News and Views

July 2016

Bishop Matthews retires after 42 years

July 27, 2016

It was July 25, 239 years ago, when Bishop Francis Asbury wrote, “My desire is to live more to God today than yesterday; and to be more holy this day than the last.” These words have been echoed each day for the past four years by Asbury’s...

COB Executive Committee releases statement on moving forward

July 25, 2016

Meeting in Chicago last week, the Council of Bishops’ Executive Committee approved a framework for implementing the Commission on a Way Forward and took a step toward a called session of the General Conference in 2018.

What draws people to church? Poll has insights

July 25, 2016

Friends got Jennifer and Ben Bienvenu to visit a United Methodist church. The lessons they learned kept the young couple coming back.

NEJ calls to end church’s ‘discrimination’

July 21, 2016

The Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church approved a restructuring resolution recommending the bishops’ study commission on sexuality include a plan to allow regional bodies, such as jurisdictions, to decide for themselves to...

Bishop Stith reflects on the global church

July 21, 2016

At the 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore., for the first time, United Methodists experienced a new reality – what it means to be a global church. Some people commented on the presence of spontaneity, passion, evangelistic fervor and...

NEJ delegates vow to fight racism in church, community

July 19, 2016

Delegates to the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, meeting in Lancaster on Thursday morning, pledged to work together as United Methodists to fight the scourge of racism.

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