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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 […]

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 […]

Eleven bishops elected; episcopal assignments made

Eleven new United Methodist bishops were elected in three U.S. jurisdictions in conferences Wednesday through Friday. Jurisdictional conferences meet every four years, with half the delegates being lay people and clergy the other half. In 2010, conference realignments resulting from membership losses in the U.S. required that four of the five U.S. jurisdictions eliminate one episcopal post by […]

Guaranteed appointment may stand after all

General Conference 2012 may not have ended guaranteed appointment for ordained elders after all. Though delegates at the United Methodist Church’s quadrennial meeting voted to change one relevant part of the Book of Discipline, another was left untouched, apparently inadvertently. “It appears that there is no end to guaranteed appointments for elders under the 2012 […]

Sub-Committee Votes to End Guaranteed Appointments with Attached “Mueller Amendment”

Sub-Committee 1 of the Committee on Ministry and Higher Education was hard at work this afternoon addressing petition #20303, which is an amendment that would effectively end guaranteed appointments. A significant amendment was offered by Gary Mueller (North Texas Annual Conference) and perfected by the sub-committee. The amendment establishes a team of eight people to […]

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