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'This is the day' that Methodists attendees sang no charges for Rev. Ogletree

Rev. Ogletree is glad to see a Just Resolution
Rev. Ogletree is glad to see a Just Resolution
David Ryder

In a press conference on March 10, 2014 the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church -- started off singing a praise, "This is the day" no charges for Rev. Ogletree will happen, who was set for a church trial for officiating his son's same-sex marriage.

After the son had the Oct. 2012 ceremony, Rev. Randall C. Paige and Rev. Roy E. Jacobsen filed complaints against Ogletree after they read the announcement in 'The New York Times', according to reports released on the New York Annual Conference page.

After a lengthy church investigation, the evidence indicated Rev. Ogletree had violated the Book of Discipline, as it "prohibits United Methodist pastors from officiating the" same-sex marriage. However, further discussion lead the church leaders to stop the church court trial in lieu of a Just Resolution.

The Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady, secretary of the court, announced, there will be no charges brought against Rev. Ogletree.

But resolutions haven't been the normal course for the church in the past.

According to other reports, just a few months ago another "Pennsylvania pastor, Frank Schaefer, was defrocked in December after being found guilty in a church trial for officiating his son's same-sex wedding."

However, the similar cases with different outcomes may have well served as lessons learned for the future of the church, while others see them as a sacrifice.

Schaefer said, if trials and talks play into the reason that the LGBT community will continue to gain same rights then "it will have been worth my sacrifice." After all, isn't that what Jesus would do, sacrifice?

Instead of arguing about the issue, the Methodist Church will have an open debate to discuss the matter, and not pursue charges against Rev. Ogletree.

Many of the counsel reported the court trial would not have set a positive outcome for either parties involved. At the press conference held yesterday, Ogletree agreed.

"All of my colleagues agreed with me this was an unjust law," said Olgletree. "Mr. Luther King put it so well from a Birmingham jail, that an unjust law is no law. In fact what I was told was that I broke the law. I said, well so did Jesus. He broke the law of temple, so you think he should have been crucified."

The Methodist Church said, they are furthering their understandings for being civil, even when not everyone in the congregation agrees on matters.

"The point is, if we are recognizing that we must be a mutually and caring people even when we disagree on important issues, and this is what the Just Resolution is about, " said Olgetree.

Assistant Counsel for the Church, Rev. Lynda Bates-Stepe agreed.

"Church trials result in harmful polarization and continue the harm brought upon our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters," Bates-Stepe said. "The Burdensome cost of trials combine to negate any benefit in the ongoing debate on [these] matter."