Jimmy Creech - News

2002

  • Soulforce Infiltrates Southern Baptist Convention, Soulforce, June 11, 2002.

2001

  • Betty Degeneres and Jimmy Creech on Gay Unions, Religion and What People Really Fear About Gay Marriage: A Father's Day Conversation on HRC FamilyNet
  • 50 Soulforce Protesters Arrested At ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Indianapolis, Soulforce, June 13, 2001.

2000

  • The United Methodist Church and Spiritual Violence: Perspective on Jimmy Creech from Whosoever.org.
  • Jimmy Creech on Larry King Live: Should Same-Sex Couples Get the Same Rights and Recognition as Straight Ones? Aired May 2, 2000 - 9:00 p.m. ET.
  • Defender of Creech Gets Pulpit, Omaha World-Herald, March 18, 2000
    The United Methodist pastor who defended Jimmy Creech at his first church trial in Nebraska will take over Creech's old pulpit in July. The Rev. Doug Williamson has been named senior pastor at First United Methodist Church.
  • First Methodist Church Joins Gay-Friendly Group, external link to Omaha-World Herald, February 16, 2000
    The congregation of First United Methodist Church of Omaha voted Tuesday night to join a nationwide organization of United Methodist congregations that publicly declare their willingness to welcome all people, regardless of sexual orientation.... The church's former pastor, Jimmy Creech, conducted a holy union service at the church in 1997, uniting two lesbians.
  • Jimmy Creech and Family to Take Part in "The Wedding", UFMCC, January 27, 2000

Jim Raymer and Larry Ellis.

On April 24, 1999, Jimmy Creech (right) co-officiated with Jill Edens, United Church of Christ (UCC) clergy at a covenant service for two men, Larry E. Ellis and James H. Raymer. The UCC celebration was held at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. in Chapel Hill, N.C. More History...

Jim Raymer (left) and Larry Ellis join hands during a recommitment of their vows of holy union in a service performed in part by the Rev. Jimmy Creech (center) in Grand Island, Neb. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo number 99-248, 11/16/99

 

1999

Other Web Sites of Interest

Historical Documents

  • Gratitude and Hope: A Letter from Jimmy Creech, December 2, 1999
  • The Jimmy Creech First Trial Transcript (600 pp) is available at $70 ppd. from Nelson McClellan attorneys, 503 S. 36th St., Omaha, NE 68105 (402-344-8044; FAX: 402-346-6997; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Response to the Judicial Charge by Jimmy Creech, January 26, 1998
    This document gives the biblical, theological, experiential basis for Jimmy Creech's decision to participate in a covenant service.
  • Jimmy Creech's Response to Judicial Council's Decision
  • Judicial Council Decision #833 Full Text
  • Trial of the Rev. Jimmy Creech (with unofficial transcript of his statement to the trial court)

Jimmy Creech Introduction

Jimmy CreechOn September 14, 1997 the Reverend Jimmy Creech (right), then senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska performed a covenant service for two women. A United Methodist church trial court did not convict him. On April 24, 1999, Jimmy Creech co-officiated at a covenant service for two men. A United Methodist church trial court convicted him and removed his clergy credentials.

Jimmy Creech Profile of Justice Annual College Scholarship Award: The Rev. Jimmy Creech Profile of Justice Annual College Scholarship Award is a scholarship fund for United Methodist students who seek to emulate the example of Rev. Creech in seeking peace and justice for all.

Historical Background

On September 14, 1997 the Reverend Jimmy Creech, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska performed a covenant service for two women. Afterward, charges were brought against him and a confidential process of review begun in Nebraska Annual Conference. Effective November 10, 1997, Bishop Joel Martinez suspended Jimmy Creech with pay for 60 days, before the review process was complete. On January 9, 1998, Bishop Martinez extended the suspension of this courageous and loving Christian pastor. On Friday, January 23, 1998 following a hearing, the Committee on Investigation of Nebraska Annual Conference voted to refer to church trial the complaint against the Reverend Jimmy Creech. The trial has held March 11-13, 1998 at First United Methodist Church in Kearney, Nebraska. Jimmy Creech was acquitted on March 13. He returned to the pulpit of FUMC in Omaha on Sunday, March 15, 1998. The next Sunday, illegal (by UM Discipline) church services were initiated that are being held for members of FUMC at the same time as regular church services at FUMC. On May 5, 1998 Bishop Martinez told Jimmy that he would not re-appointment him to FUMC Omaha in July. In May, Jimmy Creech decided to take a voluntary leave of absence. On June 7, he left the pulpit of FUMC. On that day, the Jimmy Creech Profile of Justice College Scholarship was announced. On August 11, 1998, Judicial Council released its decision about the legal status of prohibition in the Social Principles. Jimmy Creech responded to the decision. For much of the last half of 1998, Jimmy Creech traveled around the country speaking to thousands of people. In 1999, he is working on a book.

On April 24, 1999, Jimmy Creech (right) co-officiated with Jill Edens, United Church of Christ (UCC) clergy at a covenant service for two men, Larry E. Ellis and James H. Raymer. The UCC celebration was held at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. in Chapel Hill, N.C. A complaint was brought against him in May.

On July 16,1999, Jimmy wrote CORNET: "I've just been informed by Bishop Joel Martinez (Nebraska Annual Conference) that the complaint filed against me by District Superintendent Jim McChesney for celebrating a holy union in April has been referred to the Counsel for the Church, Steve Flader, in Omaha, Nebraska. He will be sending it to the investigating committee. Consequently, the judicial process is formally underway. Peace, Jimmy Creech"

The Nebraska Conference Committee on Investigations met in September in Lincoln to investigate a complaint against him. It has charged him with disobedience to the Order and Discipline of the United Methodist Church.

 

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