The United Methodist Council of Bishops unanimously adopted a pastoral letter on racism affirming that "all lives are sacred and that a world free of racism and xenophobia is not only conceivable, but worthy of our pursuit."  Read story and post a comment. The Council of Bishops also affirmed a vision for a missional direction for the next quadrennium, which includes partnering with schools to help end poverty, starting new faith communities, and equipping congregations with processes to increase the number of vital congregations. Read press release.