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Bishop Matthews retires after 42 years
Posted by Melissa Lauber on

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 spiritual heir, Bishop Marcus Matthews, who recites...

Bishop Stith reflects on the global church
Posted by Guest Author on

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 vitality offered by churches from Africa and the...

NEJ calls to end church’s ‘discrimination’
Posted by Erik Alsgaard on

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 adapt the Book of Discipline within their own...