FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 17, 2017 WASHINGTON – The Council of Bishops (COB) met at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina last week to receive an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward; elect new officers; and prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference among other things. From the president’s address… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Early Sunday morning, vandals painted racist and misogynist graffiti on classroom trailers of Saint Francis United Methodist Church in Cary. This is deeply disturbing to us all as people baptized into Christ and deeply committed to honoring all as beloved… Continue Reading→
In this video, Bishop Ward invites us to plan for generosity this upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2017 Lake Junaluska, North Carolina – United Methodist Church bishops are calling on members of the denomination to engage in respectful conversations amidst growing conflict over political, religious and justice issues in many places in our world. In a pastoral letter released at the end of the Council of Bishops… Continue Reading→
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2017 LAKE JUNALUSKA, NC – Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space and contextuality – all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With… Continue Reading→
In this season of Thanksgiving, and soon Christmas, Bishop Ward invites every congregation to receive special offerings for Hurricane Matthew response and recovery.
Dear United Methodist friends, Grieved afresh by the horrific violence Sunday morning in First Baptist Church, I asked colleague bishops in our Council of Bishops covenant group this morning for wisdom and help. How do we respond faithfully to encourage and protect those who gather for worship, prayer, learning, and service? An African colleague bishop… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward shares a story about a saint who lived among us as we prepare to celebrate All Saints’ Day on November 1.
Ismael Ruiz-Millan of Duke Divinity School accompanied Bishop Ward and the Cabinet on a week of Hispanic/Latino cultural immersion in Guatemala in August. BISHOP WARD: Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We’re all on a journey, step by step, day by day. We learn, we grow, we discover new ways… Continue Reading→