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UMC bishops offer overwhelming support to Bishop Patrick Streiff

In an overwhelming decision on the third day of their spring meeting, the bishops of The United Methodist Church today affirmed support for Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe in the aftermath of the ...

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UMC bishops call for peace in Ukraine

A pastoral letter from Bishop Alsted in light of the tragic events in Ukraine   Bishop Christian Alsted, who serves in the Central Conference that consists of Nordic, Baltic and Eurasian countries, including Russia and Ukraine, is offering a profound...

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Why We Need a Black History Month - A perspective

By Bishop Forrest Stith  Following the Emancipation of enslaved people , there were many attempts to tell the story of persons of African descent in the United States of America, some negative and some positive.  It was an African American history ...

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COB Christmas Letter: Let's be more loving like Christ

The United Methodist Church Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is optimistic that 2022 will offer more opportunities for United Methodists through the world to engage in increased ministry and to be more loving.

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Bishop Beverly Shamana dies at age 81

Bishop Beverly J. Shamana, a retired bishop of The United Methodist Church, has died. She died on August 1, 2021 at age 81. She was elected and consecrated to the Episcopacy in 2000 in the Western Jurisdiction. She was the second black woman elected ...

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UMC Bishops end five-day online meeting; clarify key decisions

The bishops of The United Methodist Church gathered online for five days to worship, to discern ways to best offer leadership to the church in this liminal time and to hear about the exciting mission and ministry occurring across the global ...

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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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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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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 ...