May 18, 2022 | by 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 Everyday Sanctuary). Yes, we need to keep resurrecting in this Easter season.
I want to let you know that the Western Jurisdiction continues to follow the process of caring for the matters concerning Bishop Carcaño, as outlined in the Book of Discipline. Click here to read the May 18th statement from the Western Jurisdiction Council of Bishops. Out of an abundance of care for Bishop Carcaño and those who have brought complaints, her suspension will continue and I will continue to serve as your interim bishop during this time.
I’m sure that all of you have strong emotions as this process unfolds. But I assure you that God’s presence is with you during this time and that I am praying for you, no matter what you are feeling. I would ask that you pray for each other and this annual conference, asking for God’s blessings upon us as we seek to be faithful to our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Please pray that healing occur for Bishop Carcaño and all who have experienced harm. Please pray for me.
Let me tell you a little more about how I will be interacting with you as your continuing interim bishop. During the first 60 days that I was asked to be the interim, I was asked to assist the cabinet to make appointments and to oversee the administration of the conference. Now my priorities as the interim will need to change. I will begin to work with the Commission on the Annual Conference Session to get all of us ready for ACS 22. Beyond annual conference, if needed, I will be working with the extended cabinet and other leaders in the annual conference to identify priorities for the upcoming months, all the while recognizing that I have another position within The United Methodist Church as the Ecumenical Officer.
In 1 Corinthians 12-13, Paul acknowledges that the church in Corinth was in turmoil and taking sides against each other. He called them to a “more excellent way” (1 Cor. 12:31b) which is love. The kind of love that Paul called them to isn’t an emotion—a warm, fuzzy feeling—but a will to care for each other, work with each other in spite of differences, and continue to share the good news and love of Jesus Christ with others.
That’s what it means to keep resurrecting—living into a more excellent way of love no matter how we are feeling. Through the power of the resurrection, we are given the Spirit to help us grow in love! Breathe in, breath out…keep resurrecting.