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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

United Methodist leaders respond to #MeToo and #ChurchToo movement

The Council of Bishops and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women have issued a statement responding to the recent #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements. Read More

Commission on a Way Forward prepares updated report to bishops

The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ... Read More

United Methodists asked to join Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Council of Bishops urges United Methodists to join with other Christians in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18, 2018. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough is the Council of Bishops president. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodist bishops condemn President Trump’s “offensive” remarks against immigrants

Council president Bishop Bruce Ough issued a statement today on behalf of the Council concerning remarks reported to have been made by President Donald Trump. Read More

Scholarships offered for 2018 UMEIT-USA and NWCU events

The Council of Bishops will offer scholarships to assist seminary students and other young adults who will be attending UMEIT and NWCU for the first time. Read More

Bishop Rudy Juan was raised in the church his grandparents founded. An official portrait courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Meet Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan

Raised in a church his grandparents founded, the Philippines United Methodist bishop is passionate about serving the poor, caring for the planet, and sharing the gospel with others. Listen

A New Year’s letter from Council President Bishop Bruce Ough

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

Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops

In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce Ough encourages us to enkindle our longing... Read More

Bishop Bruce Ough presides over Holy Communion during the Memorial Service on Nov. 5.

Overall: Bishops receive interim Way Forward report, elect new officers

During their meeting on Nov. 5-10, the bishops stressed the importance of the mission of God, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ. Read More

UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty

The bishops reminded United Methodists about Ephesians 4:1-2 which admonishes us “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called..." Read More

The Council of Bishops prays for the bishops who are members of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward work

The Council of Bishops is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church. Read More

Pastoral letter from the Africa bishops

"We call on the entire African Church to continue to depend on this one Holy Triune God, the rock of ages, who has been our travelling companion throughout history..." Read More

Florida Area Bishop Kenneth H. Carter has been elected as the next president of the Council of Bishops

Bishop Carter elected as president of Council of Bishops

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter will take over from Bishop Bruce R. Ough effective at the end of the May 2018 meeting. Read More