UMEIT: Zoom is a monthly training for ecumenical leaders and the recordings are available for viewing on our YouTube page.
United Methodist Church bishops serving the church in Africa have issued a statement declaring their intention to stay in the denomination despite differences on the issue of human sexuality.
The COB Ecumenical staff would like to make available certain documents which may be helpful to you in your ecumenical ministries.
Bishop Sally Dyck was elected as Co-Moderator of the Permanent Committee on consensus and Collaboration.
The Council of Bishops President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton on Sunday called on United Methodists to focus on love because the church’s greatest success depends upon mutual love and meaningful relationships throughout the world.
The Council of Bishops provides leadership for the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church. To that end they are offering 3 grants, each in the amount of $1,000 to groups within United Methodist Annual Conferences for ...
A message of solidarity and support from Bishop Kevin Strickland of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church to The United Methodist Church at this time of transition in The UMC.
COB President Affirms Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement
Bishop Melvin George Talbert, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, died August 3, 2023. Bishop Talbert was elected to the episcopacy by the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1980 and assigned to the ...
Bishops Join The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a coalition committed to ending anti-Muslim hatred, discrimination, and violence in the Unites States of America.
A service to celebrate the life of Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio at Hyde Park Community Church, 1345 Grace Avenue on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 11 am. There will be a viewing immediately preceding the service at 9 a.m. ...
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, died yesterday, July 18, 2023. Bishop Devadhar was elected to the episcopacy in 2004 by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church. He retired...
United Methodist Church Council of Bishops Ecumenical Staff Officer Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst has been elected as President of the Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), an organization of 10 member denominations, who hold visible unity, racial equity and ...
Bishop Marshall (Jack) Meadors, a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, passed away Thursday evening, May 25, 2023, in Anderson, S.C., surrounded by his loving family.
The Commission on General Conference has opened up the window for petition submissions for the postponed 2020 General Conference that will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, in May 2024.
COB President Bishop Bickerton's message to the Annual Conferences: “It’s now time for you and me to work together to architect the next expression of United Methodism. The future of The United Methodist Church hinges on our ability to deeply pray ...
The bishops of The United Methodist Church (UMC) completed their Spring 2023 meeting on Friday in a gathering that was awash in the spirit of collegiality and search for the betterment of the worldwide denomination.
In the first in-person meeting since 2019, the Council of Bishops (COB) will meet April 29 – May 5, 2023, in Chicago to tackle the future of The United Methodist Church, welcome new bishops who were elected in November last year, and work on other ...
The Pan-Methodist Commission and Bishops’ Consultation meetings took place in Atlanta, Georgia this March. Here are the notes from those gatherings.
Council of Bishops President President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is sending a memo to bishops regarding Judicial Council Decision # 1472
2023 Ericka Jallah report on Bossey
Council of Bishops President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton will deliver a Mid-Term State of The United Methodist Church Address on March 2, 2023 at 1pm EST. The video presentation will launch on the official United Methodist denominational website at ...
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has called on fellow United Methodists to use the Lenten Season to pray that God will create within us a clean heart and a renewed spirit.
The central service for the week of prayer for Christian unity took place for Germany in the cultural metropolis of Frankfurt. Different people affected by racism demanded changes in attitude and handling of the topic in the churches.
The Council of Bishops is offering partial scholarships to seminary students and first-time attenders to participate in the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) and UMEIT: USA 2023.
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is petitioning the denomination’s top court for clarification on its recent decision regarding the General Conference that will be held in 2024.
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).
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, offers his Christmas message for the denomination and the world.
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church (UMC) formally welcomed 17 newly elected episcopal leaders of the worldwide denomination during a special meeting on December 1, 2022.
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has announced recipients of the 2023 Local Initiative grants and scholarships for those to represent the denomination at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions.
$50,000 in aid was distributed to people in Beni who have fled attacks in outlying areas. Repetitive wars since 1960 have been especially tough on the eastern region of Congo, said East Congo Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda.
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is welcoming thirteen (13) bishops who were elected during last week’s jurisdictional conferences in the United States.
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has named MS. Eliza Love as the 2023 recipient of the $10,000 scholarship to attend the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Switzerland.
The participants of UMEIT: Young Adult Network met in person in Atlanta last week as part of their two-year training program of the Council of Bishops. The UMEIT: Young Adult Network is a COB program that invites young adults from across the ...
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is appealing for donations to assist the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following the devastation left on the island by Hurricane Fiona last week.
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has awarded the Rev. Dr. Robert Williams with the Bishops’ Ecumenical Award for his contributions to the unity of the universal church of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Robert “Bob” Hitchcock Spain, a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, passed away on September 9, 2022, at the age of 96. He was elected a Bishop in the United Methodist Church in 1988 during the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference...
More than 60 representatives of The United Methodist Church (UMC) attended the recently ended Eleventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) held in Karlsruhe in Germany August 30 through September 9, 2022.
The United Methodist Church (UMC) bishops in Africa have condemned the Africa Initiative group and the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) for spreading falsehoods about The United Methodist Church in Africa.
Bishop John Russell, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, died on Friday, September 2, 2022, at the Reunion Court of the Woodlands, Texas. He was 96.
The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church ended its summer 2022 meeting last Friday (Aug.26) with a call to act against gun violence and to create a uniform approach to the way in which bishops would deal with the process of ...
The Council of Bishops expresses gratitude for the Judicial Council’s ruling that clarified that Paragraph 2548.2 of The Book of Discipline is not a process of church disaffiliation from The United Methodist Church but is rather a supplementary ...
The Council of Bishops will meet August 22-26, 2022, to discuss the future of The United Methodist Church, prepare for new bishops to be elected later this year, and address other timely topics related to their ongoing work.
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church says the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade has denied the sacred worth of women who face “the tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify ...
The Council of Bishops (COB) has set the dates for regular sessions of the Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened November 2-5, 2022.
Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton today urged clergy and laity to go on offense to stop mass shootings like the one that killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas.
The Council of Bishops (COB) is expressing its appreciation following the Judicial Council’s ruling today that the COB is authorized to set the date of regular jurisdictional conferences for the election and assignment of new bishops for the ...
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is requesting a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council on the meaning and application of Paragraph 2548.2 in the Book of Discipline.
Sometimes it is helpful to remind ourselves ecumenism is alive and well throughout Jesus’ universal church and to know Christ’s followers are continuing to build relationships and be in ministry together, despite their differences. I recently ...
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is expressing gratitude following the declaratory decision from the Judicial Council which stated that an annual conference may not vote to separate from the denomination.