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April 2017

Statement from Bishop LaTrelle Easterling: April 29, 2017

April 29, 2017

Grace and peace to you in Jesus Christ, our Rock and our Redeemer. On Friday, April 28, the Judicial Council (the Council) responded to a petition requesting a declaratory decision concerning the nomination, election, consecration, and assignment...

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Statement on behalf of the Council of Bishops - April 28, 2017

April 29, 2017

Bishop Bruce R. Ough wrote the following statement to all United Methodists on behalf of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church. The statement is in response to a just-released Judicial Council ruling that the consecration of a gay...

Review all clergy qualifications, court says

April 29, 2017

United Methodist boards of ordained ministry must look at all qualifications to determine whether a ministerial candidate is a fitting applicant — including adherence to the church’s position on homosexuality.

Consecration of gay bishop against church law

April 28, 2017

The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled.

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

April 25, 2017

The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Do you know why we are called United Methodists?

April 23, 2017

There have been many nicknames for the band of believers who followed the lead of John and Charles Wesley in their early ministry in England: Enthusiasts, Sacramentarians, Bible Moths, Methodists. Their methods, values, and tradition laid the...