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UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters

9/22/2017

UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters This page will be regularly updated with information on how UMCOR is responding to hurricane Maria. Please visit UMCOR’s Facebook for additional content. UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria Friday, September 22, 2017 With the passing of the storm, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with severe damage to homes, power lines, and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in...


Bishop's Message of Hope and Comfort to Those Affected by Hurricane Maria and the Earthquake in Mexico

9/20/2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues, My heart is heavy this morning as I write this note to you.  The past two days I have watched the morning news and been stunned by the developing story of yet another massive hurricane bearing down on Puerto Rico and the numerous Caribbean islands in that region.  My own sense of fear has been heightened as buildings have collapsed and lives have been altered forever as a result of another massive earthquake in Mexico.  These are places that you call home. These are...


NYAC Disaster Response Updates

9/18/2017

The New York Conference Disaster Response Office continues to be in contact with UMCOR, Conference Disaster Response and VIM Coordinators, and other partners as we develop a plan for effective response to the effects of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and as we monitor Jose and Maria. We have established collection sites for clean-up and health kits, are offering both ERT basic and recertification classes, and are organizing Early Response Teams. What can you do to assist these efforts? Please click...


Alpher Sylvester Installed as Connecticut DS

9/15/2017

Bishop Bickerton, right, and members of the cabinet lays hands on as they pray for Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester during his installation as Connecticut District superintendent. View the photo gallery here. BY JOANNE UTLEY Editor, The Vision In a spirit-filled service marked by uplifting music and exuberant preaching, Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester was officially installed as superintendent of the Connecticut District on September 10. The Nichols UMC in Trumbull, Conn., was filled to capacity to ...


Current US and Worldwide Disaster Response

9/12/2017

The New York Conference Disaster Response Office has been in contact with UMCOR as we continue to monitor the effects of disasters around the country and the world to make plans for an appropriate response. At this point we are in a position of "waiting" - but that does not mean one of inactivity. UMCOR is working with local Disaster Response Coordinators to identify and prepare Early Response Teams for future deployment, identifying volunteer housing, and preparing a database of supplies and ...


NY Conf Flood Bucket/Cleaning Kits Drop-Off Locations

9/12/2017

The following churches are accepting flood buckets/cleaning kits:   Asbury UMC, Croton-on-Hudson, NY Call Pastor Melissa at 646-241-7746 Bayport, NY UMC M-Tu-Th-Fr - 10am-2pm; Special arrangements, please call 631-472-0770 or e-mail: senior.pastor@bayport.org Calvary UMC, Bronx Tu - Th- Fr, 9am-1pm Hicksville, NY UMC 9:30 to 11 AM  10/14, 11/11, 12/9 or by arrangement: Ellen Giuffrida egiuffrida@me.com New Paltz, NY UMC Please call Margaret Howe for drop-off instructions 845-943-8962 ...


Faith Helped Clinton Grieve, Look to Future Optimistically

9/8/2017

Hillary Rodham Clinton responds to a question from Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli during a conversation on faith and politics at Riverside Church September 7. The event was a benefit for Camp Olmsted. Photo by Dave Cross View the video of the event here and a photo gallery here. By Joanne S. Utley Communications Coordinator, New York Conference Resist. Insist. Persist. Enlist. That was the message that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shared in a conversation about her faith and...


Church Partnership with Hardware = Cleaning Buckets

9/7/2017

By Neal Bowes Written for the Youth Worker Collective Giving teens a way to get their hands dirty in response to disasters like Hurricane Harvey is absolutely essential.  Far too often churches relegate the hands-on helping to the adults and miss the power of harnessing the passion of students.   What do you do?  How do we help channel our students in our churches to make a difference in the lives of those recovering from this tragedy?  One word: UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief ...


Bishop Bickerton Responds on Hurricane Relief

9/6/2017

Dear Friends & Colleagues,   It seems that writing pastoral letters to you has become a constant in these days of turmoil and uncertainty.  Global instability, political upheaval, and domestic acts of hatred have dominated our lives in recent weeks.  Now, yet another threat has consumed our thoughts and prayers.   I, like you, am heartbroken at the images coming out of Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey.  And, even as I write this letter, Hurricane Irma is raging through the ...


NY Conference Board of Church & Society responding to hate with love through prayer, action, and repentance

8/18/2017

Dear Justice Builders,   According to the United Methodist social principles, “we recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons. We rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to our total life.”   This weekend in Charlottesville, VA even as white nationalists and neo Nazis lashed out with rage and hatred, people of faith showed up as a witness of love that stood up against the evil that is racism. Let us rise in solidarity with ...


Bishop Bickerton Responds to Charlottesville Events

8/16/2017

Dear Friends & Colleagues of the New York Annual Conference, This one has taken a little while. Having a virus in the middle of the summer will do that to you; so will the virus that seems to have affected life all around us, . . . When the word began to emerge from the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia a few days ago one of my first reactions was a genuine one: “What will I say this time that will be any different than what has been said over and over again these past several ...


Bishop Bickerton: Fruit of the Spirit, Words to Live By

8/14/2017

Words to describe the times in which we are living are not hard to come by these days.  Words like unpredictable, challenging, and confusing come quickly to mind.  Drill down deeper and you will find words and phrases like crazy, head-scratching, and bizarre bubbling to the surface. Whatever the word, these are times when each day brings a new story that only increases the search for the right word to describe it all. Depending on which side of the fence you find yourself, it seems that these ...


New Haven Church Provides Sanctuary for Immigrant

8/9/2017

First and Summerfield UMC in New Haven, Conn., offers sanctuary for Ecuadorean immigrant facing imminent deportation.


Churches across the world invited to pray for Korean reunification

8/1/2017

On 13 August, churches across the world are invited to show solidarity with Korean churches by joining a “Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” The theme for the prayer is based on Romans 14:19: “Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” The day of prayer occurs two days before Liberation Day in Korea (15 August), during which people celebrate Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonization. The joint prayer was prepared by the Korean ...


Conferences take on immigration, sexuality

8/1/2017

By Heather Hahn July 31, 2017 | UMNS Between singing “And Are We Yet Alive” and closing with prayer, U.S. annual conferences took stands on various hot-button issues. These included the treatment of migrants and the status of LGBTQ individuals. Conference members also heard presentations on the Commission on a Way Forward, the bishop-appointed group that has the task of finding new ways to be in unity amid differing views of homosexuality. The tension within The United Methodist Church was on ...


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