Southeastern Jurisdiction

The Virginia Conference’s Bishop Sharma D. Lewis (upper right corner) leads the devotional during the April 30 session of the United Methodist Council of Bishops spring meeting. The bishops maintained that no elections of bishops or agency board members would be held this year, despite some delegates urging otherwise. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via ZOOM by UM News.

Bishops: No episcopal elections until 2022

United Methodist bishops declined General Conference delegates’ calls for episcopal elections this year but opened the door to a vote on new leaders in 2022.
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The Rev. Gary Graves addresses the 2020 pre-General Conference Briefing in Nashville, Tenn. Graves was part of a meeting that discussed plans for late-arriving legislation and difficulties with delegates receiving needed visas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Plans for late-arriving GC2020 legislation

The group that organizes General Conference also received an update on challenges that U.S. actions are presenting in getting visas for delegates.
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Southeastern elects first African-American woman as bishop

The Rev. Sharma Lewis of North Georgia is elected on first ballot of 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.
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South Georgia Area Bishop James King preaches on unity during the July 13 opening worship service of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by the Rev. Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference.

Southeastern bishops decry ‘nonconformity’ plans

The church leaders call ‘divisive and disruptive’ the decision by some conferences not to comply with bans on gay marriage and ordination.

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