Pacific School of Religion is delighted to welcome Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, as she begins her service as resident bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference. In 2004, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church. Her first assignment was as Bishop of the Phoenix Episcopal Area and Resident Bishop of the Desert Southwest Conference of the UMC. She comes to the San Francisco Episcopal Area following her leadership of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area and Resident Bishop of the California-Pacific Annual Conference for the last four years.
Last year, Bishop Carcaño served as preacher for the installation of President David Vásquez-Levy at Pacific School of Religion.
“Bishop Carcaño is a prophetic leader, a tireless advocate, and a faithful pastor, bringing Good News to a world on the move. I have been inspired by her ministry and grateful for the opportunities we’ve had to partner in the work around immigration. This fall as we welcome Bishop Carcaño and celebrate PSR’s 150th anniversary, we are looking forward to building on the long legacy of partnership between PSR and the California-Nevada Annual Conference,” said President David Vásquez-Levy.
A native of Edinburg, Texas, Bishop Carcaño spent her early years aspiring to make a difference in the lives of persons who faced poverty and discrimination. Not forgetting her roots and early hopes, her ministry has always involved work with the poor, farm workers, immigrants, refugees, and those advocating for the full rights of the LGBTQ community. Deeply committed to ecumenism, the strengthening of interfaith relationships, and contextual ministry, she encourages congregations to engage in community organizing across all living faiths.
PSR’s commitment to preparing theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation is framed and lived out in our partnership with congregations. Filipe Maia, Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership, said: “The vitality of communities of faith relies on the prophetic courage and sensibility of their leadership. With over 60% of its clergy as PSR alums, the California-Nevada Conference is known for its commitments to the construction of a more just world. As we welcome Bishop Carcaño’s leadership, we join hands to pray and labor in anticipation of God’s new creation.”
An Installation Service for Bishop Carcaño will take place on Saturday, September 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s UMC, Manteca, CA. The church is located at 910 East North Street, Manteca, CA. Details about the installation and a full biography of Bishop Carcaño are available here.