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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...

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Kabacan Central UMC Celebrates Ecumenical Sunday

The Kabacan Central United Methodist Church, a vital congregation considered as one of the flagship churches of the Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference celebrated Ecumenical Sunday last January 19, 2020.

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Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone?

Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter remembers the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a season of violence and racism.

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Funeral for Bishop Coyner set for Jan. 18

The memorial service for Bishop Michael Coyner will be at 11 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, Indiana. Bishop Coyner, retired Bishop of Dakotas and Indiana areas, died ...

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Bishop Michael Coyner dies

Bishop Michael Coyner, retired Bishop of Indiana Area, died today January 8, 2020.  Bishop Coyner had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer that had spread to his liver. Mike Coyner is originally from Anderson, Indiana. He received his B.A. from ...

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Bishop R. Kern Eutsler dies at 100

Retired United Methodist Bishop R. Kern Eutsler died this morning, January 2, 2020. Bishop Eutsler was the one of the oldest living United Methodist Bishops. He turned 100 years old in August 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions about the United Methodist Mediation Team

How was the group which produced the Protocol formed?  In the summer of 2019, Bishop John Yambasu (Sierra Leone Episcopal Area) invited five persons from three constituencies within The United Methodist Church – traditionalists, centrist, and ...

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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a global, ecumenical, and annual event which was first observed in 1908 in the chapel of a small Atonement Franciscan convent of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the hills of New York.  The celebration soon...

Bishops offer scholarships for UMEIT: USA 2020

The Council of Bishops is offering scholarships to first-time attenders to participate in the National Workshop on Christian Unity and UMEIT: USA.