General Conference

Judicial Council
The Rev. Jessica Winderweedle (right) joins in prayer with other members of the Greater New Jersey Way Forward Team during an Oct. 26, 2019 special session of their annual conference at Brookdale Community College in Middletown, N.J. The United Methodist Judicial Council has issued five decisions related to the bishop’s rulings of law from that session. File photo by Corbin Payne.

Judicial Council releases more decisions

The United Methodist Church’s top court has been meeting via multiple Zoom meetings since late last year.
Bishops
The Virginia Conference’s Bishop Sharma D. Lewis (upper right corner) leads the devotional during the April 30 session of the United Methodist Council of Bishops spring meeting. The bishops maintained that no elections of bishops or agency board members would be held this year, despite some delegates urging otherwise. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via ZOOM by UM News.

Bishops: No episcopal elections until 2022

United Methodist bishops declined General Conference delegates’ calls for episcopal elections this year but opened the door to a vote on new leaders in 2022.
Jurisdictional Conferences
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An urgent call for leadership

A group of delegates is advocating for special sessions of jurisdictional conferences to be called so new leaders may be elected.
General Church
The Rev. Nathan Ndayiziga, a Methodist pastor from Burundi, gives communion to Emilia Lovejoy during a 2019 service at HopeGateWay Church in Portland, Maine. The church is among multiple congregations in the process of disaffiliating from The United Methodist Church. HopeGateWay is doing so in solidarity with LGBTQ members. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Sara Ewing-Merrill.

Churches across theological spectrum exiting

Churches in Maine and Texas and the largest church in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference are in the process of severing ties with The United Methodist Church.

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