Bishops prepare for 2019 GC; issue statements on immigration, racism

by | Nov 7, 2018 | Not In USe, Asylum, Refugee, Immigration, General Conference News

Council of Bishops | November 07, 2018

SIMON’S ISLAND, GA. – The Council of Bishops ended its November 2018 meeting by taking the following actions among other decisions:

  • Released a Narrative of Our Leadership, describing the work that bishops have done since 2016 and leading up to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference.
  • Adopted a statement from the Ebony Bishops, calling on the church to take a stance against racism and white privilege in the United States.
  • Affirmed Global AIDS Day, and asked bishops to promote the advance special for United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (Advance #982345) and find ways to promote World AIDS Day which is Dec 1.
  • Approved replacements to fill gap on the General Conference committees for the 2019 Special Session to be held in February.
  • Approved creating a writing team to pen a pastoral letter to the global LGBTQ+ community.
  • Approved a statement from the Immigration Task Force regarding Central American Migrant Caravans, calling on governments to treat these migrants in ways that recognize and respect their God-given humanity with compassion and dignity.
  • Affirmed COB President Bishop Ken Carter as the preacher for the opening worship service at the 2019 General Conference.
  • Approved a proposal from the Connectional Table and United Methodist Communications to reword the language of the Four Areas of Focus.


Media Contact: Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church


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