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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 ...

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UMC Bishops call for optimism and hope in 2021

"We bask in the hope that something new is coming and in the promise that we can face the future unafraid. As people of faith, we stand in the confidence that God, who began a good thing in us, will see it to fruition." Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, ...

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United Methodist Bishops in Philippines get term extension

The Philippines Central Conference's coordinating council voted to extend the episcopal leadership of the country's three incumbent bishops through the end of 2021. Extending the bishops' terms sparked controversy over the authority of the ...

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African bishops: Let’s make our own choices

Press Release  - October 30, 2020 United Methodist Bishops from Africa have voiced their continued commitment to The United Methodist Church and vowed to stay in the denomination despite the potential split expected at the next General Conference ...

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U.S. Bishops call for full participation in November elections

United Methodist bishops based in the United States today issued a statement on Faith and Democracy, calling on the people of The United Methodist Church to support voter registration and encourage people to vote in the November 3 elections.

Bishops offer 2021 grants for local ecumenical initiatives

For Immediate Release Monday, September 28, 2020   WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Local Initiatives Grants. Bishop Sally Dyck, Ecumenical Officer for the Council ...

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COB seeks applications for Bossey scholarship

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for a scholarship to attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland.

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Livestream for Bishop Yambasu’s funeral

The funeral for Bishop John Yambasu, the late resident bishop of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, set for Sunday, September 6, 2020, will be livestreamed.

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Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn dies

Retired United Methodist Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn died last night (August 30, 2020) at home in Galveston, Texas, after a long battle with illness. He was 89.