SEJ announces episcopal assignments

Lake Junaluska, NC — The Committee on Episcopacy of the Southeastern Jurisdiction announced tonight the episcopal assignments for 2016-2020. These appointments traditionally begin in September, and most bishops traditionally serve two four-year terms in an episcopal area. The assignments are: Bishop J. Lawson Bryan to the South Georgia Episcopal Area Bishop Kenneth Carter to the […]

Rev. Laurie Haller elected as a bishop in the North Central Jurisdiction

The Rev. Laurie Haller was elected to the episcopacy on the 13th ballot by the members of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference, meeting this week in Peoria, IL. Haller’s election fills the last of four openings in the jurisdiction. Haller currently serves as Sr. Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Birmingham MI. A […]

South Central Jurisdiction elects Ruben Saenz, Jr. to episcopacy

by Rev. Becky David-Hensley On the third ballot, with 133 votes, the South Central Jurisdiction of the UMC elected Rev. Dr. Ruben Saenz, Jr. of the Rio Texas Conference as its first newly elected Bishop of the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference. The SCJ is meeting this week in Wichita, KS. Rev. Dr. Saenz earned his Master of Divinity […]

Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops issues statement on racism and inclusion

The Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops released the following statement at the opening of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference meeting in Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The statement was delivered to the conference by Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball: As we gather for this Jurisdictional Conference many persons have been confronted and consumed with the […]

UPDATED: LaTrelle Easterling elected as a bishop in the Northeastern Jurisdiction

The Rev. LaTrelle Easterling was elected today by the members of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference (NEJ) on the 17th ballot. The NEJ is meeting this week in Lancaster, PA. Easterling is a member of the New England Annual Conference and currently serves as the district superintendent of the Metro Boston Hope District. A graduate of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Resolution to Oppose Discrimination Against Transgender People submitted to the South Carolina Annual Conference 2016

The following resolution was adopted by the South Carolina Annual Conference on June 8, 2016. WHEREAS, Paragraph 162 of the Book of Discipline states:“We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights […]