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Statement by the Council of Bishops: An offering for a way forward

May 18, 2016

Bishop Bruce Ough delivered the Council of Bishops statement to the General Conference this morning in response to the Conference’s request for a way forward. Below is the full text but his statement. An offering for a way...

May 16 wrap-up: Week Two begins with elections, celebrations, protests

May 17, 2016

Before tackling the pile of petitions before them, delegates to General Conference 2016 voted to fill vacancies in key positions on the Judicial Council, the University Senate and the Commission on General Conference. And then, voting officially...

‘Modern day slavery’ topic of retreat

May 17, 2016

Twice a year, older adults gather at the West River Camping Center to spend a “day away.” Some come in buses or vans, some are in wheel chairs. They come for the fellowship, the good food at lunch time, inspiring worship, fun and learning.

Bishop Ough says Council of Bishops does not support split

May 17, 2016

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops, said the bishops are not supporting any plan for a split of The United Methodist Church, but admitted they are not fully united on how the church should go forward in the face of...

May 14 wrap-up: Young ambassadors share hope, committee work finishes

May 16, 2016

Worship, an address by young people and a silent protest for LGBTQ inclusion began Day Five of General Conference 2016, which ended with final legislative committee meetings.

May 13 wrap-up: Laity address, State of the Church Report

May 14, 2016

After several days where General Conference delegates were clearly divided over Robert’s Rules vs. Group Discernment and placards vs. iPads, on Day Four, they were urged repeatedly to work together, and shown examples of the good the church can...

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