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Videos offer insight into the United Methodist-Episcopal Full Communion Dialogue

October 14, 2019
The United Methodist Church – Episcopal Church Dialogue Committee has released a series of videos highlighting shared ministries between the churches and discussing the current full communion proposal developed by the committee.  ...

Council of Bishops announces winners of Local Initiatives Grants

October 03, 2019
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Local Initiatives Grants. The winners are: Columbia Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Network: Contact Tom H. Wall at ...

‘Sent in Love’ - Theological Statement released by the UMC Committee on Faith and Order

September 27, 2019
The United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order (CFO) has completed its work on a theological statement entitled Sent in Love: A United Methodist Understanding of the Church.  This document is being sent to the 2020 General ...

Children’s Home is in need of a few gently used vehicles

September 13, 2019
The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes is working to open a new wing to serve new youth at the Nicholasville Campus. To do this, we need a few gently used vehicles. We are looking for a reliable, 4-door car or van. All ...

Kentucky and Red Bird Conferences Retreat

September 13, 2019
The Kentucky and Red Bird Conference delegations met together on September 6 and 7 at Windsor Manor on the campus of Asbury University.  The executive team of the Kentucky Conference is Rev. Dr. Bill Arnold, chair; Mr. Alan ...

Portland Promise Center volunteer opportunities

September 13, 2019
After School Classes The Portland Promise Center has an exciting lineup of classes for youth and children this year. Students will learn new cooking skills, receive homework help, and grow their computer skills. The center also ...

African Bishops speak on the future of the UMC in Africa

September 07, 2019
MUTARE, ZIMBABWE  - Bishops in Africa have vowed that The United Methodist Church will continue in Africa even after the 2020 General Conference. Therefore, the bishops have resolved not to support any proposed legislations or ...

Africa University to launch new Doctor of Ministry program in chaplaincy

August 16, 2019
A symposium was held Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Africa University in preparation for the launch of a Doctor of Ministry program in chaplaincy based at the UMC-affiliated university near Mutare, Zimbabwe.    There has been much interest...

General Conference Commission Takes Action Following Task Force Review

August 12, 2019
Lexington, Ky.: The Commission on the General Conference voted this week to implement new registration and credentialing procedures for General Conference delegates to safeguard against the possibility of unauthorized voting.  The...

Lamentations, a statement from Bishop Leonard Fairley

August 12, 2019
Lamentations A voice is heard in Raman, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” -Jeremiah 31:15 The following is not so much a ...

The Lighthouse Academy at Newburg hosts Back to School Fair

August 10, 2019
The 2019 Lighthouse Academy at Newburg Health and Back to School Fair was held Saturday, August 3, and by all measures the fair was a rousing success. The fair served families and children from throughout the Louisville area. The...

A Statement from Bishop Carter on the recent mass shootings

August 06, 2019
“A Call to Discipleship: Living as Disciples of a Non-Violent Lord in a Time of Violence” To the People of The United Methodist Church: As president of the Council of Bishops, but more fundamentally as one who professes faith in...

Council of Bishops invites applications for two ecumenical programs

August 01, 2019
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is inviting applications for the following programs:  2020 Local Initiatives Grants Scholarship to Attend The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey 2020 Local Initiatives Grants The...

Connectional Table Approves Legislation Creating New U.S. Structure

July 23, 2019
The Connectional Table approved sending legislation to General Conference 2020 that will create a new structure for churches in the United States, called a regional conference, during an online meeting July 18, 2019.  The ...

Central Conference bishops convene diverse group to address impasse in The United Methodist Church

July 20, 2019
A group of prominent United Methodists met in Chicago on Friday, July 19, 2019, to seek new ways to address the impasse regarding full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church. This meeting was called by Central ...

Bishops call for new ways of embodying unity through mission, relationships

July 17, 2019
The bishops of The United Methodist Church will seek to strengthen annual conferences in 2019 through the ministries of sending and missional strategy, Bishop Kenneth Carter, president of the Council of Bishops, has said.    In a ...

