Oklahoma Episcopal Area

Bishops
The Rev. David Wilson, the first Native American United Methodist bishop, accepts congratulations after his election to the episcopacy at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference Nov. 2 in Houston. File photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Bishop Wilson shares priorities, hopes for future

Bishop David Wilson, who leads the Great Plains Conference, shares his thoughts about being the first Native American bishop in The United Methodist Church and what he hopes to accomplish in the next four years.
Human Rights
Ebiye Seimode, a student at the Boston University School of Theology and participant in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Immersion Experience, samples a flute for sale at Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry on March 9, 2023, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Jim Patterson, UM News.

Native immersion explores culture, horrors

A group of nearly 30 students, United Methodist church members and pastors toured central Oklahoma to learn about the culture and mistreatment of Native Americans. The experience was sobering yet hopeful.
Local Church
The Rev. Derrek Belase. Photo courtesy of the author.

A church closing that hits home

The Rev. Derrek Belase, director of connectional ministries for the Oklahoma Conference, shares the emotions he’s feeling as he prepares for the closing of the United Methodist church where he grew up.
Mission and Ministry
From left, John Golombie, Chickasaw Czarina Colbert Conlan and Choctaw Joseph Oklahombi are pictured at Oklahombi's home near Wright City, Oklahoma in 1921. Oklahombi was the most decorated World War I soldier from Oklahoma. Photo by Hopkins, courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Honoring WWI code talker, Native veterans

One of the most decorated war heroes from Oklahoma served as a code talker in World War I and is buried at Yasho United Methodist Church cemetery.

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