Western Jurisdictional Conference 2016
July 13 -16, 2016
Our Western Jurisdictional Conference will take place at the Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. As we gather in Arizona, we will have traveled from the eastern edge of Colorado, the islands of Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan in the west, from Alaska in the north, and all places in between to reach this southern edge of our jurisdiction in Arizona.
We gather together to live out and model our WJC vision: A home for all God’s people, gathered around a table of reconciliation and transformation: the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church is multicultural and inclusive, engaged in the life of its communities, with confident, effective lay and clergy leadership who, in diverse ministry settings, form disciples who live out the Good News of Jesus as global citizens.
We will engage in an experience of permeable boundaries as delegates are seated not by annual conferences but as inclusive members of the jurisdiction. At this conference, we will also celebrate the retirement of Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. and elect a new Bishop to serve within our jurisdiction.
Our time together will include a trip to the Heard Museum, a place to educate people about arts, heritage and life ways of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes of the Southwest. This event will include worship and reflection as we engage in an Act of Repentance with our native brothers and sisters.
Additional information and registration materials will be available in early October 2015. The opening session of Jurisdictional Conference will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, July 13. Jurisdictional Conference will conclude with a consecration service on the afternoon of Saturday, July 16. A full schedule will be posted on the page when it becomes available.
At this time, for further information or questions about the 2016 WJ Conference event, please contact the Program and Arrangements Team Leader, Rev. Steve Burnett, . For displays at Jurisdictional Conference, please contact the coordinator for Cokesbury and Other Displays, Cynthia Satchel, . Once registration information has been posted, registration questions can be directed to Rev. Karen Nelson, .