Minerva Carcaño elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church

July 17, 2004   

SAN JOSE, Calif. (UMNS)—The Rev. Minerva Carcaño of Portland, Ore., has been elected a bishop by the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.

Carcaño, superintendent of the Metropolitan District of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference was elected in the early morning of July 17. She will fill one of the vacancies left in the denomination’s Western Jurisdiction by the retirement of two bishops.

The new bishops are being elected by 88 delegates attending the July 14-17 conference in San Jose, Calif.

Carcaño will become one of 50 active U.S. bishops serving in the United Methodist Church and will lead one of the episcopal areas of the eight annual conferences that make up the 12-state jurisdiction. The Western Jurisdiction is home to 427,000 United Methodists in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Guam and Saipan are also part of the jurisdiction. 

A consecration service for the new bishops will be held at 2 p.m., July 17, at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos, Calif.

An episcopal assignment committee is already considering where Carcaño and other active bishops will serve for the next four years. Their assignments will be effective Sept. 1.

Endorsed by the Oregon-Idaho Conference, the Rio Grande Conference, The National United Methodist Hispanic Clergywomen’s Caucus, MARCHA and the MFSA chapter of the California-Pacific Conference, Carcaño was elected on the 26th ballot, receiving 83 of the 88 votes cast. The number needed to elect was 59.

While the Western Jurisdictional Conference is electing two bishops, four other United Methodist jurisdictional conferences are meeting to elect 19 others.

A jurisdictional conference has the following power and duties:

  • To promote the evangelistic, educational, missionary and benevolent interests of the church and to provide for interests and institutions within their boundaries. 
  • To elect bishops.
  • To establish and constitute jurisdictional conference boards as auxiliaries to the general boards of the church.
  • To determine the boundaries of annual conferences.
  • To make rules and regulations for the administration of the church’s work within the jurisdiction.
  • To appoint a committee on appeals. 

The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 by a merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches. Methodists elected their bishops at one national gathering until 1940, when the jurisdictional system was instituted. Bishops in the EUB church were elected at one national gathering until 1968.
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