Bishop Karen Oliveto

Understanding the WCA

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The newly formed United Methodist Association of Retired Clergy drew 200 participants to its first conference focused on gaining full rights for LGBTQ people in the worldwide denomination. more

Nov 20, 2017 4:30 PM Advocating Justice

Messer Kammerer

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A new group of retired United Methodist clergy who seek full inclusion in the church for LGBTQ people will hold its first meeting in November. more

Oct 9, 2017 4:53 PM Advocating Justice

Yellowstone Conference

Photo by the Rev. Travis K. Walker, courtesy of the Yellowstone Conference.

Yellowstone Conference, which includes Wyoming and Montana, is suffering from lack of resources caused by "aging churches and aging members," not solely from objections to the region's openly lesbian bishop, say church officials. more

Jul 17, 2017 4:23 PM Finance and Administration 4 Comments

Two Attorneys

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The Judicial Council refused to reconsider its decision holding that a license for a same-sex marriage constitutes evidence that a clergy person or bishop is a "self-avowed practicing homosexual" in disobedience to church law. more

Jul 7, 2017 4:57 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Oliveto Mother

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The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops has asked for reconsideration of Judicial Council ruling 1341, which held that a same-sex marriage license is evidence of a person being a "self-avowed practicing homosexual." more

Jun 15, 2017 12:17 PM Finance and Administration

Oliveto Consecration

Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

A new group of retired pastors in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference has formed in part to support Bishop Karen Oliveto and advocate for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. more

May 19, 2017 12:55 PM Ordained Ministry 2 Comments

Oliveto and Fenton

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Judicial Council Ruling 1341 regarding the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto has long-term, far-reaching effects on The United Methodist Church, say legal experts. more

May 10, 2017 4:08 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. more

May 8, 2017 4:53 PM Jeremy Smith

Reconciling No Such Law

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Reactions continue to boil over to the Judicial Council rulings on the consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto and the requirements to consider ministerial candidates' sexuality. more

May 3, 2017 7:47 AM Perspectives 5 Comments


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The Judicial Council ruling that Bishop Karen Oliveto's marriage license is proof of homosexual practice throws The United Methodist Church into a whole new situation, writes the Rev. Chris Ritter. more

May 1, 2017 4:51 PM Perspectives 1 Comments


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More United Methodists rebuked than rejoiced in responses to the Judicial Council decision that has ruled the Western Jurisdiction's consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto to have violated church law. more

Apr 29, 2017 11:27 AM Finance and Administration 5 Comments

Bishop Ough Remarks

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Bishop Bruce Ough urges United Methodists to respect the Judicial Council decision on Bishop Karen Oliveto and continue to pray and work for church unity despite deep divisions. more

Apr 28, 2017 10:18 PM Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Oliveto Consult

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Judicial Council rules Western Jurisdiction shouldn't have consecrated Bishop Oliveto knowing she was a "self avowed practicing homosexual" in violation of the UMC ban against gay clergy. more

Apr 28, 2017 5:35 PM Finance and Administration 5 Comments

Bishops Respond

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The Rev. Shannon E. Sullivan offers her first-person account of being a spectator on April 25 outside the Judicial Council's public hearing on a complaint against the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. more

Apr 27, 2017 3:39 PM Perspectives

Bishops Respond

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Bishops Elaine Stanovsky and Karen Oliveto responded to the arguments given during a public hearing April 25 before the United Methodist Judicial Council. more

Apr 25, 2017 4:12 PM Finance and Administration

Oliveto Brewster

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Members of the Judicial Council heard arguments against and for the validity of the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto. A decision won't be issued until the court's session is completed April 28. more

Apr 25, 2017 3:49 PM Finance and Administration

The Rev. Dr. William C. Trench sees this week's Judicial Council review of the election of Bishop Oliveto as a no-win situation that could well be the final push toward United Methodist schism. more

Apr 24, 2017 5:23 PM Perspectives

Judicial Council 2016

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Advocacy groups that support or reject United Methodism's stance against homosexual practice will keep watch on the April 25-28 deliberations of the Judicial Council, the denomination's "high court." more

Apr 20, 2017 2:38 PM Finance and Administration 3 Comments

2016 Book of Discipline

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A complaint from the South Central Jurisdiction about the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto encompasses several church legal issues, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

Apr 20, 2017 11:49 AM Finance and Administration

Oliveto Music

Art by Patrick Scriven

Wrestling with "pessimistic aparthy" about next week's Judicial Council meeting, Patrick Scriven of the Pacific Northwest Conference turns to music for both insight and solace. more

Apr 20, 2017 11:34 AM Perspectives

Mountain Sky Cuernavaca

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Bishop Karen Oliveto finds that the cost of discipleship is a continuing process of discernment, action, evaluation and celebration that few of us attempt. more

Sep 5, 2017 10:54 PM Practicing Faith