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Cultivating Adult Faith in Practice

8/3/2011

Identifying and talking about experiences of God help adults recognize God’s presence in their daily lives. Invite adults to draw a picture or create a timeline of their spiritual journey, then talk about one place on the journey with another group member. For more information on helping adults talk about their faith, see “Faith Sharing: Easy as 1–2–3”>> an article by Kwasi Kena.


Dropping the I-Word Bulletin Insert

8/3/2011

GCORR is on its way to collecting 10,000 pledges to Drop the I-Word from the United Methodist connection by Dec. 6, 2011. The term “illegal” is inaccurate, harmful and it fails to capture the complexities and varied stories of people involved in the immigration process. Use of the i-word targets people of color and immigrants and leads to racial profiling and scapegoating rather than addressing the larger issues at hand. For more information about this campaign, click here>> To download a copy ...


Christians Worldwide Reach Out to Norway

7/25/2011

A UMNS Report By Barbara Dunlap-Berg* 4:00 P.M. EDT July 25, 2011 In response to the bombing and mass-shooting attack in Norway that killed more than 90 people and injured scores, United Methodist and other church leaders worldwide called for prayer and solidarity. Bishop Christian Alsted, who leads the Nordic and Baltic Area, issued a statement. “Life in Norway that we usually experience safe and secure was brutally shaken by a violent bomb explosion in the government district in Oslo on ...


NYAC Launches New Web Application for Volunteers in Mission

6/15/2011

I am very happy to invite you to the new VIM Web site. You’ll find information about all of the different VIM opportunities available with descriptions of the work we will be doing, and lists of upcoming trips. You’ll be able to apply to go on these trips right from the Web site. The NYAC VIM Web site offers you the following exciting features: 1. Apply to be a member of NYAC VIM team and receive your personal log in username and password. 2. Your completed personal profile online, including ...


5 Things Churches Need to Know About Music Performance License

6/14/2011

1. You do not need to obtain a performance license to play, sing, perform or present music in your congregational worship service in your church. This is allowed by the religious exemption clause in the USA copyright law. It is important to understand that this exemption covers only your congregational worship service in your church. It does not cover copying, broadcasting, telecasting, webcasting, recording, or any other use of the music. These uses may be covered by obtaining permissions from ...


UM Leadership Summit: A Call to Action - Reordering the Life of the Church

4/7/2011

Click here to ready the Highlights of The Call to Action Recommendations>>


Bishop Park's Letter Concerning the Disaster in Japan

3/16/2011

"The earthquake and tsunami in Japan that occurred a few days ago was of historic proportion and has resulted in the death of thousands of persons with thousands more missing. The numbers are sure to rise. Unknown as yet is the full impact that this calamity will have on the amount of radiation emitted into the atmosphere from nuclear power plants. Truly, our hearts are heavy with sorrow and grief. Accordingly, I call upon all New York Conference United Methodists to pray fervently for the ...


Order Eco Palms by 3/29 for Palm Sunday

3/14/2011

At last year's  Annual Conference, we supported a petition "To Encourage Local Church Use of Eco-Palms." Order yours by March 29 for delivery in time for Palm Sunday by clicking here>>


NEJ Clergywomen's Consultation: View photos/video

3/4/2011

NEJ Clergywomen's Consultation in Lancaster, PA, February 27-March 2, 2011   Nearly 400 clergywomen in attendance PARTICIPATING BISHOPS: Bishop Violet Fisher, Bishop Susan Hassinger, Bishop Peggy Johnson, Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, Bishop Susan Morrison See photos of the event and video of each of the five bishops preaching for Opening Worship.  All are posted online (Additional videos of Marjorie Suchocki, Traci West and Bishop Peggy Johnson are forthcoming) Click here to view videos>> ...


An Online Study Opportunity,The Awkward Season: A Lent Retreat

2/25/2011

Offered by the Upper Room through BeADisciple.com. This study is based on the book, The Awkward Season, by Pamela C. Hawkins [Upper Room Books]. The retreat will begin on Wednesday, March 9, and run through Monday, April 25, as participants in small groups engage in personal daily prayer practice; grow deeper in the practice of prayers of intercession; read and discuss Scripture with retreat participants from near and far; and journey through Lent and to Easter together. Participants should plan...


Bishop Park Announces DS Appointments

2/14/2011

February 14, 2011 Dear Members of the New York Annual Conference: Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I am delighted to announce the appointments of two new district superintendents effective July 1st: The Rev. Elizabeth J. (Betsy) Ott will serve the New York/Connecticut District following the Rev. Jeannette Bassinger-Ishii who is completing a seven year term. The Rev. St. Clair A. Samuel will serve the Metropolitan District following the Rev. Noel Chin who is ...


Tables I, II & III - will be available on nyac.com app. Feb 28

2/7/2011

Tables I, II & III will be available for local church input on or around Feb 28 and will remain available for about 5 weeks. Watch this website for additional information.


Looking for Artistic Ideas for Your Church?

11/20/2010

Visit the Liturgical Arts section of this Web site for great photos of Advent and Christmas altar and church decorations. More photos are available by clicking the sub-navigation in the left column of the Liturgical Arts page. Click here to see how other churches in the Conference make the holidays more festive>>


Fostering Gratitude in A Season of Giving

11/19/2010

BY ARNA O’NEILL Children’s Home Kids can be self-centered. It’s normal for them to think first about themselves, despite all of our efforts to help them be more empathetic or appreciative1. The good news, though, is that we can help them broaden their perspectives and see beyond themselves. We can help them think about others, and help them approach life with an attitude of gratitude. Here are a few suggestions for fostering thankfulness in your kids even after Thanksgiving is over: Teach ...


Bishop Park Issues Letter Regarding Hate Crimes

11/18/2010

Bishop Park responds to the escalation of hate crimes in America and around the world. Click here to read his letter>>


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