Lenten Letters 2017

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.

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…”

Ash Wednesday: Mercy Leads

Ash Wednesday: Mercy Leads

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...

Bishops of The United Methodist Church provide spiritual leadership to more than 11 million persons in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Historically, bishops preside over Annual and Central Conferences (regional areas of the church). They play an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world.

The newly elected bishops from the 2022 WJ Conference are Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut, Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth, and Bishop Dottie Escobedo-Frank. 

Cedrick D. Bridgeforth

Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop
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Dottie Escobedo-Frank

WJ College of Bishops, President
Los Angeles Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop
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Karen P. Oliveto

Mountain Sky Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop 

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Carlo A. Rapanut

WJ College of Bishops, Secretary
Phoenix Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop

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Minerva G. Carcaño

WJ College of Bishops
WJ Leadership Team
WJ Quadrennial Conference Member
WJ Transforming Ministry 4
WJ UMW Event
WJ Hispanic Ministry Council
WJ Mission Cabinet
WJ Immigration Task Force
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Grant J. Hagiya - Retired

WJ College of Bishops
Korean Ministry Chair
Leadership Team
Coordinator of WJ Course of Study
WJ Leadership Development
WJ Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center
WJ Transforming Ministries Conference
WJ Liaison with Communicators
WJ Ministerial Services Committee
WJ United Methodist Women
Japanese American Caucus
Asian American Summer Camp Program
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Elaine J. W. Stanovsky - Retired

WJ College of Bishops
WJ Native American Ministries
WJ Acts of Repentance Oversight
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