Western Jurisdiction Bishops Advise on Communion During Shelter In Place

April 02, 2020

A Letter to the United Methodist Clergy of the Western Jurisdiction The United Methodist Church From the College of Bishops

Beloved Servants of Christ, We write, as your episcopal leaders, in these unprecedented days of social change due to the COVID-19 crisis. We are grateful for the many ways you have responded, learning new skills and experimenting as you seek to respond to the pastoral needs of your people.

We have received many questions about online communion: Is this possible? Ordained elders of The United Methodist Church have been set apart to care for the Sacraments in the life of the Church. Local pastors appointed to local churches are extended this privilege as well. How are we to be the body of Christ in these days we are living when we cannot meet in each other’s presence but instead gather online or through other means?

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