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Recently Read: Jurisdictional Conferences Gear Up to Elect Bishops

by Cynthia B. Astle Fifty-five candidates — including three openly gay clergy and a nominee who has been suspended pending charges — will vie for 15 bishop seats in five U.S. jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church during the week of July 11. The three openly gay clergy came out this spring in a letter […]

Methodists Nominate 3 Openly Gay Candidates for Bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller At its quadrennial meeting last month, the United Methodist Church decided not to take up contentious LGBT issues. But that’s not stopping its regional conferences from making decisions on their own. Two U.S. jurisdictions will consider three openly gay candidates for bishop next month. The Rev. Karen Oliveto, the Rev. Frank […]

Youth need voice—and vote—in UM conferences

By Megan Smith, Special Contributor… In July, the quadrennial meeting of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church took place in Charleston, W.Va. Hundreds gathered, representing each of our Jurisdiction’s ten annual conferences, to make decisions that would affect the entire jurisdiction, including the nominations for jurisdictional committees and elections for three open episcopal […]

Text of Bishop Schnase’s episcopal address

The following is a transcript of the Episcopal Address to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference on July 19, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Missouri Conference Bishop, Robert Schnase. You can view the address in its entirety by clicking on the video link on the upper right-hand side of the homepage of The United Methodist […]

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