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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.

Biblical Obedience

By Roy I. Sano, Bishop | The United Methodist Church A growing number of United Methodist clergy are conducting same gender unions in violation of...

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."

A letter to the West from Bishop Karen Oliveto

July 18, 2016 Dear sisters and brothers of the Western Jurisdiction Conference, “Behold, I am doing a new thing;     now it springs forth, do you not perceive...

COB President Addresses Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election Results

Peoria, Ill.:  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement regarding the results of today’s Episcopal...

A PNW delegate’s perspective on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto

By Megan Kilpatrick | Western Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Friends in Christ, There has been a lot said about what happened at our Jurisdictional Conference this last...

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.

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."

On Religious Freedom and Referendum 74

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya preaching at the Service of Commissioning and Ordination during the 2012 Pacific Northwest Annual Conference Session in Pasco, WA. Photo...

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.

Mudslide Update: Our impact, dollars at work for Oso relief

View of the hill side that gave way near SR 530. A hillside in the Snohomish County community of Oso at SR...