Perry said Friday during a news conference at the Detroit church that she is aware of what her election as bishop means to others.
“If you look at scripture, Jesus said absolutely nothing about homosexuality,” she said. “And over and over and over again, we see Jesus always being with people who were perceived by other folks to be on the margin, to be outsiders or less than or not worthy.”
She succeeds the Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs as the Michigan diocese’s bishop. Gibbs retired in December.
The Diocese of Michigan was formed in 1836 and has 75 congregations and more than 16,000 baptized members in the state’s southeastern region. There are three other dioceses in Michigan.