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June 30, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
 Happy new year! For United Methodist clergy and churches, July 1 is really the start of a new year! Some clergy are officially moving to a new appointment. Others continue an appointment started in years past. But all of us have this sense of rhythm...

June 30, 2022 | Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
Dear Friends and Colleagues, The great diversity which makes up the people called United Methodist often leads to different perspectives and viewpoints. The preamble of our Social Principles acknowledges that clear reality when it states, “The ...

June 25, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
 On June 24, 2022 the Supreme Court of the United States overruled Roe v. Wade which established a constitutional right based on the 14th amendment to legalize abortion in 1973.    I was 20 years old at the time and I distinctly remember what my ...

June 02, 2022 | Heather Hahn
The United Methodist Church’s top court has set Jan. 1, 2023, as the date when U.S. bishops facing mandatory retirement must step down and their newly elected successors take office. That means new bishops will be able to begin their assignments in ...

May 25, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
This morning Diana Butler Bass posted on her blog, The Cottage, this "Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting” in light of the horrendous school shooting in Uvalde, TX. The litany was begun in November 2018 following a massacre in Thousand Oaks, ...

May 18, 2022 | Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops
On March 9, 2022, the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops and the Western Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy announced that complaints had been filed against Bishop Minerva Carcaño.  They also placed her on suspension for 60 days, to ...

May 18, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
Dear Friends and Members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference,      Peace and grace to you in this Easter season!    A meme during this Easter season says: “How does Resurrection stay with us?…Breathe In, Breathe Out, KEEP RESURRECTING” (From ...

April 28, 2022 | Heather Hahn
After long wishing that United Methodists could remain together in one body, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey acknowledged that the time has come when some will break away. “Every part of the body is important to the whole,” Harvey preached April 25 ...

April 21, 2022 | Admin
Ezekial 11:19 …then I’ll give them a united heart, placing a new spirit within them… The Western Jurisdiction held its Spring Leadership Meetings from March 29 through April 2, 2022, in Des Moines, Washington. During the several days of open ...

April 21, 2022 | Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
In the wake of disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the more than 100 bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet once again in a virtual gathering April 25 to April 29, 2022, to discuss the future course of the ...

April 17, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
Editor's Note: California-Nevada Interim Bishop Sally Dyck shares an Easter reflection. Click here to access the video recording of the reflection. Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to ...

April 14, 2022 | Rev. Mike Harrell
 I will have to die for this, I fear There's rage and terror and there's sickness here I fight because I have to I fight for us to know the truth Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the first day of Passover was not an act of joyful celebration but an act...

April 13, 2022 | Rev. Mike Harrell
 I will have to die for this, I fear There's rage and terror and there's sickness here I fight because I have to I fight for us to know the truth Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the first day of Passover was not an act of joyful celebration but an act...

April 10, 2022 | Rev. Mike Harrell
 I will have to die for this, I fear There's rage and terror and there's sickness here I fight because I have to I fight for us to know the truth Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the first day of Passover was not an act of joyful celebration but an act...

April 07, 2022 |
The National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) is an opportunity for Christians to gather for ecumenical worship, networking and training on topics relevant to Christianity in the United States.  It also includes the annual United Methodist ...

April 07, 2022 | Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor
Bishop Wilbur Choy will be honored in a second memorial on April 23rd at 2pm in the Sacramento area.  The official memorial service was held on March 12, 2022 at the First UMC in Seattle (https://youtu.be/SkQCbYYh4e8), but we also wanted to offer a ...

March 30, 2022 | Heather Hahn
Even in these days of instant communications, an annual conference must wait until it is in session to vote on any changes to its standing rules. “Anything else would be tantamount to proverbially ‘putting the cart before the horse,’” the Judicial ...

March 19, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
Dear Clergy and Laity of the California-Nevada Annual Conference: Grace and peace to you in this Lenten season. Every journey brings some detours and unexpected stops along the way and this Lenten journey is no exception. Many of you have read the ...

March 17, 2022 | Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
The Bishops of The United Methodist Church in their March 15 called meeting discerned pathways for churches choosing disaffiliation and separation. The bishops have met two consecutive weeks to discern pathways forward in these changing times.   The ...

March 17, 2022 | Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is requesting a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council on whether an annual conference can separate from the denomination under the provision of the Book of Discipline.  During a special ...

March 10, 2022 | Admin
The life and ministry of Bishop Wilbur Choy will be celebrated and honored at 2 pm Pacific Time on March 12, at First United Methodist Church of Seattle, 180 Denny Way, Seattle, WA  98109.  Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required, or join ...

March 09, 2022 | The Western Jurisdiction Committee on the Episcopacy and the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops
 Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the San Francisco Episcopal Area has been placed on leave from episcopal responsibilities following two complaints which were received by the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops. Bishop Sally Dyck, who retired after ...

February 14, 2022 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
By God’s grace, this year we will be returning to celebrating our 174th California-Nevada Annual Conference Session in June and in-person!  Scheduled for June 10-13, 2022, we will gather at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, CA. ...

February 03, 2022 | Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
Former United Methodist Church Council of Bishops President retired Bishop Woodie W. White was recently honored by the state of Georgia with the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Civil Rights Award. The award was given during the State of Georgia’s 37th ...

January 20, 2022 | Admin
As Christians, we are called to serve all of God’s people without discriminating or choosing only those who agree with us theologically or politically. We are called to be of help to all those in need and not only those who would support our ...

January 17, 2022 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Friends,   On this day I invite us to continue remembering one of the great prophets of God, Martin Luther King, Jr.  His wisdom and his witness to this day teach us so much about the values of inclusion and belonging, and indeed about God’s hope ...