Bishop Fairley reflects on Annual Conference 2019

July 12, 2019
The recently concluded Annual Conference, held in Covington, Kentucky, saw the election of clergy and lay delegates for the 2020 General Conference, set for next May in Minneapolis. A petition and resolution concerning the church’...

Kentucky Kingdom Discount.. For all Kentucky Churches!

July 12, 2019
Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay, the amusement and water park in Louisville KY, is offering ALL Kentucky Churches a special discounted ticket.   With more than 70 thrilling rides – including six world-class roller coasters, two ...

2019 Honduras Mission Trip

July 01, 2019
A group of 19 went to Honduras this summer and had yet another very successful mission trip.  Check out the photos from the gallery. If you are interested in joining the 2020 Honduras Mission Trip, please contact Kevin Burney at ...

Council of Bishops pose five questions to Judicial Council on Traditional Plan

June 26, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality, meaning, application and effect of certain petitions adopted as...

Resolution to be a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors passes after amendments

June 24, 2019
A resolution to be a church of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors was passed at AC 2019 after it was amended to remove language rejecting the Traditional Plan. The Traditional Plan, which was one of the plans presented by the...

Retired Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks dies at age 96

June 21, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C The Council of Bishops regrets to announce the death of  Bishop Kenneth W. Hicks, retired United Methodist Bishop, who passed away June 19, 2019 at age 96. His death was announced by Pulaski Heights United ...

2019 Appointment List

June 12, 2019
Here is the 2019 appointment list as set by Bishop Fairley and the Appointive Cabinet at AC 2019.  Appointment list

AC Day Three: Hard votes on human sexuality

June 12, 2019
COVINGTON, Kentucky – The 2019 Annual Conference concluded late Wednesday with emotional and sometimes-painful debate on a petition and resolution related to LGBTQ policy, plus the election of clergy and lay delegates and ...

AC Day Two: Missional offering: ‘Such an opportunity to bless them’

June 11, 2019
COVINGTON, Kentucky – The main hall at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center was rocking with the upbeat and enthusiastic sounds of the Buechel UMC Swahili Choir during Tuesday evening’s Mission Celebration service. “We have ...

AC Day One: Bishop Fairley: ‘It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming!’

June 10, 2019
COVINGTON, Kentucky – “It may be Friday” in The United Methodist Church – “but Sunday’s  coming,” Bishop Leonard Fairley assured clergy and lay delegates Monday during the opening worship service of the 2019 Annual Conference. “...

Set-up complete; Annual Conference starts Monday

June 09, 2019
COVINGTON, Kentucky – More than 1,000 United Methodist clergy and lay delegates began gathering late Sunday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center for 2019 Annual Conference.   “We are excited to welcome everybody,” said Rev....

Bishop looks forward to holy gathering

June 06, 2019
Electronic voting will be a first at Annual Conference June 10-12

Encountering Christ at Encounter Missions

June 06, 2019
Paintsville ministry helps homeless, others in need

Repairing homes … and building relationships

June 06, 2019
About 55 men and women from the Kentucky Annual Conference joined Bishop Leonard Fairley on a mission trip to North Carolina from May 13-17 to help people impacted by Hurricane Florence last September. The mission trip, which ...

Council of Bishops unveils new Website

June 04, 2019
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to the issues and business of the 120-plus leaders, who give oversight to the denomination.   The website: www.unit...

Bishops offer pastoral word; make key decisions at May 2019 meeting

May 09, 2019
CHICAGO – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church completed its May 2019 meeting held outside Chicago with a pastoral and prophetic word in response to the decisions of the Special Session and the codification of ...

Bishop Carter urges UMC to ‘Welcome unconditionally; Walk together and Worship constantly’

May 05, 2019
 The May 2019 Meeting of the Council of Bishops officially opened Sunday with COB President Bishop Kenneth H. Carter calling on United Methodists to “Welcome unconditionally; Walk together and Worship constantly” as part of their ...

