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Trailblazing Bishop Wilbur Choy dies at 103

The first Asian American bishop elected in The United Methodist Church helped the church grow more ethnically and racially diverse. He also had a great sense of humor.
General Church
Filipino Bishops Rodolfo A. Juan, Ciriaco Q. Francisco and Pedro M. Torio Jr. lead prayer during the 2019 Special Session of the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis on Feb. 23. A year after extending its bishops’ terms, the Philippines Central Conference Coordinating Council is pushing for a special session to elect new bishops — with or without the General Conference in 2022. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Filipino leaders push to elect new bishops

After extending their bishops’ terms a second time, United Methodist leaders are urging a special election to elect new bishops.
Bishops
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey gives the presidential address during the fall online meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops. She told fellow bishops and others watching online that she envisions a future United Methodist Church where all have a home. UM News screenshot via Zoom.

Bishops urged to embrace ‘more loving way’

As plans for denominational separation ramp up, bishops start their fall meeting focused on the continuing United Methodist Church and anti-racism work.
Bishops
The Holston Conference’s Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor embraces the Rev. David Graves following his election as United Methodist bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2016. On April 30, the Council of Bishops affirmed its decision to delay electing any new leaders until after the postponed General Conference. File photo by Annette Spence, Holston Conference.

Bishops’ election plans draw mixed reaction

Many General Conference delegates praised the bishops for retracting an earlier recommendation of four-year hold on United Methodist elections. But some still have misgivings about a delay until 2022.

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