It is an exciting time to be a United Methodist in Wisconsin and an inspiring time for me to be your bishop!
When I left Wisconsin after my election as a bishop, Wisconsin was launching a new way of being connected through Circuits. Since then, every congregation and clergy appointed to those congregations are connected to others within their areas for mutual ministry and support. Circuits are the Conference connections on a local level that build more connections to each of our congregations and circuits around the world.
Now, ten years later, after over a year of study and planning, Circuits are challenged to “relaunch”-- to Imagine Wisconsin Anew through our connections to each other. It is important for our future as a faith movement for all of our clergy and congregations to have training, resourcing, and support in order to engage with the people in our local communities, start new ministries with new people, and find ways to connect our faith in relationships with our neighbors.
I am excited to walk this journey with you--to build relationships, form partnerships, and live faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ. I hope and pray that you are excited too, and ready to launch into our future by joining others in building connections and relationships in Christ’s name.
Hee-Soo Jung, PhD
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung has served as resident bishop of the Wisconsin Annual Conference since September of 2012. Prior to leading the Wisconsin Conference UMC, Bishop Jung served eight years as bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference (Chicago area).