When God created the world and declared it was good, there were no Christians. When Jesus, the Son of God, was born into their world there were no Christians. And yet, God loved the world. Over the course of the history of Christianity disciples of Jesus have wondered what it means to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples. Some have equated salvat...

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The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church convened to advance the formation of The Commission on a Way Forward to lead on matters of human sexuality and the church’s response and doctrine. Last week, the Executive Committee adopted a Purpose Statement, which includes the mission, vision, and scope of the Com...

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Jesus called his disciples and a community formed around him. Jesus calls his disciples still and the community gathered is his church. In essence, it is still his school. We, like his disciples, are shaped by his example of life, love, prayer, and compassion. We are beloved by him. We are entrusted by him with sharing the love of God in the witnes...

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The Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (COB OCUIR) congratulates Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid, III, who was elected bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Bishop Reid was elected during AME’s 50th General Conference in Philadelphia. Reid will leave his home church of Bethel AME – Ba...

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Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment; and he answers with two: “[ . . . ] ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and...

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Our New Bishops As we welcome the 15 newly elected bishops of The United Methodist Church, we note that seven are women, six are African American, and one is Latino. This cohort represents a 47% ethnic diversity within this group. Building church leadership that reflects the people whom we serve is an achievement we can all be proud of. A leadershi...

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Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty works to “affirm the Wesleyan heritage to care for the poor by encouraging ‘the people called Methodist’ to serve children and youth at risk to poverty.” Since 1985, its primary objective is to foster meaningful cooperation among the African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist E...

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One of the most beautiful descriptions of love in the Christian traditions can be found in I Corinthians 13. But it can be said that the whole of Jesus’s earthly ministry is a testament to love itself. Love is the essence of God. It is the foundation of all creation. It is the truth of who we are. It should be no surprise that words are never...

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Focus on Latino and Muslim outreach The Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (COB OCUIR) works to assist our United Methodist bishops as they lead the denomination in ecumenical and interreligious ministries. To that end, COB OCUIR staff, including Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst, Dr. Glen Alton Messer II, and Ms. J...

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