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Bishops, Upper Room launch Phase 3 of Praying Our Way Forward

May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- The Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, is launching Phase 3 of Praying our Way Forward. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church’s way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016. This was ...


Commission ends its work; hears bishops’ recommendation for a way forward

May 17, 2018

NASHVILLE — The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church concluded its ninth and final meeting May 16 in Nashville. The commission met nine times over 17 months. The commission reviewed a wide variety of petitions presented as legislation to previous General Conferences...


Two of five amendments fail to get two-thirds majority

May 07, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference.  The five proposed amendments to the Constitution of The United Methodist ...


Bishops recommend One Church Plan

May 04, 2018

CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward.  At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Having received and considered the extensive work of the ...


The church is watching, waiting, UMC Bishops are told

April 30, 2018

CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops were reminded April 29 that the church is watching, waiting and wondering if and how they will lead the denomination into the future. At the opening of the 2018 April/May meeting of the Council of Bishops at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel in Chicago, President Bruce R....


Bishops to act on three major issues at Chicago meeting

April 24, 2018

The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet in Chicago from April 29 to May 4 to celebrate leadership through the passing of the gavel, certify constitutional amendments and finalize their recommendations to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. The April/May meeting of the ...


Commission completes final report for bishops

March 23, 2018

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. Members of the Commission on a Way Forward take part in ...


Methodist leaders optimistic about possible changes

March 20, 2018

DALLAS -- Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a result of the Special Session of the General Conference called for February next year.   As part of its commitment of ...


Commission on a Way Forward meets March 19-22 to prepare final report

March 14, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward will meet in Los Angeles on March 19-22 to prepare a final report to be submitted to the Council of the Bishops for consideration by the bishops at their April/May meeting. “The Commission is focused on suggesting a way forward that pays ...


Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

February 28, 2018

DALLAS -- What is the Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward.  In the report given ...