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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. Read more

Advocating Justice

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

The Central Conference bishops’ endorsement of the Connectional Table's proposal for a U.S. regional conference is a big deal for an idea that previously has faced strong opposition. Read more

UMC Future 4 Comments

Bishop Michael McKee said the giving decline reflects reaction to the contentious special General Conference and because people don’t value the UMC's apportionment system that funds ministries beyond the local church. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

United Methodist bishops held a special service Nov. 5 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall and the peaceful revolution that led to reuniting East and West. Read more

Finance and Administration

Leaders of Mainstream UMC met with 15 bishops of the international Central Conferences to plead for a moratorium on clergy trials and discuss the denomination's future. Read more

UMC Future

An amended request from the Council of Bishops asks the Judicial Council to review the rules for leaving The United Methodist Church adopted by the special called General Conference earlier this year. Read more

UMC Future

United Methodist bishops and the denomination's financial agency are responding swiftly to the request for action after the discovery of fraudulent voting at the special 2019 General Conference. Read more

General Conference 2019

Bishops Process

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Dr. David W. Scott explains the differences between U.S. and African church economics by looking at the salaries of United Methodist bishops. Read more

Global Nature 5 Comments

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as the Traditional Plan. Read more

UMC Future 18 Comments

Bishop Elaine J. W. Stanovsky gives an inside account of the recent Council of Bishops' meeting. Read more

Finance and Administration 8 Comments

Chastened by the results of the 2019 General Conference, the Council of Bishops pledges to listen more to the church and sets up a team to visit and hear ideas for the UMC's future. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

The proliferation of secret meetings across the United Methodist Church show how rotten the institution has become, and what future path its members should seek, writes Cynthia B. Astle Read more

Views from a Ridge 14 Comments

Traditionalist groups requested a meeting with the bishops, which took place in private after previously being announced as a public gathering. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

Council of Bishops' President Ken Carter of Florida urged his sister and brother bishops "to welcome unconditionally, walk together and worship constantly" in the face of schism threat. Read more

Finance and Administration 4 Comments

Council of Bishops President Ken Carter invites United Methodists to deeper contemplation of the practice of forgiveness in church life. Read more

Practicing Faith

The Council of Bishops has agreed to a "covenant of presiding" on how they will oversee the work of General Conference 2019 Read more

A Way Forward

The Rev. Darryl W. Stephens provides a summary of what's coming at the special 2019 General Conference in February in St. Louis, Mo. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

The full Council of Bishops has committed itself to dismantling racism across the church, especially in the United States, after African-American bishops decried the politics of hatred taking place in America. Read more

Advocating Justice

In the midst of turbulent times, Bishop Kenneth Carter encouraged the Council of Bishops to try to view The United Methodist Church's future "through the lens that Scripture gives us." Read more

Finance and Administration

The Judicial Council didn't endorse any of the three models from the Commission on A Way Forward's report, but ruled on the constitutionality of petitions related to the options. Now comes the strategizing by plan backers. Read more

A Way Forward