Hearing to Start for Karen Oliveto as First Out Gay Bishop in Methodist Church

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Beloved MCC Members and Friends,

Bishop Karen Oliveto

Bishop Karen Oliveto faces a hearing next week in the United Methodist Church as its first openly gay or lesbian bishop. MCC has an opportunity to let Bishop Karen know that we love and support her.

First, some background. The same year Rev. Elder Troy Perry founded Metropolitan Community Churches in 1968, the United Methodists began drafting their social principles. The committee presented a carefully worded statement that included an affirmation that both heterosexual and homosexual people are children of God. At the last minute, an amendment was proposed that added: “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Over the decades, the prohibitions broadened and sexual orientation became a litmus test for those seeking ordination and employment. United Methodist LGBTQ church leaders and members organized from inside and outside the closet. At every General Conference, the ranks grew, but the votes never reached the critical mass to overturn the dehumanizing prohibitions.

Today, Bishop Karen needs our support. We at MCC stand by her and pray for all United Methodists whose calling has been to work for full inclusion of LGBTQ people. So many have worked valiantly for the day when the United Methodist Church around the world will recognize the full humanity of all God’s created and creative children.

What You Can Do:
A campaign to tell Bishop Karen that she is loved is growing. Make a sign, take a selfie, and post it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags below:

@MCCLovesBishopKarenOliveto!

@ToBishopKOwithLove

#ToBishopKOwithLove

Go to the Facebook link below to see what others are doing: https://www.facebook.com/ToBishopKOwithLove/

Join me to pray for Bishop Karen during the hearing, 25-26 April 2017.

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown
Interim Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches