WJ Episcopal Elections: A discernment process timeline

by | May 31, 2022 | Featured 1, GC2020, News, WJC2021

For those considering the role of bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC, the following timeline has been released by the Western Jurisdiction leadership in cooperation with the Committee on Episcopacy.

May 2, 2022: An initial letter inviting persons to discern potential episcopal candidates was sent to 1st Elected delegates and posted on the Western Jurisdiction website, along with a form to be submitted to indicate interest or nominate others.

June, 2022: Annual Conferences are asked to lift up potential episcopal candidates for the discernment process; names are submitted to the WJ Episcopacy Committee.

July 12, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm (Pacific): A Zoom call will be held to offer an introduction to discernment and to provide information about “Clearness Committee” processes which might be helpful to individuals considering the role of bishop.  Clearness Committee information will be posted to the WJ website that same day.

September 1, 2022: Persons interested in being considered for election submit the form “Western Jurisdiction Call for Discernment” from the WJ website, and submit biographical information/candidate statement to the Committee on Episcopacy by this date. Candidate information will be posted on the WJ website and sent to the heads of delegations by September 6, 2022.

September 13, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm (Pacific): A Zoom orientation to the election process will be held for all interested parties. Information from the Zoom call will be available on the WJ website by September 15, 2022.

September – October: Delegations and caucuses may choose to meet with potential candidates for the purpose of getting acquainted and continuing the process of discernment.

November 2-5, 2022: Western Jurisdiction Conference session is held; elections are completed and new bishops are consecrated.

Questions about the discernment process can be sent to Rev. Mary Huycke, WJ Episcopacy Committee Chair.

Editor’s Note: The United Methodist Church’s top court has set January 1, 2023, as the date when U.S. bishops facing mandatory retirement must step down and their newly elected successors take office. More at https://www.umnews.org/en/news/church-court-modifies-ruling-on-bishop-elections

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