Jurisdictional Conferences

Bishops
Bishops Dan Schwerin (left), Lanette Plambeck (center) and Kennetha Bigham-Tsai were elected bishops at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference Nov. 2-3. Prior to the elections, the jurisdiction’s 10 episcopal candidates met for a month over Zoom to build connection and camaraderie. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Bishop candidates created community over Zoom

Pre-conference meetings helped the candidates for bishop in the North Central Jurisdictional Conference make the election process a positive experience, even for the seven candidates who weren’t selected.
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.

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