Bishop's Corner

Bishop Announces October 21-22, 2022, Called Annual Conference


In accordance with paragraph 603.5 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016, with this notice, Bishop Nunn calls a special session of the Oklahoma Annual Conference for October 21-22, 2022 at Church of the Servant, Oklahoma City. The purpose of the called session is as follows:   To worship together as an Annual Conference, To receive and act on a report from the Conference Board of Trustees on recommendations for disaffiliation, To receive and act on a report from the ...

Bishop’s Call to Prayer for United Methodists


In the past weeks, the world has been gripped by the news reports of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I have been in daily prayer for the situation. I urge United Methodists to join me. However, the situation did not develop overnight. Early in 2014, armed conflict erupted as Russian troops entered Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. According to a 2017 report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, almost 10,000 people had been killed and over 23,000 had ...

Q&A: How will Bishop’s appointment to three conferences impact the OKUMC?


Beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, Bishop James Nunn will be appointed to three conferences: the Oklahoma Conference, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and the Northwest Texas Conference. The appointment was announced by the South Central Jurisdiction on June 3. In order to increase transparency and clear communication regarding the new appointment, the Contact has curated a list of questions and answers to address potential uncertainties and concerns. Additional questions regarding the ...

State of the Conference Address


  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


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


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


  "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


  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


  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


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 ...

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