Jurisdictional Conference

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.
General Church
The choir of Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Ariz., sings "Jesus at the Center" during opening worship of the online special session of the Western Jurisdiction on July 17. Both the Western Jurisdiction and Southeastern Jurisdiction have held special sessions in recent days and taken up questions that affect the church’s future. Screengrab courtesy of the Western Jurisdiction via Zoom by UM News.

2 jurisdictions plan for church future

The United Methodist Southeastern Jurisdiction approved the union of two annual conferences, and the Western Jurisdiction looked at the role of bishops.
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.

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