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Ebony Bishops Demand a Voice in Discussions on UMC Future

The Ebony Bishops of The United Methodists Church (African-American bishops serving in the United States) have called on the denomination to include African-American clergy and laity in the ongoing discussions on the future of the church, as they ...

Churches to mark 400th Anniversary of arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia

On October 2-4, 2019, leaders from all of the major Christian traditions will gather in Montgomery, Alabama, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved African peoples to Jamestown, Virginia (USA). The commemoration is part of ...

United Methodists in the Philippines seek UMC unity

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PHILIPPINES CENTRAL CONFERENCE    RESOLUTION                WHEREAS, We, United Methodists in the Philippines are intensely opposed to any move that dissolves the United Methodist Church.  From the beginning of the Church...

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Diverse group of United Methodists explores separation

A group of theologically diverse United Methodists met at Floris United Methodist Church in Virginia on Friday and Saturday to continue seeking a way to resolve the impasse on the ordination of LGBTQ members and the blessing of same-gender marriages ...

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Retired Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks dies at 96

Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks, retired United Methodist Bishop, passed away today June 19, 2019 at age 96. “We give thanks for the long and faithful life of Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks, who was an instrument of God in sharing the gospel of peace in his own ...

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Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) leaders set goals for 2019-2022

Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), a covenant organization of eleven different US denominations/communions, held its triennial plenary session in Montgomery, Alabama from June 6-9, 2019. The plenary included up to seven delegates from each of the ...

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Bishops offer scholarships for 2019 UMEIT-USA and NWCU events

The Council of Bishops is offering partial scholarships for young adults (age 21-35) to attend the 2019 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT:USA) and the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) next spring.

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COB President issues Holy Week letter; calls for forgiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter has called on United Methodists to use the Holy Week to forgive one another and to seek forgiveness in return. In a Holy Week pastoral letter released April 15, 2019, Bishop Carter, ...

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Meet Bishop James Swanson: Get Your Spirit in Shape

  Video by United Methodist Communications In this conversation, Bishop Swanson shares how his home church shaped him, the importance of “glory sightings” and the spiritual reason he carries a rock in his toiletry bag. View on YouTube  |  Apple ...

Bishops challenge constitutionality of disaffiliation petition

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality and the meaning, application, and effect of Petition 90066, which was approved by the...