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Western Jurisdiction

Montana Burning Video

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The devastation wrought by wildfires in the western United States over the past few years – along with United Methodists' efforts to cope with the effects – pose a long-term disaster recovery challenge for the region as great as hurricanes elsewhere. more

Local Church

Two Attorneys

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The Judicial Council refused to reconsider its decision holding that a license for a same-sex marriage constitutes evidence that a clergy person or bishop is a "self-avowed practicing homosexual" in disobedience to church law. more

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Oliveto Mother

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The Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops has asked for reconsideration of Judicial Council ruling 1341, which held that a same-sex marriage license is evidence of a person being a "self-avowed practicing homosexual." more

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Oliveto Prayer

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes the long-term impact of the Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction's election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as bishop. more

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JHammer

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More United Methodists rebuked than rejoiced in responses to the Judicial Council decision that has ruled the Western Jurisdiction's consecration of Bishop Karen Oliveto to have violated church law. more

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Bishop Ough Remarks

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Bishop Bruce Ough urges United Methodists to respect the Judicial Council decision on Bishop Karen Oliveto and continue to pray and work for church unity despite deep divisions. more

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Oliveto Consult

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Judicial Council rules Western Jurisdiction shouldn't have consecrated Bishop Oliveto knowing she was a "self avowed practicing homosexual" in violation of the UMC ban against gay clergy. more

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A complaint from the South Central Jurisdiction about the Western Jurisdiction's election of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto encompasses several church legal issues, writes Heather Hahn of United Methodist News Service. more

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Western Election

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Leading lay and clergy delegates to the 2016 meeting of the Western Jurisdiction describe the movement of God's Holy Spirit that led to the election of the Rev. Karen Oliveto as a United Methodist bishop. more

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U.S. Jurisdictions

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Recent debates over actions in the Western and Northeastern Jurisdictions regarding United Methodist stances on human sexuality overlook a lot of history that has framed the theological thinking in those regions, writes the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith more

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Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

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A "friend of the court" brief submitted by the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a retired elder, challenges the authority of the South Central Jurisdiction's petition to the church's high court to nullify the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. more

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Doctor Diagnosis

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association is rightly named as “fanning fears of schism” in a recent bishops' letter, but they are not the cause of it, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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WJC Communion

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United Methodism would not be the same if it weren’t for the Western Jurisdiction, which has been a leader in inclusion, contends the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

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The Rev. Bill Trench compares the two women at the heart of the election of United Methodism's first openly lesbian bishop and the laywoman who is requesting the church's high court rule on her legal standing. more

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Within hours after the Western Jurisdiction elevated her, the validity of Bishop Karen Oliveto's election was challenged by a request from the South Central Jurisdiction for the Judicial Council to rule on her standing. more

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Electric Globe

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith recaps in a one-post primer his commentaries on “big picture” structural proposals for the United Methodist Church to be considered at General Conference 2016 coming May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. more

2016 General Conference

Keyboard Delete

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As American culture embraces marriage equality, conservative activists in The United Methodist Church are pushing out the perceived source of all things bad: Progressive Methodists, asserts the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

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Eliminate Western UMC

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith analyzes two proposals that appear to eliminate the UMC's Western Jurisdiction, which in reality is doing a much better job at discipleship than the other four U.S. jurisdictions. more

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Left Turn

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith makes a case that the Connectional Table -- the UMC's ministry planning and coordinating agency -- isn't biased as some people claim. more

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Compass

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith uses "big data" to explode false narratives about the current identity and possible future of The United Methodist Church. more

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