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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...

General Conference approves amended Traditional Plan; Judicial Council ruling sought

February 27, 2019
ST. LOUIS – The special session of the General Conference on Tuesday approved an amended version of the Traditional Plan – an action that led to protests on the floor of the Dome of the America’s Center and in the stands for the ...

General Conference maintains language on ordination of LGBTQI persons, same-gender marriages in The United Methodist Church

February 27, 2019
ST. LOUIS – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church would like to thank the delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference for their diligent work during the 2019 conference, which ended today in St. ...

Statement from Bishop Fairley on General Conference 2019

February 26, 2019
To my brothers and sisters in Christ,   In his opening prayer for the church at Philippi, Paul shares these words: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of ...

Emotional day sets up potentially historic final day of GC 2019

February 25, 2019
  ST. LOUIS – Tuesday’s final session of the 2019 General Conference sets up to be one of the most consequential days  in the history of The United Methodist Church.   This after delegates Monday, while acting in the legislative ...

GC 2019: Legislative work begins amid calls for unity

February 24, 2019
ST. LOUIS – Delegates to the special General Conference began the process on Sunday of working through 78 petitions related to matters concerning human sexuality and the future of The United Methodist Church. This work stood out ...

Delegates, staff prepare for opening of called General Conference

February 23, 2019
ST. LOUIS – Delegates from across The United Methodist Church began to assemble in St. Louis  on Friday for the start of the called 2019 General Conference. Friday’s activities were centered around registration, getting acclimated...

Day of prayer opens called General Conference

February 23, 2019
ST. LOUIS – The long-awaited special General Conference began Saturday – not with legislative committees or discussions on rules, but with an intentional time of prayer.   Coordinated by the Praying the Way Forward initiative, ...

How to Follow General Conference 2019

February 22, 2019
With the 2019 special called General Conference assembling this weekend in St. Louis, there are several ways that you can follow along from Kentucky.   Special websites have been created at both www.UMC.org and www.kyumc.org to ...

Praying for General Conference February 20

February 20, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 19

February 19, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Weekly Devotional 7

February 19, 2019
“Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?’ Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm.” - Matthew 8:26 CEB When I finished my exercise regimen, I decided to walk ...

Weekly Devotional 6

February 19, 2019
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will guide your hearts and minds to Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:7 When Jesus was born, He became the source of all peace. In high school, life becomes a whirlwind. From ...

Praying for General Conference February 18

February 18, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 17

February 18, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 16

February 18, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Bishop to hold conference-wide meetings following General Conference

February 18, 2019
Bishop Fairley has called for a gathering of the Orders and Fellowship following General Conference.  All the gatherings will be held at Southern Hills UMC in Lexington. The Orders of Elders and Deacons will gather on Friday, ...

Praying for General Conference February 15

February 15, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference February 14

February 15, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

As delegates prepare for GC, they’re hearing from the faithful

February 15, 2019
The Kentucky Annual Conference’s delegates to General Conference 2019 have been getting plenty of input from Kentucky’s United Methodists – input they say they’re happy to have as they prepare to travel to St. Louis. Ten ...

Scenarios team meets, continues to plan for what comes after General Conference

February 14, 2019
Team members working to envision potential scenarios following the upcoming called special General Conference held their second of two meetings Monday, Feb. 11, at the Conference Center in Crestwood and plan to continue working on...

Praying for General Conference February 13

February 13, 2019
Dear Members of the Kentucky Annual Conference, As we prepare for the called General Conference, we invite you to reflect upon the following Scripture passage through the discipline of Lectio Divina. Instructions for Lectio Divina...

Praying for General Conference

February 13, 2019
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus!   As we draw closer to the time of conversation and discernment at the specially called General Conference on February 23-26, the Annual Conference calls us to a season of prayer and ...

Bishop Fairley’s statement before General Conference

February 13, 2019
In light of all the tension surrounding us at this time, I share this explanation of the lowercase “gods” in the opening quote. The lowercase use is to distinguish all the gods that we place before the one true God.   “There is a ...

Weekly Devotional 5

February 05, 2019
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in ...

Mission Trip Opportunities for 2019

February 04, 2019
Disaster Relief Trip to North Carolina with Bishop Fairley Hurricane Florence caused immense flooding damage in North Carolina in September 2018. Long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts are needed. You're invited to join Bishop...

Unity in the Church: Sacred or Scandalous?

February 01, 2019
Many sermons spoken, speeches shared, and articles written over the last several months by United Methodists have included the little, five-letter word: “unity.”  Sometimes unity is upheld as the very key to our future as a ...

Conference Office Closed

January 29, 2019
Due to inclement weather, the conference office will not be open on Wednesday, January 30th. The office is planning to be back to normal operations on Thursday, January 31st.

Weekly Devotional 4

January 29, 2019
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” - Colossians 3:15 ESV In a world full of ideas, perspectives and story lines competing for your attention, God offers...

Weekly Devotional 3

January 24, 2019
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” - John 14:27 Jesus announces His departure from His followers, but introduces ...

Weekly Devotional 2

January 15, 2019
“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33, NIV For years, I have leaned on this verse and held tight to these ...

After General Conference: KAC team formed to consider possible scenarios

January 14, 2019
Whatever the results of General Conference 2019, the Kentucky Annual Conference wants to be prepared for what comes next. Nearly two dozen pastors and laity from across the KAC, along with Conference directors and staff, have ...

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