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Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda has been elected moderator of an ecumenical organization, Eglise du Christ au Congo, a Protestant ecumenical group of 95 denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

United Methodist bishop to lead Congo ecumenical organization

Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda has been elected moderator of Eglise du Christ au Congo, a Protestant ecumenical group of 95 denominations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

Commission on a Way Forward prepares for critical meeting in Berlin

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward s during one of their meetings in Washington, D.C. in April. (Photo by Maidstone Mulenga) Read More

Former COB President Bishop Rüdiger Minor of Germany dies

The Council of Bishops regrets to announce that retired Bishop Rüdiger (Ruediger) R. Minor of Germany passed away September 3, 2017. Read More

Bishop John Yambasu gives the benediction at the end of a remembrance and thanksgiving service for the victims and survivors of a devastating landslide at the bottom of Mount Sugar Loaf, Sierra Leone, on Aug. 27. United Methodists — including entire families — are among the hundreds killed after torrential rains caused deadly mudslides and flooding near Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu. UMNS.

COB President appeals for prayers and disaster relief support

Bishop Bruce R. Ough urges all United Methodists to pray and offer support to survivors of Gulf Coast flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone. Read More

UMC Bishops: Stand up against racism and white supremacy

Bishop Bruce R. Ough has challenged United Methodists and all peoples of faith to be bold in the witness against racism and white supremacy. Read More

Volunteers wait to help recover bodies of those killed in flooding and a mudslide near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

Church leaders visit Sierra Leone disaster area

United Methodist bishop prays for God to have mercy on Sierra Leone as he leads clergy group to visit two communities devastated by flooding and a mudslide. Read More

Call to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

"As we approach the fall and look toward the 500th anniversary of this event, I encourage United Methodists everywhere to mark this occasion," said Bishop B. Michael Watson. Read More

Council of Bishops moves May 2018 meeting from the Philippines

The United Methodist Council of Bishops will move its 2018 May meeting from Manila, Philippines, for security reasons. Read More

Commission on a Way Forward to meet in Chicago next month

The Commission on a Way Forward will convene in Chicago July 19-21 to continue its work concerning human sexuality and exploring options for the future of The United Methodist Church... Read More

South Congo Area Bishop Kasap Owan

South Congo Area Bishop Kasap’s fiancée dies in hospital

Ms. Miriam Mwenya Tshibind passed away in a hospital where she was admitted due to low blood pressure. Read More

Retired Bishop John Wesley Hardt Dies

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church regrets to announce the death of Bishop John Wesley Hardt, who passed away June 18, 2017. Read More

Churches Uniting in Christ council sets two-year goal

UMC ecumenical leaders attended the Coordinating Council of Churches Uniting in Christ to celebrate the mutual recognition of ministries and to set vision and goals for the next two years. Read More

UMC bishops ask Trump to reconsider decision to withdraw U.S. from climate accord

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Read More

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presents

UMC bishops ponder full communion with Episcopal Church

The United Methodist Church is studying a draft proposal to establish full Communion relationship with The Episcopal Church. Read More

Bishops support plan to fund immigration crisis ministry

The Council of Bishops today voted to support a proposal to seek $200,000 for immigration and migration crisis ministry for jurisdictional immigration task forces. Read More

Bishop Ough challenges UMC bishops to be prophetic

Council of Bishops president Bishop Bruce R. Ough has challenged fellow leaders in the church to find a common moral and prophetic voice to attend to the household of God. Read More

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

Council of Bishops president responds to Judicial Council ruling

In the wake of the Judicial Council’s ruling that the consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, Council of Bishops president Bishop Bruce R. Ough urged all United... Read More

President of the Council of Bishops: Statement regarding Judicial Council decision 1341

A statement from Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops regarding Judicial Council decision 1341 Read More

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

The Council of Bishops has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Read More

Bishops say pray, don’t be afraid as Judicial Council weighs decision

Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has called on all United Methodists to pray unceasingly, intentionally and earnestly for the unity of the church as the Judicial Council ponders... Read More

The United Methodist Church mourns with Coptic Church

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church issued a letter expressing grief with the Coptic Orthodox Church over recent terrorist bombings that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt, killing... Read More

Rev. Mulenga chosen to lead communications for Council of Bishops

The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has named the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga as its inaugural Director of Communications. Read More

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops

Bishop Ough issues statement on Trump immigration order

“I call upon the people of The United Methodist Church to see the face of Christ in the refugee." Read More

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner statement on Berlin market attack

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of the Germany Episcopal Area issued a statement following the attack at a Christmas market in Berlin that left 12 people dead and injured at least 48 more. Read More

Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops

In a Christmas message, Bishop Bruce Ough reminds us that disruptions in our lives are sometimes God's call for us to make room for Him. Read More

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 letter to the people of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Bruce R. Ough called upon all Christians to “remember who we are.” 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