Western Jurisdictional Conference 2016 #wjumc


July 13 -16, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona

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 Western Jurisdiction 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.

All are called to be part of this quadrennial gathering of delegates, bishops, and guests for a time of holy conferencing.

Online Registration is now closed. Registration will continue on-site beginning on July 13. Payment will only be accepted by check (preferred – pay to “Western Jurisdiction UMC”) or cash. Questions about registration should be directed to Karen Nelson, registrar, at .

Questions about ground transportation should be direct to Jen Lower at .

Housing reservations must still be made directly with the hotel.

Registration details are also available on the registration page.

Contact Information:


scheduleDeadlines, formatting and submission details, and the Conference-Endorsed Candidates Packet are all available on the Conference Secretary’s page.

As details of the conference schedule are confirmed they will be added to the online schedule page. A live stream link will also be available on that page.



MedicalIn order to provide a place of welcome for all, the Program and Arrangements Committee asks your assistance in making the Western Jurisdictional Conference a “fragrance free” event at all meetings and venues. Perfumes and colognes can trigger allergies for some people.




Prayer flag flyerAll participants, delegates and guests to the Western Jurisdictional Conference are invited to join in making a prayer flag. Prayer flags symbolize a commitment to compassion peace, and strength. Prayer flags will be placed together to represent a welcoming of the changes life brings. Download the instruction link and bring your flag with you to Jurisdictional Conference.

Download printable instructions for creating a prayer flag.

Opening Worship
will be begin at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at the DoubleTree Resort and will include an Episcopal address. Each morning will begin with a time of worship as we gather to do the business of the jurisdiction.
The Jurisdictional Memorial and Communion Service will be held Wednesday evening, July 13 at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church. The service will be preceded by dinner at the church and an opportunity to meet candidates for bishop. This dinner is included in your reservation package and is not available for individual purchase.

The Consecration Service will be Saturday, July 16 at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, followed by a reception. Bus transportation to both worship services is included in your registration fee.

On Thursday afternoon, conference attendees will participate in a special event at 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.

We will travel to the Heard Museum after lunch for a tour, then gather at Central UMC for reflection, a panel discussion and engagement in an Act of Repentance with our native brothers and sisters.

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