A Just Resolution Reached in the Rev. Cynthia Meyer Complaint

On August 1, the parties involved in the complaint against Rev. Cynthia Meyer met to have conversation about the possibility of a just resolution. The parties worked for 12 hours and made a good-faith effort to find common ground. At the end of the day came to the following agreement:   Rev. Cynthia Meyer’s Statement […]

COB Executive Committee releases statement on moving forward

Meeting in Chicago last week, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018. The Council acknowledged that the landscape of the church has changed dramatically since the General Conference approved the Council’s […]

Good News asks Council of Bishops to respond to Oliveto election

Good News, the independent evangelical United Methodist organization which promotes “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity” has released a statement from their governing board asking the United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB) to respond quickly to the recent election of Karen Oliveto as a bishop. Oliveto was elected and consecrated in the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC last week, and […]

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 […]

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 […]