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November Progress Report from the Moderators of a Way Forward

The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward met on November 17-18, 2016 to continue planning for the Commission’s work. Our hope and prayer for The United Methodist Church is that we will be united and vital, missional and global. As we began, we discussed a number of practical matters, beginning with visas for […]

An Open Letter to the Council of Bishops from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion

An Open Letter to the Council of Bishops from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 Dear Bishops, This Sunday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Each year on this date, those of us who are transgender1, intersex2, and gender expansive3, and all who love us, gather together to remember […]

Complaint Filed Against Bishop Julius Trimble

PRESS RELEASE Complaint filed against Bishop Julius Trimble Seventeen lay and clergypersons from the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church have filed a formal complaint against their former episcopal leader, Bishop Julius Trimble, for “disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church” and an unwillingness to do the work of […]

GCFA Board Holds Quarterly Meeting in Nashville

PRESS RELEASE General Council on Finance and Administration The United Methodist Church November 18, 2016 Contact:  Sharon Dean 615.369.2336 GCFA Board Holds Quarterly Meeting in Nashville Nashville, TN – The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) held its quarterly meeting in Nashville, November 17-18.  The fall meeting is historically […]

Amos Nascimento Named GBHEM Associate General Secretary for Global Education and New Initiatives

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 17, 2016 – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) today announced the promotion of Amos Nascimento, Ph.D., as associate general secretary for global education and new initiatives. Nascimento’s promotion is effective immediately. In his new role, Nascimento leads the global connectional strategy for education and ministry at GBHEM. Nascimento […]

News Release: Sarah Wilke Leaving Discipleship Ministries

NEWS RELEASE Discipleship Ministries | Communications Office Steve Horswill-Johnston, Executive Director (615) 340-1726 (O) (615) 429-3431 (C) Wilke Leaving Discipleship Ministries NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 14, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Sarah Wilke, Associate General Secretary and Publisher/World Editor of The Upper Room, is no longer employed by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, effective […]

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 […]

COB Executive Committee releases statement on moving forward

Meeting in Chicago last week, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018. The Council acknowledged that the landscape of the church has changed dramatically since the General Conference approved the Council’s […]

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 […]