talbert has not done so. Instead, he has become the cause of division and discord within this Conference.

By permitting himself and certain clergy under his charge to violate church law, he sends a message to all laity and clergy in this Conference that you do NOT have to obey certain sections of the Discipline when you personally do not agree with it. This is especially divisive when these church laws are bound in biblical reference. Such belief and action undermines the United Methodist faith.

submitted by:

June 1, 2000

Don Fleharty, lay member
Hope UMC, Sacramento CA
56 Abbeywood Cir
Sacramento CA 95823-4959
(916) 423-1579
don_fleharty@hotmail.com


COMPLAINT

 

filed with:

President, College of Bishops

Western Jurisdictional Conference

 

filed against:

MELVIN G. TALBERT, Bishop

California-Nevada Annual Conference

 

nature of the complaint:

On May 11, 2000, during General Conference of the United Methodist Church , Bishop Melvin Talbert did willfully disrupt a general session of that body by taking over the stage in defiance of an agreement with the presiding Bishop; in defiance of General Conference procedure; and in defiance of civil law (disrupting a legally sanctioned meeting).

Bishop Talbert, along with other Bishops, clergy and laity, as witnessed by photo # gc2kK09, dated 5/11/00 and posted on The UM News Service for the General Conference, did disrupt GC proceedings and resulted in the police being called in to arrest the illegal protestors. How Bishop Talbert escaped the police is unknown.

This and other actions of Bishop Talbert continue to display his disregard for church and civil law. In opposition to pp116 (...to the building up of the ministry of all Christians.) and pp414 (specifically .6 & .8) of the Discipline, Bishop Talbert promotes an attitude of being above the law and does NOT portray the proper authority required of United Methodist leadership. Bishop Talbert sends the wrong signals to clergy and laity as to the manner in which a Christian should conduct themselves as a witness to the church and the world.

submitted by:

June 1, 2000

Don Fleharty, lay member
Hope UMC, Sacramento CA
56 Abbeywood Cir
Sacramento CA 95823-4959
(916) 423-1579
don_fleharty@hotmail.com

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