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United Methodist Church Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa (left) meets with then Commander of the Zimbabwean Army Gen. Constantino Chiwenga (right) in 2016. Chiwenga is now one of the vice presidents in Zimbabwean government.

United Methodist Bishops call for prayers of peace in Zimbabwe

The bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling for prayers of peace for Zimbabwe, which is witnessing violence in the aftermath of presidential and parliamentary elections. Read More

The commission members saying farewell to each other after the final meeting in May 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili; all four official languages of the General Conference. Read More

World Council of Churches marks 70th anniversary

The World Council of Churches, formed in 1948 to be a community of churches from around the world who commit together to a witness of visible unity in one faith, celebrates 7... Read More

United Methodist bishop who serves in Russia tells of his journey of faith. Photo courtesy Bishop Eduard Khegay.

Meet Bishop Eduard Khegay

Growing up in the Soviet Union, he was skeptical of the Christian faith. When friends invited him to church events, he found joy and purpose in Jesus. Listen

Family and fellow United Methodist members celebrate the return of Malawian Miracle Osman. Pictured left to right: Rev. Daniel Mhone (Conference Superintendent), Pastor Kalondola Nkhata (Miracle's Father), Malawian Miracle Osman, Mrs. Nkhta (Miracle's mother), Rev. Kambona (District Superintendents for Southern District), Mrs. Kambona

UMC bishops praise God for the release of three missionaries from Philippines

The bishops of The United Methodist Church are praising God that all three of the young UMC missionaries detained by in the Republic of the Philippines have been allowed to... Read More

Bishops seek declaratory decisions on three plans submitted to General Conference

Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church asks for declaratory decisions from Judicial Council on the constitutionality of Commission on a Way Forward petitions. Read More

With the amended call, members of the Commission on a Way Forward  - not the bishops -  will present the report to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.

UMC Bishops amend call for 2019 Special Session of General Conference

The Council of Bishops has amended its call for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Participants of the Scriptural Reasoning study group.

GBCS, COB partner to bring interfaith scriptural study to Capitol Hill

Scriptural Reasoning offers growth in understanding and the formation of deep spiritual friendship across lines of religious difference. Read More

The Council of Bishops has asked the Philippines government to release UMC missionaries (l-r) Miracle Osman, Tawanda Chandiwana, Adam Shaw.

United Methodist bishops ask Philippines government to release UMC missionaries

The Council of Bishops today issued a statement, in conjunction with the General Board of Global Ministries, pertaining to three United Methodist missionaries who have been prevented from leaving the... Read More

United Methodist leaders launch worldwide #LetThemLeave campaign against treatment of missionaries in the Philippines who have been denied permission to leave the country.

United Methodists call for release of missionaries being held by Republic of the Philippines

The Council of Bishops has taken the unusual step of calling for the immediate release of a United Methodist missionary who is being detained by the Republic of the Philippines... Read More

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

Bishop Fairley is a poet, a pastor, and a basketball fan. Photo by Kumolu Studios, used with permission.

Meet Bishop Leonard Fairley

Growing up in poverty, life was not easy. In church, this future bishop found there was “always enough,” “always room,” and he was “always welcome.” Listen

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

Growing up in the church, there were some indications she might be a bishop one day. Photo courtesy of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Meet Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi

A pastor’s kid and former school psychologist, this United Methodist bishop encourages us to see beyond barriers and embrace possibilities. Listen

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