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Episcopal Elections 2016-2017: News Archives

 
The Rev. Mande Muyombo, an executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, was elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference meeting in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Muyombo, 44, was elected March 18 during the quadrennial meeting. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Muyombo elected bishop in Congo

The executive director for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries was the fourth and final bishop elected at the Central Congo Conference. Read More

The Rev. Kasap Owan, president of the Katanga Methodist University in Mulungushi, is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference meeting in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Owan, 62, was elected March 18 during the quadrennial meeting. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.​

Owan elected as bishop in Congo

University president is third pastor elected as bishop by Congo Central Conference delegates. Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff, left, of the Central and Southern Europe Episcopal Area, greets the Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge after he is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference on March 18. Lunge, 59, was elected at the quadrennial meeting in Kamina. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Lunge elected bishop in Congo

The Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge was elected bishop on third ballot by delegates of the Congo Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda greets visitors to a choral concert at the Tokolote Moto-Moto United Methodist Church in Kindu, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2015. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Unda re-elected bishop of The United Methodist Church

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda has been re-elected United Methodist bishop and will continue to lead the East Congo Episcopal Area. Read More

The Rev. Harald Rückert has been elected as a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Germany Central Conference meeting. Photo by Volker Kiemle, Communications Germany United Methodist Church.

Rückert elected bishop of The United Methodist Church

The Rev. Harald Rückert was elected bishop of the Germany Central Conference. Read More

Bishop-elect Samuel J. Quire addresses West Africa Central Conference delegates after his election. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

The Rev. Samuel Quire elected Liberia bishop

Quire becomes a United Methodist bishop himself after serving as assistant to two episcopal leaders. Read More

Interim Bishop Arthur Kulah, second from right, presides over discussion about bishop qualifications in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

Liberia Conference divorce ban overturned

Divorced clergy can be candidates for bishop after the West Africa Central Conference overturned the Liberia Conference ban. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan and his wife, Dr. Lurleen Lapuz Juan, greet the delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected bishop on Dec. 3. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos.

Bishop Juan re-elected, assigned to Davao area

With the election of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan, all three incumbent United Methodist bishops in the Philippines have been re-elected by the Philippines Central Conference. Read More

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, accompanied by his wife, Restetita Victoria, spoke Dec. 2 to delegates at the Philippines Central Conference after his re-election as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Francisco re-elected bishop in Philippines

Francisco is a member of the Council of Bishops executive committee and chairs the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. Read More

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. speaks to the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop on Dec. 1. His wife, Joyce, holds their baby. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was re-elected bishop by the Philippines Central Conference on the sixth ballot. Read More

Women in the Southeastern Jurisdiction pray for Bishops-elect Sue Haupert-Johnson (in green-and-blue) and Sharma Lewis (in yellow-and-white) a day before their consecration. United Methodists already have elected a record number of women bishops this year. Photo by Jasmine Haynes, Mississippi Conference

New women bishops make history

U.S. delegates have elected more women bishops than in any previous class of United Methodist episcopal leaders. Four are African American. Read More

United Methodists pray with Bishop Christian Alsted, who has been re-elected to lead the church in northern Europe. His area includes Denmark, Norway, Finland (two annual conferences), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photo by Karl Anders Ellingsen, UMNS

Christian Alsted re-elected United Methodist bishop

The bishop said the church faces new challenges in the increased migration and the denomination’s deepening divisions on homosexuality. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto says goodbye to her Glide Memorial United Methodist Church family after eight years as their pastor on Aug. 14. She was elected bishop by the Western Jurisdiction in July and is appointed to the Mountain Sky Area. Photo by Alain McLaughlin Photography Inc.

Bishop Oliveto: God has been in control

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the denomination’s first openly gay bishop, will lead the Mountain Sky Episcopal Area. Read More

Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in North Georgia Conference, during her consecration on July 15 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference

Bishop Lewis: Being first means lifting others up

The first African-American female bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction feels called to lead the church “for such a time as this.” Read More

Bishops of varied theological perspectives have weighed in on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian. Most counsel waiting for the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, to rule on questions of church law. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops respond to gay colleague

Some bishops outside the United States said they worry that Bishop Karen Oliveto remaining in office will put their ministry at risk. Read More

Map shows the borders of three central conferences in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Central Conference, in gold, proposes splitting itself into four. Map by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications

Africans look at changing the church’s map

The Africa Central Conference proposes splitting itself into four new central conferences. Such a move has implications for bishop elections and how the church does ministry. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is consecrated July 16, 2016, as a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction during a ceremony at Wichita First United Methodist Church. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1

Some bishops move to new locations, others stay put as the 2016 jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church conclude after electing 15 new bishops. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop

The Rev. Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, was consecrated July 16 as a bishop of the United Methodist Church, after her election by the Western Jurisdiction. Read More

The Rev. Karen Oliveto accepts her election by the Western Jurisdiction as a United Methodist bishop. Oliveto is currently the senior pastor at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Calif. Her wife, Robin Ridenour, stands behind her. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference.

Western Jurisdiction elects openly gay United Methodist bishop

The Western Jurisdiction elects the Rev. Karen Oliveto the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. Read More