For Immediate ReleaseJune 27, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as the Traditional Plan by the 2019 General Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, in February…. Continue Reading→
The Council of Bishops expresses its deep gratitude to the Judicial Council for its careful review of the actions of the 2019 General Conference. The Judicial Council’s decisions are clear and sound, and they give helpful guidance to the Church. Read the full letter on UMC.org.
For Immediate Release April 23, 2019 The Council of Bishops is inviting the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer for the Judicial Council, which is in session this week. The Judicial Council will be discussing the constitutionality of matters related to the Special Session of the General Conference held in February…. Continue Reading→
WASHINGTON, D. C. – Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, has issued a pastoral letter based on James 5:13-16 following the conclusion of the Special Session of the General Conference. “James does not call us to identify the sins of one another. He calls us to confess our sins to one… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends, May you hear and receive the powerful, ancient greeting of the universal church: grace and peace of Christ to you. The Traditional Plan, approved by the General Conference and now before the Judicial Council in April, continues and strengthens the language of the Book of Discipline relative to homosexuality. We lament… Continue Reading→
Dear United Methodist friends, Grace and peace to you as the General Conference concludes the Called Session. The Session was tumultuous, demonstrating the difficult intersections of Biblical interpretation, contextual ministry and the global nature of our church. The Traditional Plan was affirmed by 53% of General Conference delegates with strong support from conservative regions of… Continue Reading→
Please use the following prayers from Bishop Hope Morgan Ward and the Council of Bishops on Sunday, February 24, 2019, as General Conference begins. Bishop Ward: Eternal and loving God, we pray for the United Methodist Church and for the Special Session of the General Conference. Lord Jesus Christ, we ask for your humility, strength… Continue Reading→
Bishop Ward asks three things of us while United Methodist delegates from around the world meet at the Special Called General Conference beginning Feb. 23 in St. Louis.
Bishop Ward is hopeful that God’s love, mercy and grace will be evident in St. Louis as delegates meet at the special called General Conference later this month.