Here it is therefore Rev. Karen Oliveto, who was pastor at Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco, who has been elected Bishop of the Western Division at a conference of the United Methodist Church on Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona.
"I think at this moment I have a glimpse of the realm of God," Oliveto said after her election. "Today we took a step closer to embody beloved community and while we may be moving there, we are not there yet. We are moving on to perfection."
The United Methodist Church is the largest denomination of the Protestant Church in the US and has about 7 million members. You should know that its members are divided on the issue of opening the church to LGBTQ people. So, obviously, there are some who cry foul, who think it goes against the church and that this will lead to a split in the United Methodist Church, while others, on the contrary, rejoice to see their church being ore inclusive.
Know that the United Methodist Church decided last May, as reported by the Associated Press, to make a comprehensive review of the Church's laws on sexuality. This process will take 2 years, we have to be patient, but I think it's going to open. The other important denomination of the Protestant Church in the United States, the Episcopal Church, changed its policy and now allows the performing of same-sex marriages within the church that's why I think United Church could go to this opening thereafter.
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