The United Methodist Church's Judicial Council, the denomination’s “supreme court,” will review a number of cases relating to LGBTQ persons on April 25-28, 2017, in session in Newark, N.J. Among the cases is the request for a review of Bishop Karen Oliveto’s election and ministry as the first openly lesbian bishop, in light of The UMC’s current discriminatory language towards LGBTQ persons.Reconciling Ministries Network is inviting all communities who support Bishop Oliveto and our LGBTQ clergy to join in worship across the connection on Sunday, April 23rd. Below are links to a toolkit to assist churches or communities in preparing for the crucial decisions ahead. The kit includes an explanation of why Reconciling Ministries claims there is #nosuchlaw against Bishop Oliveto’s ministry.No decisions will be released from the Judicial Council until after its meeting is complete.
Conference for Transgender Leaders Set
Reconciling Ministries Network also will sponsor “Rooted: Trans Christians grounding our leadership in resistance, resilience, and radical peace” Aug. 11-13 in Chicago. The event is described as “a leadership development retreat for ecumenical trans and gender-expansive Christians meant to revive our souls while we draw on spiritual inspiration and practical tools to develop our leadership in the world. We hope to create a collaborative space steeped in spiritual practice, artistic expression, worship, and community building. We will celebrate ourselves, our stories, and our community.”
For more information, or to contribute toward scholarships for participants, visit the Rooted website.