Bursting Out Of the Tomb – WJC2016 Memorial Service - Friday, July 15
Episcopal Ballot #3 - Friday, July 15
First Ballot for Episcopal Election - Friday, July 15
What is a Jurisdiction?
In the United States of America, The United Methodist Church is divided into five areas known as jurisdictions: Northeastern, Southeastern, North Central, South Central and Western. These provide some program and leadership training events to support the annual conferences. Every four years the jurisdictional conferences meet to elect new bishops and select members of general boards and agencies. Annual conferences located outside the United States are organized into central conferences, much like jurisdictions. There are seven central conferences: Africa, Central and Southern Europe, Congo, Germany, Northern Europe, Philippines, and West Africa.
What is a Jurisdictional Conference?
The quadrennial meeting of clergy and lay delegates from the annual conferences within the boundaries of one of five U.S. jurisdictions: North Central, Northeastern, South Central, Southeastern and Western. Jurisdictional Conferences convene every four years. The business includes the election and assignment of bishops.
Episcopal Elections 2016
Jurisdictional conferences meet to elect new bishops to serve the denomination. The 2016 episcopal elections will take place across the U.S. from July 13-16, 2016. For more information, and to follow the elections, click here.
California-Nevada Conference Episcopal Nominee
The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, senior pastor of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco, is the Episcopal nominee from the California-Nevada Conference. For more information about Oliveto, click here.
July conferences to elect 15 U.S. bishops
While the U.S. political scene focuses on who is winning red and blue states, many United Methodists are preparing to vote on who will wear the purple. Starting July 13, the five U.S. jurisdictional conferences will elect a total of 15 bishops. The gatherings also will finalize the next assignments for a number of already active episcopal leaders. In addition, two of the meetings will take up proposals on consolidating conference boundaries. Central conferences — United Methodist regions in Africa, Europe and the Philippines — have elections scheduled later in 2016 and in early 2017. (Read more)
Western Jurisdictional Conference Stream
The Western Jurisdictional Conference to be held July 13 to 16 in Scottsdale, AZ, will be live streamed. To view the stream, click here.