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Bishop Wenner challenges Council to engage in “Laganda”

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, drew on the example of the women’s soccer team from her home of Germany to challenge the Council of Bishops this morning. The German team used a Swedish word — Laganda — to describe their recent success, a word which […]

Bishops ‘get act together’ in San Diego meeting

  Active bishops of the UMC wrapped up their meeting in San Diego on Thursday, emerging with no action items or joint statements, but insisting the time had been fruitful. The sessions at The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa were not open to the press, though the bishops did invite press coverage of a visit they made […]

Ten reasons why UM bishops shouldn’t meet in private – from a retired bishop

By Joe E. Pennel Jr., Special Contributor… As one of the retired bishops I join those who are concerned about the active bishops meeting as a closed “forum,” as they are scheduled to do in San Diego from May 5-8. The word “forum” is a public word. Its derivation comes from the open space or […]

Bishops to hold second straight private meeting

When active United Methodist bishops gather in San Diego, May 5-8, that will be the second consecutive large gathering of bishops closed to the press and other visitors—a move that is prompting criticism within the UMC. The Council of Bishops, including retirees, met in private in November at St. Simons Island, Ga. In announcing that […]

UMs offer and find support after Boston Marathon bombings

  Evil struck on Monday, April 15th, but by Tuesday it was clear evil did not have the last word. United Methodists in Boston and around the globe testified to the ways they saw God in action after two explosions shattered the peace of the Boston Marathon, claiming at least three lives and leaving more […]

Church: No weddings till UMC changes homosexuality stand

Leaders of a United Methodist congregation in Winston-Salem, N.C., have decided not to hold weddings in the church building until the denomination lifts its ban on same-sex marriage. Green Street UMC announced publicly March 17 that its 18-member leadership council also has asked its pastors to refrain from signing marriage licenses until North Carolina recognizes […]

UMs comment on naming of new pope

By Heather Hahn and Amanda Bachus, United Methodist News Service… United Methodists and other Methodists offered prayers and warm wishes to Pope Francis, the first pope from the Americas, who now will set the tone for the Roman Catholic Church’s ecumenical relations with other Christian traditions. Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church selected Cardinal Jorge […]

Bishops hold closed meeting to start quadrennium

United Methodist bishops from around the globe will gather Nov. 4-9 for a private retreat intended to establish a spiritual grounding for their work together during the next four years. Among roughly 125 active and retired bishops planning to attend the event at Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons Island, Ga., the 14 new episcopal leders, who […]

Bishop Wenner defends her signing of letter to Congress regarding Israel

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the UMC’s Council of Bishops, has released a statement defending her decision to join more than a dozen other Christian leaders in sending a letter to Congress, urging an investigation of possible violations by Israel of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act and the U.S. Export Control Act. Some Jewish groups, including […]

Bishop Coyner faults Western Jurisdiction for gay rights stand

Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner on Oct. 15 published his criticisms of the Western Jurisdiction’s stand against the United Methodist Church’s teaching on homosexuality.Delegates to the Western Jurisdiction’s meeting July 18-21 adopted a “Statement of Gospel Obedience” that says the denomination is in error in its stance that the practice of homosexuality “is incompatible […]

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