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Bishops Announce Results of Five Constitutional Amendments

5/7/2018
May 7, 2018 WASHINGTON, D. C.  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference.  Summary of Votes by Annual Conferences Amendment Total "Yes"  Votes Total "No" Votes % of Yes Votes Amendment I 31,304 15,753 66.5% Amendment II 29,049 18,317 61.3% Amendment III 42,639 4,578 90.3% Amendment IV 43,770 3,340 92.9% Amendment V 38,087 ...

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

5/4/2018
The Council of Bishops released the following summary at the conclusion of its April/May meeting. (Pictured is outgoing COB President Bishop Bruce Ough, incoming COB President Bishop Ken Carter and COB President-designate Bishop Cynthia Harvey addressing a press conference at the end of the Council of Bishops meeting this afternoon. Photo: Mike Dubose, UMNS)  Meeting in Chicago, United Methodist bishops, including Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way ...



Volunteer Marshals and Pages Sought for 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

4/12/2018
Nashville, Tenn.: Beginning April 4, 2018, volunteers will be able to apply online to serve as marshals or pages during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet February 23-26, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri, in the U.S.  Approximately 150 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. Applicants must be able to serve all four days of the Special Session.  Marshals will be...

Commission on a Way Forward Presents Two Draft Sketches to Bishops

3/1/2018
The following press release was shared by the Council of Bishops after their February 2018 meeting. What is Christ's way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward. In the report given to the Council this week, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the ...



Delegate Counts for 2020 General Conference Announced

12/7/2017
The Secretary of the General Conference has announced the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated, and certificates of election are on the way to bishops and annual conference secretaries. The computation involves applying a statistical formula contained in The Book of Discipline 2016, which is based on the number of clergy and professing lay members of each annual conference. Since the Book of Discipline caps the maximum number ...

Mission, Unity, Space, Contextuality: Bishops Hear Interim Report on Way Forward’s Work

11/9/2017
​Photo: All bishops pray for the bishops serving on the Commission on a Way Forward Following is a Press Release from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church Placing emphasis on the values of unity, space, and contextuality – all for the sake of mission – the Council of Bishops (COB) is exploring sketches of three models as possible directions for a way forward for The United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion. With the mission of God through the risen Christ at the core, ...



Commission on a Way Forward Drafts Interim Report to Bishops

11/2/2017
During its most recent meeting in Nashville, Tenn., members of the 32-member Commission on Way Forward prepared an interim report on their work to the Council of Bishops. The Commission's work emphasizes the need for unity of the United Methodist Church while recognizing the different theological understandings of LGBTQ identity. Rev. Jasmine Smothers of the North Georgia Conference is a member of the Commission. “The people of North Georgia can be confident that the Commission on a Way ...



North Georgia Delegation Meets to Begin Preparation for Called General Conference

9/1/2017
North Georgia's General Conference Delegation gathered on Saturday, August 26, at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. This was their first meeting since the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  The delegation convened to begin preparing for the work of the Special Called Session of General Conference in 2019. They have scheduled four meetings between now and May of 2018.    Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall of the Candler School of Theology and the Rev. Hal Jones of our United Methodist Children’s Home ...



North Georgia Delegation Meets to Begin Preparation for Called General Conference

8/31/2017
North Georgia's General Conference Delegation gathered on Saturday, August 26, at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. This was their first meeting since the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  The delegation convened to begin preparing for the work of the Special Called Session of General Conference in 2019. They have scheduled four meetings between now and May of 2018.    Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall of the Candler School of Theology and the Rev. Hal Jones of our United Methodist Children’s Home ...



Commission on a Way Forward Offers Status Report

7/27/2017
The Commission on a Way Forward has released a status report to the Council of Bishops and the entire United Methodist Church, updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings. The 32-member commission is accountable to the Council of Bishops, which named the members following a mandate from the 2016 General Conference. The charge from the General Conference was for the bishops to find a way forward and for unity in the UMC on issues related to ...



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