Responses Across the Connection

Judicial Council Ruling Last night, the Judicial Council issued Decision No. 1341, responding to a petition by the South Central Jurisdiction for a declaratory decision concerning the application, meaning, and effect of the Book of Discipline in regard to the nomination, election, consecration, and/or assignment as bishop of a person who claims to be a “self-avowed practicing […]

A Just Resolution Reached in the Rev. Cynthia Meyer Complaint

On August 1, the parties involved in the complaint against Rev. Cynthia Meyer met to have conversation about the possibility of a just resolution. The parties worked for 12 hours and made a good-faith effort to find common ground. At the end of the day came to the following agreement:   Rev. Cynthia Meyer’s Statement […]

Good News asks Council of Bishops to respond to Oliveto election

Good News, the independent evangelical United Methodist organization which promotes “orthodox Wesleyan Christianity” has released a statement from their governing board asking the United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB) to respond quickly to the recent election of Karen Oliveto as a bishop. Oliveto was elected and consecrated in the Western Jurisdiction of the UMC last week, and […]

IRD issues statement on election of openly gay bishop

Washington, DC — The Institute for Religion and Democracy have released a statement this week offering their thoughts on the recent election and consecration of Karen Oliveto (the pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco) to be a bishop of The United Methodist Church. “The Western Jurisdiction has a history of prominent disobedience […]

Southeastern Jurisdiction elects five to the episcopacy

With the most bishops to elect this season and a plethora of candidates, the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference jumped to the front of the line by filling all five episcopal openings in a single day. The conference is meeting this week at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center in North Carolina, the traditional headquarters of the jurisdiction. The […]

SEJ Bishops issues letter on church division

The Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops have issued a pastoral letter regarding the current divisions in the church and the recent actions by some annual conferences and boards of ordained ministry adopting “noncomformity” resolutions regarding the current church teaching on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in the life of the church. “We, the […]

Discipleship Ministries announces gathering for young people on racism

NASHVILLE, TN – As recent events once again focus attention on issues of racial inequality, Young People’s Ministries (YPM), a division of Discipleship Ministries, will convene a session this month to identify more effective ways to resource the church for conversations with young people about racism. The Racism Gathering on July 28-30 will bring young […]

Council of Bishops president speaks following shooting deaths

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued the following statement on behalf of the Council in the wake of shootings in the U.S. this week: In the aftermath of violent deaths this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Dallas, Texas, we speak to a nation that […]

Bishop Michael McKee Urges Local UMCs to Pray for Dallas

July 8, 2016 As United Methodists gather for worship this Sunday, I ask that this letter be read and followed by a period of silent prayer. ****************************************** Tragedy struck Dallas Thursday evening. Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed, and seven officers and two civilians were injured. An evil act borne out of hatred devastated […]

Kathleen Thomas Sano Has Died

Brothers and sisters, It is with deep sadness that I inform you that early this morning Kathy Thomas Sano died. Kathy was the spouse of Bishop Roy Sano. Together they served the California-Pacific Conference faithfully over the 1992-2000 period. Kathy was a significant leader in The United Methodist Church serving on the staff of the […]

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