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Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a Council of Bishops statement about sexuality and the church at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel

The bishops’ executive committee also acknowledged the church’s fast-changing landscape as it plans the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Solito K. Toquero (left) and Rodolfo A. Juan break sweet potatoes for Holy Communion at a rally during the first State of the Nation Address July 25 by President Rodrigo R. Duterte of the Philippines in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana

Church supports ‘genuine change’ in Philippines

New president’s State of the Nation Address inspires hope in many. Read More

The Rev. Steven Bailey, a United Methodist pastor in Cleveland, will give the invocation on July 21 at the Republican National Convention.

Offering a prayer in Cleveland

A United Methodist district superintendent will give the invocation Thursday night at the Republican National Convention. Read More

Church members line up to make contributions using point-of-sale machines at Chisipiti United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. A UMNS photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Zimbabwe churches find cash alternatives for giving

The African country’s current cash shortages have pushed United Methodist churches to suggest plastic or electronic transfers for offerings. Read More

Bishop Franz Schaefer led United Methodists in Central and Southern Europe during the Cold War. Photo courtesy of Bishop Patrick Streiff's office

Bishop Schäfer, bridge builder, dies at 95

The bishop crossed ideological differences to lead United Methodists in both democratic Western Europe and the Eastern bloc. Read More

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. is consecrated July 16, 2016, as a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction during a ceremony at Wichita First United Methodist Church. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1

Some bishops move to new locations, others stay put as the 2016 jurisdictional conferences of The United Methodist Church conclude after electing 15 new bishops. Read More

Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference

Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop

The Rev. Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, was consecrated July 16 as a bishop of the United Methodist Church, after her election by the Western Jurisdiction. Read More

Women in the Southeastern Jurisdiction pray for Bishops-elect Sue Haupert-Johnson (in green-and-blue) and Sharma Lewis (in yellow-and-white) a day before their consecration. United Methodists already have elected a record number of women bishops this year. Photo by Jasmine Haynes, Mississippi Conference

New women bishops make history

U.S. delegates have elected more women bishops than in any previous class of United Methodist episcopal leaders. Four are African American. Read More

The Rev. Karen Oliveto accepts her election by the Western Jurisdiction as a United Methodist bishop. Oliveto is currently the senior pastor at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Calif. Her wife, Robin Ridenour, stands behind her. Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference.

Western Jurisdiction elects openly gay United Methodist bishop

The Western Jurisdiction elects the Rev. Karen Oliveto the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church. Read More

Dallas Area Bishop Michael McKee places an episcopal pin on the Rev. Bob Farr, newly elected United Methodist bishop of the South Central Jurisdiction. Farr was elected July 15, 2016, on the 35th ballot. Photo by Todd Siefert

South Central elects final bishop of 2016 on record 35th ballot

The South Central Jurisdiction elected a third bishop, the Rev. Robert “Bob” Farr of the Missouri Conference. Read More