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UMC Bishops prepare to preside at Special Session of General Conference

Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter states that the bishops will be bound by a covenant of presiding during the Special Session of the General Conference. Read More

Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe prays with a small group at General Conference 2016 in this file photo.

Praying Our Way Forward team unveils details of February 23 Day of Prayer

The Council of Bishops' Praying Our Way Forward team released details of the Day of Prayer, set for 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Louis America’s Center... Read More

United Methodist bishop has a background in science. Photo courtesy Bishop Lawson Bryan.

Meet Bishop Lawson Bryan

South Georgia bishop discusses early life in church, the question that called him from science to ministry, and keeping his spirit in shape today. Listen

A child prays during morning worship at an orphanage operated by the East Angola Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Malanje, Angola.

United Methodists urged to join in Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

The Council of Bishops urges all United Methodists to join in the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and provides resources. Read More

The General Commission on Archives and History recently discovered a telegram from Robert F. Kennedy sent in 1968 on the occasion of the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Churches.

Kennedy’s 1968 telegram to The United Methodist Church rings true today

In this letter from the Council of Bishops, COB President Kenneth H. Carter Jr., explains why this telegram sent by Robert F. Kennedy on the occasion of the merger of... Read More

Unity in the Church: Sacred or Scandalous?

Jean Hawxhurst of the Council of Bishops ecumenical staff offers clear teaching about God’s gift of unity. Read More

Council of Bishops’ letter to the global LGBTQ community

For Immediate Release
December 28, 2018 To the People of the United Methodist Church: Grace and Peace to you in these days of Christmas, and at the conclusion of... Read More

Two retired bishops die on same day

The Council of Bishops announces the deaths of retired Bishop Benjamin Chamness and retired Bishop William B. Oden. Read More

United Methodist Bishops call for prayers for peaceful elections in Congo

Council of Bishops President Kenneth H. Carter has issued a statement on behalf of all United Methodist bishops calling for prayers of peace for the Democratic Republic of the Congo,... Read More

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UMC Bishops mourn former President George H.W. Bush

Following the death of the 41st U.S. President, George H.W Bush, the Council of Bishops has sent a letter to the President George W. Bush expressing that that... Read More

In his Christmas message, Bishop Carter encourages the church to be a sign of God's peaceable kingdom, as shown in this famous painting by Edward Hicks titled

Christmas greetings from Bishop Carter and the Council of Bishops

In a Christmas message, Council of Bishops president Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. encourages us, with a message from Isaiah 11, to be a sign of God's peaceable Kingdom. Read More

Bishops offer scholarships for 2019 UMEIT-USA and NWCU events

Council of Bishops offers partial scholarships for young adults to attend the 2019 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training and National Workshop on Christian Unity next spring. Read More

Philippines bishops call for unity in The United Methodist Church

The Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops has issued a statement calling for a respectful way forward to preserve our connection and promote a vibrant United Methodist presence. Read More

The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond the Episcopal Church, preaches at the Council of Bishops meeting at Epworth By the Sea November 6, 2018.

Bishops authorize preparation of legislation on full communion with Episcopal Church

The Council of Bishops authorizes legislation preparation on the full communion proposal between The United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church. Read More

Bishop Eduard Khegay leads fellow bishops in prayer at the close of the Council of Bishops meeting at Epworth By the Sea on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Bishops prepare for 2019 GC; issue statements on immigration, racism

The Council of Bishops ended its November meeting with numerous decisions and actions. Read More

A Narrative of our Leadership

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 A Narrative of our Leadership
The Council of Bishops
November 2018 The May 2016 General Conference... Read More

Joint Statement in Response to the Central American Migrant Caravans

Migration is a critical international and at times a pressing national issue; a matter of last resort and no other choice for millions of people. Read More

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, co-chair of the Ebony Bishops Forum, reads the statement at the Council of Bishops meeting Tuesday, November 06, 2018, as other Ebony bishops including co-chair Bishop Leonard Fairley, Bishop Earl Bledsoe and others stand in support.

Statement on racism from Ebony bishops

Ebony Bishops of The United Methodist Church are grieved that a culture of racism is institutionalized within the denomination. Read More

COB President Ken Carter gives presidential address at opening plenary of November COB meeting.

Bishop Carter calls on fellow bishops to trust in God to lead UMC

In his presidential address at the opening plenary of the Council of Bishops November meeting, Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter urged fellow bishops to call upon God to... Read More

Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi has called for seven days of prayer in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting.

Bishop Moore-Koikoi calls for prayer following Pittsburgh shooting

In response to the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi calls for 17 minutes of silent prayer daily for the next seven days. Read More

Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward release statement on Judicial Council decision

Commission on a Way Forward expresses gratitude that Council of Bishops asked for a declaratory decision in the constitutionality of the three plans of the Commission's report. Read More

Bishop Ken Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, speaks during the Judicial Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland.

Council of Bishops issues statement regarding the Judicial Council Decision

Council of Bishops asked for a declaratory decision of the Judicial Council regarding the constitutionality of the three plans contained in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward. Read More

The Book of Discipline as a “Revelation of the Holy Spirit”:  A Sacred Mission, Our Theological Task

Remarks from Bishop Cynthia Harvey and Bishop Ken Carter to the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church on October 23, 2018. Read More

The Book of Discipline as a “Revelation of the Holy Spirit”:  A Sacred Mission, Our Theological Task

Remarks from Bishop Cynthia Harvey and Bishop Ken Carter to the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church on October 23, 2018. Read More

Pictured from left to right: Back row - The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson, Mr. Richard Mammana (staff), The Rt. Rev. David Rice, Rev. Dr. James Howell, the Rt. Rev. Dr. C. Franklin Brookhart, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer;  Front row - Rev. Dr. Robert Williams, the Rev. Margaret Rose (staff), Rev. Dr. Kyle Tau (staff), Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Dr. Deirdre Good

United Methodists, Episcopalians perfect Full Communion document

The United Methodist-Episcopal dialogue committee met to continue its conversations about a proposal for full communion between these churches. Read More

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is passionate about bringing people together. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Meet Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Growing up in Korea, his conversion to Christianity at 16 started him on a lifelong pursuit of building bridges between the gospel, culture and faith groups. Listen

Council of Bishops announces 2019 recipients of the Local Initiative Grant

The Council of Bishops announces the 2019 recipients of the Local Initiative Grant for projects designed to strengthen ecumenical and/or interreligious relationships of The United Methodist Church. Read More

African bishops won’t support call for dissolution of UMC

Bishops in Africa have resolved not to support any proposed legislation that calls for splitting The United Methodist Church over the issue of human sexuality, according to a statement released... Read More

United Methodists to join thousand others at Parliament of World’s Religions

United Methodists will join Christians and other religious leaders at the gathering of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada November 1-7, 2018. Read More

Ten Selected for the United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training: Young Adult Network

The Council of Bishops has selected 10 young adults as part of its strategy to lead the UMC in living in Christian unity and interreligious relationships. Read More