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Coverage of General Conference 2012 particularly relevant to United Methodists in the Western Jurisdiction and/or provided by UMNS or the WJ media pool.

Western Jurisdiction to host ‘Fresh United Methodism Summit’ in November

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2019 What will the future of The United Methodist Church look like in the...
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WJ Bishops respond to harmful General Conference, recommit to full inclusion

The WJ College of Bishops offers this statement to a church finding itself harmed once again by a General Conference incapable of...

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Have No Fear! The Green Shirts Are Here!

Five Early Response Teams from across the Western Jurisdiction join up to help North Carolina residents recover from Hurricane Florence.

The First Step is Always the Hardest

By the Rev. Dr. William D. Gibson | Photos by Patrick Scriven and Teri Tobey View photos from this event. Seattle, Wash. - How do we...
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Western Jurisdiction Bishops Offer Pastoral Response to #UMC Related to Judicial Council Decision

The members of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops of The United Methodist Church today presented a pastoral message to the church during the meeting of the denomination’s Council of Bishops in Dallas, Texas. The message is the bishops’ response to United Methodist Judicial Council Decision 1341 regarding Bishop Karen Oliveto’s Election.

A statement from the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky released this statement this evening speaking on behalf of the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops. The statement offers a response to the ruling of the Judicial Council regarding the election of an out, gay bishop.

Judicial Council ruling finds #UMC Book of Discipline incapable of contextual adaptation

The Rev. Mary Huycke, first elected clergy delegate from the PNW and chair of the WJ Episcopacy Committee, responds to the ruling released by the Judicial Council today. Huycke writes that it was "our church law that was on trial here." The ruling confirms for her that the Book of Discipline lacks the ability to adapt "during a time of transition."

Opinion: The Cost of Unity

"It is time for us to start talking about what we agree on and what we can do well together instead of arguing about what divides us." In an opinion piece, the Rev. Austin Adkinson expresses his desire for a continuing unity but, unapologetically, is not willing to accept unity that comes "at the expense of our LGBTQI siblings in faith."

How we got here: Looking back at the nine months since Bishop Oliveto’s election

Next week the United Methodist Judicial Council will be meeting to consider a petition from the South Central Jurisdiction which questions the election, consecration and assignment of Bishop Karen Oliveto. Here's a look at the coverage of Oliveto's first nine months as a #UMC bishop.

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