Chart Explains Judicial Council Rulings

May 03, 2019
To easily see all the petitions reviewed by the Judicial Council, the United Methodist News Service (UMNS) has composed a chart.  This chart shows what petitions have been found constitutional (and their effective dates) and which...

Episcopal Church-United Methodist Dialogue Committee

May 02, 2019
Committee recommends taking “next faithful step” toward full communion between Episcopal Church and United Methodist churches   AUSTIN, TEXAS - The Episcopal Church – United Methodist Dialogue Committee has agreed to send a ...

Council of Bishops Respond to Judicial Council Ruling on the Special Session

April 26, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops expresses its deep gratitude to the Judicial Council for its careful review of the actions of the 2019 General Conference. The Judicial Council’s decisions are clear and sound, and they ...

Judicial Council Has Made a Decision

April 26, 2019
The decisions of the Judicial Council have been announced.  To read in detail about the rulings that the Judicial Council has made on the petitions that were in question from the Special Session of General Conference 2019, follow ...

Council of Bishops President issues Holy Week letter; calls for forgiveness

April 15, 2019
Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter has called on United Methodists to use the Holy Week to forgive one another and to seek forgiveness in return. In a Holy Week pastoral letter released April 15, 2019, Bishop Carter ...

Africa weekend roundup: Farewell to Africa University

April 01, 2019
Friday marked our last full day at Africa University. The day began with a debriefing with Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa. As the members of the Kentucky Annual Conference delegation to Africa described their time and ...

Africa update: Students take center stage

March 29, 2019
MUTARE, Zimbabwe – If our Africa delegation were to embrace a theme for Thursday, I would say it was students. All throughout the day we interacted with students. We sat in on classes with them, we ate with them, they made a ...

Our Africa delegation checks in: Glory sightings everywhere

March 28, 2019
Our Kentucky Annual Conference delegation to Africa is just getting started, and we have already seen more examples of God’s hand at work than we could possibly recount! Here are just a few of the highlights so far:   On Tuesday ...

Foundation Receives Financial Literacy Grant

March 26, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Contact: David Bowles March 26, 2019                                                                                   Phone: (859) 977-0400      ...

Bishop Fairley: UMC must remain a welcoming people

March 16, 2019
LEXINGTON, Kentucky – The United Methodist Church must never stop being a welcoming people, regardless of our personal makeup, background or beliefs, Bishop Leonard Fairley told lay members from the Kentucky Annual Conference at a...

United Methodist bishops respond to article in The New York Times

March 14, 2019
In response to the New York Times article alleging that improper voting occurred at recent Special Session of General Conference, the Council of Bishops has issued the following statement: “The Council of Bishops has always worked...

General Conference 2019 Frequently Asked Questions

March 13, 2019
What is General Conference? What is the difference between General Conference and the Special-Called General Conference which met in St. Louis? A Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church took place ...

Saturday meeting to be live streamed

March 13, 2019
We will stream one of the informational meetings that Bishop Fairley is hosting this weekend. We will stream the Saturday, March 16, 10 am (ET) laity meeting using Facebook Live. Because we are using Facebook Live it will ...

Bishops challenge constitutionality of disaffiliation petition

March 07, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church (COB) has asked the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality and the meaning, application, and effect of Petition 90066, which...

President of UMC Bishops issues pastoral letter in aftermath of General Conference

March 01, 2019
  WASHINGTON, D. C. – In the aftermath of the Special Session of the General Conference, Bishop Kenneth H. Carter, President of the Council of Bishops has issued a pastoral letter based on James 3:13-16.   “James does not call us ...

Judicial Council issues revised deadlines for April meeting

February 28, 2019
The Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church has issued revised deadlines for its regular April meeting, April 23-26, 2019, in Evanston, Illinois. The Judicial Council will publish the approved docket (a list of items to be...

KAC clergy, laity witness historic General Conference firsthand

February 27, 2019
  ST. LOUIS – For many, the drive to St. Louis is because it is time for a summer’s getaway. Perhaps to take part in a weekend vacation to visit the Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, or catch a St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball game at...

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