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Bishop Minerva Carcaño

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United Methodist bishops are calling on Congress, as a matter of faith, to enact a law to protect undocumented young immigrants brought to the United States as children. more

Oct 9, 2017 5:51 PM Advocating Justice

George Howard

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Church leaders are divided on the legality and advisability of the closed-door policy of the Commission on A Way Forward. more

Aug 11, 2017 7:57 AM A Way Forward 1 Comments

UMC-EC Timeline

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United Methodists and Episcopalians have finally produced a full communion proposal that answers the concerns of both denominations, reported Bishop Gregory Palmer to the Council of Bishops recently. more

May 17, 2017 5:09 PM Finance and Administration 6 Comments

Ough Address

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In a forthright and passionate address, the president of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce Ough, challenged his episcopal colleagues to focus on unity, evangelism and social action rather than splitting the UMC over homosexuality. more

May 2, 2017 8:15 AM A Way Forward

Bishop Ough Remarks

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Bishop Bruce Ough urges United Methodists to respect the Judicial Council decision on Bishop Karen Oliveto and continue to pray and work for church unity despite deep divisions. more

Apr 28, 2017 10:18 PM Finance and Administration 2 Comments

Bishops Statement

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The United Methodist Council of Bishops has set a date and place for an anticipated special session of General Conference to receive and vote upon a plan for keeping the denomination from breaking up. more

Apr 25, 2017 6:22 AM A Way Forward

Bishop Felton May

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United Methodist Insight Editor Cynthia B. Astle recalls her nearly 30-year acquaintance with Bishop Felton E. May, who died Feb. 27. more

Feb 28, 2017 10:21 AM Views from a Ridge

Kim Cape

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The denomination's higher education and ministry board and the association of theological schools will hold a colloquy in March on the United Methodist witness on human sexuality more

Jan 10, 2017 8:55 AM A Way Forward 2 Comments

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. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:27 PM Practicing Faith

Pause for Prayer

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The Council of Bishops has announced it intends to call a special General Conference for February or March 2019, and has set up a global program to involve all United Methodists in conversations and prayers for A Way Forward. more

Nov 2, 2016 12:47 PM A Way Forward 2 Comments

FUMC Portland

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A group of United Methodist laity has forwarded a letter and petition asking the Council of Bishops to increase the number lay members on the Commission on a Way Forward, which will review sexuality stances and unity ideas. more

Oct 18, 2016 11:08 AM Local Church 1 Comments

Juarez Mission

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Lay United Methodists deserve equal representation on the Council of Bishops' Commission on a Way Forward, which will study the denomination's global nature and human sexuality stances and offer suggestions for unity. more

Oct 7, 2016 9:45 AM Perspectives 3 Comments

Potential nominees for the Council of Bishops' Commission on a Way Forward have been narrowed to 29 people, and the Council awaits the nominees' decision on the invitation to help shape United Methodism's future. more

Oct 6, 2016 9:06 AM Finance and Administration

Bishop-elect Karen Oliveto

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A "friend of the court" brief submitted by the Rev. Thomas H. Griffith, a retired elder, challenges the authority of the South Central Jurisdiction's petition to the church's high court to nullify the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto. more

Aug 24, 2016 10:04 AM Finance and Administration 10 Comments

Contrary to some perceptions, the Judicial Council's decision to delay a ruling on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto is a good thing, giving the UMC some desperately needed breathing space, writes the Rev. Tim McClendon. more

Aug 23, 2016 5:07 PM Finance and Administration

As the bishops' special commission on "A Way Forward" organizes, what could the sirens all around us be telling The United Methodist Church about its purpose in these times? more

Aug 23, 2016 12:03 PM Views from a Ridge 3 Comments

Jacob Dharmaraj

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The Rev. Dr. Jacob Dharmaraj questions what the purpose of the relocated and revamped ecumenical and interfaith office should be: a program unit based on past glories or a think tank blazing a trail to the future. more

Aug 11, 2016 6:15 PM Global Nature

Doctor Diagnosis

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The Wesleyan Covenant Association is rightly named as “fanning fears of schism” in a recent bishops' letter, but they are not the cause of it, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. more

Jul 28, 2016 4:52 PM Jeremy Smith 5 Comments

Bishops Statement

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Amid growing concerns about the denomination's stability, the United Methodist Council of Bishops outlines a plan to respond to the divisive debate over the acceptance of homosexual practice. more

Jul 28, 2016 4:45 PM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Oliveto Carcaño Stanovsky

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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. more

Jul 17, 2016 8:04 AM Finance and Administration 1 Comments

Bishop Minerva Carcaño

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United Methodist bishops are calling on Congress, as a matter of faith, to enact a law to protect undocumented young immigrants brought to the United States as children. more

Oct 9, 2017 5:51 PM Advocating Justice

Bishops Christmas Greeting 2016

UM Insight Screencap

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. more

Dec 14, 2016 4:27 PM Practicing Faith