United Methodist bishops

After Church of England priests left America because of the Revolutionary War, John Wesley sent Thomas Coke to the new country to ordain Francis Asbury and help found a church that could ordain clergy. Read more

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Charlottesville Meme

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Several United Methodist bishops issued letters to their clergy and congregations urging them to take strong stands against racism and white supremacy on the Sunday after violence in Charlottesville, Va. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

The United Methodist bishops in Africa have issued a statement on challenges facing the global denomination including terrorism and human sexuality. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

His own painful experience with the misuse of "religious freedom" spurs the Rev. Dr. William E. Alberts to warn vigorously against similar legislation being proposed and adopted in various states. Read more



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Once again, United Methodist bishops engage in an adventure in missing the point regarding how to invite young people into the church and encourage them into leadership, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Bishop Earl Bledsoe

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The unprecedented vote to oust Dallas Area Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe has exposed the pitfalls of The United Methodist Church's personnel process. Read more

In the Church 4 Comments

Jurisdictionals: Fear. Trembling and Leadership

The Rev. Tim McClendon ponders the possibilities of Jurisdictional Conference as he prepares to go through the episcopal election process. Read more

Jul 6, 2012 3:08 PM Tim McClendon

Bishop Violet Fisher

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The United Methodist Church is poised to elect 11 new bishops during concurrent jurisdictional conferences planned July 18-21 in various locations. Read more

In the Church 3 Comments

Here are the candidates for bishop in U.S. jurisdictions. Read more

In the Church

General Conference Reflections: Fear and Distrust

Between the 2012 General Conference and his own momentous annual conference session, young adult leader Ricky Harrison of North Texas pondered the need for less fear and more trust across the UMC. Read more

Jun 6, 2012 3:07 PM Ricky Harrison

Bishop addresses protesters

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Coming elections of bishops in U.S. jurisdictions offer an opportunity to survey the tattered state of trust in United Methodist leadership, and the qualities that grassroots clergy and laity would like to see in their new episcopal leaders. Read more

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Bishops Blessings

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I Love Our Bishops

The Rev. Jay Voorhees talks about problems at the heart of the mistrust between United Methodist bishops and clergy. Read more

May 23, 2012 8:20 AM Jay Voorhees

The Rev. Christy Thomas contends that just because bishops have special duties, they shouldn't be absolved of their responsibility for the membership decline of The United Methodist Church in the United States. Read more

Christy Thomas 1 Comments

Delegates to the 2012 General Conference from the Nebraska Annual Conference decline to endorse any one proposal for change, but commit themselves to seeking God's will for The United Methodist Church. Read more

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