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May we all feel at home

At home at Bowbells UMC

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.

Bishops offer framework for UMC

Bishops statement

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.

Bard’s oversight of Minnesota Conf to continue

The Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, served by these bishopsand East Ohio bishops

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.

Bishops’ grace sought in church exits

Grace for global Methodists sought

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 campaign marks one year

Anti-racism rally

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.

U.S. bishops take on expanded roles

Bishops process at 2019 General Conference

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.

No episcopal elections until 2022

COB considers election of bishops and consequences of delayed General Conference

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.

Bishop calls all to the table

President Bishop calls UMC to the table

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.

Top court will not rule on Protocol in advance

Thomas Bickerton at General Conference 2019

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 push back on COB plans

COB march at 2019 General Conference in St. Louis

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.