Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce Ough has urged his fellow bishops to be open to Christ changing their minds, as they counter disagreements, and to be prepared to lead The United Methodist Church into unchartered territories. Bishop Ough issued the challenge Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the opening of the special meeting of the Council of Bishops as the top leaders in the denominations began to receive an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward. 

In a sermon entitled “On Changing Our Minds,” which also dubbed as his presidential address, Bishop Ough called on his colleagues to unbind Methodists, and guide them home. “Let’s help our people empty themselves of the need to control one another. Let’s help our people empty themselves of their fear of the future and their fear of a changed Church. Let’s help our people empty themselves of their obsession for security. Let’s not hinder or harm one another. Let’s take our people off the map. Let’s be open to Christ changing our minds,” he said.

Read Bishop Ough's full address here.