January 4, 2019
Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops offer message of hope
The Western Jurisdiction's College of Bishops offers a video reflection on Epiphany and the baptism of Christ which speaks to the Church's calling to illuminate God's revelation in Jesus and to live into family as God defines it.
As The United Methodist Church approaches a special called session of its General Conference in February, the bishops also remind us of God's faithfulness and of the Church's enduring work. They reflect on the family that God has created and the sacred worth of each person. Looking ahead to the February General Conference, Bishop Minerva Carcaño shares that she has, "no doubt that we will have a God sent epiphany at the General Conference – that God will be with us, because God is ever faithful."
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Western Jurisdiction Update for GC2019
Western Jurisdiction Communicators will be working as a team this year to inform and update church members across the west during the upcoming General Session of The United Methodist Church.
Building on their past coalition and strong shared values for transparency in messaging and inclusion for all in the church the team will work to tell the Western story of General Conference with video, interviews, and stories of the western perspective.
Watch for the "Western Jurisdiction Update" each day, and follow the jurisdictional Facebook and Twitter channels for breaking information and conversation.
St. Louis to be location of
Special Session of General Conference
The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The 32-member Commission was authorized by General Conference 2016 and appointed by the Council of Bishops to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and exploring options to strengthen the unity of the church.
Statements on General Conference from Western Jurisdiction Leaders