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Conference Center Closed Thursday 9/1 through Monday 9/5

8/31/2016

Our offices are closed on Thursday 9/1 due to an urgent building maintenance issue, Friday 9/2 (summer hours) and Monday 9/5 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday 9/6 at 8:30am.


God's Sign for a New Future

8/29/2016

My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Last week I jogged about a mile away from the condo where I’ve been living for the past 20 months to the Conference Center. As I stood in front of this building under renovation I looked up at the sky to see a full rainbow — a sign of God’s blessing over this building that is only partially restored. Could this be a metaphor for The United Methodist Church today? We too are undergoing a renovation. ...


Update on NEJ Call to Action Legislation

8/27/2016

The NEJ College of Bishops is beginning to address the Call to Action legislation passed at the 2016 NEJ Conference. At our first college meeting following the Conference on August 11 and 12, the College spent significant time discussing next steps.


Applications Sought for Hymnal Revision Committee Members

8/25/2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Aug. 24, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Discipleship Ministries is accepting applications for committee members who will revise The United Methodist Hymnal with a new collection of hymns and rituals that allows United Methodists to more deeply engage as disciples and proclaimers of the gospel through their singing and worship. Members of the Hymnal Revision Committee will be selected this fall by Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Publishing House, the Council of ...


Bishops Respond to Gay Colleague

8/24/2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Even before Bishop Karen Oliveto takes office Sept. 1, her election as The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop already has prompted reactions from her episcopal colleagues. Meanwhile, as a married lesbian, she is already facing complaints under church law. Heather Hahn reports.


A Plea from Louisiana Bishop Harvey

8/20/2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the NYAC. We have received this message from the bishop of Louisiana, Bishop Cynthia Harvey, whose episcopal residence is in Baton Rouge. I invite you to share this with your congregation and to consider how God might be calling you to respond. There is a need for clean up buckets, for funding through UMCOR which can be sent to the NYAC conference office, at some future point for VIM teams, and most of all for prayer. You will receive more specific information soon. ...


A Message from Bishop Bickerton

8/19/2016

In preparation for becoming the episcopal leader of the New York Area on September 1, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton spent three days this week meeting with his cabinet, the conference staff and various NYAC leaders. He also toured the conference center and the new episcopal residence. At the end of his visit, he offered this message to the people and churches he will lead in Connecticut and New York.


MARCHA attendees call on members to vote

8/17/2016

By the Rev. Hector Burgos Aug. 17, 2016 | SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (UMNS) More than 200 members of MARCHA elected a new president, passed resolutions calling on members to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and another calling for an end to discrimination against LGBTQ people in the church. The 45th assembly for United Methodism’s Hispanic/Latino caucus met Aug. 4-7 in San Juan with a theme of “Embracing New Horizons.” Presentations, messages, devotionals and workshops promoted reflection...


New group aims to boost evangelical voice

8/10/2016

By Heather Hahn Aug. 10, 2016 | UMNS A new evangelical United Methodist group is taking shape just as the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate appears to be reaching a turning point. Some United Methodists are anxious about the group. Even before its first gathering set for Oct. 7 in Chicago, the new Wesleyan Covenant Association faced suspicions that it is trying to force a church divide and form a new denomination. However, that is not the association’s intent, organizers maintain. “...


Are clergy underpaid? New study reveals rising wages, shorter hours, diminishing wage gap

8/4/2016

The wages of battling sin are getting better for men and women of the cloth. Non-Catholic clergy have experienced significant increases in income even as their workweeks declined by more than 15 percent in recent decades, according to a major new study of clergy compensation. Former UMNS editor David Briggs reports for the Association of Religion Data Archives.


Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady's Closing Benediction at the DNC

7/28/2016

View 2 videos and read the advance text of Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady's benediction at the closing of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


Shillady to Pray at DNC After Clinton's Acceptance Speech

7/27/2016

Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady chats with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 175th anniversary celebration of the United Methodist City Society in November 2013. Clinton was the event's keynote speaker. The advance text of Shillady's benediction and two videos can be found here. BY JOANNE S. UTLEY Editor, The Vision The Reverend Dr. William S. Shillady will offer the benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia following Hillary Clinton’s acceptance ...


U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1

7/18/2016

By Linda Bloom July 18, 2016 | NEW YORK (UMNS)  Most of the 15 United Methodist clergy elected as new U.S. bishops last week will be packing their bags to move to a new home within their region. After the elections, the denomination’s five U.S. jurisdictional conferences announced assignments for bishops in all 46 episcopal areas, effective Sept. 1. Fifteen bishops are retiring and another 22 are remaining in their current assignment areas for another four years. New bishop Bob Farr will remain...


Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop

7/16/2016

Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.   By Kathy L. Gilbert July 16, 2016 | SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (UMNS) The first time she stood and faced a packed church as the newest bishop of the Western Jurisdiction, Karen Phyllis Oliveto was blessed with a resounding standing ...


We Welcome Our New Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton

7/15/2016

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has been assigned to lead the New York Conference for the next four years. He has led the Pittsburgh Area since being elected a bishop in 2004.


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