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

5/20/2022

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

5/20/2022

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

5/20/2022

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.


Ministry Helping Sexual Violence Survivors Honored with Award

5/19/2022

Kit Evans-Ford, founder of Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope, is one of four diverse, spiritual leaders who will receive a 2022 Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award from the Wesleyan Investive in a virtual ceremony May 22.


Churches Condemn Hate, Urge Action After Shootings

5/16/2022

Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church stands a few blocks from the grocery store where a gunman opened fire May 14 — killing 10 people and injuring three.


Charles Yrigoyen Remembered as Pastor and Scholar

5/13/2022

As a historian, the Rev. Charles Yrigoyen Jr. helped countless people learn more about John and Charles Wesley and the Methodist movement they started.


Association of Korean Churches Discerns its Uncertain Future

5/12/2022

In the first in-person annual gathering of the Association of Korean Churches in The United Methodist Church, several panelists questioned whether the church’s membership decline could be attributed to a lack of spiritual renewal and its long-standing conflict over homosexuality.


Bishops Seek Ruling on Application and Meaning on Paragraph 2548.2

5/12/2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is requesting a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council on the meaning and application of Paragraph 2548.2 in the Book of Discipline


Church Court: Conferences Can’t Exit Unilaterally

5/10/2022

The Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church’s top court, ruled that current church law doesn’t allow U.S. annual conferences to leave the denomination.


COB Welcomes Court’s Decision that Annual Conferences May Not Vote to Leave UMC

5/10/2022

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is expressing gratitude following the declaratory decision from the Judicial Council which stated that an annual conference may not vote to separate from the denomination.


Black Leaders Discuss Church Future

5/6/2022

Amid tragic stories of racism and poetic speeches on the strength and relevance of the Black church, members of The United Methodist Church’s official Black caucus were encouraged to look out for their best interests as The United Methodist Church moves toward separation.


Bishop Bickerton Becomes COB President, Calls for Unity

4/29/2022

New York Annual Conferenced Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton, has assumed the mantle as the new president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church.


What happens When a new Denomination Launches?

4/28/2022

United Methodists will gather for worship, attend Bible studies and join in ministries such as housing the homeless and feeding the hungry on May 1 as they do most Sundays.


COB Presidential Address: Bishop Harvey calls on United Methodists to Act as ‘the Body of Christ’

4/26/2022

Bishop Harvey offered her final President’s Address at the opening of the 2022 Council of Bishop's Spring Meeting.


United Methodist Bishops Gather to Chart Future of Denomination, Welcome new Leaders

4/21/2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. ­In the wake of disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the more than 100 bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet once again in a virtual gathering April 25 to April 29, 2022, to discuss the future course of the denomination.


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