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New Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization Announced

1/25/2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Conference,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!   I am pleased to announce that I will appoint Rev. David A. Gilmore as the New York Conference’s director of congregational development and revitalization on July 1, 2016. Rev. Gilmore currently serves the Centennial United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. – a congregation that has added more than 300 new members under his pastoral leadership.  He is a graduate of Ottawa University ...


Bishop Morris, strong leader and preacher, dies at 78

1/15/2016

By Sam Hodges Jan. 14, 2015 | UMNS Retired United Methodist Bishop William Wesley “Bill” Morris died Thursday morning, Jan. 14, having suffered a massive heart attack at home, the Tennessee Conference reported. Morris, who was 78, led the Alabama-West Florida Episcopal Area from 1992 to 2000. He was the first African American to hold that post, and made news in 1998 when he was among the clergy officiating at the funeral of George Wallace, who had by then often apologized for defending ...


Bishop Woodie W. White's Annual Letter to Martin Luther King Jr

1/15/2016

Detail of the sculpture of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, DC. UMNS photo by Maile Bradfield Bishop Woodie W. White January/February 2016 Editor's Note: Each year, retired United Methodist Bishop Woodie W. White writes a “birthday letter” to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in which he offers his perspective on the state of race relations, particularly in the United States. White, now bishop-in residence at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, was the first ...


NYAC Prayer Vigil for General Conference

1/11/2016

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in this Epiphany season! In May 1000 delegates and thousands of others will gather in Portland, Oregon, for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which is held every four years. Many proposals will be offered, many decisions made, many inspirational moments will be streamed across the world and we will be reminded once again that our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the ...


NYAC Local Pastors Licensing School for 2016

1/4/2016

The Board of Ordained Ministry of the New York Conference is pleased to announce that we will hold our 3rd Local Pastors Licensing School in 2016. Rev. Eileen M. Daunt and Rev. Gene I. Ott will be the co-directors of the school. The school will be held at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut. It will contain four modules about one month apart. We will be using our best clergy instructors to train our soon-to-be pastors with a firm foundation for local church pastoral ministry. The ...


District Superintendent Announcement

12/28/2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers: Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! I am pleased to announce that Reverend Julia Yeon-Hee Yim will be appointed as District Superintendent of the Long Island East District effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Adrienne Brewington will complete her 8-year term as Long Island East District Superintendent in 2016. I know that Rev. Yim will follow the legacy that is left to her with similar zeal and commitment. Rev. Yim has served a variety of churches, ...


Christmas Message from Bishop Middleton

12/18/2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, Grace and peace to you in this season of Christmas! Emmanuel, God with us. “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you – wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10b-11 CEB) We find ourselves today in what some would describe as a wilderness of terror. When these fears paralyze and overwhelm, those who would do harm have already succeeded. The first words in the announcement of ...


Response to Acts of Terror - Message from Bishops Middleton and Webb

12/14/2015

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in this Advent season in the name of Emmanuel! A central focus in many worship services during the Advent season is the Advent Wreath. The outer ring of the wreath holds four simple candles that represent so much: Hope, peace, joy, and love. The world in which we live is crying out for what we claim in our liturgy of Advent. The candle in the center of the wreath represents the promise and reality of ...


United Methodists Give Generously During #Giving Tuesday

12/8/2015

  United Methodists around the world demonstrated inspiring generosity through their contributions on Dec. 1, 2015 — UMC #GivingTuesday. Nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world.   The denomination’s General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million, building additional incentive for giving. More than 770 projects and missionaries received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the designated ...


A Wesleyan response to mass shootings

12/3/2015

Photos by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications Following tragedy like the shootings in San Bernadino, Calif., United Methodists believe we are called to both pray and act for peace.   By Heather Hahn Dec. 3, 2015 (UMNS) As news spread of yet another mass shooting — this time in San Bernardino, California — politically charged debates broke out among Americans. The dispute: Should we be calling for prayer or action in response to rampant gun violence? The answer is both, say many ...


Bishop calls for independent police auditor in Chicago

12/3/2015

Shortly after Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy resigned, faith leaders gathered for a planned rally outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 5th floor City Hall office on Dec. 1 demanding more be done to protect the public from abusive officers. Bishop Sally Dyck along with NIC clergy, laity and several Community Renewal Society member congregations called on Mayor Emanuel to immediately adopt the FAIR COPS Ordinance which calls for an independent civilian police auditor’s office. The rally ...


Prayer Vigil - December 3

12/3/2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Once again our nation grieves as we experience the tragic massacre of innocent people, this time during a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and those who are recovering from injuries. We of the New York Annual Conference are invited to join Bishop Minerva Carcaño and the members of the California Pacific Conference in a time of prayerful remembrance during a Prayer Vigil at 9 p.m. ...


Amid hysteria, a call for hospitality

11/24/2015

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons/National Archives and Records Administration People line up for lunch at Santa Anita Park in April 1942. The park, a converted racetrack, was the United States’ largest assembly center for Japanese Americans on their way to internment camps. By Bishop Roy I Sano Nov. 23, 2015 | OAKLAND, Calif. (UMNS) After President Obama urged the United States to welcome some 10,000 refugees from Syria, more than 20 governors said they refused to welcome refugees in their...


Singing the Sacred: Musical Gifts from Native American Communities

11/24/2015

Music has always been an integral part of Native American life. There were songs for every conceivable event in life. Native American worship music is primarily a corporate, communal experience. Each piece is intended to invoke a blessing on the entire worshiping community. When you join in singing these songs we believe that you will experience that blessing. (From the Introduction by Rev. Alvin Deer, Editor) Singing the Sacred: Musical Gifts from Native American Communities offers Native ...


Call for Episcopal Candidates

11/19/2015

The New York Annual Conference delegation to the General and Jurisdictional conferences has put out an appeal for any elders who are feeling a call to the office of bishop. A new class of bishops will be elected during the 2016 meetings of the Jurisdictional and Central conferences; the number selected is dependent on the needs of each jurisdiction. Bishops are elected every four years and all ordained elders in The United Methodist Church are eligible for nomination. Most nominations to the ...


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