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Bishop Karen Oliveto: Responding to Judicial Council decision

The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled.

However, the bishop “remains in good standing,” the Judicial Council said in Decision 1341, until an administrative or judicial process is completed.

“Under the long-standing principle of legality, no individual member or entity may violate, ignore or negate church law,” said the decision, made public April 28. “It is not lawful for the college of bishops of any jurisdictional or central conference to consecrate a self-avowed practicing homosexual bishop.”

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Pence Comments Prompt Debate on the ‘Billy Graham Rule’

This week’s discussion begins with the revelation that Vice President Pence seeks to abide by a variation of the so-called “Billy Graham Rule” limiting his social interaction with women. The news set off a lively debate on the Internet regarding setting appropriate boundaries for personal behavior, particularly regarding gender relations. So for our next class, we will focus on how Christians can steer clear of temptation and avoid even the appearance of evil.

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