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General Conference plans move ahead

Virus a concern for planner Gary Graves

The Commission on the General Conference is monitoring vaccinations, VISA availability, and virus related travel restrictions around the world as they continue plans for a 2022 meeting of the law-making… Continue Reading General Conference plans move ahead

Come, let us reason together

Reason together in a small group

Racism, division in the denomination, mission, vision, and inclusion are areas around which congregations can reason together says Bishop David Bard in this month’s Joyful Journey.

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.

Bishop’s Ruling of Law on R2021-14

Bishop asked for ruling on R2021-14

Bishop David Bard was asked for a ruling on the 2021 Michigan Annual Conference approval of a resolution on the inclusiveness of the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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

Conversations on UMC vision launched

Connectional Table invites conversations. CT is led by Kennetha Bigham-Tsai

With General Conference now delayed to 2022, the Connectional Table hopes to bring more people into conversations that could help the denomination move forward.

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… Continue Reading COB cancels May 8 GC session

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.

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