Council of Bishops

United Methodist bishops call for prayers for peace in Zimbabwe as violence breaks out following the first national election since President Robert Mugabe was deposed in 2017. more

In the World

Retired Bishop William B. Lewis explains how the idea of "local option" on human sexuality actually conforms to United Methodist law, which reserves to annual conferences and local congregations certain responsibilities in ministry. more

Perspectives 5 Comments

The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota sees the Council of Bishops' Way Forward recommendation as a call for all United Methodists to discuss what it means to be the church across lines of difference. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

United Methodists are now trying to determine how best to submit legislation pertaining to the Way Forward report to the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The latest emphasis asks United Methodists to pray daily for the 2019 General Conference on unity. more

A Way Forward

The Rev. F. Richard Garland finds the atmosphere now abroad in The United Methodist Church reminds him of the "spirit of inquisition" against which author Kathleen Norris warns. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

Bishops, especially Bishop Scott Jones of the Texas Conference, are giving different accounts of what the Council of Bishops voted to forward to the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant compares the churches of Paul's letters to today's United Methodist Church. more


The real issue for the 2019 General Conference isn't homosexuality or even unity, it's domination, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Views from a Ridge 4 Comments

Devadhar and Vink

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The Council of Bishops' proposal to adopt the "One Church" model on United Methodist unity gets few full endorsements and lots of doubts. more

A Way Forward 4 Comments

The United Methodist Council of Bishops wants to give annual conferences, congregations and pastors the authority to decide their own stances regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life and ministry of the church. more

A Way Forward

Bishop Bob Hoshibata explains to the Desert Southwest Conference what actions the Council of Bishops took in regard to the report from the Commission on A Way Forward on three church unity models. more

Perspectives 1 Comments

United Methodist bishops have confirmed that three of five proposed constitutional amendments have been adopted by the required two-thirds majority of aggregate voting by annual conferences worldwide. more

Finance and Administration 5 Comments

Women Bishops

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The women bishops of the United Methodist Council of Bishops express the full body's dismay at the narrow defeat of two constitutional amendments intended to protect the status of women and girls in church and society. more

Finance and Administration 2 Comments

The Rev. Jeremy Smith takes issue with the Rev. Chris Ritter's proposal on "A Way Forward," saying it turns progressive United Methodists into second-class citizens. more

Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

Global United Methodism waits as the Council of Bishops deliberates over its "Way Forward" unity proposal for the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward

Drawing on United Methodism's history, the Rev. Jeremy Smith predicts the Council of Bishops will come up with a "way forward" that will be evolutionary, not revolutionary. more

Jeremy Smith 3 Comments

The Council of Bishops will review and certify votes on constitutional amendments, finalize its Way Forward presentation and induct new officers. more

Finance and Administration

Ending weeks of speculation, the bishops confirmed they've asked to UMC's high court to rule on whether alternatives to the Way Forward proposal will be allowed at the 2019 General Conference. more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

United Methodists attending the Washington, D.C., anti-racism event are encouraged to contact the General Commission on Religion & Race to connect during the multi-day gathering. more

Advocating Justice

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

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. more

Practicing Faith