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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

The Judicial Council's unanimous ruling clears the way for the One Church Plan -- the model recommended from the Way Forward report – to proceed to the special 2019 General Conference in February. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

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. Read more

In the World

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. Read 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. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

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. Read 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. Read more

A Way Forward 2 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. 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