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General Conference has authorized a study of the areas bishops serve in the United States.  Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

U.S. Northeast keeps bishops — for now

The 2016 General Conference voted to leave the number of U.S. bishops unchanged as church leaders consider changing the denomination’s map. Read More

Term limits for bishops fails at GC2016

Petition enjoys clear majority support, but not the two-thirds needed to change the church constitution. Read More

Bishop Carter recovering in Portland

Accident occurs just before organizing session. Read More

Committee upholds plan for 5 new African bishops in 2020

Central Conference Standing Committee holds to need for studying when to add new bishops in Africa and how to pay for those episcopal areas. Read More

Legislation is coming to General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly, that if passed would require a definitive timeline for processing complaints against bishops under church law. General Conference will convene in May 2016 in Portland, Ore. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Proposals aim to increase bishop accountability

In the wake of two public complaints against United Methodist bishops, General Conference will get petitions to amend complaint process. Read More

A wedding band rests on the Cross and Flame insignia of the 2012 Book of Discipline. United Methodist bishops seek to offer clarity after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage legal across the United States. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Bishops offer advice after gay marriage ruling

Conducting a same-sex marriage violates church law, but many bishops say there are ways clergy can be in ministry with same-gender couples. Read More

United Methodist leaders in Zimbabwe hope to host a General Conference, but questions remain about the country's treatment of gay individuals. Church leaders say the city of Harare could certainly handle the crowd, since the city hosts the Ebenezer Convention. That United Methodist gathering, shown in a 2014 photo, drew some 55,000 worshippers to Harare. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga.

General Conferences planned for Asia, Africa

Plans call for the Philippines in 2024 and Zimbabwe in 2028. But concerns remain about Zimbabwe’s treatment of gay people. Read More

Standing Committee Says More Bishops Needed in Africa

Meeting in Mozambique this week, the Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters voted to recommend to the 2016 General Conference the addition of five new bishops in Africa beginning during the 2021-2024 quadrennium. Read More

United Methodists this year mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a founder of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. Photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

2014: United Methodists of note remembered

United Methodists mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a champion of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. Read More

East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula

Bishops face penalties for auditing issues

The denomination’s finance agency is cutting off one bishop’s episcopal office funds, while it continues sanctions against East Africa Area Bishop Daniel Wandabula. Read More

Churchgoers' offering accumulates to support the work of bishops and general agencies, among other global church efforts. Photo illustration by Joey Butler and Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Bishops to get a 3 percent raise in 2015

The United Methodist Church's finance agency based the pay increase on a bishop compensation study and trends in the secular workforce. Read More

Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., the new president of the Council of Bishops, accepts the gavel from Bishop Rosemarie Wenner in a ceremony Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City. Photo by Andrew Jensen, United Methodist Communications

Bishops called to be more accountable to each other

President of Council of Bishops says accountability requires collaboration and trust. Read More

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, second from right, speaks during a webcast on human sexuality. At his left are the Rev. Amy Valdez Barker and Neil Alexander. At his right is Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Photo by Harry Leake, United Methodist Communications

Church sexuality panel views mother’s video

A church panel tackled struggles of gay and lesbian members and questions of how the denomination lives together amid the debate over sexuality. Read More

United Methodist leaders, including seven bishops, will join in a panel discussion on human sexuality on Saturday, Nov. 1. They are all contributors to the book “Finding Our Way.” Pictured clockwise from left are Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, Bishop Melvin G. Talbert, Bishop J. Michael Lowry,  Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, Neil M. Alexander and Bishop John K. Yambasu. Photos courtesy of the Council of Bishops

Panel aims to spur conversation on sexuality

The expansion of same-gender civil marriage in the U.S. has people buzzing, but church leaders say more United Methodists need to join church discussion. Read More

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