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South Congo Area Bishop Kasap’s fiancée dies in hospital

Ms. Miriam Mwenya Tshibind passed away in a hospital where she was admitted due to low blood pressure. Read More

Retired Bishop John Wesley Hardt Dies

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church regrets to announce the death of Bishop John Wesley Hardt, who passed away June 18, 2017. Read More

Churches Uniting in Christ council sets two-year goal

UMC ecumenical leaders attended the Coordinating Council of Churches Uniting in Christ to celebrate the mutual recognition of ministries and to set vision and goals for the next two years. Read More

UMC bishops ask Trump to reconsider decision to withdraw U.S. from climate accord

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Read More

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presents

UMC bishops ponder full communion with Episcopal Church

The United Methodist Church is studying a draft proposal to establish full Communion relationship with The Episcopal Church. Read More

Bishops support plan to fund immigration crisis ministry

The Council of Bishops today voted to support a proposal to seek $200,000 for immigration and migration crisis ministry for jurisdictional immigration task forces. Read More

Bishop Ough challenges UMC bishops to be prophetic

Council of Bishops president Bishop Bruce R. Ough has challenged fellow leaders in the church to find a common moral and prophetic voice to attend to the household of God. Read More

Council of Bishops president responds to Judicial Council ruling

In the wake of the Judicial Council’s ruling that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, Council of Bishops president Bishop Bruce R. Ough urged all United... Read More

President of the Council of Bishops: Statement regarding Judicial Council decision 1341

A statement from Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops regarding Judicial Council decision 1341 Read More

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Read More

Bishops say pray, don’t be afraid as Judicial Council weighs decision

Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has called on all United Methodists to pray unceasingly, intentionally and earnestly for the unity of the church as the Judicial Council ponders... Read More

The United Methodist Church mourns with Coptic Church

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church issued a letter expressing grief with the Coptic Orthodox Church over recent terrorist bombings that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt, killing... Read More

Rev. Mulenga chosen to lead communications for Council of Bishops

The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has named the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga as its inaugural Director of Communications. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops

Bishop Ough issues statement on Trump immigration order

“I call upon the people of The United Methodist Church to see the face of Christ in the refugee." Read More

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner statement on Berlin market attack

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of the Germany Episcopal Area issued a statement following the attack at a Christmas market in Berlin that left 12 people dead and injured at least 48 more. Read More

Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops

In a Christmas message, Bishop Bruce Ough reminds us that disruptions in our lives are sometimes God's call for us to make room for Him. Read More

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. speaks to the Philippines Central Conference after he was re-elected as a United Methodist bishop on Dec. 1. His wife, Joyce, holds their baby. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS

Torio re-elected bishop in the Philippines

Bishop Pedro M. Torio Jr. was re-elected bishop by the Philippines Central Conference on the sixth ballot. Read More

Council President Addresses “Division and Discord”

In a letter to the people of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Bruce R. Ough called upon all Christians to “remember who we are.” Read More

The Council of Bishops signed a Bible to be presented to the 45th president of the U.S. in a tradition that is more than two centuries old.

Council president offers post-election congratulations and prayers

In a congratulatory letter to President-elect Donald Trump on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce R. Ough sent a prayer and a plea for the nation. Read More

Council of Bishops to call for 2019 General Conference

Through an affirmative vote at their fall meeting this week, the United Methodist Council of Bishops expressed their intent to call for a special session of the General Conference in... Read More

Bishop Ough Makes First Presidential Address to Council

In his first presidential address to the Council of Bishops, Bishop Bruce R. Ough brought the bishops alternately to their knees in prayer and to their feet in resounding applause. 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

Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough reads a statement about sexuality and the church from the denomination's Council of Bishops on May 18 at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Commission on a Way Forward: Membership Selection Progresses

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has narrowed the list of potential nominees for membership on the Commission on a Way Forward to 29 individuals. Read More

Leaders’ Summit to Focus on Cultivating Vital Congregations

U.S. episcopal leaders and their extended cabinets will gather in Jacksonville, Fla. November 2-4, 2016 to focus on building strong and vital congregations. Read More

Council of Bishops Names New Staff

The Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee announced the addition of new staff following a total workforce reorganization and restructuring plan. Read More

Update on Commission on a Way Forward

The Council of Bishops Executive Committee says that an overwhelming number of nominations for the Commission on a Way Forward has delayed the appointment of commission members. Read More

Council launches prayer initiative: Praying Our Way Forward

As plans are underway for the establishment of a Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops is setting in motion a parallel prayer initiative called “Praying Our Way... Read More

Executive Committee Works on Commission Launch

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops met in Chicago July 19-20 and worked on finalizing plans for launching the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

Council Executive Committee Affirms Unity, Moves Forward

The Council of Bishops' Executive Committee has approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference... Read More