WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to The New York Times article alleging that improper voting occurred at recent Special Session of General Conference, the Council of Bishops has issued the following statement:

“The Council of Bishops has always worked to help the delegates to do their best work, as the legislative body of the church. This means being a voice for fairness. The Council does not plan, host or oversee the General Conference.  We are not casting blame on a region of the world or a part of the body of Christ.  In honoring the sacrificial gifts of the delegates to the Special Session, the preparatory work of the Commission on a Way Forward, and the importance of the Special Session’s stated purpose, we do have an absolute and unwavering desire for transparency and the truth in discovering what has taken place in the special session of the General Conference.”

Kenneth H. Carter Jr.
President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

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