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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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Council of Bishops to call for special General Conference

United Methodist Communications ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. – Through an affirmative vote at their fall meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed its intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in February or March 2019 and asked the business manager of  the General Conference to move forward with exploring venues …

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Ough makes first presidential address to bishops

United Methodist Communications ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. – In his first presidential address to the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough brought the bishops alternately to their knees in prayer and to their feet in resounding applause as he laid out a message of unity to a new council. The bishop of the Dakotas-Minnesota …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on membership of the Commission on a Way Forward

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference, issued this statement in response to the announcement of the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward: At the 2016 General Conference, the bishops’ plan for the Commission on a Way Forward was adopted. The Council of Bishops has prayerfully considered the …

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