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JC First Hand Experiences: John Lawson

The most obvious difference in this Jurisdictional Conference is the lack of elections. One of our bishops shared with me that this has not happened in North Central since 1956. At my first Jurisdictional Conference as a delegate we elected four Bishops.

A less obvious difference is the steadily decreasing number of delegates to our Jurisdictional Conference. At my first Jurisdictional Conference, there were 364 delegates. This year there are 242. In 2008 Wisconsin had 20 Jurisdictional Delegates. This year we have 12.

Each Conference has twice the number of Jurisdictional delegates as its number of General Conference delegates. Because of membership decline in North Central and membership growth in Africa, we have fewer delegates. While this does reduce expense somewhat, it reduces both the number and diversity of voices that are included in this important process.

The other difference I see so far is an undercurrent of discomfort with “business as usual.” Just as at General Conference, there is a sense that “the way we have always done it” is not bringing us the results we want. I anticipate some substantive discussion on the role and function of the Jurisdiction today.

For me, personally, the biggest difference is that I am a part of the Wisconsin delegation. I was a delegate from the former South Indiana Conference the prior four Jurisdictional Conferences. It has been a joy to reconnect with old friends from Indiana and other Conferences this week. And a joy to work with new friends from Wisconsin. Thanks for including a “new kid on the block” as a part of our team.

-John Lawson

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung Appointed to WI

North Central Jurisdiction Update

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is Appointed to Lead the Wisconsin Conference

The newly appointed bishops for the North Central Jurisdiction were announced today at the conference session in Akron, Ohio. The new bishop appointed for the next four years within Wisconsin is Bishop Hee-Soo Jung. Bishop Jung was most recently the bishop for the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago Area). He has been instrumental in inspiring the Harvest 2020 movement in Northern Illinois, which resulted in nearly 30 new faith communities and 2,000 new worshippers since 2009.

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung was the first of three bishops elected at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in 2004 and was assigned to the Chicago Episcopal Area. Bishop Jung is one of only three people of Korean descent to be elected Bishop in the United Methodist Church, and the first non-Anglo bishop to serve as the head of this ethnically-diverse conference. He serves on the UM General Board of Discipleship, JustPeace, the UM National Hispanic Plan and the UM Korean National Plan.

Previously, Bishop Jung served as a district superintendent in the Wisconsin Conference for eight years and chaired the Department of Religion and Philosophy and was Dean of the University Chapel at Kangnam University and Seminary in Kyungki-Do, Korea. He has served as pastor of congregations in Wisconsin, California, Texas and Korea and was responsible for establishing a new Korean congregation at University United Methodist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Known across the denomination for his work on refugee, immigration, cross-cultural and interfaith relations issues, Jung has been a board member of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns and General Commission on United Methodist Men.

 

His education includes:

Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wis.)
M.A. – Institute of Buddhist Studies (Berkeley, Calif.)
M.A. – Dongguk University Graduate School (Seoul, South Korea)
B.Th. – Methodist Theological Seminary (Seoul, South Korea)

Appointments to the Other Conferences Include:

Dakotas/Minnesota—Bishop Bruce Ough

East Ohio—Bishop John Hopkins

Illinois Great Rivers—Bishop Johnathon Keaton

Indiana—Bishop Michael Coyner

Iowa—Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble

Northern Illinois—Bishop Sally Dyck

Michigan Area—Bishop Deborah Lieder Keisey

West Ohio—Bishop Gregory V. Palmer

[Received via Wisconsin UMC listserv from Michele Virnig, Director of Communications, Wisconsin Conference UMC, July 19, 2012]

 

Updates from other JC

NEJ elects McLee, Webb as bishop

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (UMNS) — The Rev. Martin McLee became the second bishop elected by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference this week. McLee, 56, is superintendent of the Metro Boston Hope District of The United Methodist Church. He was elected July 19 on the 21st ballot, joining the Rev. Sandra Steiner Ball, who was elected on July 18 on the fifth ballot. On a record 35th ballot, the Rev. Mark Webb was elected for the third and last bishop vacancy in the jurisdiction. Webb, 47, is superintendent of the York District of the Susquehanna Conference.

Read post and follow the voting»

 

SEJ picks Cho as 5th bishop

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) — After casting 29 ballots over two days, the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on July 19 elected the Rev Young Jin Cho as its fifth and final bishop. Cho, who was born in South Korea, is the superintendent of the Arlington District. He joins the Rev. L. Jonathan Holston, the Rev. Kenneth H. Carter Jr., the Rev. William T. McAlilly and the Rev. Deborah Wallace-Padgett, as bishops-elect. A consecration service for the five new bishops will be at 10 a.m. July 20.

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SCJ elects 2 bishops

OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) — The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey was elected bishop July 19 on the fifth ballot by delegates to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference. Harvey, 53, heads the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the denomination’s relief agency. The Rev. Gary E. Mueller, 58 and senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas, was elected on the 11th ballot. They are two of three or four bishops to be elected by the conference, depending on the status of North Texas Bishop Earl Bledsoe, who was put on involuntary retirement this week.

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JC Humor: Bill conferring with ‘the bishops’

So our delegates might be bored

Jurisdictional agenda, like a prism
Wisconsin viewed with great optimism
a bishop is sought,
with great presence of thought
and pray that it is no Akronism

Bill and Steve (BS Boys)

News from JC – Bishop appointments

Just in…

Bishop Bruce Ough will be moving from West Ohio to Minnesota

Bishop Sally Dyck from Minnesota will be moving to Northern Illinois

Bishop Hee Soo Jung from Northern Illinois will be returning to Wisconsin as bishop

 

Please keep these men and women in your prayers as they prepare for their new appointments.