August 01, 2013
“May you live to be 120!” This traditional Jewish birthday blessing comes from the book of Genesis (6:3). The Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There was a time when this wish was at best a metaphor and, at worst, trite and meaningless. The likelihood of living that long is still not reality for most of us, but it is increasingly more within the realm of possibility. We now have centenarians as an ...
July 01, 2013
I had the privilege of attending a retirement event for a friend recently. He is, by normal standards, an older person. And with that standard comes certain societal assumptions—the attitude that he should retire, that he should not be in the work place. Presumably these assumptions are made purely on the basis of aging. What was so wonderful about this event is that it was the third time he retired. Someone evidently asked him if he was going to bow to the realities of aging and really retire ...
June 14, 2013
NYAC Family: I write to thank you for your support, participation, prayers and for the experience of community at the celebration of our 214th Session of the New York Annual Conference. Thank you for responding so well to new approaches to the experience of Annual Conference. I have received multiple notes of appreciation and compliments. All of the glory goes to God. It is with great expectation that I look forward to what God has in store for us next year! On our journey toward becoming the ...
June 01, 2013
“I just don’t want to be alone!” He is nearly 90 years old and has just been told he is terminally ill, with a very short time to live. His fear of being alone as his earthly journey comes to an end is certainly not uncommon; nor is it limited to older people. Despite the fact that he has embraced a life of faith throughout his years; despite the fact that he believes there is life after death; and despite the fact that he knows he is surrounded by God’s love, he is still fearful! When he ...
May 22, 2013
The paradox that sometimes unfolds in nature has resulted in a tornado that has brought devastation to the state of Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the recent tornado, we are called to pray for the victims, the first responders and for the city of Moore, Oklahoma. In the New York area we have experienced similar natural catastrophes and we can testify that prayer is helpful. I invite you to pray.
May 07, 2013
Many of you may have read the recently published article in The New York Times that centered on same sex marriage and The United Methodist Church. The confidentiality requirements of the complaint process prevent me from discussing the case in detail. However, as is the case on many issues confronting the church today, there are multiple perspectives associated with human sexuality.
May 07, 2013
To help the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, UMCOR has allocated much of the $8.35 million it had received in Sandy donations by early March. On April 12, UMCOR directors approved $3 million grants to both the New York and Greater New Jersey conferences, to be delivered in six-month installments. The Peninsula-Delaware Conference received $500,000 for its Sandy recovery work in Somerset County, Md. Another $500,000, not yet approved, has been earmarked for the Methodist Church of Cuba, which is preparing its grant proposal.
May 02, 2013
Summerfield United Methodist Church, organized in 1828, was closed in 2012. The third church building, dedicated in June 1902, was designed by architect O.S. Teale of New York City and was sometimes known as “The Castle”. Click the title to read more...
May 01, 2013
Are we there yet? I’m bored, there is nothing to do! Have you ever heard these words from a child? If you have raised children and have ever taken them for a ride, I guarantee that you probably have. When our children had all grown up, we thought we had heard them for the last time. But then along came the grandchildren! It tickled me to hear my daughter, who now has three children of her own, say: “I don’t understand. They have their electronic games, movies, and what have you—all of them in ...
April 26, 2013
Did you miss the miniseries, The Bible on TV? The Resource Library has a copy you can borrow.