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Harvey Elected as COB President, Bickerton Named President-Designate


Bishop Harvey has been elected president of the Council of Bishops, with Bishop Bickerton as the president-designate.

Church Exit Plan Already in Effect, Court Says


Legislation setting special provisions for United Methodist churches deciding to leave the denomination took effect immediately at the end of the special General Conference last February, the church’s top court has ruled.

Bishops Seek Court’s Guidance on Traditional Plan


The Traditional Plan adopted by the General Conference 2019 needs further consideration and clarification by The United Methodist Church’s top court, the president of the Council of Bishops said in an oral hearing.

New United Methodist Ad Campaign Addresses Loneliness


The United Methodist Church has launched the “Not the Only One” advertising campaign to help offer encouragement through community. Research continues to emphasize people are experiencing a growing sense of loneliness. In fact, nearly half of Americans feel alone or left out, and it’s taking a mental and physical toll on them. The first video ad is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube.

Faithful Giving in a Time of Change


“Faithful Giving in a Time of Change,” a roundtable discussion of connectional giving in The United Methodist Church, features panelists who work with giving and budgets at all levels of the denomination.

Top Court Raises Questions at Lively Oral Hearing


A long-simmering investigation into improper voting during General Conference 2019 boiled over Oct. 30 during a public oral hearing held by the United Methodist Judicial Council.

Conn. Church Hopes to be "Home" for Christmas


Come Christmas, the First United Methodist Church of Middletown, Conn., is hoping to leave behind their itinerant days of the last five years and settle into a new home. A 2,000-square-foot church is being constructed on former farmland about five miles from their old sanctuary in the middle of town.

UMCOR Starts Efforts for Bahamas Relief


As Hurricane Dorian continued to threaten the U.S. east coast, United Methodists were connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts. Bishop Bickerton urges support for UMCOR efforts.

UMCNext Plan Would Remove LGBTQ Restrictions in BOD


A group of centrists and progressives is offering a plan that would eliminate The United Methodist Church’s restrictions against LGBTQ ordination and same-sex weddings, while allowing local churches that disagree to depart and organize into new forms of Methodism.

Bishops, Agency Respond to GC2019 Vote Probe


Both The United Methodist Church’s bishops and finance agency are taking action in response to the investigation that found fraudulent voting at General Conference 2019.

MARCHA: Hispanic-Latino Voice Needed at GC2020


MARCHA, founded in 1971, is an unofficial group of The United Methodist Church. The caucus seeks to ensure that the contributions and cultural values of the Hispanic-Latino community are appreciated in the church and society.

GCFA Celebrates General Counsel Lambert


The board of directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration met July 18-19 in Dallas for its summer meeting.  The board celebrated the service of General Counsel Steve Lambert, who is retiring in August from the general counsel position.  Lambert has been with GCFA since 2014 and was instrumental in guiding the Legal Services Department and the agency through changes that improved the unit’s efficiency and effectiveness throughout the denomination. Bryan Mills was elected as ...

Group Drafts Separation Plan for Denomination


The United Methodist Church’s conflict over homosexuality is irreconcilable and calls for amicable separation into different denominations, according to a 12-person group of centrists, traditionalists and progressives that began meeting in late June. “We’ve discovered The United Methodist Church can’t live in the same house together peaceably, but we can live next door to one another,” said the Rev. Kent Millard, president of United Theological Seminary and one of the group’s organizers. ...

GC Commission Will Tighten Credentials Following Task Force Review


The Commission on the General Conference voted this week to implement new registration and credentialing procedures for General Conference delegates to safeguard against the possibility of unauthorized voting.

FTC Warns of Gift Card Scam Aimed at Worshipers


The Federal Trade Commission issued an alert on July 29 about a new spin on gift card scams. The alert said: “This time, scammers are pretending to be a pastor, rabbi, priest, imam, or bishop. They’re asking worshipers for gift card contributions for a worthy cause. Appeals are often made by email, but we’ve heard people are also getting texts and phone calls, too. The bogus emails often include the name of the local pastor and a legitimate looking email address. But a closer look should raise ...

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