January 15, 2022 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Friends,  I have learned from Sela Tukia, Tongan Consul General in the Bay Area, that as of this hour there are no reported fatalities on the main island of Tonga.  There has been much water damage as tsunami waves have covered a great portion of ...

January 13, 2022 | Heather Hahn
A half century ago, Bishop Wilbur Choy made national headlines with his election as The United Methodist Church’s first Asian American episcopal leader.  Fellow United Methodists say the bishop did not just a blaze a trail for himself but also opened...

January 10, 2022 | Admin ,Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
Bishop Carcaño asks that we hold Bishop Choy’s spouse Rev. Nancy Adachi-Osawa and family in our prayers as we honor the life and legacy of this son of the California-Nevada Conference.  Bishop Choy was elected to the episcopacy from the ...

January 06, 2022 | Admin
As the California-Nevada tithe deadline approaches, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño takes us through the journey of our tithe offering and reminds us of the power of our connectional system of giving. Thanks to the careful stewardship across of faith ...

January 06, 2022 | Admin
California-Nevada Conference Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and Lay Leader Micheal Pope share an encouraging word around Go, Sow, Grow - a year long prayer initiative within the conference. In 2022 churches across California-Nevada will be invited to ...

December 25, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
How wonderful and lovely the Christmas story is.  As Christians we believe that the story is true.  That on one splendid and wonder-filled night a virgin gave birth to a baby, angels sang glorious songs of praise to God for the birth of this child of...

December 22, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Brothers and Sisters, Siblings, as you know The United Methodist Church has been involved in the Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy Case. Our denomination has had a long-standing commitment to scouting, and this legal process has been difficult and concerning. ...

December 09, 2021 | Admin
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will be featured on a panel discussion hosted by Women of Color in Ministry (WOCIM) on Friday December 17th at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT. The discussion topic is WOMEN BISHOPS: Their work and lessons they've learned.  The panel ...

November 29, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has prepared a series of weekly special messages beginning this first week of Advent.  A new article will be posted in the Bishop’s Message section of the California-Nevada Conference website as well as the Conference News ...

November 11, 2021 | Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
The Council of Bishops ended its Fall meeting on Friday having spent time in worship, plenary and covenant groups as they seek God’s guidance to lead The United Methodist Church. The worship services were coordinated by Bishops Sharma Lewis and ...

November 04, 2021 | Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
Bishop Thomas Bickerton, the residential bishop of New York Conference, was elected today as the next president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church during the bishops’ online meeting via Zoom.   "It is very humbling to be asked ...

November 04, 2021 | Heather Hahn
A group of United Methodists is urging bishops to allow congregations that want to do so to leave with property now — rather than wait for General Conference. “As the writer of Ecclesiastes notes, ‘For everything there is a season,’ and the season ...

November 02, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Annual Session of the California-Nevada Conference The United Methodist Church October 31, 2021   Jeremiah 29:1-7                                  Mark 1:40-45 ¡Presente!   Editor's Note:  Click here to see the video of Bishop Minerva giving her ...

November 02, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Over the first two days of November, many in the Latino community celebrate Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead.  Families and friends of those who died over the last year gather to remember their beloved. Beautiful altars with the pictures of those...

October 25, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
For weeks we have been lifting up our eyes towards this region of our Conference and praying for all of you as we have watched the news reports of what came to be called the Dixie and the Caldor fires.    With the whole world we saw on our TVs and on...

October 21, 2021 | Rev. Blake Busick
Would you be willing to pause what you are doing this Friday, October 22nd at noon, reflect on Psalm 121 and join Bishop Minerva Carcaño and others in prayer for the Dixie and Caldor fire victims?  It is at this time that the Episcopal team will be ...

October 07, 2021 | Admin
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will  give the Call to Worship during NCC’s annual Christian Unity Gathering (CUG) will be held virtually on October 11 – 12, 2021 with the theme, “In New Wineskins: From Pandemics to Possibilities to Promises,” based on the...

October 01, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Friends, I hope you are preparing to celebrate World Communion Sunday this coming Sunday or at some time during the month of October.  The offering collected on this special Sunday by United Methodists around the world supports chaplains, Crusade ...

September 29, 2021 | Brenda Smotherman
“Get Your Spirit In Shape,” a United Methodist Communications’ podcast, is set to release its 100th episode on Thursday, September 30th as part of the agency’s International Podcast Day celebration. The milestone segment features Bishop Minerva Carca...

September 22, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Friends, I am pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Darren Cowdrey as the Interim Director of Camping and Retreat & Young People’s Ministries. Rev. Cowdrey began his appointment to this position on September 7th and will serve through the ...

September 16, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Clergy and Lay Members of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ, our Lord!   In an effort to continue to do the work of the 2021 Annual Conference Session  in a manner that ...

September 09, 2021 | Rev. Mike A. Harrell
A memorial service for Bishop Beverly Shamana, will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10a.m. PT at the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena. The memorial service will also be live-streamed.  Please click here to join the service ...

September 01, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Friends, grace and peace to you in the name of Christ our Lord!  You continue to be in my prayers.  I am so very grateful to God for your faithfulness and abounding love of God and all God’s children. I wanted to reach out to you and give you an ...

August 26, 2021 | Heather Hahn
The fund that supports The United Methodist Church’s bishops is no longer in immediate danger of going into the red. However, United Methodist financial leaders still warn of possible perils ahead for the Episcopal Fund — especially with a potential ...

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