DALLAS, MAY 4 - The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas.
The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341. The decision regarded the South Central Jurisdictional Conference’s questioning of the process surrounding the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly lesbian bishop. That decision was released on April 28 in Newark, N.J.
For the text of the statement: westernjurisdictionumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/WJ-Bishops-Pastoral-Message-Final-5-4-17.pdf