Western Jurisdiction News

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

Mountain Sky United Methodists Introduce Bishop Karen Oliveto

DENVER, Sept. 22 – United Methodist leaders representing five Western U.S. states today released a video introducing their new bishop, Karen Oliveto, a leader...

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky’s Post-Judicial Council Hearing Remarks

Bishop Elaine Stanovsky shares her prepared remarks for the press conference which followed Judicial Council oral arguments on April 25, 2017 in Newark, NJ. She restates the argument that jurisdictional autonomy in electing bishops is "at the heart of our unity-in-diversity" and confirms that obedient love, not defiance, guides the WJ's decision making.

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.

Church seeks to meet needs in border crisis

A UMNS report by Sam Hodges | July 15, 2014 | DALLAS (UMNS) From handing out hygiene kits to providing legal briefings, United Methodists are working to...

Laywoman Gives $1.1 Million Gift to Malaria Initiative

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr. “I think it’s important that we all give back in some small way to make this world a better...

Living Fully with Risk and Responsibility

By Rev. Mary K. (Sellon) Huycke I’m not a rule breaker. I’m not someone at the forefront of marches or instigating movements. As a leadership coach,...

Rev. Curtis Brown announced as WJ Regional Strategist for Path1

It has been announced by Path1, our denomination’s church-planting movement, that the Rev. Curtis Brown will be joining their staff as the Western Jurisdiction Regional Strategist...

WJ makes case that Bishop Oliveto’s election is legal

In a much-awaited moment, the Western Jurisdiction today told The United Methodist Judicial Council that last July’s election of Mountain Sky Area Bishop Karen Oliveto complied with church law.

Complaints Filed Against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert; Supervisory Process Initiated to seek ‘Just Resolution’

DENVER – Complaints have been filed against Bishop Melvin G. Talbert alleging he has violated the sacred trust of his office.  Acting in accordance...

A Holy Week Message

Image: The Native American mask was a gift made by United Methodist artist, author and storyteller, Ray Buckley, whose heritage is Lakota/Tlingit/Scot. It is...