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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 pre-holiday, post-election letter to the people of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, called upon all Christians to “remember who... 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

Photo of Bishop Emerson Stephen   Colaw by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop Colaw remembered as caring leader

Bishop Emerson S. Colaw, remembered as a strong preacher and compassionate leader, died Oct. 11 at age 94 in Ohio. Colaw led the Minnesota Conference from 1980-1988. 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

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