On May 26, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church announced new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States that were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jurisdictional Conferences in the U.S. will now be held Nov. 10-12, 2021. The Mountain Sky Conference will still host the Western Jurisdictional Conference.
In this extraordinary time period when COVID-19 has caused the postponement of both General and Jurisdictional conferences, decisions were made regarding the retirement dates and episcopal assignments to provide coverage until new bishops could be elected and assigned.
The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops and Episcopacy Committee determined that Bishops Grant Hagiya and Bob Hoshibata will extend their service. This was affirmed by the Council of Bishops.
Bishop Hagiya is currently assigned to the Los Angeles Episcopal Area, which comprises the California-Pacific Conference. Bishop Hoshibata currently serves the Phoenix Episcopal Area, which comprises the Desert Southwest Conference. We give thanks for their continued commitment to serve the people of the Western Jurisdiction.