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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.

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Bishop Yambasu’s funeral set for Sept. 6

Bishop John Yambasu, the late resident bishop of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, will be laid to rest on September 6 after a series of services that will celebrate his life.   Bishop Yambasu died in a road accident on August 16 on his way to ...

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Fellow bishops mourn Bishop Yambasu

As the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church mourns the sudden death of Bishop John K. Yambasu, the Resident Bishop of the Sierra Leone Area who died in a road accident yesterday in Sierra Leone, tributes are pouring in from across the ...

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UMC Bishops to meet in virtual gathering; welcome new leaders

The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will gather in a virtual meeting April 29 to May 1 to celebrate new leadership and to discuss plans for episcopal supervision brought on by the disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global ...

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UMC General Conference to move to 2021

The Commission on General Conference has made a determination that the General Conference will not meet in 2020 as originally planned and elected to work toward setting a date in 2021.

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UMC General Conference 2020 postponed

The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference today announced that the General Conference will be postponed and will not occur May 5-15, 2020 as planned.

Training in Interreligious Relations offered for Young Adults - updated

The World Methodist Council is partnering with other organizations in offering training for Young Adults on Interreligious Relations that started in Asia and is now expanding globally. This year’s Young Adult Training for Religions Amity (YATRA) will...