Archives for July 2016

North Central Jurisdiction elects three to be bishop.

The North Central Jurisdiction, meeting today in Peoria, IL, filled three of their four episcopal openings today. The Rev. Dr. Tracy Smith Malone of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference was elected on the 6th ballot. Smith Malone is currently serving as the District Superintendent of the Chicago Southern District as well as the Dean of the […]

Northeastern Jurisdiction elected Moore-Koikoi to the episcopacy

By Melissa Lauber and Erik Alsgaard* LANCASTER, Pa. — On the 11th ballot of the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, reported just before 9 p.m. on July 13, the Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi was elected as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Needing 60 percent of the vote, Bishop Moore-Koikoi received 64.3 percent. “My heart is […]

Southeastern Jurisdiction elects five to the episcopacy

With the most bishops to elect this season and a plethora of candidates, the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference jumped to the front of the line by filling all five episcopal openings in a single day. The conference is meeting this week at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center in North Carolina, the traditional headquarters of the jurisdiction. The […]

David Graves elected bishop in the SEJ

The Rev. David Graves, Sr. Pastor of Church Street UMC in Knoxville, TN was elected as a bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference meeting at Lake Junaluska, NC today. Graves was elected on the 4th ballot taken today. Graves is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a Bachelor […]

Sharma Lewis elected as bishop in the SEJ on the first ballot

The Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference has elected the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as a bishop on the first ballot. Lewis currently serves as the District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District in the North Georgia Conference and is the first African-American woman to be elected in the Southeastern Jurisdiction as a bishop. Click here to read Lewis’s full […]

SEJ Bishops issues letter on church division

The Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops have issued a pastoral letter regarding the current divisions in the church and the recent actions by some annual conferences and boards of ordained ministry adopting “noncomformity” resolutions regarding the current church teaching on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life of the church. “We, the […]

Discipleship Ministries announces gathering for young people on racism

NASHVILLE, TN – As recent events once again focus attention on issues of racial inequality, Young People’s Ministries (YPM), a division of Discipleship Ministries, will convene a session this month to identify more effective ways to resource the church for conversations with young people about racism. The Racism Gathering on July 28-30 will bring young […]

Preaching To Confront Racism

By William H. Willimon Moralism (substituting law for gospel, exhorting better human behavior without dependency upon God’s grace) is no match for racism. While urging us to preach justice, Lutheran James Childs warns: “Preaching that always goes directly from sin to salvation or from cross to resurrection without ever stopping off at sanctification is missing […]

Recently Read: Dallas Will Be Different

By Michael Baughman I’ve suspected for a while that we live at the cliff’s edge of a new society. Growing up, I learned the names of cities important to the civil rights movement: Little Rock, Selma, Birmingham, Montgomery, Memphis. Their names evokes stories that changed our collective American identity. In recent years, there’s been a […]

Council of Bishops president speaks following shooting deaths

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on behalf of the Council in the wake of shootings in the U.S. this week: In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we speak to a nation that […]