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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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Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, left, greets the Rev. Joey Heath-Mason immediately after ordaining him as a full elder. Photo by Alison Burdett, Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Court docket reflects busy conference season

Decisions of law by bishops, conference requests for rulings and two decision requests by the Council of Bishops are on the United Methodist Judicial Council’s fall agenda.
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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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