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Bishop Holston’s response to Faith Leaders’ Statement on Family Separation

June 8, 2018 Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, issued this statement in response to the June 7, 2018, Faith Leaders’ Statement on Family Separation: “He called a child, whom he put among them, and said…‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on Judicial Council decision

May 25, 2018 Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, issued this statement following the May 25, 2018, decision from the UMC Judicial Council: The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church issued on May 25, 2018, its ruling regarding petitions to the special session of …

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Bishops clarify statement on Way Forward recommendation

May 18, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church issued the following statement, written by the bishops who served on the Commission on a Way Forward, and approved by the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops this week. “The Council of Bishops has voted by an overwhelming majority …

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UMC bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments

Two amendments dealing with gender and other equity issues fail WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference. Three of the amendments – Amendment III, Amendment IV and Amendment V – received at least …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on UMC Council of Bishops’ Way Forward decision

May 4, 2018 Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, issued this statement following the April 29-May 4, 2018, meeting of the Council of Bishops: Over the past week, the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church met in Chicago and made a decision about what …

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Bishops urge Methodists to deny themselves for the sake of Gospel

2018 Lenten Message calls for more spiritual disciplines The Bishops of the United Methodist Church are calling on members of the denomination to deny themselves during the 2018 Lenten Season for the sake of the kingdom of Jesus Christ and to set aside self-interest so that others may have a more abundant life. In a …

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Bishop Holston’s statement on Trump’s immigrant remarks

A statement from Bishop L. Jonathan Holston: Before an earthquake shook the lives of more than 3 million people in Haiti in 2010, United Methodists were already on the ground of the impoverished Caribbean nation, working to improve living conditions for a population long beset by poverty. After the earthquake, United Methodist Volunteers In Mission …

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S.C. leads UMC in Praying Our Way Forward Dec. 24-30

The second phase of the “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative was launched New Year’s Day 2017, with 75 weeks of focused prayer for the United Methodist Church. Each annual conference is taking one week to lead intentional prayer for the mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. …

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Questions about the Commission on a Way Forward?

As the Council of Bishops explores three models as possible directions for a way forward for the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion, church members themselves are encouraged to study, reflect and pray about the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The commission created a booklet designed to help the bishops do just …

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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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