Update on the suspension of Bishop Minerva Carcaño upon committee work completion
The Western Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy and The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops For Immediate Release: May 4, 2023 Contact: Patrick Scriven, The Committee on Investigation of the Western Jurisdiction has completed its work...
Bridgeforth brings experience, collaborative mindset into new role as bishop
Raised in rural Alabama, Bishop Cedrick Bridgeforth brings a wealth of experience in diverse ministry settings, clergy coaching, teaching, writing, and work in the non-profit world to his role as a newly-elected and consecrated bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. He will serve the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area (which comprises the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences) beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
Bishop Rapanut ready to be an authentic leader within the church
As he begins his journey as a bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut reflects on how his roots as a Filipino American impacted his call to ministry and the leadership he’ll provide the people of the Desert Southwest Conference beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
Escobedo-Frank grounds herself in ministry, outreach as a bishop
As she begins the work of an episcopal leader in The United Methodist Church, Bishop Dottie Escobedo-Frank hopes to remain grounded in humility as she serves Christ through the local churches and communities in her new episcopal assignment: The California-Pacific Conference.
Epiphany Message from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops
As we welcome the three new bishops of the Western Jurisdiction, the new College of Bishops offers a short Epiphany message to share in local churches during worship service or online. The video features Bishops Karen Oliveto of the Mountain Sky Conference, Sally Dyck of the California-Nevada Conference, Dottie Escobedo-Frank of the California-Pacific Conference, Carlo Rapanut of the Desert Southwest Conference, and Cedrick Bridgeforth of the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area.
Invitation to Spiritual Care and Safe Space from the Western Jurisdiction LGBTQIA+ Ministries, United Methodist Church
United Methodists must work to change the climate of hate and fear of LGBTQIA+ folx in concrete ways. To do this, we urge the United Methodists in the West to take steps to confront the homophobic and transphobic attitudes that are pervasive in our churches and in our society.
Episcopal assignments announced, bishops consecrated, inclusive legislation passed
After electing three new bishops, delegates learned assignments to episcopal areas for the remainder of the 2020-2024 quadrennium. Significant pieces of legislation were approved helping the Western Jurisdiction work toward a more inclusive, de-colonized church.
On Day 3 the WJ selects three new bishops
After 19 rounds of votes, just before dinner, the Western Jurisdiction happily celebrated the election of its third new episcopal leader. While the focus of the day was the election, pieces of legislation were introduced, discussions over racism were held and the day ended with retirement celebrations for two of bishops.
WJ 2022 elects Dottie Escobedo-Frank as bishop
The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, senior pastor of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona, has been elected a bishop by The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction on the 19th ballot.
WJ 2022 elects Cedrick Bridgeforth as bishop
The Rev. Cedrick D. Bridgeforth, director of innovation and communication in the California-Pacific Conference, has been elected a bishop by The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction on the 18th ballot.