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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

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. Sue Haupert-Johnson of the Florida Conference was the fifth elected bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by the Rev. Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference.

Southeastern elects Haupert-Johnson as bishop

The Rev. Sue Haupert-Johnson is fifth bishop elected by the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. Read More

South Georgia Area Bishop James King preaches on unity during the July 13 opening worship service of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Photo by the Rev. Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference.

Southeastern bishops decry ‘nonconformity’ plans

The church leaders call ‘divisive and disruptive’ the decision by some conferences not to comply with bans on gay marriage and ordination. Read More

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Learn more about bishops, jurisdictions and how candidates are elected. Read More

Election Updates

See the ballot results for episcopal candidates in each jurisdiction once the elections begin. View

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

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