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Bishop Leeland releases statement regarding the decision of the Judicial Council:

The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council has been asked by the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church to determine the constitutionality of the election of Rev. Karen Oliveto as a bishop by the Western Jurisdictional Conference.  The deep and diverse opinions expressed throughout our nation regarding sexuality are also presently reflected within our denomination.  Since Bishop Oliveto is …

Consecration of gay bishop against church law

By Linda Bloom April 28, 2017 | NEWARK, N.J. (UMNS) The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled. However, the bishop “remains in good standing,” the Judicial Council said in Decision 1341, until an administrative or judicial process is completed. “Under the long-standing principle of legality, no individual member …

The Way Forward, from Easter to Pentecost

Message from the moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward We live in the great fifty days, after the church has witnessed the presence of the risen Christ and before the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is a time of being together in community, discerning the future and depending on God. The Commission on a Way Forward recently …

Global Ministries welcomes new Director of The Advance and Fundraising

The Reverend Russell Pierce, an elder in the Western North Carolina Conference, and an experienced non-profit leader and strategist, joined The United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries as its new Director of The Advance and Fundraising on April 10, 2017, following his role as Senior Director of Funds Development with Church World Service (CWS). Of his new position, …

Offerings from United Methodist Communications

  Church leaders are so often in a time crunch. That’s why we developed a series of self-guided courses to help strengthen your ministry. Each is open for registration at any time. Beat that for convenience! Plan, build and launch online Your website is critical to outreach and serves as a way to keep members engaged with up-to-date content. Register for Your …

Duke offers study leave for ministry professionals for 2017-18

Find the time to read, reflect, research, or just relax with Study Leave for Ministry Professionals. Over the span of five to seven days, participants can immerse themselves in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship and prayer on the Duke University campus. This flexible program is designed for Christian institutional leaders, pastors, program staff, and laity, and can cost …

Court hears arguments over gay bishop

By Linda Bloom April 25, 2017 | NEWARK, N.J. (UMNS) Was last July’s election of a gay bishop by United Methodists in the denomination’s U.S. Western Jurisdiction a violation of church law or a legal elevation of a clergy member in good standing? Representatives of both positions argued their case before the United Methodist Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court, …

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019

Washington, D.C.: The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two – Section II – Article …

WEEKLY UPDATE 042117

PAST UPDATES Here are the major changes for the week to the website.   What did you miss?   LATEST NEWS Response from Bishop Paul L. Leeland to Judicial Council  Preview to the legal debate around gay bishop  Follow-up to the New Conference Center Proposal (AC2017)   LATEST CAREERS Director of Youth Ministry  Director of Youth Discipleship  Organist  Director of Children’s Ministry  Director …

Response from Bishop Paul L. Leeland to Judicial Council

April 19, 2017 Dear Colleagues of our Western North Carolina Conference: Following the election of Karen Oliveto as a Bishop of The United Methodist Church, the Judicial Council was requested by the South Central Jurisdiction for a declaratory decision regarding the constitutionality of the election.  In anticipation of the Judicial Council’s response, to be released the end of April, we …

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