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Bishop B. Michael Watson,  Ecumenical Officer for the Council of Bishops, speaks following the passage of a resolution affirming the full communion relationship between the United Methodist Church and The Moravian Church Northern Province.

Moravian Church in America ratifies full communion agreement with The United Methodist Church

The full communion agreement between The United Methodist Church and the Moravian Church in North America has been voted upon and ratified. Read More

Bishops offer video as resource for One Church Plan discussions

The Council of Bishops is offering a video outlining the One Church Plan as a resource for annual conferences as they prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Read More

Faith leaders’ statement on family separation

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining other faith organizations in a statement urging the U.S. government to stop its policy of separating immigrant families. Read More

Bishop Bruce Ough (left) speaks during the oral hearing of the Judicial Council meeting on May 22, 2018. Also pictured (right), Bishop Scott J. Jones of the Texas Conference.

Bishops respond to Judicial Council Decision 1360, in relation to the 2019 General Conference

Council of Bishops President Ken Carter has issued a statement on behalf of the Council of Bishops in response to Decision 1360 as it pertains to the 2019 Special Session of General... Read More

Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward begins June 3 and continues through the Special Session of General Conference in February 2019.

Bishops, The Upper Room launch Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward

The Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, is launching Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward to begin June 3 and continue through the Special Session of General Conference... Read More

Bishop Bruce Ough speaks during the oral hearing of the Judicial Council meeting on May 22, 2018.

Bishops urge Judicial Council to restrict petitions to 2019 General Conference

United Methodist bishops urge Judicial Council to restrict 2019 Special Session of the General Conference business to Commission on a Way Forward recommendations. Read More

Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation

The Council of Bishops has issued a clarifying statement to declare that the One Church Plan will be placed before the 2019 General Conference for legislative action. Read More

Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; two fail to get two-thirds majority

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference. Read More

(l-r) Outgoing COB President Bishop Bruce Ough, incoming COB President Bishop Ken Carter and COB President-designate Bishop Cynthia Harvey address a press conference at the end of the Council of Bishops meeting on May 4, 2018.

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the... Read More

With passing of gavel, Bishop Carter becomes president of UMC bishops

With the passing of the gavel, President Bruce R. Ough transferred leadership to Bishop Kenneth H. Carter as the next president of the Council of Bishops. Read More

The Rev. Dr. James H. Cone in 2017

UMC bishops honor, remember Rev. Dr. Cone

United Methodist bishops are honoring and remembering the legacy of the Rev. Dr. James Cone, the Bill and Judith Moyers Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary, who... Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reminded United Methodist bishops that the church is watching how they will lead the denomination into the future.

The church is watching, waiting, UMC Bishops told

In a message today to the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough reminded United Methodist bishops that the church is watching, waiting and wondering if and how they will... Read More

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar (left) of the Boston Episcopal Area welcomes the Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler, representing the Moravian Church Northern & Southern Provinces, to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference.

The UMC, Moravian Church in North America move closer to full communion

The Southern Province of the Moravian Church in North America voted at its April 20 synod meeting to enter into a full communion relationship with The United Methodist Church. Read More

UMC Bishops to act on three major issues at Chicago meeting

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet in Chicago from April 29-May 4. Read More

Mrs. Barbara Bush, wife of the 41st President, George H. W. Bush, and mother of the 43rd President, George W. Bush. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

UMC Bishops mourn former First Lady Barbara Bush

The Council of Bishops is mourning the death of former First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Barbara Bush, wife of the 41st President, George H. W. Bush, and mother... Read More

Bishops seek declaratory decision from Judicial Council on Special Session

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be submitted to the denomination’s Special Session... Read More

United to End Racism UMC prayer witness: Statement by Bishop Bruce Ough

Council president Bishop Bruce R. Ough shared a statement at the United Methodist prayer witness at a rally to end racism held in Washington, D.C. Read More

Hundreds to attend the annual UMEIT:USA and NWCU gathering

Approximately 200 people will attend the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training and the National Workshop on Christian Unity gathering. Read More

Bishop Laurie Haller started her service to the church as an organist.  Photo courtesy Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Meet Bishop Laurie Haller

United Methodist bishop, musician, author, and endurance athlete shares about her life, call to ministry, and how she keeps her spirit in shape. Listen

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward participate in a letting-go prayer  at the end of their four-day meeting at El Segundo United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22.

Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they... Read More

Bishop Scott Jones speaks at Dallas meeting of church leaders to discuss the denomination's future.

Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions recently met in Dallas where they voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a... Read More

Bishop Ough, thousands of United Methodists to join in rally against racism

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United Methodists will unite with members of the National Council of Churches... Read More

United Methodist Bishop Frank Beard is an avid fisherman. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Frank Beard

At 11 years old, he was asked to acolyte in his United Methodist church, “Lighting the candles. Firing up the church. I think that’s been my mantra ever since.” Listen

Bishops Leo Soriano (left), Mike McKee and Sally Dyck participate in Communion on February 27.

Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

The Council of Bishops, receiving an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward, pondered the question of what is the Christ's way forward for doing mission and ministry... Read More

Council of Bishop President Bruce Ough delivers a sermon at a Council of Bishops special meeting.

Let’s be open to Christ changing our minds, Bishop Ough tells fellow bishops

Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough, speaking at a special meeting of the Council of Bishops, urged his fellow bishops to be open to Christ changing their minds as... Read More

Bishops to receive, discuss updated report from Commission on a Way Forward

With attention on the missional and theological foundations of The United Methodist Church, the Council of Bishops is preparing to receive an updated report from the Commission on a Way... Read More

Committee on Faith & Order meets in Cote d'Ivoire. Pictured (left to right): Back Row) Betty Katiyo, Sam Royappa, Michael Nausner, Matthew Laferty, Henk Pieterse, Doug Powe, Edgardo Colon-Emeric; (Front Row) Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Scott Jones, Rena Yocom, Kyle Tau (staff). Members of CFO not pictured above: Sondra Wheeler, Patricia Farris, Russ Richey, Bishop Mike Watson.

Committee on Faith and Order Reviews Churchwide Feedback on ‘Wonder, Love and Praise’

The United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order met in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, to review churchwide feedback on the document "Wonder, Love, and Praise." Read More

In a Lenten message, Bishop Bruce Ough calls on United Methodists to deny themselves for the Gospel.

Bishops urge Methodists to deny themselves for the sake of Gospel

The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling on members of the denomination to deny themselves during the 2018 Lenten Season for the sake of the kingdom of Jesus Christ... Read More

2018 Lenten Message from the Council of Bishops

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, shared a Lenten message to the people of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Bishop Lewis serves the Richmond Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy the Council of Bishops.

Meet Bishop Sharma Lewis

A United Methodist bishop shares about her roots in the church, her call from medicine to ministry, a love of shoes, and her rich prayer life. Listen