A Message to The United Methodist Church

Karen Oliveto’s Election as Bishop Was a Movement of the Holy Spirit


‘You are the one who created my innermost parts;
you knit me together while I was still in my mother’s womb.
I give thanks to you that I was marvelously set apart.
Your works are wonderful—I know that very well.’
Psalm 139:13-14 (CEB)

It’s time for The United Methodist Church to learn the real story behind the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto from the perspective of Western Jurisdiction delegates that elected her in July 2016.

When we gathered in Scottsdale, Ariz., to choose a new bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church we weren’t expecting to experience a monumental movement of the Holy Spirit

A diverse field of clergy – nine eminently qualified people of different races, and ethnic backgrounds, and yes, a gay man and a lesbian – sensed a calling from God to a new experience of service to the church of Jesus Christ as a bishop.



About the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church

Map of the WJThe people of The Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church welcome you to our website and offer you greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! Ours is a large and diverse region of the UMC, stretching from the eastern edge of Colorado to the islands of Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan in the West, and from northern-most Alaska to Arizona in the South.

We are blessed with people of many ethnic and cultural heritages, and seek to live out our vision, to be “A home for all God’s people, gathered around a table of reconciliation and transformation. As a multicultural and inclusive Jurisdiction, we seek to be engaged in the life of our communities, with confident, effective lay and clergy leadership forming disciples who live out the good news of Jesus as global citizens.”

It is in the spirit of extravagant hospitality that we sincerely invite you to join us in offering Christ, inviting discipleship, and transforming the world!

Donna Pritchard, Chair
Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team