The 2024 Western Jurisdictional Conference will be held in the Greater Northwest Area on July 10-13, 2024, in Spokane, Washington.

The conference will begin with missional engagement opportunities on Wednesday, July 10, at 9 a.m. PT. Opening worship, an episcopal address, and the first plenary session will follow at 1 p.m. The conference will conclude on Saturday afternoon (July 13) with a closing service at 1. p.m. If an episcopal election is necessitated, this will be a Service of Consecration.

As we gather, 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, from Arizona in the south, and all places in between to reach this lovely region.

We gather 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 gather to consider what values we share as a jurisdiction, celebrate retirements, possibly elect new bishops to serve in our jurisdiction, and consider legislation that moves us toward living into our values and vision.

Latest Jurisdictional Conference News

Retirements of Bishops Carcaño, Oliveto honored by WJ

Photos by Patrick Scriven (PNW) and Elroi Caluya for the Western Jurisdiction. By Kristen Caldwell & Evelyn Warren, WJ Communications In the midst of electing new bishops, the Western Jurisdictional Conference paused twice to recognize the ministry and leadership...

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Sandra K. Olewine elected as bishop

The Rev. Sandra K. Olewine, assistant to the bishop in the California-Pacific Conference, has been elected a bishop by The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction. Delegates elected Olewine, 66, on July 12 at the jurisdiction’s meeting at the Centennial Hotel...

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Jurisdiction elects Kristin Stoneking as bishop

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Stoneking, United Methodist studies professor at the Pacific School of Religion, has been elected a bishop by The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction. She is the denomination’s third openly gay and married bishop — all elected in the...

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WJC Memorial Service: Living into the examples of the saints

photo by Patrick Scriven for WJ Communications by Kristen Caldwell and Selby Ewing, WJ Communications On Thursday evening, those gathered for the Western Jurisdictional Conference in Spokane, WA held a Memorial Service to honor those who passed since the last...

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WJ members volunteer across Spokane

photo by Kristen Caldwell for the Western Jurisdiction by Kristen Caldwell, WJ Communications Whether it was pulling weeds, preparing meals for local houseless ministries, preparing resources for families in need or creating UMCOR kits, more than 100 Western...

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The Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election Process 2024

From the Western Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy (WJCOE), July 5, 2024 Introduction The United Methodist Church is journeying through a time of significant change and we are living into that new reality. The historic 2020/2024 General Conference mandated the...

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Statement on Episcopal Elections at the 2024 Western Jurisdiction Conference

Due to unexpected circumstances, the Western Jurisdiction’s Committee on Episcopacy is now preparing for a potential episcopal election during the 2024 Western Jurisdictional Conference in Spokane, Washington. They encourage those feeling called to the episcopacy to consider applying and ask for assistance in identifying potential candidates, emphasizing the importance of a supportive election process.

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