Prayer for Unity in a Time of Crisis

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

July 08, 2016

My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I am reminded of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. Surely he weeps with us today. Following the tragic shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, which further undermined any sense of trust in the fairness of treatment of blacks and other persons of color, we are now stunned by the wanton act of ambush in Dallas last night resulting in the deaths of five police officers and wounding of ...


Helping West Virginia in this Time of Need

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

June 30, 2016

A UMNS slideshow showing the damage in West Virginia is available for viewing.  Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   The news of flooding from West Virginia has shown great devastation to a part of our nation that is already economically vulnerable. We pray for those who have lost loved ones, all who have lost homes and all who face a long-term recovery effort. As United Methodists, we know that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already on the scene ...


Concrete Acts of Love Can Help Caregivers

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

June 22, 2016

“I know I did the right thing, but I cannot stop feeling guilty for doing so.”  Some decisions are not only difficult to make, they are also heartbreaking to make. His wife has advanced dementia and is difficult for anyone to manage, let alone a 90-plus-year-old spouse. She would not allow aides or companions into her home —that was the first option. She would not consider moving to an assisted living facility. She was closed to every available option. So she stayed where she was longer than was...


Marilyn Chan at Susanna Wesley dormitory & Somreth MC in Kampong Thom

June 13, 2016

This message is from our missionary in Cambodia, Marilyn Chan. We 're visiting the Somreth Methodist Church and was there to empower and encourage the students with sermon and worship. We met with most of the girls that stayed at the dormitory but are tight on space because number of students are progressing. We were there all morning of June 5th 2016.


A Message from the Bishop About the Orlando Massacre

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

June 12, 2016

Beloved Sisters and Brothers of the NYAC, How long oh Lord? How long? Yet another mass killing, this time the worst in American history, leaves us stunned and heart broken. This heinous act of terrorism which has taken the lives of 50 innocent persons and left 53 wounded, many critically, calls us to renewed prayers for an end to violence. Because this act was specifically directed at the LGBTI community we must especially renew our advocacy for justice for all. I call on all of us to ...


Preparing for Those End-of-Life Decisions

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

May 27, 2016

It has to be one of my least favorite things to do. It also happens to be the most spiritually moving thing to be asked to do. It is a request I’ve heard more than once. This time it began with a phone call. “Jim, could you meet us at the hospital. Mom is doing very poorly and we have decided to remove her from life support. We would so appreciate it if you were there when that happens.” I hurriedly cleaned up, got dressed and headed for the hospital, where I was greeted with a question that, I ...


A Pastoral Response to A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

May 17, 2016

We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United Methodists from their suffering and vulnerability have written a love letter to our church at great risk to themselves. These persons are self-identified LGBTQI United Methodist leaders who faithfully serve throughout our connectional church, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and transforming the world by God’s grace. On May 9th they released their letter knowing that ...


GC2016 Day 3: Rev. Bill Shillady

May 12, 2016

Nehemiah 8  9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your ...


GC2016 Day 3: Rev. Bill Shillady

May 12, 2016

Nehemiah 8  9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your ...


GC2016: First Day - Tim Riss

May 11, 2016

Today was the first day of General Conference. It was full of surprises. The first surprise was the addition of security personnel, the checking of all back-packs, satchels, and purses, and the wanding of everyone entering the building. Nothing like this has ever been seen before. And whenever you left the building, which you have to do to get a meal, you re-entered through the same security. Another surprise was the inability of the Conference to pass the rules. We went two and a half hours ...


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