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African bishops consider UMC future

Samuel Quire among African bishops

Bishop Samuel J. Quire Jr., Liberia Conference, is among African bishops considering a relationship with other traditionalists if the UMC splits over theological differences on human sexuality.

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 are ahead.

Michigan delegation affirms GC delay

Michigan receives a new bishop in 2016

In a meeting on March 13, the Michigan Delegation contemplated the impacts of postponement of the General Conference and offered support for the contextual ministry of the church.

UMC’s future a hot topic

Future of UMC in question

As legislative proposals continue on hold, the future of The United Methodist Church has lately been the subject of statements and opinion pieces from across the globe.

Holding it together

Strands of rope holding together

In this month’s Joyful Journey, Bishop Bard considers what scripture, poets, and everyday experience reveal about the challenges of holding it together.

Postponed again. GC to convene in 2022

General Conference postponed again

To assure full participation of all General Conference delegates, the Commission on the General Conference has postponed the session to convene in-person in Minneapolis, August 29 – September 6, 2022.

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 deal with sevearl important matters.

Bishops call GC session May 8, 2021

Bishops call a May 2021 special session of General Conference

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 12 pieces of important administrative legislation.

General Agencies cutting back

Board of Global Ministries one of agencies making cuts

Faced with an ongoing pandemic and denominational uncertainty, United Methodist general agencies are reducing staff while trying to stay true to their missions.

General Conference faces hurdles

General Conference postponed once or twice?

The General Conference Commission chair recently outlined the issues facing organizers of the United Methodist Church’s 2021 legislative assembly.