Jurisdictional Conferences

Bishops
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, at left, and Bonnie Marden, chair of the Northeastern Jurisdiction episcopacy committee, offer an overview of recommendations for how many bishops the jurisdiction should elect. The jurisdiction's bishops recommended no elections and the episcopacy committee recommended one. Ultimately, the delegates voted to elect two when the jurisdictional conference meets Nov. 2-5. Screengrab courtesy of the Greater New Jersey Conference via YouTube by UM News.

Jurisdictions advised to elect 14 US bishops

Faced with denominational uncertainties, jurisdictional leaders are recommending United Methodists elect fewer U.S. bishops than there will be vacancies. But after a special session of the Northeastern Jurisdiction, all five U.S. jurisdictions expect to hold episcopal elections in November.
Jurisdictional Conferences
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An urgent call for leadership

A group of delegates is advocating for special sessions of jurisdictional conferences to be called so new leaders may be elected.
General Church
Southern Methodist University’s Dallas Hall was its first building and remains a campus centerpiece. A judge recently ruled for SMU and against the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in a lawsuit over whether ultimate control of the Dallas school belongs to its board of trustees or the conference. The conference has filed an appeal. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Judge rules for SMU over jurisdiction

The South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church is appealing a lower court loss in suit over who controls the Dallas school.
General Church
Delegates pause for prayer at the 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis. A group of 2020 General Conference delegates and other church leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines is proposing a new form of unity. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Delegates offer proposal for church unity

United Methodist leaders from Africa, Europe and the Philippines are offering a “Christmas Covenant” and inviting others to sign on.

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