Easter 2017: The Only Answer is God

To the People of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, and to the ends of the earth, Fulfilling our charge to “To guard, transmit, teach, and proclaim … the apostolic faith as it is expressed in Scripture and tradition, and … to interpret that...

Lent 2017: A Path to a Violent Death

Lent 2017: A Path to a Violent Death

Handmade Crucifixion by Carl Fougerousse of Red Fern Art Studio l CustomMade.com To the People of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, and to the ends of the earth, Fulfilling our charge to “To guard, transmit, teach, and proclaim … the...

Lent 2017: The Only Worthy Response

Lent 2017: The Only Worthy Response

As Maundy Thursday approaches with you I am reminded of the washing of feet. According to John 13, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before the last meal he shared with them. Over the generations since Jesus did this, Christians have memorialized his actions through the symbolic washing of feet.

Why We Voted for Bishop Oliveto

In a newly released video, three delegates to the 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference tell why they voted for Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. On April 25, 2017, the nine-member United Methodist Judicial Council will hear arguments in the challenge to Bishop Oliveto’s election.

Palm Sunday: Good News Riding on a Colt of a Donkey

Palm Sunday: Good News Riding on a Colt of a Donkey

Retired United Methodist Bishop Roy I. Sano reflects on the deeper meaning of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem on a colt of a donkey. Sano notes how Christians over the years have prepared the way for the risen Christ’s arrival again and again through humble, lowly, and costly service.

Lent 2017: Don’t Hesitate to Call

Lent 2017: Don’t Hesitate to Call

Reflecting on a recent bout of illness and deliverance, retired Bishop Melvin G. Talbert reflects on how fear and isolation can create a sense of separation between us and God. The bishop reminds us of the Good News, once spoken through the prophet Ezekiel, that God intends for us life and is always available when we call.

Lent 2017: Mud, Muck and Miracles

Lent 2017: Mud, Muck and Miracles

“I love this story [of Jesus healing the blind man] because it reminds me that God works through the mud and muck of life.” In her Lenten Letter to the people of the Western Jurisdiction, Bishop Karen Oliveto reminds us that we follow a God who became one us taking on the “trials and tragedies” of human existence alongs with the joys. Our churches are “called to go into the messy world that breaks our heart…”

A Message to The United Methodist Church

A Message to The United Methodist Church

Kent Ingram, a pastor from Colorado, and Emily Allen, a lay delegate from California, write this message to The United Methodist Church. In it they seek to tell the real story about what happened at last year’s Western Jurisdictional Conference where Karen Oliveto was elected bishop.

Lent 2017: The Living Water of Life

Lent 2017: The Living Water of Life

To the People of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, and to the ends of the earth, Fulfilling our charge to “To guard, transmit, teach, and proclaim … the apostolic faith as it is expressed in Scripture and tradition, and … to interpret that...

Lent 2017: The Lord is Your Keeper

Lent 2017: The Lord is Your Keeper

To the People of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, and to the ends of the earth, Fulfilling our charge to “To guard, transmit, teach, and proclaim … the apostolic faith as it is expressed in Scripture and tradition, and … to interpret that...