First openly gay United Methodist bishop stays, subject to church review

Karen Oliveto elected in 2016 to lead Denver-area church region but top religiou field replies consecration in contravention of Methodist law

The firstly honestly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job but is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the churchs top field governed on Friday.

Bishop Karen Olivetos civil union to another woman flouts religiou constitution that disallows clergy who are self-avowed practicing lesbians, the Judicial Council alleged. However, a decision over whether she can remain in the position must come from a separate disciplinary process, special courts governed.

Oliveto was elected last year to lead a Denver-area church region that is part of the Methodist western prerogative, which has rejected the denominations position that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.

Two other homosexual clerics, based in Los Angeles and Cincinnati, were nominated in the same election. One recede and one was not successful.

Within minutes of Olivetos election, certain challenges was filed by the Oklahoma-based south center Jurisdiction. That lead to Fridays ruling, in which special courts alleged bishops who consecrate an honestly homosexual bishop are considered in violation of Methodist law and subject to religiou restraint.

The ruling was drawn on a 6-3 election. Oliveto said she seemed grateful for the chance to remain as bishop as she and other religiou presidents study what the decision means for her future.

Bruce Ough, president of the Methodist Council of Bishops, said the decision would not freedom the disagreements, ardour and anxiety in the church, but appealed to church members to stay unified.

The case is the last chapter in an intensifying fight over LGBT recognition that is fracturing the 12.8 million-member denomination the third-largest religion group in the US.

Earlier this week, bishops announced a special 2019 converge of its top legislative assembly, General Conference, to address religiou constitution on sexuality and find ways the denomination can escape strife.

LGBT proposes in the church have stepped up influence to hoist proscriptions on homosexual clergy. Bishops have deported same-sex nuptials in defiance of religiou program and dozens of LGBT clergy have come out, risking being defrocked.

Evangelical Methodists, who have gained fortitude in the denomination in part through emergence of Methodist religious overseas, have responded by pushing to oblige religiou plans.

In have responded to Olivetos election last year, the Rev Rob Renfroe, chairman of Good News, an missionary society, said: If the western prerogative wanted to push the church to the brink of strife, they are not able to have found a more specific style of doing so.

The Methodist policy moving person has upheld the churchs stand on same-sex affinities since 1972, even as other mainline protestant groups, including the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church( USA ), have approved same-sex union.

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