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

Offering a prayer in Cleveland

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

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Bishop Franz Schaefer led United Methodists in Central and Southern Europe during the Cold War.

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

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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

The Rev. James “Jimmy” Nunn is a new bishop in the South Central Jurisdiction, elected July 15. Photo by Todd Seifert, UMNS

South Central elects Jimmy Nunn as bishop

Northwest Texas Conference pastor chosen on 21st ballot Read More

A time to save lives and do justice

United Methodist pastor writes, “We must focus on those most vulnerable and ask why their presence conjures up so much fear and violence.” Read More

Resolution recommends letting regional bodies adapt Discipline

United Methodists in Northeastern Jurisdiction use petitions to show disagreement with church law on sexuality issues. Read More

North Central Jurisdiction elects Laurie Haller

Colleagues applaud her spiritual depth, commitment Read More

The Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling of the New England Conference stands with Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar after she was elected bishop by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Beth DiCocco, New England Conference.

Northeastern elects Easterling as bishop

The Rev. LaTrelle Miller Easterling was the second bishop elected by The United Methodist Church’s Northeastern Jurisdiction. Read More

Newly elected Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. embraces a delegate to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference after winning election during the conference July 14, 2016, in Wichita. Photo by Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference.

South Central elects Saenz as new bishop

The Rev. Ruben Saenz Jr., Rio Texas Conference, was the first of three new bishops to be elected by the United Methodist jurisdiction. Read More

The Rev. Frank Beard, Indiana Conference, is escorted to the stage by Illinois Area Bishop Jonathan Keaton (left) and Indiana Area Bishop Michael Coyner (right) after the announcement that Beard was elected bishop by the North Central Jurisdiction July 13, 2016 on the sixth ballot. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Frank Beard elected bishop by North Central Jurisdiction

The Indianapolis pastor was elected on the sixth ballot at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Read More

The Rev. Tracy Smith Malone (left, Northern Illinois Conference) is introduced by Maggie Jackson, North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy chair, as a newly elected bishop of the North Central Jurisdiction. Smith Malone was elected July 13, 2016 on the sixth ballot. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Tracy Smith Malone elected bishop in North Central

The Chicago district superintendent was elected on the sixth ballot at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. Read More

The Rev. David Bard, Minnesota, is introduced by Maggie Jackson, North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy chair, as a newly elected bishop of the North Central Jurisdiction. Bard was elected on the 10th ballot on July 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of the North Central Jurisdiction.

North Central Jurisdiction elects David Bard as bishop

The Rev. David Bard of the Minnesota Conference was the third bishop elected by the North Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Read More

The Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi held the hand of her husband– the Rev. Rafael Koikoi — as she accepted her election as bishop by the Northeastern Jurisdiction. Her bishop, Baltimore-Washington Episcopal Area Bishop Marcus Matthews, left, applauds. Boston Episcopal Area Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar stands behind her. Photo courtesy of Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Cynthia Moore-Koikoi elected bishop on Northeastern’s 11th ballot

The district superintendent from the Baltimore-Washington Conference is the first bishop elected at the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional assembly. Read More

The Rev. Lawson Bryan learns he has been elected the fourth bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction during its meeting in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. Photo by Matt Brodie, South Carolina Conference.

R. Lawson Bryan is fourth bishop elected in Southeastern Jurisdiction

The senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, is elected on the 10th ballot. Read More

The Rev. Leonard Fairley is congratulated by Bishop Hope Morgan Ward of the Raleigh Episcopal Area and retired Bishop Alfred Gwinn following his election as a United Methodist bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on July 13 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by Derek Leek, North Carolina Conference

Leonard Fairley elected as United Methodist bishop

The North Carolina district superintendent was elected on the seventh ballot at the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Read More