The Council of Bishops has issued a response to the election of Karen Oliveto, an openly gay woman, by the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church (we are in the South Central Jurisdiction). It is a measured, pastoral response and I commend it to you. Let me know if you have questions about the process or what happens next. I’ll try to have some answers, but at this point, I’m merely speculating and I don’t want to commit mere speculation to writing.
The Bishops’ statement is here: http://bit.ly/revcollins160716-2
A summary of what happened from The United Methodist Reporter (a reliable, unofficial publication) is here: http://bit.ly/revcollins160716-3