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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...

Council of Bishops’ letter to the global LGBTQ community

To the People of the United Methodist Church: Grace and Peace to you in these days of Christmas, and at the conclusion of a calendar year. At the fall meeting of the Council of Bishops at St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, bishops approved a motion to send...

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Two retired bishops die on same day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church regrets to announce the deaths of two retired bishops, Bishop Benjamin Chamness and Bishop William B. Oden. Bishop Benjamin Chamness Bishop Benjamin Chamness died Saturday, ...

UMC Bishops mourn former President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON, DC - The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is mourning the death of the 41st U.S. President, George H. W. Bush. President Bush is the father of 43rd President George W. Bush, who and his wife, Laura, are staunch ...

A Narrative of our Leadership

A Narrative of our Leadership The Council of Bishops November 2018 The May 2016 General Conference asked us to provide leadership in discerning a way forward for the church, so that we might fulfill our mission in light of the Great Commission ...

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United Methodists, Episcopalians perfect Full Communion document

The United Methodist-Episcopal dialogue committee held a meeting recently to continue its conversations about a proposal for full communion between these churches entitled “A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers for the Healing of Brokenness.” The ...

Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      MARCH 23, 2018 LOS ANGELES – Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled ...

Commission on a Way Forward

View the statement from Council of Bishops president Bishop Bruce R. Ough at the United Methodist General Conference on May 18.   The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to...

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Episcopal – United Methodist Dialogue

The Episcopal-Methodist full-communion proposal outlines agreements on the understanding of each order of ministry. The ministries of lay people, deacons, Episcopal priests and United Methodist elders would all be seen as interchangeable yet governed...

List of UMC partnerships

The following lists contain the names of other Christian faith communions with which The United Methodist Church has formal, ecumenical relationships approved by the General Conference. It is appropriate for bishops and annual conferences to engage ...

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Meet Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi: Get Your Spirit in Shape

Photo via Western Pennsylvania Conference, The United Methodist Church | Video by United Methodist Communications A pastor’s kid and former school psychologist, this United Methodist bishop encourages us to see beyond barriers and embrace ...

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Meet Bishop Eduard Khegay: Get Your Spirit in Shape

Video by United Methodist Communications Growing up in the Soviet Union, he was skeptical of the Christian faith. When friends invited him to church events, he found joy and purpose in Jesus. Meet Bishop Eduard Khegay. View on YouTube  |  iTunes ...

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Meet Bishop Harald Rückert: Get Your Spirit in Shape

Bishop Rückert photo by Volker Kiemle, Communications, Germany United Methodist Church / Video by United Methodist Communications In this podcast episode, we meet the bishop of the Germany Central Conference. We learn that he once studied food ...

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Meet Bishop Hee-Soo Jung: Get Your Spirit in Shape

Video by United Methodist Communications | Photo of Bishop Jung by Photo by Jennifer Silver. Converting to Christianity at 16 began Bishop Hee-Soo Jung on a lifelong journey of building bridges between faith and culture, and among people of ...

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Meet Bishop Kenneth Carter: Get Your Spirit in Shape

Video by United Methodist Communications | Photo courtesy Council of Bishops In this conversation the president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops and resident bishop of Florida, shares about his early life of faith, his love of baseball, ...

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Meet Bishop Lawson Bryan: Get Your Spirit in Shape

Video by United Methodist Communications In this podcast episode, the bishop of the South Georgia Conference discusses his early life in church, the question that called him from science to ministry, and how he keeps his spirit in shape today. ...