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United Methodists in the Philippines seek UMC unity

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PHILIPPINES CENTRAL CONFERENCE    RESOLUTION                WHEREAS, We, United Methodists in the Philippines are intensely opposed to any move that dissolves the United Methodist Church.  From the beginning of the Church...

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Diverse group of United Methodists explores separation

A group of theologically diverse United Methodists met at Floris United Methodist Church in Virginia on Friday and Saturday to continue seeking a way to resolve the impasse on the ordination of LGBTQ members and the blessing of same-gender marriages ...

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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 ...