PSR Alum & Faculty Participate in Discussion at Screening of Methodist Documentary

March 15, 2013

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, about 50 people gathered for a free screening of A Church Divided, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Randall Miller, Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies, Ethics, and Leadership and Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto (MDiv 1983) of Glide Memorial UMC with KQED host Scott Schafer.  The event was held at Delancey Street Theater in San Francisco.

This documentary, presented by the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED, that follows California delegates to the United Methodist Church's 2012 global convention in Tampa, Fla. There, church leaders discussed and voted on the future of the church and its official policy relating to gays and lesbians.

“Outspoken against the acceptance of homosexuality within the faith, this group of delegates [from Africa] ultimately became the swing vote that defeated the proposed changes to the doctrine for which Oliveto and Miller campaigned.

Oliveto argues that this is because the more evangelical church leaders are working harder to “export their homophobia.” She said progressive members of the United Methodist Church “haven't extended enough love” to their fellow Methodists across the globe.” (The Bay Citizen)

An audio recording of the panel discussion and more information on this evening's event can be found at Center for Investigative Reporting.