Bishops announce results of five constitutional amendments; two fail to get two-thirds majority

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 […]

United Methodist Bishops Recommend a Way Forward

May 4, 2018 CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward.  At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council […]

Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward’s work

Council of Bishops | November 9, 2017   LAKE JUNALUSKA, NORTH CAROLINA _ 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 […]

Commission on a Way Forward | July 2017 Status Report

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 human sexuality. In releasing the status report, the […]


Tasked by General Conference, Church and Society continues quadrennial process WASHINGTON — Under the direction of the 2016 General Conference, Church and Society will present to the 2020 General Conference a revision of the United Methodist Social Principles. This is the first comprehensive revision since the Social Principles were adopted in 1970. The newly named […]

Bishops say pray, don’t be afraid as Judicial Council weighs decision

April 18, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has called on all United Methodists to pray unceasingly, intentionally and earnestly for the unity of the church as the Judicial Council ponders its decision on the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto.A petition requesting a declaratory decision on the election, consecration and […]

Q & A about the Judicial Council

Many in the church are anticipating the upcoming Judicial Council ruling on the Western Jurisdiction’s recent election of a married lesbian bishop, Bishop Karen Oliveto.  Some are hopeful that the Judicial Council will rule the election unconstitutional because of the United Methodist Church’s clergy standards.  Others expect that the election will be upheld as valid […]