Reflecting on the church home we choose or are adopted into, the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne imagines the future of the continuing United Methodist Church and emerging denominations.
United Methodist bishops envision a church driven by the mission of Christ, where all will have a home. They aim for this narrative to be a starting point for United Methodists’ visioning work ahead.
A plan for episcopal leadership in the North Central Jurisdiction, set to end December 31, 2021, has now been extended by the Council of Bishops. Bishop David Bard will continue serving the Michigan and Minnesota conferences.
An ad hoc group of United Methodists has released an open letter titled, “A Call to Grace.” Over 250 signed the letter urging bishops to allow churches to leave with property before the next General Conference.
Anti-racism work in The United Methodist Church has been officially underway for a year. Upcoming initiatives include an anti-racism social justice agenda, more educational materials, and an Advent devotional series.
Just as Bishop David Bard has taken an interim assignment in Minnesota, other U.S. bishops are receiving additional conferences to shepherd as of September 2, 2021.
Though some U.S. delegates called for episcopal elections in 2021, the Council of Bishops holds to the plan to elect no new leaders until after the 2022 General Conference.
The United Methodist Council of Bishops is meeting online April 26-30. Council President Cynthia Fierro Harvey’s opening sermon highlighted the image of the family table that brings people together in conversation.
The Judicial Council has ruled, through Zoom sessions, on part of a spring 2020 docket postponed by COVID. The court issued decisions on three matters from the 2019 Michigan Annual Conference.
Delegates in the U.S., including the Michigan Conference, question plans by the Council of Bishops (COB) around the postponement of episcopal elections until 2024.