Council of Bishops to gather in virtual meeting April 26 to April 30

The last time the full Council of Bishops met in person was in November 2019 outside Chicago. (COB file photo by Maidstone Mulenga.)
The last time the full Council of Bishops met in person was in November 2019 outside Chicago. (COB file photo by Maidstone Mulenga.)

Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet April 26 to April 30 in a virtual gathering that will bring together more than 120 episcopal leaders from across the globe.

Faced with the disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the bishops will discuss the changing role of the episcopacy and ways to lead the church in more transformative, evangelical and prophetic ways.

The April meeting of the Council of Bishops will also hear leadership reports regarding antiracism, ecumenical relations, immigration, disaster relief, and other mission and ministry work around the global denomination.

“The Council of Bishops continues to be diligent in their work as they respond to the changing landscape of our church and the world.  They are committed to bringing the church’s prophetic voice into the issues facing our communities including race, economic disparity, migration and immigration, and the ever-changing challenges of the pandemic,” said Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president of the Council of Bishops. 

The first and last days of the COB meeting (Monday, April 26 and Friday, April 30) will be livestreamed to the public on the COB Facebook page starting at 9:00 am Eastern time. 

About the Council of Bishops
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church provides spiritual and temporal leadership for the 12.8 million members of the global denomination in its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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Media Contact:

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