He may have lost his collar over a decade ago, but Rev. Jimmy Creech’s work to fully include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the United Methodist Church may finally be coming to fruition. Rev. Creech will join Welton this week to remember the events that inspired him to take that initial stand for equality — his decision to perform a same-sex union ceremony even though it cost him his job. No one is better equipped to analyze the significance of this week’s news that a Methodist Bishop has decided not to pursue a trial against the Rev. Thomas Ogletree for officiating at a same-gender marriage.

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