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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...


2 bishops rule on ordination questions

1/3/2017

By Heather Hahn Jan. 3, 2017 | UMNS What is the role of conference boards of ordained ministry in determining whether clergy candidates meet United Methodist standards related to homosexuality and marriage? Two bishops ruled on questions of church law stemming from that issue, meeting the Dec. 31 deadline set by the Judicial Council, the denomination’s top court. Specifically, the church court required Bishop Sally Dyck, who leads the Northern Illinois Conference, and retired Bishop Jane Allen ...


Bishop Middleton's Decision of Law II

1/3/2017

New York Annual Conference Bishop’s Jane Middleton’s Decision of Law II Request for a Decision of Law in Response to Judicial Council Decision 1330 "At the Clergy Session of the 2016 Annual Conference, the session had voted in a single vote by a vote of more than two-thirds of those present and voting to approve the 13 candidates for provisional membership and voted in a single vote by a vote of more than two-thirds of those present and voting to approve the 14 candidates for full membership as ...


Take the Survey: Hymns We Love/Hate

12/21/2016

Survey Seeks Input for New United Methodist Hymnal NASHVILLE, Tenn. December 15, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – United Methodists are being asked to name their favorite and least favorite hymns as part of the initial research conducted by Discipleship Ministries and a diverse committee to revise The United Methodist Hymnal after almost three decades. The first of several online surveys is under way to support the development of the new hymnal, which will be a hybrid print/electronic resource ...


The Conference Center is on the Move! (again)

12/19/2016

Dear Clergy & Laity of the Annual Conference, Our Conference Center will be relocating back to our White Plains building Monday & Tuesday, 12/ 19 & 20 after a significant renovation that was years in the planning by our Board of Trustees.  Since last May, we have been operating out of temporary space in Greenwich, CT during construction.  The primary purpose of the renovation was to address functional issues with our building, including the installation of better insulated walls and windows, ...


Westport & Weston Church Sponsors Refugee Family from Syria

12/13/2016

An interfaith coalition led by the UMC of Westport and Weston, Conn., is helping resettle a refugee family from Syria. One of the co-chairs notes, “the only wrong thing to do, was to do nothing.”


Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops

12/12/2016

Watch the video Christmas greetings from Bishop Bruce Ough and the Council of Bishops United Methodist Council of Bishops December 12, 2016 In a Christmas message to the people of The United Methodist Church on behalf of the Council of Bishops, Council president Bishop Bruce Ough reminds us that disruptions in our lives are sometimes God's call for us to make room for Him in our hearts and our lives. Watch the video here, Bishop Ough’s message follows: “The Christmas story is at its core a ...


Santa teaches lesson in grace

12/8/2016

Photo by Bokerbokblogg, courtesy of Pixabay Around Christmas time in Sweden, one of the biggest celebrations is St. Lucia’s Day celebrated by a girl dressing in a white dress with a red sash round her waist and a crown of candles on her head. By Kathy L. Gilbert Dec. 8, 2016 | UMNS Will Santa be wiggling down your chimney, or using his magic key to get into your home on Christmas Eve? Is he a distant relative of St. Nicholas, a generous saint/monk/bishop who secretly threw gold coins through ...


Grandma’s Kindness To Homeless Inspires Church Volunteer

12/6/2016

The Church of the Village in New York City is thankful for the volunteers who keep their weekly community meal and food pantry going. One of the most stalwart is member Sheila Washington, who overcame homelessness and now comes to The Church of the Village twice a week to feed hungry neighbors. Washington says her grandmother told her to always help those in need.


Pipeline protest supporters cheer re-route ruling

12/5/2016

By Sam Hodges and Doreen Gosmire December 5, 2016 | MITCHELL, S.D. (UMNS) United Methodists who supported the Standing Rock Sioux protest of the Dakotas Access Pipeline cheered the federal government’s decision to deny a construction easement under a dammed section of the Missouri River, and to look for alternative routes. “We’re so excited over the decision, and mindful of all the people who have worked so hard to get to this point,” said the Rev. David Wilson, superintendent of the Oklahoma ...


Update on Hurricane Matthew Relief in Haiti

12/2/2016

December Newsletter By Tom & Wendy Vencuss Last Monday (November 21) we returned from a week-long, whirlwind trip to Haiti. Much of our time was spent in meetings, formal and informal. We met with Eglise Méthodiste D'Haiti  (EMH) leadership, Lauren James from UMCOR, Dr John and Sharon Harbottle, the EMH head engineer, the UMCOR agriculture specialist, Pastor Ezaus, and so many of our friends. While the visit was great, it was also hard, as Haiti is once again going through a difficult time as ...


#GivingTuesday is November 29

11/28/2016

Tomorrow Is UMC #GivingTuesday! UMC #GivingTuesday is almost here! Tomorrow you can join with thousands of United Methodists to shine the light of Christ. When you give to The Advance, you give light, love, and life throughout the world. And more than that: you shed light, love, and life on your own heart. At umcmission.org/give you can browse and search more than 300 United Methodist missionaries and more than 800 United Methodist-related projects to find the best fit for your ...


Recalling The Past, Preparing For Future

11/21/2016

October 12 worship service celebrates the 250th anniversary of the John Street UMC congregation.


Responding to Disaster – Wherever it Comes

11/21/2016

Long-term recovery is just that . . . long. Saturday, October 29 marked the fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy’s devastating arrival on the northeastern shoreline. On that weekend, communities throughout New York and Connecticut gathered to remember, offer support, and recognize both the achievements and the challenges facing the continuing recovery effort. For too many families the anniversary represented the fourth year they have been unable to return home, or worse – the fourth year of ...


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