Going against its own current rules regarding the qualifications for ordination, the United Methodist Church has officially elected an openly gay bishop for the first time.
Reverend Karen Oliveto was elected bishop of the Western Division of the United Methodist Church on Friday. The 58-year-old is also the senior pastor at San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church. The church has upwards of 7 million members in the U.S. and while many are celebrating this move forward, not everyone is on board with the change.
“Today we took a step closer to embody beloved community and while we may be moving there, we are not there yet,” Oliveto said at the church’s quadrennial meeting.