Update on Methodist Conference

A  Special Called General Conference of the United Methodist Church was held February 23-26 to deal with one issue — whether the United Methodist Church will be fully inclusive of LGBTQ persons. A further meeting was originally scheduled for May, 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus. It will be rescheduled once the pandemic has passed.

The information below is from early January, 2020.

Messages from our Bishop on the Methodist Church LGBTQ Discussions

Officials of the United Methodist Church have announced that the United Methodists will probably split into two separate denominations over LGBTQ marriage and ordination. One will be conservative and the other progressive. A final decision will be made in May. We will be linking to news from our Bishop on this issue.

Diverse Leaders’ Group Offers Separation Plan, January 3, 2020
A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. … Details are in a nine-page “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” released Jan. 3 along with an FAQ and press release. [ Read More ]

Bishop Carcaño Statement on UMC Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, January 3, 2020
Early this morning the work of a group of faithful leaders of our United Methodist Church pertaining to the division that we continue to experience over whether LGBTQ+ persons will be fully included in the life and ministry of The UMC was released. While it is not solely the work of the Council of Bishops, it is work that has had the full support and engagement of the Council.  … [ Read More ]

WJ Leaders Respond to ‘This Moment in the Life of Our Church’

(Meeting believed to be during the week of March 10th)

The leadership team of the Western Jurisdiction, meeting last week in Portland, Oregon, unanimously adopted a statement to “reaffirm our commitment to a radically hospitable church in two converging ways”: to “resist injustice and insist that the Church repent of the exclusionary principles of the Traditional Plan,” and to “foster a new movement to gather the energy of
inclusive United Methodists throughout our global connection.”

Calling this “a God-inspired kairos moment,” the jurisdiction’s mission cabinet acknowledged, “there may come a time when opposing sides determine in the Spirit of Christ, that they cannot remain together. God may call us, in God’s own time, to create a new form of Methodism for the 21st Century and beyond.”

The statement was in part a response to inquiries from United Methodists from across the connection, asking how they might find both a symbolic and a literal home in the West.

Western Jurisdiction bishops offer a message of welcome

As the 2019 General Conference comes to a close the episcopal leaders of the Western Jurisdiction offer a video message to the church saying, “We will continue to be a home for all God’s people centered around a table of reconciliation and transformation. We are not going anywhere.”

Video Statement Script

“God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”
1 Corinthians 12:24b-26 NRSV

To the LGBTQI people
We acknowledge the harm inflicted during this Special Session of General Conference, especially towards our LGBTQI siblings. Once again, General Conference has turned you into an issue instead of recognizing how essential you are to the body; we have talked about you, rather than with you. You are precious children of God, and you help us all see a fuller glimpse of the face of God. We have not deserted you. We see you. We stand in solidarity with you.

To United Methodists in our Ministries in the West
Throughout the spring we will hold informational and listening sessions across our conferences to discuss the outcomes of General Conference and the future of ministry in the Western Jurisdiction. We implore you to take part in these conversations with open minds and prayerful hearts so that the Spirit might guide us all towards whatever comes next.

Our Jurisdictional has often led the United Methodist Church in crossing boundaries of inclusion. It elected the first Asian-American bishop, the first African American woman bishop, the first Hispanic American woman bishop, the first out gay bishop. A bishop in the West was the first to appoint an out gay clergy person. We have helped to lead the Church into border ministries, refugee and immigrant ministries, and ministries that move outside church buildings into communities.

We are committed to full inclusion of all God’s children in the body; we will not cut off a part of the body, nor ask it to carry the cross of exclusion for the church any longer.

Our commitment to diversity is deeply rooted in Scripture, and our Wesleyan tradition. We are committed to be a courageous church in mission and ministry including with our ethnic and marginalized communities. We prioritize this work because Jesus prioritized this work in his life and ministry.

A message from Western Jurisdiction Leaders

Rev. Donna Pritchard

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

At the 2019 Special Called Session of the General Conference, Rev. Donna Pritchard, chair of the Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team made this statement on behalf of Western Jurisdiction Leadership:

“We have long appreciated the richness of the global diversity of our United Methodist Church and have embraced opportunities to join with you all in the work of making disciples for the transformation of the world.

“We also understand the purpose of the Church to be in mission and ministry. Consequently, we in the West have been functioning for years as One Church committed to full inclusion, seeking to be a home for all God’s people.

“Today we acknowledge the fracture of this body, yet we worship a God who tells us that the body of Christ has many parts, all equally valued. Rooted in Wesleyan tradition, grounded in Scripture and committed to mission and ministry, the Western Jurisdiction intends to continue to be one church, fully inclusive and open to all God’s children, across the theological and social spectrum.

“We know from experience we are stronger when we live together as progressives, traditionalists and centrists in our Church. Many times during this Conference we have sung or prayed or blessed each other with the reminder that we need each other.

Thank you.”

