Annual Conferences

Judicial Council
Attendees of the 2017 Kentucky Annual Conference in Bowling Green, Ky., raise their arms in prayer during a "Worshipful Work, Plenary." On May 10, The Judicial Council released a ruling that says U.S. annual conferences cannot disaffiliate from the denomination under current church law. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Church court: Conferences can’t exit unilaterally

The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled that current church law does not allow annual conferences in the U.S. to withdraw from the denomination.
Judicial Council
The Judicial Council, The United Methodist Church’s top court, releases four rulings as it continues working through its fall docket. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church court faces resolutions on LGBTQ inclusion

The Judicial Council released four rulings, two related to conference resolutions about the status of LGBTQ people in the church.
Annual Conferences
Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe preaches in Shumen, Buglaria. In a 2022 interview, Bishop Streiff of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe talks about the outstanding issues and consequences for his episcopal area around the decision of Bulgaria and Romania to leave The United Methodist Church. File photo courtesy of The United Methodist Church in Bulgaria.

Bishop Streiff discusses Bulgaria, Romania's decision to separate

In an interview, Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe talks about the outstanding issues and consequences for his episcopal area around the decision of Bulgaria and Romania to leave The United Methodist Church.
General Church
An excerpt from a map detailing the Central Conferences Europe shows the Central and Southern Europe Central Conference (in red), the Germany Central Conference (in green), and the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference, which contains the Eurasia Episcopal Area and the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area (in orange and blue respectively). Map courtesy of UMC.org.

Ukrainians may be moved from Russian bishop's area

Moscow-based Bishop Eduard Khegay strongly opposes an effort by some European United Methodists to move Ukraine-Moldova Provisional Annual Conference from his episcopal area.

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