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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… Continue Reading Bishop calls all to the table

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… Continue Reading Top court will not rule on Protocol in advance

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.

COB cancels May 8 GC session

Cynthia Fierro Harvey presiding at 2019 General Conference.

The Council of Bishops has pulled back from its plan to hold a one-day virtual General Conference in May 2021. Council President Cynthia Fierro Harvey says more listening and discernment… Continue Reading COB cancels May 8 GC session

Bishop Bard addresses GC delay

Bishop Bard shares message on AAPI violence

Bishop David Bard comments on two important decisions made this week. The General Conference has been postponed until August 2022. In the meantime, an online session in May 2021 will… Continue Reading Bishop Bard addresses GC delay

Bishops call GC session May 8, 2021

BIshop Bard at GC 2019

With General Conference postponed until August of 2022, the Council of Bishops has called a special online session on May 8, 2021. The purpose is to enable the handling of… Continue Reading Bishops call GC session May 8, 2021

Beware these phishing scams

phishing

Phishing emails targeting United Methodists are on the uptick. One email making the rounds is a classic pyramid scheme, asking for a contribution and promising big returns.

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