Bishops

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Bishops Rodolfo Alfonso “Rudy” Juan (left), Ciriaco Q. Francisco (center) and Pedro M. Torio Jr. lead a prayer for the Philippines and Southeast Asia during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. The Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops, meeting in Manila, signed a resolution opposing dissolution of The United Methodist Church. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Filipino bishops back church unity

The Philippines Central Conference College of Bishops signed a resolution opposing dissolution and recommending restructuring to allow regional autonomy on divisive issues.
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Bishop John Yambasu speaks during the opening session of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. Yambasu, leader of the Sierra Leone Conference, called a July meeting on behalf of United Methodists outside the U.S. to explore possible separation over the church’s policies regarding LGBTQ persons. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Church leaders look at options for future of denomination

Central conference bishops call meeting with centrists, progressives and conservatives to find a way forward for denomination.
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Delegates attend opening worship at the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis in February. Given escalating conflict in the denomination over LGBTQ inclusion, two bishops are pushing a plan to create two or three self-governing church groups, with The United Methodist Church remaining as an umbrella organization. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

2 bishops offer plan for denomination’s future

To deal with schism-threatening conflict over homosexuality, Bishops Bard and Jones favor making The United Methodist Church an umbrella for self-governing church groups.
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Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks, who led conferences in Arkansas and Kansas, is remembered for his good humor and passion for peace. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Bishop Hicks, striver for peace, dies at 96

The bishop, who led conferences in Arkansas and Kansas, was known for his kindness and wry humor.

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