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Videos of Annual Conference Services

6/21/2017

Are you yearning to hear that powerful sermon from annual conference again or looking to share it with someone who missed it? Check out the GNTV Media Ministry shop to purchase audio and/or video of the event you desire, either on a CD or via download. According to the GNTV web site: "The 2017 New York Annual Conference, “Pathways & Possibilities: The Journey of Disciple Making,” was held June 7-10 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. This product contains the video and audio recordings of ...


NYAC Redrafts, Approves Resolution on Divestment Policies

6/15/2017

During the 218th session of the New York Annual Conference, all but one resolution was approved on the consent calendar by the plenary. That initial resolution, #AC501 “Caring for God’s Creation through Improved Investment Policies,” was submitted by the conference Board of Church & Society and was on page 83 of the pre-conference booklet. A substitute resolution was offered by Rev. Bill Shillady and members of the conference's Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. When that version came to ...


Bishop Bickerton's Episcopal Address

6/8/2017

  PHOTO BY STEPHANIE PARSONS New York Annual Conference 2017   Before I begin my remarks, I want to say a heartfelt word of thanks to so many of you for your unbelievably warm and affirming welcome to New York.  I have said to so many that I have been blessed by a warm welcome everywhere I have been privileged to serve but never more so than I have here in New York.  Sally and I have been overwhelmed by the constant and consistent words of support, acts of kindness, and expressions of ...


Service of Remembrance Sermon by Rev. Jay Williams

6/8/2017

Rev. Jay Williams, Ph.D., preached during the NYAC Service of Remembrance on Thursday, June 8. The transcript of his full sermon is available.


NYAC BOOM Responds to Judicial Council Ruling

5/18/2017

At their meeting on May 13, 2017, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the New York Conference adopted the following statement: “We reaffirm our statement from March 1, 2016, in its entirety. We continue to support all of our candidates on their journey toward ordination and continued service to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. We recognize that other Boards of Ordained Ministry and Conferences have taken a similar stance against the denomination’s unjust position regarding issues of human ...


5 Constitutional Amendments Head to Vote at AC

5/16/2017

UMNS | General Conference delegates had their say last year. Now, it’s up to annual conference voters to determine whether five amendments will become part of The United Methodist Church’s constitution. In the coming months, the voters span style="mso-field-code: " HYPERLINK \0022http\:\/\/s3\.amazonaws\.com\/Website_Properties\/news-media\/documents\/2016_Proposed_Constitutional_Amendments\.pdf\0022 \\t \0022_blank\0022 "">will consider changes that address matters of gender equality, ...


JFON Working to Cover Increased Demand for Help

5/16/2017

Each year, attorneys across the country working for the Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) program assist thousands of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. According to their web site, they do this one client at a time, slogging through the miles of paperwork, filings, and court appearances for each case. And these services are needed now more than ever in light of the actions and policies of the Trump administration. Recently, Rob Rutland-Brown, director of National JFON, reported that the ...


UMC Believes In Welcoming, Not Exiting

5/16/2017

When I was a boy my eyes would always light up when my Mom let me buy a “connect the dots” book from the store.  The books would usually start off with easy puzzles, ones where you could almost see the final product before you ever got started.  But with each passing page, the dots would get more in number and the pictures didn’t reveal themselves until the very end.  With every number identified and every line drawn, the picture would get clearer and more recognizable. I really enjoyed “...


May is Mental Health Awareness Month

5/8/2017

by Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. May is known for many observances, but it is also known for Mental Health Awareness Month. In our churches, we often feed the souls of our congregants and visitors, which includes speaking to the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, and this month can reach all of these. A Huffington Post article from August 2015 lists some eye-opening statistics on mental illness:   Half of all adults will suffer from mental illness in their lifetime. Half of all chronic mental ...


Bishops back special Sunday for migration crisis

5/4/2017

By Sam Hodges May 4, 2017 | DALLAS (UMNS) The United Methodist Council of Bishops has backed designating a Sunday later this year for prayers about the global migration crisis and for collecting a special offering to address suffering caused by forced migration. The bishops, meeting May 4, also received an update on efforts toward achieving full communion between The United Methodist Church and Episcopal Church. A handful of reports were accepted in the next-to-last-day of the council’s Dallas ...


NYAC Woman One of 17 New GBGM Missionaries

5/4/2017

By Elliot Wright and Ivy Couch* Seventeen new United Methodist missionaries will be blessed on May 8, 2017 by leaders of the church’s worldwide mission agency in preparation for being formally commissioned (sent) at regional church conferences in the late spring and early summer. Quest J. Hunter, who grew up in the Vanderveer Park UMC in Brooklyn, will be commissioned as a community engagement missionary during the New York Annual Conference next month. The blessing, which will include a ...


Ruling greeted with confusion, hope

4/29/2017

By Kathy L. Gilbert April 30, 2017 | UMNS At the end of the day, Bishop Karen Oliveto remains bishop of the Mountain Sky Conference even after The United Methodist Church’s top court ruled consecrating a gay bishop violates church law. Judicial Council said in Decision 1341 the bishop would still be in “good standing” until an administrative or judicial process is completed. “It has been a very stressful time of waiting — waiting for clarity. And I’m very excited that I get to continue to do ...


Statement from Bishop Bickerton on Judicial Council Rulings

4/29/2017

I, like many of you, read with prayerful concern yesterday the decisions of the United Methodist Judicial Council regarding the status of Bishop Karen Oliveto (Decision 1341) as well as the Bishop’s Decision of Law in the New York Annual Conference (Decision 1343).  The Judicial Council ruled that Bishop Oliveto remains a bishop in good standing although her consecration violated church law.  In making this decision, the Judicial Council ruled that they did not have the power under church law ...


Consecration of gay bishop against church law

4/28/2017

The consecration of a gay bishop violates church law, the top court of The United Methodist Church has ruled. However, the bishop “remains in good standing,” the Judicial Council said in Decision 1341, until an administrative or judicial process is completed.


President of the Council of Bishops: Statement regarding Judicial Council decision 1341

4/28/2017

United Methodist Council of Bishops April 28, 2017 TO:  All United Methodists FROM:  Bishop Bruce R. Ough, President Council of Bishops RE:  Judicial Council Decision Grace to you and peace from God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, the Judicial Council released its decision on a request for a declaratory decision from the South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) in response to the Western Jurisdiction’s (WJ) nomination, election, consecration and assignment of Karen Oliveto as a Bishop of ...


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