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|Monday, November 5, 2012|
"Every time new bishops are elected, we become a new council. So our first meeting together is first about becoming spiritually centered and building new community as we seek to fulfill the mission Christ has given us and the leadership roles the church expects of us." - Bishop Peter Weaver, Council of Bishops executive secretary.
Bishops gather for closed retreat
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) - United Methodist bishops from around the globe are gathering Nov. 4-9 for a private retreat intended to establish a spiritual grounding for their work together during the next four years. But the gathering takes place at a time when bishops face increasing scrutiny.
Bishops begin four years with new structure
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) - The United Methodist Council of Bishops, as it gathers at Epworth-by-the-Sea for a retreat Nov. 4-9, will be organizing new leadership teams that connect with the denomination's Four Areas of Focus. The bishops also will discern how to implement the creation of an Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations within the council. The office will replace the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns.
UMCYes! Contest winner
LOUISBURG, N.C. (UMNS) - A video of student-on-campus interviews about why the United Methodist connection matters at Louisburg College in North Carolina won first place in the UMCYes! video contest on Friday, Nov. 2. More than 2,000 people voted for one of the seven finalists chosen from the 34 videos submitted to answer the question: Why does the United Methodist connection matter to schools, colleges, and universities?
Adrian band heading to London
ADRIAN, Mich. (UMNS) - The marching band at United Methodist-related Adrian College has accepted a formal invitation from the lord mayor of Westminster to take part in the annual New Year's Day parade in London, this year recognized as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. More than twice the size of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, the New Year's Day Parade is watched by millions in person and on television.
The splintering effects of a hurricane
NEW YORK (UMNS) In her Bloombytes Blog, UMNS staff writer and New Yorker Linda Bloom remembers a New Jersey beach town, now damaged by Hurricane Sandy, and takes comfort knowing United Methodists will respond to communities and individuals touched by the storm.
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