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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

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

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

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

Bishop L. Bevel Jones III. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop L. Bevel ‘Bev’ Jones III: 1926-2018

Born in a Methodist parsonage, he would become a denominational leader known for warmth, oratory, inclusion. Read More

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