A Complaint Against the Western Jurisdiction

On July 15, 2016, the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC broke faith with church doctrine by electing an openly gay and partnered Bishop, Rev. Karen Oliveto. This action was ruled contrary to church law by the Judicial Council. However, Oliveto continues to serve in the office of Bishop.

Now, on November 4, 2022, the Western Jurisdiction once again defied the UMC covenant by electing its second openly gay and partnered Bishop, Rev. Cedrick Bridgeforth. These actions come at a particularly harmful time when the denomination is facing deep division related to human sexuality and our shared commitment to The Book of Discipline.

A complaint is being filed against the College of Bishops in the Western Jurisdiction by Rev. Dr. W. Timothy McClendon.

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Any United Methodist harmed by the actions of the Western Jurisdiction is invited to sign the addendum to the complaint by following this link:

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