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Bishop Minerva Carcano

Bishop Minerva Carcano is the bishop of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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Bishop Minerva Carcano is the bishop of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

In 2004, Bishop Minerva Carcano became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Today, she is one of 50 bishops leading more than eight million members of her denomination. She currently serves as Bishop of the Phoenix Episcopal Area, Desert Southwest Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and is the official spokesperson for the Council of Bishops on the issue of immigration.

Bishop Carcano is a 1975 graduate of the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, TX, and received a Masters of Theology from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University in 1979.

Previous appointments have included Emmanuel UMC in Lubbock, TX, and La Trinidad UMC in San Jose, CA, in 1979. She then served positions in Crystal City, Carrizo Springs UMCs, as well as in Hebbronville, McAllen in the early '80s. In 1986 she became the first Hispanic woman to be appointed a United Methodist district superintendent, serving in that capacity until 1992 in West Texas and New Mexico and later in Portland, OR.

Bishop Carcano next spent four years (1992-1996) as the organizing pastor, South Albuquerque Cooperative Ministry. She moved next to a position as director of the Mexican American Program of Hispanic Studies Program at Perkins School of Theology until her call to serve in the Oregon-Idaho Conference.

A native of Edinburg, TX, Bishop Carcano 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, with farm workers, immigrants, and refugees, even as she encourages congregations to work ecumenically and to be active in community organizing. Of her tireless work, she has said, "The road of ministry has not always been easy, but it has always been an incredible blessing, and it has always been home."


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Bishop Minerva Carcano: A God Who Knows No Borders

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United Methodist Church Bishop Minerva Carcaño urges the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. "There are 12 million people, immigrants, living and toiling away and laboring, walking and working side by side with us, worshipping with us, who are in need of documentation, in need of fair treatment," Carcano says. In 2004, Bishop Carcaño became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Today, she is one of 69 active bishops leading more than twelve million members of her denomination worldwide. She currently serves as Bishop of the Phoenix Episcopal Area, Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

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Bishop Minerva Carcano

Recognizing Him

Mark 3:20-35

June 08, 1997

Bishop Minerva Carcano (UMC)

How difficult it is for persons to recognize Jesus. According to the Gospel reading from Mark, Jesus' own family struggled with this. Rather than seeing him as the incarnation of God acting for good, healing the sick and freeing those possessed by evil spirits, Jesus' mother and siblings see him as a deranged son and brother; as one who has gone off the deep end, embarrassing and humiliating the good family name and needing to be taken home. The religious leaders, the scribes who had been taught to recognize the Messiah when he came had a similar problem. They looked at Jesus and thought they saw Beelzebub, Satan himself. "He has Beelzebub, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons (vs. 22b)," they said.

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