Bishop's Corner

State of the Conference Address

10/12/2021

  Editor’s note: this address has been edited for length and clarity. I’m so excited about this year’s Annual Conference. Our theme, “Sowing Seeds, Reaping Harvest, and Transforming the World,” is one that permeates our entire system. It’s something that is inspiring. And the stories (of our conference) are going to inspire you and uplift your hearts. I think they’re all grounded in just some basic concepts. One concept is identity: who are we today. I know that questions been asked many ...


OKUMC Statement on the Boy Scouts of America

9/10/2021

Greetings in the name of Christ. In many congregations, a relationship with the Boy Scouts of America has been a vital ministry that reaches a segment of the community that might otherwise not be served. As stated in the press release, the United Methodist Church maintains a relationship with the BSA. However, the ad hoc committee recommends terminating the chartering relationship and transitioning to a facilities use agreement. General Conference, not an ad hoc committee, is the only entity ...


Letter from Bishop Nunn on new Episcopal assignments

6/3/2021

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!   Last week, the South Central Jurisdiction released new assignments for bishops.  The timing of the new assignments is unusual because of the fact that neither General nor Jurisdictional Conferences have been able to meet at their original dates in 2020.  The postponement of these conferences has impacted the retirement, election, and assignment of bishops in the Jurisdiction.    Effective January 1, 2022, the Council of Bishops has assigned me to cover ...


Pastoral Letter regarding the Tulsa Race Massacre

5/27/2021

  "We recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons. We rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to our total life." --United Methodist Social Principles, 2016 Greetings in the name of the risen Christ. 100 years ago, a massacre occurred in Tulsa which destroyed one of the most prosperous African-American neighborhoods in America.  The Greenwood District, or Black Wall Street as it was commonly called, was decimated by a white...


Bishop Nunn announces Cabinet appointments

2/28/2021

  Rev. Dr. Charles Graves has effectively served the Cimarron and Clinton Districts in the last eight years. He currently serves as the secretary to the cabinet.  At the conclusion of this appointive year, he will enter a retired relationship with the Annual Conference. We celebrate his service to the church throughout his career. For the past eight years, Rev. Dr. Tish Malloy has effectively served the Crossroads, Northern Prairie, and Stillwater Districts.  She currently serves as dean of the...


Ash Wednesday Meditation

2/17/2021

  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  For me, Lent is a spiritual journey filled with time of reflection and prayer that hopefully leads me to more completely follow Jesus Christ.   Jesus went to Jerusalem to suffer many things, be crucified, and die.  He assured the disciples that he would rise from the dead on the third day.  I’ve wanted to rebuke the disciples for their lack of faith.  However, the journey of Lent is a difficult one, especially this year.   My first ...


In Response to January 6, 2021

1/7/2021

Yesterday, agitators and rioters breached the Capitol of the United States shattering windows and disrupting the Congress while it was performing its duty to formally count the results of the Electoral College.  Both the House and Senate have been evacuated.     I am astonished that in my lifetime, the state of our fragile democracy is under such visible attack.  I have always assumed that these tragic occurrences happen in other countries, never here.    I hope this day does not portend ...


Racism has no place in the Church of Jesus Christ

5/29/2020

Racism has no place in the Church of Jesus Christ.  Neither does it have a place in society.  Racist beliefs, attitudes and actions have their roots in hatred and are manifest in cruel, life threatening and life ending actions, and betray all of humanity.  Racism is sin.   It is incomprehensible that racially motivated murders have been occurring with alarming frequency in the United States.  A recent communication from the Council of Bishops named a few of the victims: “The list of innocent ...


Division is not yet definite

1/10/2020

The Council of Bishops recently announced a proposed separation agreement reached by an unofficial group representing a diverse range of United Methodist traditionalist, centrist and progressive interests. The agreement, known as the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was signed on Dec. 17, 2019 and announced on Jan. 3. While details of this protocol include terms of denominational separation, the local church does not need to worry about division just yet. The agreement ...


Bishop's response to the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

1/3/2020

The Council of Bishops announced a proposed separation agreement reached by an unofficial group representing a diverse range of United Methodist traditionalist, centrist and progressive interests. The agreement, known as the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation, was signed on Dec. 17, 2019 and announced today. While details of this protocol include terms of denominational separation, the local church does not need to worry about division just yet. The agreement itself is not ...


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