Karen Oliveto, who became the first openly lesbian bishop of the United Methodist Church, could lose her position following a disciplinary review of her appointment.
Today, we unfortunately heard that the Rev. Meyer has just been placed on an involuntary leave of absence, which means she avoids a trial within her church, but she lost her position instead of her church in Edgerton near Kansas City.
The representatives of the United Methodist Church (UMC) have for the first time elected an openly gay bishop, and in this instance an openly lesbian one, which goes completely against the church's policy against homosexuality.
More than a hundred of United Methodist Church clergy members have come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual in anticipation of a Church conference where the new church policy was discussed.
Rev. Cynthia Meyer came out as a lesbian during a sermon in front of the congregation of Edgerton United Methodist Church in Kansas. She has told congregants that "the Lord has led me here to share my whole truth with you."