United Methodist church elects first openly gay bishop despite marriage ban

The western district of the United Methodist church (UMC) elected an openly gay bishop on Friday, despit3629e its ban on same-sex relationships. The Rev Karen Oliveto was elected late in the evening at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s western jurisdiction.

In remarks published on the UMC website, Oliveto said: “Today we took a step closer to embody beloved community and while we may be moving there, we are not there yet. We are moving on to perfection.” Continue reading