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New era for Church and Boy Scouts of America


The United Methodist Church will continue to partner with the Boy Scouts of America but in a new relationship that should lighten the load for local churches.

Africa University celebrates its 28th commencement


On June 11, the academic achievements of 712 graduates from 18 African countries were recognized as they garnered degrees and top honors at Africa University's 28th graduation ceremony.

General Commission on United Methodist Men Shares a New Path Forward for Scouting Ministry


After months of negotiation between the Ad Hoc Committee of United Methodist’s leadership team and the Boy Scouts of America, a new “Affiliation Agreement” has been finalized and approved...

Methodists Help Ukrainian Refugees in Tijuana


The Methodist Church of Mexico is responding to a surge in immigrants from Ukraine who have been displaced by war and are seeking asylum in the United States.

Protocol’s Day Has Passed, Some Negotiators Say


A much-trumpeted plan for amicable separation unveiled in early 2020 no longer offers a path forward for The United Methodist Church, say more than a quarter of the agreement’s negotiators.

Church Court Releases 3 Decisions


The United Methodist Church’s top court released three decisions June 6, including one saying a provision of church law should be amended to comply with the denomination’s constitution.

Virtual Church Will Continue After COVID-19


Doing church on the internet isn’t going to fade away even if COVID-19 does, according to a United Methodist pastor in Louisiana.

Church Court Modifies Ruling on Bishop Elections


The United Methodist Church’s top court has set Jan. 1, 2023, as the date when U.S. bishops facing mandatory retirement must step down and their newly elected successors take office.

UMC Bishops Agree to Call Regular Sessions of Jurisdictional Conferences in 2022


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to Judicial Council decision 1445, the Council of Bishops (COB) has formally set the dates for regular sessions of the Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be convened November 2-5, 2022.

Grieving, Praying After Attack on School


United Methodists are stepping up to provide support and prayer after a horrific shooting at a Texas elementary school that took the lives of at least 19 children and two teachers.

United Methodist Church Bishops Call for Action to Stop Mass Shootings


Council of Bishops Press Release The Associated Press photo Parents mourn as they learn the fate of their children in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 20022.   WASHINGTON, D.C. - Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church President Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton today urged clergy and laity to go on offense to stop mass shootings like the one that killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas. “My “statement” today...

Trinity-Rev. William M. James Senior Housing Officially Opens its Doors


The 12-story, $88 million Trinity-Rev. William M. James Senior Housing marks the end of a construction project and the beginning of a whole new life for scores of senior citizens in the Bronx.

Bishops Have Authority to Call Jurisdictional Conferences in 2022, top Court says


Press Release – ​Bishop News Bishops Jane Middleton and Thomas J. Bickerton participate in the consecration of newly elected episcopal leaders Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and LaTrelle Miller Easterling at the end of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July 2016, the last year bishops were elected in the United States.   WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Council of Bishops (COB) is expressing its appreciation following the Judicial Council’s ruling today that the COB is authorized to set the date ...

Police Make Arrest in Pastor’s Slaying


Many are mourning the Rev. Marita Y. Harrell, a 57-year-old United Methodist pastor in Atlanta who was stabbed to death earlier this week.

Ruling Opens Door for Bishop Elections in 2022


The United Methodist Council of Bishops has the authority to call jurisdictional conferences this year to elect and assign new episcopal leaders in the U.S.

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