Archives for July 2016

IRD issues statement on election of openly gay bishop

Washington, DC — The Institute for Religion and Democracy have released a statement this week offering their thoughts on the recent election and consecration of Karen Oliveto (the pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco) to be a bishop of The United Methodist Church. “The Western Jurisdiction has a history of prominent disobedience […]

Commentary: Church at the speed of life

*by Rebecca Simon-Peter Last week, Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop of the United Methodist Church was elected. Much like at her baptism, she was consecrated with the laying on of hands and sacred words of declaration.   She has even been appointed to her place of service for the next four years. This is […]

One Church, One Organization, or Neither?

by David Watson  Things are moving quickly in the UMC. The latest development, of course, is the consecration of an openly gay and married bishop, Rev. Karen Oliveto. According to a story published by the United Methodist News Service, Bishop Grant Hagiya commented on Rev. Oliveto’s election, stating, “We understand there may be some political […]

Five evangelical + inclusive ways to resist schism in The United Methodist Church

by Trey Hall* I am a Wesleyan evangelical. My life has been saved and is (slowly) being changed by Jesus. In my opinion, being evangelical means, at its core, living from an ongoing internal assurance of God’s love for you and therefore finding yourself freed to do everything possible to carry the Gospel to others. […]

Commentary: Wait . . . or maybe not

The last days of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Oregon were filled with all sorts of emotions — with some feeling joy over the breadth of our common ministry, but others (both “progressive” and “traditionalist”) having a sense of unease that the General Conference had not definitively addressed issues around human sexuality. Instead, breaking past […]

Bishop Scott Jones announces details for Cynthia Meyer trial

Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Great Plains Conference announced this week that a location has been selected for the church trial for the Rev. Cynthia Meyer. The church trial, scheduled to begin Aug. 24, will be conducted at the Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W. Sixth St. in Concordia, Kansas. Meyer stated in a letter to […]

Western Jurisdiction announces episcopal appointments

The Western Jurisdiction Episcopacy Committee announced today the episcopal assignments for the 2016-2020 quadrennium: Alaska: Bishop Elaine Stanovsky California-Nevada: Bishop Minerva Carcaño California-Pacific: Bishop Grant Hagiya Desert Southwest: Bishop Robert Hoshibata Oregon-Idaho: Bishop Elaine Stanovsky Pacific Northwest: Bishop Elaine Stanovsky Rocky Mountain: Bishop Karen Oliveto Yellowstone: Bishop Karen Oliveto Each assignment begins on September 1 […]

North Central Jurisdiction announces episcopal assignments

The North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church announced today the episcopal assignments for the 2016-2020 quadrennium: Michigan Episcopal Area — Bishop David Alan Bard Illinois Episcopal Area — Bishop Frank Beard Chicago Episcopal Area — Bishop Sally Dyck Iowa Episcopal Area — Bishop Laurie Haller Wisconsin Episcopal Area — Bishop Hee Soon Jung Dakotas-Minnesota […]

Council of Bishops president issues statement on Oliveto election

Peoria, Il — Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement regarding the results of today’s Episcopal election at the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church, meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Western Jurisdiction has elected the Rev. Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church […]

Northeastern Jurisdiction announces episcopal assignments for 2016-2020

The Committee on the Episcopacy of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist announced the episcopal assignments for the 2016-2020 quadrennium today. They are: Baltimore-Washington Conference / Washington Area — Bishop LaTrelle Easterling Eastern Pennsylvania Conference / Philadelphia Area — Bishop Peggy A. Johnson Greater New Jersey Conference / New Jersey Area — Bishop John […]