Episcopal Bishop to Be Guest Preacher at Annual Conference

March 13, 2008

March 4, 2008—The Right Reverend Chester Lovelle Talton, D.D., Suffragan Bishop of the Los Angeles Diocese of the Episcopal Church, will preach the Ordination sermon and join Bishop Beverly J. Shamana of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in ordaining the Elders and Deacons at Annual Conference Session on Saturday June 21, 2008 at 3:30 p.m.


The United Methodist Church has been working with the Episcopal Church toward the full recognition of ministries.


In May 2005, the United Methodist Council of Bishops approved separate interim agreements for sharing the Eucharist with the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The agreements are interim steps toward full communion, in which the UMC and each of the other denominations recognize the authenticity of each other’s ministries and agree that their ministries are reconciled. It would result in the churches sharing worship, particularly Communion, studying with one another, and being involved in mission together.


As Bishop Suffragan, Talton assists Diocesan Bishop Jon Bruno in the oversight of the ministries and administration of the Diocese of Los Angeles. Within his ministry to all congregations, Talton is Area Bishop to Deaneries 1, 2, 3 and 5.


He also has some responsibility for ministries to the deacons, higher education, Episcopal Schools, and Social Ministries within the diocese.


Bishop Talton was elected in 1990 and installed in 1991 as Fifth Bishop Suffragan of Los Angeles. He was previously rector of St. Philip’s Church, New York City, and a member of the clergy staff of the Wall Street Parish of Trinity Church, New York. He is a graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.


You will find a direct link to all Annual Conference 2008 information (including Registration and Housing) under "Quick Links" on the upper left side of the Home Page at cnumc.org. 


Registration and housing registration opened on line March 15.


Other material, including the Bishop's Greeting, Preliminary Schedule, the 2008 logo, instructions for submitting recommendations and reports, and Mealtime Events information, has also been uploaded to the 2008 Annual Conference Session page.


There also are direct links to registration and housing under "What's New" on the lower right side of the Home Page.