Bishops Dyck, Haller, and Ough Honored; Three Retiring Bishops Recognized for Service

* By James Deaton On Thursday afternoon, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) formally honored three retiring bishops—Bishop Sally Dyck, Bishop Laurie Haller, and Bishop Bruce Ough—during a moving celebration of ministry filled with gratitude and love. This official recognition service had been postponed because of the delayed NCJ Conference, originally scheduled for 2020. Both Bishop [...]

North Central Jurisdiction Elects Rev. Dan Schwerin as Bishop

* By Lisa Wink The Rev. Dan Schwerin, assistant to the bishop for the Wisconsin Conference, has been elected as bishop in The United Methodist Church's North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Delegates elected Schwerin on November 3 at the jurisdiction's meeting in the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the sixth ballot. He received [...]

Episcopal Address: We Are in Odd Space

* By Rev. Cindy Gregorson FORT WAYNE, Indiana—Bishop David Alan Bard, president of the College of Bishops, launched into his episcopal address declaring that we find ourselves in odd space. We are in an odd space historically, politically and denominationally. We are on the precipice of mid-term elections in the United States where deep polarization [...]