Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response to UMC Related to Judicial Council Decision Regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election

The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas. The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341 regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election.

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.