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Improper voting at GC2019 voids key vote

Improper voting at GC2019 voids key vote

8/10/2019
By Heather Hahn Aug. 10,2019 | LEXINGTON, Ky. (UM News) General Conference organizers have determined enough improper voting likely took place at the 2019 special session to nullify a key vote on how congregations can leave The United Methodist Church.   The Commission on General Conference — meeting behind closed doors during its Aug. 7-9 meeting — reviewed an investigation that found “credible objective evidence” of four ineligible people casting votes using the credentials of delegates who ...

UMC bishops urge end to white supremacy, xenophobia

UMC bishops urge end to white supremacy, xenophobia

8/6/2019
August 6, 2019 For Immediate Release   UMC bishops call for discipleship; urges end to white supremacy, xenophobia   In the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter is calling for United Methodists to help end white supremacy and xenophobia which he says is fueling the culture of violence.   In a statement released today, August 6, 2019, Bishop Carter commend the statements of Bishop Gregory Palmer and Bishop Earl Bledsoe ...

Bishop Palmer urges prayer, action in wake of shootings

Bishop Palmer urges prayer, action in wake of shootings

8/4/2019
Grace and Peace to you, dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus. I was awakened early this morning with the news of the mass shooting in Dayton. I was stunned. Perhaps I should not have been, but it always seems even more chilling the closer it gets to home. All of this as we were all trying to make sense of the shooting in El Paso, Texas, barely 12 hours before. This tragedy in Dayton is one of more than a dozen mass shootings in the US in 2019. It now adds to the scores upon scores of mass ...

Bishops call for new ways of embodying unity through mission, relationships

Bishops call for new ways of embodying unity through mission, relationships

7/17/2019
July 17, 2019 For immediate release   Bishops call for new ways of embodying unity through mission, relationships   CHICAGO – The bishops of The United Methodist Church will seek to strengthen annual conferences in 2019 through the ministries of sending and missional strategy, Bishop Kenneth Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, has said.     In a statement released at the end of the Executive Committee meeting outside Chicago on July 17, 2019, Bishop Carter said: “Our primary work is not...

Bishop Laurie's statement on Judicial Council decision

Bishop Laurie's statement on Judicial Council decision

10/26/2018
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Many of you know that our United Methodist Judicial Council has been meeting this week to determine the constitutionality of three legislative propositions by the Commission on a Way Forward: The One Church Plan, the Traditionalist Plan, and the Connectional Conference Plan. The Special-Called General Conference in February 2019 will meet in St. Louis to consider these three plans in addition to other petitions that are "in harmony" with the call for a ...

Guidelines for Petitions submitted to the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session

Guidelines for Petitions submitted to the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session

6/7/2018
Guidelines for Petitions submitted to the 2018 Iowa Annual Conference Session Related to the Proposals of the Council of Bishops Regarding a “Way Forward” For The United Methodist Church   Persons or groups seeking Iowa Annual Conference endorsement of petitions to the 2019 General Conference must submit the petition in electronic form to the Iowa Annual Conference Secretary by 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2018. Petitions may only originate with or be sponsored by individuals who are members of,...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Laurie

5/5/2018
A PASTORAL LETTER FROM BISHOP LAURIE   May 5, 2018   Dear Laity and Clergy in the Iowa Annual Conference,   Grace and peace! I am writing to you with an update from the Council of Bishops around the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. I am deeply grateful for your interest in and prayers for the Commission and for your presence at seven district gatherings around the state in March and April. As many of you know, the 2016 General Conference voted to form a special Commission to help us ...

Scholarships offered for 2018 UMEIT:USA and NWCU events

Scholarships offered for 2018 UMEIT:USA and NWCU events

2/7/2018
WASHINGTON -The Council of Bishops is offering scholarships for young adults (age 21-35) to attend the 2018 United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training (UMEIT:USA) and the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) this Spring.   UMEIT:USA is the annual training in the United States for United Methodists engaged in ecumenical and inter-religious ministry through the church. The NWCU is an opportunity for Christians who care about ecumenical and inter-religious ministry to learn and ...

Council of Bishops Executive Committee meets

1/23/2015
The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church held its annual January meeting on the 13th and 14th in Dallas, Texas. They shared devotions, heard reports and took actions on a number of items in their quest to lead the church in "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." THE GLOBAL NATURE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH was celebrated as preparations are being made for the next COB meeting in Berlin, Germany, May 1-7, 2015. ...