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Greater Nhiwatiwa (in purple dress), wife of Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa (left), explains the history and significance of the Chin'ando prayer mountain to bishops attending the Africa College of Bishops retreat held Sept 5-8 at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The bishops released a statement at the close of the retreat calling for unity in The United Methodist Church while condemning traditionalist advocacy groups looking to break up the denomination. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

African bishops call for unity, condemn advocacy groups

The bishops released a statement Sept. 8 denouncing the Africa Initiative and Wesleyan Covenant Association, which they say “are wrongly influencing God’s people in our areas.”
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During their online meeting Aug. 26, bishops unanimously affirmed a statement addressing gun violence. To stop the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers to God and contact their elected leaders. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via Zoom by UM News.

Bishops call for rejecting ‘idolatry of guns’

To overcome the crisis of gun violence in the U.S. and around the globe, bishops are urging United Methodists to raise their prayers and contact their elected leaders.
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Bishop Sharma Lewis shares a moment with Bishop Lindsey Davis, her former bishop in the North Georgia Conference, during Lewis’ consecration in 2016 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The Council of Bishops concluded its 2022 summer meeting preparing for the election of new episcopal leaders this year. The new bishops will have the task of leading the denomination in a time of splintering unseen in their lifetimes. Photo by Burt Williams, Western North Carolina Conference.

Bishops plan for the election of new colleagues

The United Methodist Council of Bishops is preparing to welcome new episcopal leaders who will be coming aboard as the denomination faces challenges unseen in their lifetimes.
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During his first address as Council of Bishops president, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton urged fellow United Methodists to begin pivoting toward what they hope The United Methodist Church will be in the future. Bickerton’s address was livestreamed on the opening day of the Council of Bishops virtual meeting, which will be in open session again Aug. 26. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via Zoom by UM News.

Bishop urges end to falsehoods, pivot to future

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton used his first address as Council of Bishops president to call on backers of a breakaway denomination to stop mischaracterizing The United Methodist Church.

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