Council of Bishops

The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

When pandemic ends, confusion in church will remain

A former Judicial Council president examines constitutional issues presented by plans for the future of The United Methodist Church.
General Church
Delegates hold hands and pray during the Feb. 23, 2019, opening plenary of the special session of General Conference held in St. Louis. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Q&A: What delay means for General Conference

Organizers answer questions about what the postponement to 2021 means for The United Methodist Church’s lawmaking assembly.
Social Concerns
Baltimore-Washington Conference Bishop LaTrelle Easterling helps conduct a June 24 online “Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment” while standing in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington. The hour-long video service is part of the denomination’s new initiative to combat racism. Screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.

ʽService of Lament’ challenges church on racism

United Methodist bishops, agencies collaborate on unflinching video as latest step in anti-racism initiative.
Social Concerns
Two women march with signs calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, during protests in Louisville, Kentucky, over the police killings of Taylor in Louisville, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., and other African Americans. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was shot eight times in her bed when officers broke down her door to serve a search warrant. Photo by Cathy Bruce, courtesy of the Kentucky Conference.

United Methodists preach, protest and decry racism

Many United Methodists participated in protests in support of Black Lives Matter, calling for an end to police brutality and violence against people of color after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

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