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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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Bishop Minerva Carcaño speaks to her fellow episcopal leaders about the work of the Immigration Task Force during the Council of Bishops meeting near Chicago. Photo by the Rev. Todd Rossnagel, Louisiana Conference.

Bishops seek special offering for migrants

The Council of Bishops wants to do more to help the record number of people around the world who have been forced from their homes.
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Bishop Gregory V. Palmer urges fellow bishops to support asking General Conference to approve full communion with the Episcopal Church. Palmer, who leads the West Ohio Conference, is co-chair of the United Methodist-Episcopal dialogue committee. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.

Bishops move toward Episcopal Church accord

Bishops are asking the 2020 General Conference to approve a full-communion agreement with The Episcopal Church.

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