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Election time is coming!

SUMMARY: Are you getting a new bishop? Election time-July 16-18-is rapidly approaching for nine new episcopal leaders to lead U.S. United Methodists.

You can check out candidates, track balloting, learn when someone is elected, and read about the new bishops and other jurisdictional conference actions with special services from United Methodist Communications. The bishops will be elected when the five U.S. jurisdictional conferences meet during the week of July 14.

Balloting occurs July 16-18. New bishops are consecrated July 18 and 19. New and continuing bishops begin their 2009-12 assignments Sept. 1. To keep up to date, try the following:

Episcopal Elections Web Page, Find election news, candidates' biographies, jurisdictional conference information and links to subscribe to election updates and RSS feeds.

Text MessagingSubscribe and receive a text message whenever a new bishop is elected.

United Methodist News Service: Read news stories about the new bishops on the Web and learn where each is assigned. Have UMNS stories delivered to you via e-mail. Subscribe to an RSS feed of all UMNS headlines.

InfoServ: Call (800) 251-8140 to hear recorded updates of episcopal election results for each jurisdiction. Call InfoServ toll free (800) 251-8140 and select menu option 4 to access recorded updates. E-mail questions to or via

Interpreter Online: Read about upcoming elections and other issues facing the jurisdictional conferences. Meet the new bishops in the September-October issue of Interpreter and Interpreter Online.