In two weeks, the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction will meet. We want to be clear that the leadership of the Western Jurisdiction believes in one church for all. Mission and ministry is too important. This is where we stand, we are not moving, we are not leaving, and we are not changing.

Learn more about how the Western Jurisdiction will continue to be a home for all

See a summary of all Plans proposed at the Conference

Final Day of Conference

What happened February 25

From the Western Jurisdiction Communications Team

After a short time of worship, the General Conference continued as a legislative committee. The legislative committee’s task was to review and perfect legislation. Only items that received a positive vote in the legislative committee will be reviewed by the full plenary session on Tuesday.

Speeches for and against, motions, amendments, calls to end debate, questions of explanation, “time is up,” and times of confusion were the order of the day and the committee did its work. There were questions, challenges, and frustrations throughout the day.

In the end, the Traditional Plan was passed by a narrow margin, but still with many aspects that are of questionable constitutionality. Two different petitions that provide for new ways for churches to exit from The United Methodist Church connection were also passed.

Two petitions from Wespath, originally bundled with the One Church Plan that relate to clergy pensions, were also passed.

The One Church Plan was narrowly defeated, and all other legislation was also defeated.

Today, we can expect to see the One Church Plan reappear in the form of a minority report to the Traditional Plan legislation. In addition, any other petition moving forward is subject to amendment and revision.

Read a United Methodist News Service summary of the day.

See a summary of all Plans

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

A Message from our Bishop

[Video Transcript]

The Special Called General Conference of The United Methodist Church will be held on February 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Lay and clergy delegates will gather from our world-wide United Methodist connection to address one matter.  The matter is whether The United Methodist Church will be fully inclusive of LGBTQ persons.

The Commission on A Way Forward in prayerful collaboration with our Council of Bishops has submitted its report to the General Conference.  As is our General Conference process, others have submitted additional petitions for the General Conference to consider.  The petitions that the General Conference will be considering have all been deemed to be relevant to the discussion of whether LGBTQ persons should be fully included in the life, mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church.

Unlike regular General Conferences that meet over a 10-day period, the Special-Called General Conference will meet for only 4 days because it is addressing only one concern and thus has a very focused body of work.

As United Methodists we have historically met in conferences like the General Conference.  We refer to these moments of gathering for decision-making as times of Christian Conferencing.  It is our strong-held belief that when God’s people gather to ask God for wisdom and direction, that God shows up among us through the presence of the Holy Spirit and does faithfully lead us if we will but listen to and be open to the voice and movement of the Holy Spirit.

Those attending the Special-Called General Conference will come from their distinct contexts of ministry, and with their own biblical and theological understandings.   Already there are those who have declared themselves traditionalists, centrists or progressives.  My hope is that as the General Conference gathers in St. Louis that we will all remember that more important than anything else, is that we have been called to be followers of Jesus the Christ; to live and serve as he did.  Jesus was a servant leader and we should strive to be his servants in the world and in our relationships with one another.

I also hope that we United Methodists will remember that we are members of the body of Jesus Christ; Christians among an expansive body of Christians of many traditions and denominations.  Humbly we should remember that we are blessed to be a part of the greater body of Christ, of whom Jesus our Lord, and he alone, is the head.  I pray that we will also remember that the body of Christ has been broken too often by the divisions among those of us who claim to be Christians.   My fervent hope is that as our General Conference meets, our behavior will not further add to the brokenness of the body of Christ.

Above all, I am praying that the delegates of the Special-Called General Conference of our beloved United Methodist Church will be brave enough to do the will of God, for the sake of the future of The United Methodist Church and its sacred work, but even more, so that we might be found pleasing unto God.

Let us pray together and without ceasing for the Special-Called General Conference and for The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

Souper Bowl

Tower of Soup CansJanuary 17 to February 7

We will be collecting CANNED soups for our annual celebration of our own “Souper Bowl” in memory of Ann Miner (who started our annual drive).   We’ll build a tower of soups for donation to the Food Pantry at the Tri-Cities League of Volunteers (LOV). Let’s make Ann smile!!

Please do NOT bring dried soups. LOV has plenty.

Community Events

Stand in Solidarity


Sunday, December 6, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Niles Plaza, 37952 Niles Blvd., Fremont

The tragic events that took place in San Bernardino this week have shocked us all.  As we cope with what happened, join the Fremont community for a candlelight vigil. [Read more…]

Upcoming Music Events at FUMC

The February 7 harpsichord concert has been moved to May 15.
Be sure to join us in May!

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016
4:00pm, FUMC Sanctuary

Handel 331st Birthday Recital~!!

Valerie McLauchlan, soprano
Brent Peterson, keyboard

Join us for a joyful recital celebrating one of the towering composers in history.  Valerie and Brent will present a recital featuring the music of George Frideric Handel, in honor of his birthday on Feb. 23rd.  [Read more…]