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The Commission on the General Conference also has set up a schedule for the special conference that includes daily worship and specific tasks. Read more

A Way Forward

Trying to save money on translation has delayed publication of the final report of the Commission on A Way Forward, says the General Commission on the General Conference. Read more

A Way Forward

GC Plenary 2016

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There's a two-delegate difference between the delegate counts for the coming 2020 General Conference and the 2016 session. Read more

2020 General Conference

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United Methodist Communications

The United Methodist Church has launched a prayer initiative related to the coming work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Read more

A Way Forward

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. Read more

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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. Read more

Finance and Administration

Bishops Statement

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The Council of Bishops will need more time to go through some 300 recommendations before it can appoint members to the "A Way Forward" Commission, writes Diane Degnan of United Methodist Communications. Read more

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In a study commissioned by United Methodist Communications, church roles affect people's perceptions of what it means to be United Methodist. Read more

Local Church

Racism letter

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With the Baltimore unrest as its flashpoint, the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter calling on the global denomination to oppose racism and xenophobia and stand for the human dignity and rights of all people. Read more

In the Church

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United Methodist Communications

The General Commission on the General Conference has chosen Manila, Philippines and Harare, Zimbabwe as the respective sites for the 2024 and 2028 global legislative sessions, the first time the worldwide body will meet outside the United States. Read more

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In response to protests against the thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who have crossed into the United States, United Methodist bishops are urging compassion rather than inhospitality. Read more

2012 General Conference Delegates

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The American branch of The United Methodist Church will have more than 50 percent of 2016 delegates, while United Methodists from Africa will have about 30 percent. The remaining 20 percent will be divided between Europe and the Philippines. Read more

In the Church

Bishop addresses protesters

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United Methodist bishops affirmed their focus on the mission of the church during a closed-door spiritual retreat that included 14 new bishops. Read more

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Rule Changes

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Proposed changes to the rules by which the 2012 United Methodist General Conference will operate. Read more

In the Church

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United Methodist Communications

The United Methodist Church has launched a prayer initiative related to the coming work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Read more

A Way Forward

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. Read more

Finance and Administration

Bishops Statement

File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

The Council of Bishops will need more time to go through some 300 recommendations before it can appoint members to the "A Way Forward" Commission, writes Diane Degnan of United Methodist Communications. Read more

Finance and Administration 1 Comments

In a study commissioned by United Methodist Communications, church roles affect people's perceptions of what it means to be United Methodist. Read more

Local Church

Racism letter

UMNS Photo by Kay Panovec

With the Baltimore unrest as its flashpoint, the United Methodist Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter calling on the global denomination to oppose racism and xenophobia and stand for the human dignity and rights of all people. Read more

In the Church

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United Methodist Communications

The General Commission on the General Conference has chosen Manila, Philippines and Harare, Zimbabwe as the respective sites for the 2024 and 2028 global legislative sessions, the first time the worldwide body will meet outside the United States. Read more

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