Committed to living out our belief that God’s church is open to all.

The United Methodist Church in the Western Jurisdiction is a scripturally-based and fully-inclusive ministry. This campaign includes resources for local churches, as faithful, inviting, open, safe, and loving places to engage in conversations centering on being the church for all people. Learn more about the campaign by clicking the button below.


January Resources

January’s theme, “Same-gender weddings are always an option,” addresses a topic that has separated many people from one another, the subject of marriage equality. Use the resources provided to Invite your community to find the non-anxious presence of God deep in their souls as we journey together through the month. [Click Here to Access]

February Resources

February’s theme is “Committed to our Wesleyan roots: The inseparability of Personal Piety and Social Holiness.”  Three weekly video series and Wednesday webinars explore theological concepts with a current-day lens, examine our Wesleyan heritage, and engage children across the jurisdiction around timeless Wesleyan values. [Click Here to Access]

April Resources

April’s theme, “The church isn’t a building,” demystifies the myth that church is a building. Our buildings do matter, but we care more about the people. This month’s resources highlight ministries and GBCS’s Faith & Facts cards to inspire new opportunities for collaboration and ministry. [Click Here to Access]

May Resources

May’s theme is “We are the United Methodist Church, and we are what our name says.” We are the Church. Jesus began forming us when he called some fishermen to be his disciples, and the circle kept expanding to include people of all ages, nations, races, and sexual orientations. [Click Here to Read More]

June Resources

“Our Commitment to Diversity” is the theme for June. Find out about all that is planned and how your community can participate. [Click Here to Access]



Saints honored and no elections on day 2 of WJC2022

  Written by Selby Ewing and Kristen C. Caldwell Day two of Western Jurisdictional Conference in Salt Lake City brought eight ballots, introduced us to a few pieces of legislation and gave us time to honor the departed in our beloved WJ connection. Yet no new...

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No elections on the first day of energetic WJC 2022

  Written by Selby Ewing and Kristen C. Caldwell The first day of the Western Jurisdictional Conference in Salt Lake City began with an episcopal address, the introduction of the 33 episcopal candidates, one certifying ballot and two other ballots, speeches,...

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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
Full Bio

Karen P. Oliveto

Mountain Sky Episcopal Area, Resident Bishop 

Full Bio

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
Full Bio

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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