Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response to UMC Related to Judicial Council Decision Regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election
The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas. The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341 regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election.
Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky, spokesperson for the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops April 28, 2017 The Judicial Council ruled today on challenges to the election of an out gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. The ruling is long and complicated, reinforcing...
In a much-awaited moment, the Western Jurisdiction today told The United Methodist Judicial Council that last July’s election of Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto complied with church law.
To the People of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, and to the ends of the earth, Fulfilling our charge to “To guard, transmit, teach, and proclaim … the apostolic faith as it is expressed in Scripture and tradition, and … to interpret that...
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As Maundy Thursday approaches with you I am reminded of the washing of feet. According to John 13, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before the last meal he shared with them. Over the generations since Jesus did this, Christians have memorialized his actions through the symbolic washing of feet.
In a newly released video, three delegates to the 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference tell why they voted for Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. On April 25, 2017, the nine-member United Methodist Judicial Council will hear arguments in the challenge to Bishop Oliveto’s election.
Retired United Methodist Bishop Roy I. Sano reflects on the deeper meaning of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on a colt of a donkey. Sano notes how Christians over the years have prepared the way for the risen Christ’s arrival again and again through humble, lowly, and costly service.
Reflecting on a recent bout of illness and deliverance, retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert reflects on how fear and isolation can create a sense of separation between us and God. The bishop reminds us of the Good News, once spoken through the prophet Ezekiel, that God intends for us life and is always available when we call.
“I love this story [of Jesus healing the blind man] because it reminds me that God works through the mud and muck of life.” In her Lenten Letter to the people of the Western Jurisdiction, Bishop Karen Oliveto reminds us that we follow a God who became one us taking on the “trials and tragedies” of human existence alongs with the joys. Our churches are “called to go into the messy world that breaks our heart…”