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


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


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 ...

NEJ delegates vow to fight racism in church, community


By Rev. Maidstone Mulenga | Baltimore-Washington Conference Delegates to the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, meeting in Lancaster on July 14, pledged to work together as United Methodists to fight the scourge of racism. The pledge was made after the conference unanimously approved a resolution that called for the church to do more to fight discrimination, to confront racism, and to affirm that all lives matter in God’s eyes. In the resolution brought to the floor by the Rev. Joe ...

We Welcome Our New Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton


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.

NEJ Elects LaTrelle Easterling as Second of Two New Bishops


The Reverend LaTrelle Easterling, district superintendent for the Metro Boston Hope District in the New England Conference was the second of two bishops elected at the Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference on Thursday, July 14 in the 17th round of voting. Read Rev. Easterling's Episcopal Candidate Information Form. Read the story on the New England Conference web site.

NEJ Elects Cynthia Moore-Koikoi as First of Two New Bishops


The Reverend Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Baltimore Metropolitan District Superintendent from the Baltimore Washington Conference was the first of two bishops elected at the Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference on Wednesday, July 13 in the 11th round of voting. Read Rev. Moore-Koikoi's Episcopal Candidate Information Form. Story on BWC's web site.  

NEJ College of Bishops' Statement


STATEMENT FROM THE NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION COLLEGE OF BISHOPS DELIVERED AT THE OPENING OF THE 2016 NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION CONFERENCE BY BISHOP SANDRA STEINER BALL, PRESIDENT OF THE NEJ COLLEGE OF BISHOPS Wednesday, July 13, 2016   As we gather for this Jurisdictional Conference many persons have been confronted and consumed with the overwhelming reports of shootings and violence. Life taken! Trust broken! Anger and fear growing. Frustration and despair looming. We believe that God’s heart...

Bishop's Decision of Law


Bishop’s Decision of Law (A decision of law made by a bishop in response to a written question during the annual conference session)   The request for a decision of law regarding certain proceedings and procedures of the Board of Ordained Ministry is denied inasmuch as such proceedings and procedures of an independent Conference board is not a subject upon which a decision of law can be made, and also in part because certain questions are hypothetical and out of order.   At the Clergy Session of...

Bishop Middleton: Prayer for Unity in a Time of Crisis


My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I am reminded of Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. Surely he weeps with us today. Following the tragic shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, which further undermined any sense of trust in the fairness of treatment of blacks and other persons of color, we are now stunned by the wanton act of ambush in Dallas last night resulting in the deaths of five police officers and wounding of ...

Bishops respond to fatal shootings


United Methodist bishops in Louisiana and Indiana responded to recent violence, including fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. The two black men were killed by police officers and their deaths were captured on video. Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey and other United Methodist clergy held a July 7 prayer service for both Sterling’s family and the police. Indiana Area Bishop Mike Coyner addressed mass shootings and police shootings in an “...

Helping West Virginia in this Time of Need


A UMNS slideshow showing the damage in West Virginia is available for viewing.  Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   The news of flooding from West Virginia has shown great devastation to a part of our nation that is already economically vulnerable. We pray for those who have lost loved ones, all who have lost homes and all who face a long-term recovery effort. As United Methodists, we know that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already on the scene ...

New England Conference Adopts 'Action of Non-Conformity' Resolution


The New England Annual Conference said it would not wait any longer for The United Methodist Church to change its position on homosexuality. Members voted 445/179 Friday afternoon to support the resolution titled “Action of Non-Conformity with the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. (This is the original not amended resolution).” There were 17 abstentions and two blank ballots. It states, in part, “The NEAC will not conform or comply with provisions of the Discipline which ...

New England, South Georgia differ on gay clergy


By Kathy L. Gilbert and Beth DiCocco June 16, 2016 | LAWRENCE, Mass. (UMNS) The New England Conference began with a gathering to remember the Orlando shooting victims that became a passionate conversation about the pain felt by many about the violence and the church’s stance on LGBTQ people. “Many people spoke, many came out, many disavowed the Discipline and the General Conference,” wrote the Rev. Will Green on his Facebook page about a two-hour, unplanned discussion. Pictures of the 49 ...

Understanding the Horrors of Solitary Cells


BY SHEILA PEIFFER | What do you think it would feel like to be in total isolation for 23 hours of each day for days and years on end? To be subjected to constant light and constant noise in a space that you can span with your arms? To be left with psychological scars so deep that you can never be in an elevator alone again?

Speaking up after Orlando shootings


NYAC Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, center,  joins in a march from The Church of The Village (COTV) to the Stonewall Inn on June 13 in a stand against hatred and bigotry prompted by the mass killings at a gay club in Orlando. Rev. Vicki Flippin marches alongside the bishop. The march followed a worship service at COTV. BY LINDA BLOOM AND SAM HODGES UMNS / With local reporting In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting incident in U.S. history, church leaders say United Methodists must speak up ...

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