Council urges no new US bishops for 4 years

February 18, 2021 | by Heather Hahn

Council urges no new US bishops for 4 years

United Methodist bishops — faced with dwindling funds and a potential denominational split — want to hit the brakes on electing new bishops in the U.S. and adding more bishops in Africa.

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Council of Bishops president and leader of the Louisiana Conference, announced her colleagues’ recommendations for stabilizing the denomination’s Episcopal Fund at the end of a Nov. 2-5 online meeting.
 
Over four days, some 115 active and retired bishops spread across four continents discussed the leadership necessary for the church’s future — including the continuing work of dismantling racism. Most of the bishops’ sessions were closed to the public.
  
At present, 14 U.S. bishops plan to retire in the coming year or take on new roles with the Council of Bishops. The council recommends that the five U.S. jurisdictional conferences — now scheduled for next year — postpone any elections of their successors until 2024.

“We support the grassroots movements to not elect bishops until the next quadrennium,” Harvey told United Methodist News.

“Many creative and adaptive ideas and models are already being discussed in the jurisdictions,” she added.

“We support the grassroots movements to not elect bishops until the next quadrennium,” Harvey told United Methodist News.

“Many creative and adaptive ideas and models are already being discussed in the jurisdictions,” she added.

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Hahn is a multimedia news reporter for United Methodist News. Contact her at (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umnews.org
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