By Council of Bishops
Bishop Beverly J. Shamana, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, has died. She died this week in California at age 81.
Bishop Shamana was elected and consecrated to the Episcopacy in 2000 in the Western Jurisdiction. She was the second black woman elected as a bishop in the history of the UMC. Bishop Leontine T. Kelly was the first black woman elected in 1984.
Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey described Bishop Shamana as a voice for justice and all that was right and true.
“Women bishops stand on the strength of her shoulders. Her commitment to the episcopacy and for women bishops was paramount. She was one who offered her constant love and support to all the bishops but particularly the women bishops who had accepted the responsibility to lead,” Bishop Harvey said. “Her presence will be missed.”Click Here to Read More
Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops