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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Transition Time – UM bishops leaning forward, looking back

As top official for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey bounced back and forth between New York, where UMCOR is based, and Houston, where she and her husband own a home and she was a longtime pastor in the Texas Conference. But on July 19 she became Bishop Harvey, elected […]

Jurisdiction opposes UMC on homosexuality

The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church has issued a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that emphasizes Christ’s grace and love is available to all and that the UMC is in error on the subject of “homosexuality’s incompatibility with Christian teaching.” In addition, delegates to the jurisdictional meeting July 18-21 voted to extend “extravagant hospitality” to all people […]

Conferences react to UMC stance on gay issues

Rejecting the denomination’s stance on gay rights and same-sex marriage were important issues for at least 15 United Methodist Annual this summer. United Methodists from Washington and the northern panhandle of Idaho approved legislation supporting the Marriage Equality Act. The law was signed by the governor in February and would have made Washington the seventh […]

Fresh Faces – New UM bishop elections, assignments

Every four years, the United Methodist Church’s U.S. jurisdictions elect and assign bishops, causing a fruit-basket turnover of leadership. The 2008 General Conference approved a plan that reduced by one the number of bishops in four of the five jurisdictions, beginning this year. The reason is shrinking membership in the U.S., a reality that also […]

UM conferences approve plans for two mergers

OKLAHOMA CITY—The United Methodist conferences in the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction will have some very different boundaries within the next four years. On July 20, delegates at the jurisdictional conference unanimously approved the merger of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande annual conferences into “a bold new conference” and the consolidation of the Kansas East, […]