General Conference 2019

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Eight bishops sign statement calling for “vibrant and missionally effective Wesleyan movement.” Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Group of bishops calling for ‘deeper conversations’

Eight active and retired United Methodist bishops released a statement calling for the church to be open to new expressions of Methodist witness.
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Bishop Michael McKee speaks during the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C., where the bishops learned that, at the current rate of giving, the bishops will run out of funds in 2024. McKee is president of the denomination’s General Council on Finance and Administration. With him at the podium is Bishop Minerva Carcaño. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Bishops warned their funding imperiled

Church financial leaders sounded the alarm that if current trends persist, the Episcopal Fund will run out of money in five years.
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Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, discusses his ideas for the interim time as the church works toward its future. He proposes a moratorium on the complaint process related to LGBTQ infractions alongside a loosening of the trust clause. Video image courtesy of UM News.

Bishop suggests hold on trials, trust clause

The Council of Bishops president proposes coupling a pause in church trials related to LGBTQ restrictions and a relaxation of the denomination’s trust clause.
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Members of the United Methodist Judicial Council listen during an oral hearing at their meeting in Evanston, Ill. From left are: the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko, N. Oswald Tweh Sr. and Ruben T. Reyes. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Bishops seek court’s guidance on Traditional Plan

The United Methodist Council of Bishops explains its concerns over how to implement several of the plan’s provisions during Judicial Council oral hearing.

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