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Latest Releases

Council President: Statement on the Orlando shooting

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement about the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Read More

Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization

The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision and provide for a... Read More

Council of Bishops meets post-General Conference

Meeting post-General Conference, the Council of Bishops prayed for the ongoing unity of the church and discussed the next steps in their proposal, "An Offering for a Way Forward." Read More

Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church

Reviving a tradition that is more than 200 years old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General... Read More

Connectional Table Chair passes to Bishop Christian Alsted

The Connectional Table welcomed their new chairperson, Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area, who was appointed by the Council of Bishops for the 2017 – 2020 quadrennium. Read More

United Methodists Celebrate Imagine No Malaria, Launch Abundant Health

United Methodist members and leaders, global health innovators and an "American Idol" star took the stage to celebrate the success of Imagine No Malaria and to launch Abundant Health during... Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) receives the gavel as incoming president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops from outgoing president Warner H. Brown, Jr. during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Dakotas-Minnesota bishop is new President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church

Bishop Bruce Ough became president of the Council of Bishops of the 12.3 million member global United Methodist Church on May 12. Read More

Council of Bishops Adopts Covenant of Accountability

Meeting in Portland, Oregon, the Council of Bishops voted to adopt a “Covenant of Accountability for the Council of Bishops” and pledged to hold one another accountable for living according... Read More

United Methodists meet in Portland for worldwide conference

United Methodists from around the world will gather at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20 for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference. Read More

General Conference Executive Committee alters Rule 44 recommendation

The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has narrowed the list of petitions that they are recommending be handled through an alternative discernment process. Read More