Messages from Our Bishop


Conference Secretary Announcement

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May 05, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace to you! It is with great joy that I share some very good news!   After consultation with the District Superintendents, I will present Margaret Howe for election as Conference Secretary at our upcoming Annual Conference session. I can’t imagine a more qualified person for this position, or a person more committed to the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church.   Margaret has served the church ...


Earthquake in Nepal

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April 29, 2015

  Dear NYAC Family,   Grace and peace to you in the name of the risen Christ! In Nepal, the death toll has passed 5,000 with over 8,000 people reported to have suffered injuries from the earthquakes. As the continuing threats of aftershocks, injuries and destruction are known, surely we weep. I know you join with me in prayer for our sisters and brothers in that place. We have received the following message from one of our missionaries in Nepal:   Saturday in Nepal we experienced a 45 ...


Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program

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April 23, 2015

  Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Conference: Grace and peace to you in the name of the risen Christ. One of the many legacies our conference has received from the powerful ministry of Bishop Martin D. McLee is the Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program. The idea for this fund was the creation of Bishop Martin D. McLee who had a profound desire to provide financial support to clergy aged 40 years or younger serving in the New York Annual Conference. This fund, to which many have ...


District Superintendent Announcement

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February 24, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! I am pleased to announce that Reverend Tim Riss will be appointed as District Superintendent of the Catskill Hudson District effective July 1, 2015. He brings a great deal of experience to this position, as a pastor (three of his appointments were in this area) and as a leader in many areas of the life of the New York Annual Conference. At the General Church level he has been elected to General Conference many...


Lent: A Time to Give Up, Take Up and Receive

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February 13, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! It was Good Friday 20 years ago. I had just finished preaching at the Interfaith Good Friday Service which was held that year at the Presbyterian Church. On my way back into my office to make preparations for the evening service and for the several services on Easter Sunday I met the music director coming out of the church. When he asked the usual “How are you?” I said, “I think I have Holy-week-itis.” He ...


Let's Defeat Malaria

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February 09, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, As we enter this holy season of Lent, I am writing to you about a life or death issue. Malaria kills over 500,000 of God’s children every year, mostly in Africa. The good news is that since 2000 malaria deaths in Africa have been cut in half from 1,000,000/year. How is this possible? The reason for this amazing reduction of malaria deaths has been a worldwide campaign to eradicate this deadly disease. Several organizations have joined together to reduce ...


Update on Connectional Ministries

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January 22, 2015

I am pleased to announce that Ann Pearson will be the Connectional Ministries Consultant until a new Director of Connectional Ministries is in place.


Happy New Year!

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January 05, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, Greetings in the name and hope of Jesus Christ! Happy New Year! We Christians experience many opportunities for new beginnings. As we enter into 2015, this temporal, secular new year is one of those occasions. We can use this launch of a new year to reflect on the year that has ended and to make resolutions and intentions for the next twelve months. It is a time to prayerfully ask the question, "What is God’s yearning for me, for us in the year to come?" There...


With great joy and anticipation I greet you in the name and the hope of Jesus Christ!

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January 02, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, With great joy and anticipation I greet you in the name and the hope of Jesus Christ! I thank God for the ministry of Bishop Martin McLee who in a short time has left a powerful legacy to the New York Annual Conference. During the past few months, the ministries of Bishop Neil Irons and Bishop Ernest Lyght have been a gift to the conference. And now it is my honor and privilege to serve as your interim bishop for the next 20 months. I consider this ...


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