Bishops authorize preparation of legislation on full communion with Episcopal Church

ST. SIMON’S ISLAND, Georgia – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has authorized the preparation of legislation to deal with the full communion proposal between The United Methodist Church and The Episcopal Church. The bishops took the initial action on the proposal, called A Gift to the World: Co-Laborers for the Healing […]

United Methodists to join thousands of others at Parliament of World’s Religions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scores of United Methodists will join about 10,000 Christians and other religious leaders at the next gathering of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada November 1-7, 2018. The purpose of the Parliament is to promote interreligious harmony, as opposed to seeking unity.  This kind of approach enables members of […]

UMC Bishops call for prayers in aftermath of 232nd mass shooting in US in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter, who is also the resident bishop of the Florida Area, has issued the following statement in the aftermath of the mass shooting today in Jacksonville, Florida, USA: “We are saddened again to learn of another mass shooting in Florida. We are praying for the […]

United Methodist Bishops call for prayers of peace in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling for prayers of peace for Zimbabwe, which is witnessing violence in the aftermath of presidential and parliamentary elections. Here is the statement from the Council of Bishops. The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is joining our colleague, Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, […]

Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in English, French, Portuguese and Swahili; all four official languages of the General Conference.  The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the […]