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 […]

South Central Jurisdiction Episcopal Assignments for 2016-2020

The South Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy has announced the following episcopal assignments for the 2016-2020 quadrennium: Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to the Northwest Texas-New Mexico Episcopal Area Bishop Robert Farr to the Missouri Episcopal Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey to the Louisiana Episcopal Area Bishop Scott J. Jones to the Houston Episcopal Area Bishop […]

Western Jurisdiction elects first openly lesbian bishop

by Jeremy Smith, Nancy Speas-Hill, and Jay Voorhees Tonight the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church unanimously elected the Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto as a bishop of the church. Oliveto, the Sr. Pastor of the Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco, CA, came out this past year as practicing lesbian, and she is the first […]

South Central Jurisdiction Elects Bob Farr to Episcopacy

by Rev. Becky David-Hensley Late on Friday afternoon, Rev. Robert (Bob) Farr of the Missouri Annual Conference was elected as the third and final bishop to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference, convening this week in Wichita, Kansas. After a long day of voting, the SCJ delegates finally moved in favor of electing Rev. Farr over […]

South Central Jurisdiction Elects Jimmy Nunn to Episcopacy

by Rev. Becky David-Hensley On the 21st ballot, Rev. James (Jimmy) Nunn of the Northwest Texas Conference received 126 votes – enough to make him the second bishop elected from the South Central Jurisdictional Conference being held in Wichita, Kansas this week After electing its first bishop on the third ballot, the SCJ Conference hit […]