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Council of Bishops Names 32 Commission Members


Washington, D.C.— The United Methodist Council of Bishops has announced the membership of the Commission on a Way Forward. "After three months of diligent and prayerful discernment, we have selected eight bishops, 11 laity, 12 elders and one deacon to serve on the Commission," said Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council of Bishops. "This group is representative of our theological diversity." Ough said the makeup of the 32-member commission is roughly comparable to U.S. and Central ...

North Alabama’s Rev. Dale Cohen named to United Methodist Publishing House Board


The Board of The United Methodist Publishing House (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) met at its new Nashville headquarters building on October 10-12, 2016, to organize for the 2017-2020 quadrennium. Rev. Dale Cohen, Senior Pastor of Canterbury UMC in Birmingham, will serve on the UMPH board as a member of the Customer Focus Committee. The newly constituted board made up of 25 members (down from the previous 43 members by action of the General Conference to achieve a more workable size and reduce ...

Commission on the Way Forward: Membership Selection Progresses


The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has narrowed the list of potential nominees for membership on the Commission on the Way Forward from over 300 persons to 29. The group includes 8 bishops, 13 clergy, and 8 laity who are representative of our global connection and theological diversity. Letters have been sent to those individuals informing them they have been nominated for membership on the Commission, sharing the mission, vision and scope of the work before them, as well as a ...

Applications Sought for Hymnal Revision Committee Members


Discipleship Ministries is accepting applications for committee members who will revise The United Methodist Hymnal with a new collection of hymns and rituals that allows United Methodists to more deeply engage as disciples and proclaimers of the gospel through their singing and worship. Members of the Hymnal Revision Committee will be selected this fall by Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Publishing House, the Council of Bishops, and the Association of United Methodist Theological ...

Council of Bishops President Addresses Western Jurisdiction Episcopal Election Results


The South Central Jurisdiction meeting in Kansas was still in session on Friday, July 15, 2016, when the Western Jurisdiction elected Rev. Karen Oliveto of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco to serve as a bishop of The United Methodist Church. Rev. Oliveto has been described as “an openly lesbian clergyperson." The South Central Jurisdiction voted to ask the Judicial Council of our church to render a declaratory decision on the legality of this action as soon as possible. ...

Global Ministries seeks 10,000 U.S. churches to engage their communities with healthy lifestyle choices


The Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children initiative seeks to engage at least 10,000 churches in the United States to develop and support healthy lifestyle choices in their communities. Global Ministries is encouraging churches to engage their neighboring communities by promoting physical activity, a healthy diet and nutrition, providing education for tobacco and drug-free living, and promoting mental health education. The 10,000-church challenge provides an opportunity for congregations to ...

GBHEM releases 2016 Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry released a new Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call: Candidacy Guidebook on April 12. Designed for group candidacy mentoring, this resource provides a more robust discussion of United Methodist beliefs, and defines the sharp distinction between the discernment the application processes. It includes a guide to assist mentors as they lead discussions and prepare mentor reports. The guidebook features two new chapters, Health and Wholeness, and ...

Church Vitality Leader to Head Discipleship Ministries


The Discipleship Ministries Board of Directors has elected Rev. Junius Boyd Dotson, a well-known preacher, speaker, trainer, consultant and coach promoting vital ministries, as the agency’s new General Secretary (chief executive). Dotson, an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference, is senior pastor of Saint Mark United Methodist Church, a 3,500-member, multi-campus church in Wichita. His election came at the board’s meeting last week in Overland Park, Kansas. “Junius Dotson knows how to ...

Invitation to join in prayer for San Bernardino - Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.


Graphic from Tonight at 6 p.m. PST United Methodists in the San Bernardino area are gathering with their Bishop and District Superintendent for a Prayer Vigil. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Bishop of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area, has extended an invitation to all United Methodists to be in prayer with them during that time. Tonight at 8 p.m. CST you are invited to pause, wherever you are, and join your heart with our brothers and sisters in San Bernardino in prayer.

Dec. 1 is UMC #GivingTuesday - a day to activate love, transform lives, and change the world


On Dec. 1, United Methodists will come together for the third year to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. Sponsored by the denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries, individuals, churches, and annual conferences (regional offices) combine Advent and Christmas seasonal giving with global mission and outreach opportunities. The theme for the 2015 campaign is “Activate Love. Transform Lives. Change the World.” Momentum has been building for several ...

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