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The Rev. Andy Bryan describes the process for electing bishops in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in the United States. Read more

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Bishop elections for 2016 conclude with a stunning development that throws The United Methodist Church into deeper turmoil: the Western Jurisdiction elects openly lesbian Dr. Karen Oliveto as bishop in defiance of UMC policy. Read more

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An image in Harry Potter gives a lens to view how schismatic powers are so close to victory in United Methodism and may get their final component to their plan this week…maybe even today, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

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Bishops Process

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The five American jurisdictions of The United Methodist Church will meet during the week of July 11 to elect 15 new bishops and conduct regional business. Read more

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As it prepares for debating human sexuality at the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church's support for LGBTQ civil rights conflicts with same-sex discrimination bills in Georgia and other states. Read more

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When her home is invaded by an intruder, Cynthia B. Astle experiences true terror -- and restoring grace. Read more

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The Rev. Andy Bryan, a jurisdictional delegate from the Missouri Annual Conference, reflects on the issues and topics he heard at the recent South Central Jurisdiction delegate meeting in Oklahoma City. Read more

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United Methodist bishops will receive a 3 percent pay raise in 2015, after approval by the General Council on Finance and Administration. Read more

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United Methodist bishops hear scholar Kevin Watson's view that authentically reclaiming John Wesley's practice of holy conferencing holds the key to reviving the church. Read more

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In response to scholar Joel L. Watts, seminary-educated lay church worker Philip Brooks says that laypeople have both the capacity and the calling to help The United Methodist Church determine its doctrine. Read more


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In a provocative argument, scholar Joel L. Watts contends that forming United Methodist doctrine is a task best left to the denomination's bishops and ordained clergy, without votes by laypeople. Read more

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In response to a young friend's question about tactics in the homosexuality debate, the Rev. Jerry Eckert draws on his half-century of pastoral experience to examine how the Book of Discipline has been used, misused, abused and ignored. Read more

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Bishop Chess

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The Rev. Jeremy Smith longs for more United Methodist bishops to push our society to be better, rather than continuing to bless the often-unjust status quo. Read more

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Waffling on Transparency

A longtime advocate of full transparency in church governance, the Rev. Jay Voorhees is rethinking his stance in light of the news that active bishops will hold a closed-door meeting in early May. Read more

Apr 26, 2013 2:54 PM Jay Voorhees 1 Comments

Who Do Bishops Think They Are?

The Rev. Jeremy Smith contends that some United Methodist bishops exert too much influence at General Conference in the manner of CEOs, rather than allowing collective wisdom to emerge from the bottom up, as Francis Asbury advocated. Read more

Mar 5, 2013 3:15 PM Jeremy Smith 6 Comments

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Bishops: United Methodism Is ...

The Rev. John Meunier continues his series on the meaning of Methodism in the 21st century by summarizing the Council of Bishops' greetings in the Book of Discipline. Read more

Jan 29, 2013 10:00 PM John Meunier

UMC Pastoral Accountability: What About Bishops?

Taking off from the Rev. Jeremy Smith's article on the dark side of church metrics, United Methodist layman Henry Neufeld looks at evaluating the effectiveness of bishops. Read more

Oct 2, 2012 4:47 PM Henry Neufeld