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Bishop Bickerton: "Be Still & Know" Good Advice for Lent

3/15/2017

I recently read an article in the New York Times by Amy Krouse Rosenthal entitled, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”  In that article, the well-known author of children’s books reveals that she is in the final stages of ovarian cancer.  With each paragraph, Rosenthal paints a beautiful picture of the loving relationship she shares with her husband and the direction she is taking with the remaining days of her life.  The diagnosis of her cancer came quickly and unexpectedly. Plans had to ...


David Gilmore: Too Tired to Try These 40 Days?

3/15/2017

During this season of Lent will we try or are we too tired? Will we try to live right and holy, or are we too tired? Will we try to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself, or are we too tired? Will we try to move beyond personal wants and minister to community needs, or are we too tired? Will we try to look past the past . . . giving thanks for the right now no matter how “rocky” right now might be, or are we too tired? Will we try to respond to...


Breaking the silence to build support

3/10/2017

By Linda Bloom March 9, 2017 | NEW YORK (UMNS) “If I was given a dollar for every time I was told I’m too pretty to be a pastor, I could pay off the church building debt.” It almost sounds like a joke. But those words reflect a painful reality for the unnamed clergywoman quoted in a video — “#HerTruth: Women in Ministry Break Their Silence” — produced for the North Alabama Conference’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women. The fact that a man reads her words in the video drives the point ...


Early Response Team at Work in W.Va.

2/24/2017

  The early response team of six – three adults and three teens – traveled to Rainelle, W.Va. for their work. By Ross Porter, group leader On February 18, a group of 3 adults and 3 teenagers arrived in Rainelle, W.Va., to volunteer in the aftermath of severe flooding that hit the state on June 23, 2016. We are in Greenbrier County, one of 14 counties affected by this flooding. Rainelle alone has over 150 homes that were under from 3 to 8 feet of water.   Work focused on shoring up the ...


Youth Ambassadors in Mission Blog from Ghana

2/24/2017

Youth Ambassadors in Mission and others on the church steps in Ghana. Check out additional blog entries Children's Sunday in Ghana We started off the day a little late. We were supposed to get up and be in the cafeteria by 8:30, but by the time everyone got up and ready for breakfast, it was closer to 9. After breakfast we headed out to church. Church was very fun, everyone sung and danced. The service was very lively and it caused many laughs. This Sunday was Children’s Sunday in the Ghana...


Viewing Clinton’s campaign through faith, gender

2/6/2017

When a group of young clergywomen joined an effort to provide a daily devotion to Hillary Clinton during the recent U.S. presidential campaign, they were looking to support a fellow United Methodist and also acknowledge the women who have broken both glass ceilings and stained-glass ceilings.


Immigration Statement from NEJ Bishops

2/1/2017

The Northeastern Jurisidiction's College of Bishops has released a statement citing the disconnect between the current position of the United States and the mission of the church toward immigrant populations.


Bishop Bickerton: A Statement on Executive Orders

1/30/2017

Read a statement from the Northeastern Jurisdictional's College of Bishops on immigration. Dear Friends & Colleagues, A few weeks ago I made my way to New York City for a meeting. As has become my routine, I drove to the White Plains train station to catch my ride. When I pulled into the parking garage, there were plenty of empty spaces The only problem was that each one of them had the same message: “Metered Parking. Permit Only. All others towed.” Six floors of empty spaces and one message: “...


Appointment Announcement from Bishop Bickerton

1/30/2017

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has appointed The Reverend Alpher K. Sylvester as the new Connecticut District Superintendent, effective July 1, 2017.   Rev. Sylvester is currently the pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Albans, New York.  He will succeed the Rev. Ken Kieffer who is completing his eighth year in the Connecticut District. Future appointments and clear openings will be announced on Monday mornings through e-mail and postings on the New York Annual Conference website, ...


Faith leaders urge welcome to strangers, refugees

1/30/2017

Just two days after President Donald Trump issued an order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries, faith leaders countered that action in Sunday sermons that reminded people to love and welcome their neighbors.


Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting

1/26/2017

Atlanta, Ga.: The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia January 23-26, 2017, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance. Led by commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Ken Carter, members worked and worshipped together and began the foundational work integral to their charge of developing consensus about how to move forward amid different theological understandings of LGBTQ identity. “We need to diagnose what is ...


United Methodist churches offer sanctuary

1/23/2017

More than 800 places of worship — including some 60 United Methodist churches — vow to shelter and protect immigrants fearing deportation under the administration of President Donald Trump. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story.


Event Puts Jan. 20 Spotlight on Immigration

1/22/2017

New York Conference clergy and lay persons joined Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton on January 20 to work, learn and pray with members of the immigrant community on Long Island.


A Letter to Martin Luther King Jr.—2017

1/12/2017

Photo by Maile Bradfield, United Methodist News Service The Martin Luther King Jr, National Memorial in Washington, D.C.   Bishop Woodie W. White January-February 2017 Dear Martin: This letter almost did not get written this year. I needed more time to sort out the meaning of events during this election season and the election itself. My wife, Kim, however, gave me a rather stern lecture, and insisted that I share my reflections. So, here goes! A few weeks before the election, I was having a ...


6 tips on crowdfunding for churches

1/11/2017

Illustration by Dieter Scheppeit, courtesy of Pixabay; modified by UMNS The General Council on Finance and Administration has released a guide for United Methodist churches considering using crowdfunding websites.   By Heather Hahn Jan. 11, 2017 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The Kickstarter-launched rock album. The Indiegogo-funded science lab. The GoFundMe-aided charity. In this increasingly connected online world, is crowdfunding that one weird trick churches need to bolster giving? Crowdfunding...


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