For my first Editorial Brief, I chose to look again to the New York Times for an article to cover, as a good source of both illustration inspiration and well written pieces, I felt it was a place to start.
The article that I picked was an article on Methodist Churches High Court rejection of the consecration of the first openly gay Bishop; Karen P. Oliveto of Denver, a married lesbian bishop, who’s consecration was ruled in violation of their “commitment to abide by and uphold the church’s definition of marriage and stance on homosexuality.” The Judicial Council also decided, in separate rulings, that the New York and Illinois regions must ask candidates for the ministry about their sexuality and rule out those who are gay “or in any other way violating the church’s standards on marriage and sexuality.” Despite this, the court ruled that the bishop, Karen P. Oliveto of Denver, “remains in good standing” pending further proceedings, offering her supporters a glimmer of hope. But it also raised the prospect of a suspension or forced retirement: NYTimes Methodist Church Article
The article immediately caught my eye as it stood out in the sea of Trump, Brexit and general world politics reports; while I love to read and keep up with national and international politics, with all of the turmoil and stressful right wing movements going on at the moment, it stood out as a story with some hope and balance to it. The reader responses and the general response from the pro lgbtq supporters in the Methodist church are largely positive and give a general sense of hope in regards to the future of the church. I wanted to focus on the representation of lgbtq church members and their active involvement of the church, as both rights activists and as followers of the church’s teachings. A lot of the readers responses put forward the opinion that they feel that the church needs to do more to show their support of the lgbtq community in the church and to look to more inclusion in the future.
In my pieces I chose to represent the main figures and themes of the article, using some of the imagery in the accompanying photos in the article and the many church goers that this ruling takes representation from, also including the Methodist Church of America’s symbol with the addition of judicial weighting scales as representation of the High Court.
The final two images that I worked on as the images that I would present in the article encompassed two variations on the main themes that I carried throughout my rough work and development that I felt was strongest.