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UMC bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty

LAKE JUNALUSKA – United Methodist bishops are calling on members of the denomination to engage in respectful conversations amidst growing conflict over political, religious and justice issues in many places in our world. In a pastoral letter released at the end of the Council of Bishops meeting at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina on Friday, …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on Way Forward report

The Commission on a Way Forward this week presented the Council of Bishops with sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for the United Methodist Church. The commission is working on behalf of the Council of Bishops to discern a way to maintain the unity of our church in the midst …

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Bishops uphold mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on LGBTQ inclusion

LAKE JUNALUSKA – Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality – all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ …

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United Methodist bishops call for a ‘Clean Dream Act’

WASHINGTON – United Methodist bishops are urging the United States Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act that would allow undocumented young people the opportunity to work, receive an education and serve in the U.S. military. In a statement released Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, the bishops said they are praying and urging action for the …

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2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions scholarships available

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is offering scholarships to the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions conference, scheduled for November 1-7 in Toronto, Canada. The Council of Bishops will give scholarships to three seminary students and three others (laity or clergy) who previously have not attended a PWR. In order to take …

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Council of Bishops president’s statement regarding Judicial Council decision

TO:  All United Methodists FROM:  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President, Council of Bishops RE:  Judicial Council Decision Grace to you and peace from God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, the Judicial Council released its decision on a request for a declaratory decision from the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) in response to the Western …

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Bishop Holston presides over election of Liberian bishop

L. Jonathan Holston, bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, presided over the election of a new bishop this weekend. The West Africa Central Conference met to elect a new bishop to replace the retired Bishop John Innis, who has served as resident bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference for 16 years. …

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UMC bishops offer post-election congratulations, prayers

United Methodist Communications In a congratulatory letter to President-elect Donald Trump on behalf of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, Council President Bishop Bruce R. Ough sent a prayer and a plea for the nation to come together. “We are a deeply divided nation in a world community marred by division, war …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on special General Conference

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference, has issued this statement: As we walk by faith and not by sight into an uncertain future in our denomination, the Council of Bishops is preparing to ask for a called General Conference in early 2019 in order to respond to the findings …

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UM theology professors to gather for conversation on unity, human sexuality

  United Methodist Communications NASHVILLE – The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools announced plans to co-host a theological colloquy on “The Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness.” The colloquy, planned in support of the Council of Bishops, will …

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