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 ...


GC2016: Getting Connected from the Start

Joanne Utley

May 09, 2016

Check out all these different ways to connect with what’s going on in Portland:   Live Video Stream http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/general-conference-2016-live-video-stream-english  Beginning at 5 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, May 10. Just remember that the local time in Portland, Oregon, is three hours behind New York. To follow the liturgy for each live-streamed worship service go to: https://gc2016worship.org/.   To Follow the Action Get the Android or iOS version app for your mobile devices at the ...


A Plea for Love

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

May 02, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace in the precious name of Jesus Christ!   A statement issued today by 15 pastors and candidates for ministry in the New York Annual Conference who are part of the LGBTQI community brings a new reality to an issue which is on the hearts of many United Methodists. We are not of one mind on this issue.   I am bishop of all United Methodists in the New York Annual Conference, no matter where they stand on this and other ...


Conference Center on the Move

Ross Williams

May 02, 2016

Dear Clergy & Laity of the Annual Conference, Please post this reference sheet where your church secretary and church leaders can refer to it. Our Conference Center will soon be undergoing a renovation that has been years in the planning by our Board of Trustees.  During this time, roughly May 4th through September, we will be relocating to temporary space on the Greenwich / Port Chester border.  The renovation will primarily focus on addressing functional issues with our current ...


Mission Notes from Cagayan Valley, Philippines, Rev. E. Tapia

May 01, 2016

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Earthquake in Japan - Update from Hikari Kokai Chang

April 26, 2016

It was Thursday, April 14th when the southern island of Kyushu in Japan was hit by a M6.5 earthquake. On Saturday, another M7.3 quake caused even more damage. In particular, the Kumamoto Prefecture - the epicenter of the quake - was hit so hard that numerous buildings collapsed and caught fire.  Infrastructures across Kyushu were severely damaged, and landslides caused by quakes made relief work more difficult. Despite their difficult circumstances, many NGOs and religious organizations, ...


Marilyn Chan Visiting Livelihood project with GBGM Auditor on March 11-2016

April 24, 2016

On March 11-2016, Marilyn and her secretary, Sophany visited women's Livelihood that was granted by Women's Desk Program . To help support them for the small businesses that they can earn some benefit to take care their family and to reduce the poverty. Also they can send their children to school to get more knowledge that can help their family to have more confidence and to have better life. We took the picture with Pastor and his wife and Sunil our Auditor from GBGM In Front of the church at ...


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