A Word from Bishop Minerva G. Carcano

To the people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference: 

As you are aware, the Special Called 2019 Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church is currently taking place in St. Louis, MO.

Yesterday, the delegation and other clergy and lay members of the California-Nevada Conference who are present here – a group of more than 50 people – gathered to share a meal, celebrate our fellowship, and to pray together for the future of our denomination.

Many of you at home have been praying daily for this gathering of The United Methodist Church and its decisions about A Way Forward, and many of you have been following the livestreaming of the sessions since the day of prayer on Saturday (Feb. 23). The General Conference will continue until tomorrow (Feb. 26), and we ask that you continue in prayer so that God will lead the deliberations of the General Conference.

As your Bishop, I have scheduled a series of Post-General Conference Episcopal Visits to inform our clergy and congregations about the actions of the General Conference and the implications for our conference and denomination. With the help of conference leaders, we will work to outline what unfolded in St. Louis and what those actions mean, followed by discussion with opportunity for questions. These visits will also be times of prayer and seeking God’s way forward for our ministry in the California-Nevada Conference. A schedule for the visits has now been set. Please note that the first of these will take place this Sunday, March 3.

The visits will take place in 11 locations around the conference in the next two months, according to the following schedule:

  • March 3:  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Los Altos UMC
  • March 5:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. First UMC, Sacramento
  • March 25:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central UMC, Stockton
  • March 31:  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. South Reno UMC
  • April 7:  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Epworth UMC, Berkeley
  • April 9:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. First UMC, Yuba City
  • April 16:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. First UMC, San Leandro
  • April 24:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tulare UMC
  • April 28:  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Korean UMC of Santa Clara Valley
  • April 29:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Eureka UMC
  • April 30:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. First UMC, Santa Rosa

Each of these visits is open to all our clergy and lay members from all the United Methodist churches of our conference. We hope that as many of you as possible will take advantage of one of these opportunities to receive important information and insight into church process and the outcome of the actions of the historic special session of the General Conference.

May the love of God who makes us one be with all the delegates of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church world-wide, and the members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference.

Your Sister in Christ,

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño