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Bishops have questions for Judicial Council

Bishops Haller and Ough listen intently during a meeting of the Council of Bishops.

Council of Bishops asks the Judicial Council, UMC’s top court, to rule on five questions related to the Traditional Plan. 

Bishops address a ‘chaotic moment’ in UMC

Bishops Kiesey and Steiner-Ball

The Council of Bishops began its spring meeting May 6 amid conversations around the denomination about possibly splitting the church. 

Bishops make key decisions

Two women bishops renewing baptism

The Council of Bishops has concluded its meeting and is offering both a pastoral word and prophetic questions about decisions of the 2019 General Conference.

Denomination’s future under discussion

Adam Hamilton at the microphone.

Conversations about the future of The UMC are quietly occurring among leaders after General Conference underscored deep divisions over homosexuality. 

GC 2019 to begin with a Day of Prayer

Persons attending 2016 General Conference pray together.

The Praying Our Way Forward Team shares details of the Day of Prayer that opens the General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23, 2019. The event will be live-streamed.

Prepare your congregation for GC2019

Plenary session of the 2016 General Conference in Portland, OR

Your church can create a listening session about issues going to the 2019 General Conference. A Tool Box is available for your use.

Bishops launch ‘One Church Plan’ site

United Methodist bishops celebrating unity

United Methodist bishops say they want to provide information to help delegates preparing for the 2019 General Conference. Since its introduction the new site has received both pushback and support.

One Church ‘largely constitutional’

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey before Judicial Council

A Judicial Council review of possible plans for the future direction of The UMC found One Church Plan largely constitutional.

Court assesses constitutionality

2016 Book of Discipline

Top court urged during hearing to rule in advance on constitutionality of legislation to come before special 2019 General Conference.

Three amendments ratified

Two other possible amendments — promoting women’s equality and inclusion in the church — fell short of required votes.

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