Day: July 16, 2016

The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elects first lesbian bishop

The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elects first lesbian bishop

This past weekend the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC, after a total of 17 ballots, has elected the Revd Dr. Karen P. Oliveto as a new bishop. The Western Jurisdiction has always strived for full inclusion in the life of the UMC and has been known for electing a number of firsts in the past. This time it has elected the first openly LGBT person as a bishop.