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Bishop Bruce Ough

An embattled Iowa clergywoman has resigned as a campus minister, while support grows for a Florida pastor facing charges for performing a same-sex wedding. Read more

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Bishop Ough 2017

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Bishop Bruce Ough is the latest episcopal leader to be interviewed in the United Methodist News Service's video series. Read more

A Way Forward

Former bishop A. James Armstrong is remembered as a social activist who mentored many United Methodist leaders and church members. Read more

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United Methodists led by the president of the Council of Bishops will join in the anti-racism event planned for early April by the National Council of Churches. Read more

Advocating Justice

Bishop Ough 2017

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Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has called on all United Methodists to pray for the unity of the church as the Judicial Council ponders a decision on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto during its April 25-28 session. Read more

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Bishop Ough 2017

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Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, reminds United Methodists that Christ calls his followers to tear down walls between them and strangers. Read more

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Bishops Christmas Greeting 2016

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In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce Ough reminds us that disruptions in our lives are sometimes God's call for us to make room for Him. Read more

Practicing Faith

Way Forward Ough

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An imbalance between lay nominees and clergy and bishop nominees for the Commission on a Way Forward has prompted an online petition asking the Council of Bishops to rethink the composition of the membership. Read more

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Doreen Gosmire, Dakotas Conference communicator, reports on how United Methodists from across the United States are joining the Standing Rock Sioux protesting the Dakotas Access Pipeline that threatens their water supply. Read more

Advocating Justice

Bishop Ough Remarks

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Council of Bishops president Bruce R. Ough tells United Methodist News Service what he thinks might happen next after the election and consecration of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto. Read more

Finance and Administration

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Kathy L. Gilbert of United Methodist News Service reports on the consecration of openly lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto and reaction to her election. Read more

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Within hours after the Western Jurisdiction elevated her, the validity of Bishop Karen Oliveto's election was challenged by a request from the South Central Jurisdiction for the Judicial Council to rule on her standing. Read more

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Rule 44 Mini

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Rule 44 may have died at the hands of the 2016 General Conference delegates, but its "holy conferencing" tenets were behind the creation of the Council of Bishops' proposal for "a way forward" for The United Methodist Church. Read more

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Global Nature Video

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The Connectional Table and the General Commission on the General Conference have set up a new website for discussion about the worldwide nature of The United Methodist Church in advance of the 2016 General Conference. Read more

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Holding Hands

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The Connectional Table, a mission and ministries coordinating body for The United Methodist Church, will broadcast via Internet a panel discussion of human sexuality during its April 27-29 meeting in Chicago. Read more

In the Church

Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Area offers United Methodist some guidelines for making safe space for sexual assault survivors to tell their stories and begin healing. Read more

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