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What’s NEXT?

by Jeff Greenway As a person who was baptized, saved, discipled, called, married and ordained under the ministry of The United Methodist Church, the events of the last couple of years have given me pause to wonder “What’s NEXT?” for our denominational Connection. The years leading up to the 2016 General Conference were marked with the usual […]

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 […]

Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization

United Methodist Council of Bishops FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2016 Washington, D.C.: The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision and provide for a more efficient and collaborative team environment. The plan would more fully integrate the […]

UM Bishops meet after General Conference

Portland, Oregon — The United Methodist Council of Bishops met on May 21 following the close of General Conference for worship and prayer for the ongoing unity of The United Methodist Church.

Words from a Bishop: We are all holy and beloved

 Holy. Beloved. Valuable. These are the words Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball wants delegates to remember about themselves as they enter the final days of the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. “I see each person first as a child of God,” she said. “We are gifts to one another.” The bishop shared her […]

Bishop Ough to address morning plenary re: split rumors

    10:24 Bishop Ough addresses the plenary session. He shares a personal story of broken heartedness with regard to his brother, who died several years ago of heart disease.  He tells the body that the Council of Bishops have been in conversation with “leading voices from various groups, our conference delegations, and General Conference […]

Council of Bishops President Issues Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement early this morning responding to the decision by the United States Supreme Court that same-sex marriage is a protected right under the U.S. Constitution. In his statement (printed in full below), Brown recognizes the ongoing division in the United […]

Bishops call United Methodists to prayer in human sexuality statement

The Council of Bishops issued a statement concerning human sexuality, addressing their diverse perspectives and calling the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer, both for their leaders and for one another.

Bishops urge compassion, prayer for border crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  In response to the rise in unaccompanied migrant children crossing the U.S. border, the executive committee of the Council of Bishops has called on United Methodists across the connection to “pray, reflect and engage in acts of compassion.” According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have been […]

A Meditation on Accountability

There is significant conversation at the moment, in the secular media, in the church’s media, and in the social media about schism, division and unity. I want to offer a perspective that is not often stated: unity is not our goal. Unity is a by-product experienced by those who are devoted to the mission of being faithful and fruitful disciples in the vineyard.

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