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COB Local initiative grant application opens

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 ...

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Bishop Melvin George Talbert dies at 89

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 ...

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Bishop Devadhar Funeral set for July 27, 2023

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. ...

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Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar dies at 72

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...

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COB Staffer Rev. Dr. Hawxhurst to lead Churches Uniting in Christ

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 ...

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Bishop Marshall Meadors dies at 90 years old

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.

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Mid-Term State of The United Methodist Church set for March 2

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 ...

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Lent Message: Time to Reclaim, Revive and Renew our UMC

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.

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Churches in Germany tackle racism in Christian communities

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.

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17 New UMC bishops get warm welcome at COB meeting

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.

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COB announces recipients of ecumenical grants and scholarships

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.

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COB welcomes thirteen newly elected bishops

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.

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COB announces winner of $10,000 Bossey Institute scholarship

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.

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UMEIT: Young Adult Network participants meet in Atlanta

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 ...

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Bishop Robert H. Spain dies at age 96

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...

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African bishops condemn Africa Initiative and WCA

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.

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Retired Bishop John Russell dies

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.

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UMC bishops bemoan US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion

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 ...