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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

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

COB President Addresses Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election Results

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement regarding the results of the Western Jurisdictional Conference Episcopal election. 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

Bishop Bruce R. Ough is  president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Council president speaks following shooting deaths

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement on behalf of the Council in the wake of shootings in the U.S. Read More

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner. Courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

After Brexit vote, German bishop offers support to British Methodists

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner wrote, “In these challenging times, we are grateful for our connection in the Methodist family.” More

Council President: Statement on the Orlando shooting

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement about the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Read More

Council of Bishops Announces Staff Reorganization

The United Methodist Council of Bishops announced today a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision and provide for a... Read More

Council of Bishops meets post-General Conference

Meeting post-General Conference, the Council of Bishops prayed for the ongoing unity of the church and discussed the next steps in their proposal, "An Offering for a Way Forward." Read More

A letter from the Council of Bishops

Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the Council of Bishops sent a letter to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference. Read More

An Offering For A Way Forward

Read the statement from the Council of Bishops presented by Council president Bishop Bruce R. Ough at the United Methodist General Conference on May 18. Read More

The Rev. Beth Jones, Susquehanna Conference, speaks May 18 on the motion to accept the Council of Bishops statement

GC2016 puts hold on sexuality debate

Bishops asked to defer sexuality legislation until a commission completely examines and possibly recommends revisions to Discipline paragraphs related to sexuality. Read More

Connectional Table Chair passes to Bishop Christian Alsted

The Connectional Table welcomed their new chairperson, Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area, who was appointed by the Council of Bishops for the 2017 – 2020 quadrennium. Read More

Digital Lounge: Bishop Bruce Ough becomes President of the Council of Bishops

With a symbolic passing of the gavel from Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., Bishop Bruce R. Ough became the new president of the Council of Bishops. View

Bishop Bruce R. Ough (left) receives the gavel as incoming president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops from outgoing president Warner H. Brown, Jr. during the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore.

Dakotas-Minnesota bishop is new President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church

Bishop Bruce Ough became president of the Council of Bishops of the 12.3 million member global United Methodist Church on May 12. Read More

Council of Bishops Adopts Covenant of Accountability

Meeting in Portland, Oregon, the Council of Bishops voted to adopt a “Covenant of Accountability for the Council of Bishops” and pledged to hold one another accountable for living according... Read More

Bishops to consider accountability covenant

The Council of Bishops Accountability Task Force has recommended adoption of a “covenant of accountability,” inviting bishops to prayerfully consider how the covenant might guide and shape their ministry. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Sally Dyck joined other national faith leaders and senators speaking on welcoming Syrian refugees during a Capitol Hill press conference on Dec. 8.

United Methodist bishop shares stories of Syrian refugees

National faith leaders and three senators held a press conference to call for mercy for asylum seekers. Read More

Bishop Warner Brown, Jr. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, issued a statement about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Read More

Bishops explore the topic of leading from the soul

We need to focus on what it means to lead from the soul, the Rev. Dr. Greg Jones told participants of the bishops’ learning forum. Read More

Leadership learning continues for bishops

United Methodist bishops explored the topics of traditioned innovation and the mindsets of adaptive leadership on day three of the learning retreat. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Focus on Adaptive Leadership

Residential bishops of The United Methodist Church heard presentations from the Rev. Dr. Greg Jones and Marty Linsky at a learning retreat focused on adaptive leadership. Read More

United Methodist bishops assemble for learning retreat

The residential bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet November 1-5 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. for a learning retreat. Read More

Bishop Marcus Matthews leads the Baltimore-Washington episcopal area. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Washington Area bishop meets with pope

Bishop Marcus Matthews was one of 11 ecumenical leaders invited for the first Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in the U.S. Read More

Bishop Warner Brown, Jr. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Council President’s statement on Supreme Court decision

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, issued a statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality. Read More

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting

After a tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the Council of Bishops is reaching out to the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read More