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UMC Bishops call for equal voting rights

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is calling upon United Methodists to use their influence in their states, legislative districts, and local precincts to enable voter registration and to encourage ...

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2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - A reflection

By Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated every year from 18-25 January in the Northern Hemisphere or around the feast of Pentecost in the Southern Hemisphere.   It is sponsored jointly by the Pontifical ...

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COB Christmas Letter: Let's be more loving like Christ

The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is optimistic that 2022 will offer more opportunities for United Methodists through the world to engage in increased ministry and to be more loving.

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December 31 is deadline to apply to be part of next UMEIT: YAN cohort

The December 31, 2021, deadline for applying to be part of United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training: Young Adult Network (UMEIT: YAN) is approaching and interested young adults are urged to apply as soon as possible.

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Bishop Beverly Shamana dies at age 81

Bishop Beverly J. Shamana, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, has died. She died on August 1, 2021 at age 81. She was elected and consecrated to the Episcopacy in 2000 in the Western Jurisdiction. She was the second black woman elected ...

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UMC Bishops end five-day online meeting; clarify key decisions

The bishops of The United Methodist Church gathered online for five days to worship, to discern ways to best offer leadership to the church in this liminal time and to hear about the exciting mission and ministry occurring across the global ...

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Methodist colleges to host global Consultation on Vaccine Equity

International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU) is inviting people for the “IAMSCU Consultation on Vaccine Equity” which will involve global partners from Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and ...

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Bishops offer devotions for Holy Week 2021

The Council of Bishops is offering daily devotions during Holy Week, culminating into the Good Friday message by COB President Cynthia Fierro Harvey. The devotions include a video testimony and journal page for discussion.

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2021 NWCU Registration is now open

It has been quite a year, and plans have continued to change, but the National Workshop on Christian Unity will go on for 2021!  We will have an entirely online Workshop which gives us the opportunity to provide you with the same great programming ...

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UMC bishops offer Lenten Season Devotions

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will be offering a weekly devotion during the Lenten season which begins this week. Each Wednesday during Lent and every day during Holy Week, a 15-minute recorded devotion, led by a bishop and ...

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COB Ecumenical Officer meets with leaders of UMC agencies

As the new Ecumenical Officer for the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Sally Dyck met with several agency leaders on February 1 to talk with them about how they engage in ecumenical and interreligious ministry.

Churches Uniting in Christ Release Resources for Lent 2021

Press Release  Birmingham, AL: Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, Chair of the Coordinating Council of Churches Uniting in Christ announces the release of new, ecumenical resources for the use of local congregations for this year’s Lenten and ...

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Uniting Church in Australia offers prayers for USA

President of the Uniting Church in Australia Dr Deidre Palmer has sent a letter to church leaders in the USA offering support and prayers during this trying time. The Uniting Church is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia and the ...

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World Council of Churches calling for peace in USA

Fr. Ioan Sauca, the Interim General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, has sent a letter to the leaders of communions in the USA, in in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol Building to convey the renewed and strengthened solidarity of ...

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Join in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2021

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated every year January 18-25, or around the feast of Pentecost in some parts of the world. Every United Methodist annual conference is encouraged to participate with ecumenical services of prayer and ...