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Bishops
Retired Bishop Leo A. Soriano (back right) prays for episcopal candidates as Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan lays hands on them during the third Revive event held Nov. 23 at the newly inaugurated Wesleyan University-Philippines Chapel in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. The event was designed to spiritually prepare delegates and other United Methodists before the election of three new bishops during the special session of the Philippines Central Conference. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UM News.

Revive event lifts up servant leaders in the Philippines

Before electing three new bishops, delegates gathered for song, dance, prayers and messages about fulfilling God’s holy work.
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
Newly elected Bishop Ruby-Nell Estrella receives her episcopal pin from College of Bishops President Thomas J. Bickerton (right) during the Philippines Central Conference at Wesleyan University-Philippines in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. Estrella is the first woman to be elected a United Methodist bishop in the Philippines. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UM News.

Estrella elected Philippines Central’s first female bishop

The Rev. Ruby-Nell M. Estrella, treasurer of the Philippines Central Conference, was the second bishop elected at the Nov. 24-26 meeting.