Dismantling Racism: Lent devotions by our bishops

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The Council of Bishops invites the people of The United Methodist Church to a season of introspection and self-examination. Together this Lent, we will confess and fast from the sin of racism, discrimination, oppression and exclusion and feast on the beauty and blessing of the diversity of God’s Church.

Each week of Lent and every day of Holy Week, a United Methodist Bishop will offer a short devotion. These times of reflection will challenge and inspire us to follow Jesus through the wilderness, alienation, betrayal and even death. Along the way, we will confront the sin of racism, renew our faith, and remember the promise of Easter—that redemption, reconciliation and liberation is possible.

In 2020, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church vowed to focus intently on dismantling racism in the church and the world. This Lenten devotional series is another step in the journey of repentance, reconciliation and action in which we invite the whole church to participate. 


February 17: Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward is the Resident Bishop of the North Carolina Conference.

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Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is the episcopal servant and leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

February 24: Bishop LaTrelle Easterling

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is the episcopal servant and leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, the oldest and most diverse annual conference in The United Methodist Church.  She is the first woman to lead this historic conference.

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Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is resident bishop in the Wisconsin Annual Conference.

March 3: Bishop Hee Soo Jung

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is resident bishop in the Wisconsin Annual Conference. Previously, Bishop Jung served eight years as bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago area).
Bishop Karen Oliveto serves the Mountain Sky Area.

March 10: Bishop Karen Oliveto

Bishop Karen Oliveto comes to the Mountain Sky Area after serving as senior pastor of the 12,000-member Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first woman to serve as senior pastor in one of the denominations 100 largest U.S. congregations.
Bishop Christian Alsted serves as the Resident Bishop of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal area of the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.

March 17: Bishop Christian Alsted

Bishop Christian Alsted serves as the Resident Bishop of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal area of the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan is the Resident Bishop of the Davao Area, which includes Bicol Philippines, East Mindanao, Mindanao Philippines, Northwest Mindanao Philippines, and Visayas Philippines conferences in the Philippine Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.

March 24: Bishop Rodolfo Juan

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan is the Resident Bishop of the Davao Area, which includes Bicol Philippines, East Mindanao, Mindanao Philippines, Northwest Mindanao Philippines, and Visayas Philippines conferences in the Philippine Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone is the Resident Bishop of the Ohio East Area, which includes the East Ohio Conference in the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist.

March 29: Bishop Tracy Smith Malone

Bishop Tracy S. Malone is the Resident Bishop of the Ohio East Area, which includes the East Ohio Conference in the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist.
Bishop Julius C. Trimble serves as resident bishop of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. He previously served eight years as the resident bishop of the Iowa Conference.

March 30: Bishop Julius Trimble

Bishop Julius C. Trimble serves as resident bishop of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. He previously served eight years as the resident bishop of the Iowa Conference.
Bishop Mande Muyombo is the Resident Bishop of the North Katanga Area, which includes North Katanga, Tanganyika and Tanzania conferences in the Congo Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.

March 31: Bishop Mande Muyombo

Bishop Mande Muyombo is the Resident Bishop of the North Katanga Area, which includes North Katanga, Tanganyika and Tanzania conferences in the Congo Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is the Resident Bishop of the New York Area, which includes the New York Conference in the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

April 1: Bishop Thomas Bickerton

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is the Resident Bishop of the New York Area, which includes the New York Conference in the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is the Resident Bishop of the Louisiana Area in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

April 2: Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is the Resident Bishop of the Louisiana Area in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.