The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church issued a plea for money, announcing the denomination lost members and funds after they consecrated a lesbian bishop.

“We now invite you to stand with us supporting congregations and brother and sister pastors in need. We seek your prayers and your monetary gifts,” Mountain Sky Area leaders write in a statement.

When Bishop Karen Oliveto was ordained and consecrated last summer, ripples tore through the denomination, ultimately hurting the Western Jurisdiction.

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