Messages from Our Bishop


A Message from the Bishop About the Orlando Massacre

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June 12, 2016

Beloved Sisters and Brothers of the NYAC, How long oh Lord? How long? Yet another mass killing, this time the worst in American history, leaves us stunned and heart broken. This heinous act of terrorism which has taken the lives of 50 innocent persons and left 53 wounded, many critically, calls us to renewed prayers for an end to violence. Because this act was specifically directed at the LGBTI community we must especially renew our advocacy for justice for all. I call on all of us to ...


A Pastoral Response to A Love Letter To Our Church From LGBTQI Religious Leaders

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May 17, 2016

We speak from among those who are called to shepherd the United Methodist flock. Our hearts break knowing that some United Methodists from their suffering and vulnerability have written a love letter to our church at great risk to themselves. These persons are self-identified LGBTQI United Methodist leaders who faithfully serve throughout our connectional church, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and transforming the world by God’s grace. On May 9th they released their letter knowing that ...


A Plea for Love

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May 02, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace in the precious name of Jesus Christ!   A statement issued today by 15 pastors and candidates for ministry in the New York Annual Conference who are part of the LGBTQI community brings a new reality to an issue which is on the hearts of many United Methodists. We are not of one mind on this issue.   I am bishop of all United Methodists in the New York Annual Conference, no matter where they stand on this and other ...


Bishop Middleton's Easter Message

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March 23, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:   Grace and Peace to you in this Easter season. On March 8 and again on March 14, I spent several hours during long layovers in the Zaventem International Airport in Brussels while traveling to and from Sierra Leone. It is a beautiful, modern and serene facility. It is very passenger friendly. All of that changed in a moment on March 22, 2016, when two explosions wreaked unspeakable destruction on innocent people, killing and maiming dozens of women, men and ...


Thank you!

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February 01, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!   Thank you to all who participated in our commitment to be part of the worldwide United Methodist General Conference prayer vigil. I am pleased to report that during the twenty-four-hours of January 30, thousands throughout the New York Annual Conference were praying. Our prayers are a significant part as we join with the other 130 conferences in providing the spiritual support ...


New Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization Announced

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January 25, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Conference,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!   I am pleased to announce that I will appoint Rev. David A. Gilmore as the New York Conference’s director of congregational development and revitalization on July 1, 2016. Rev. Gilmore currently serves the Centennial United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. – a congregation that has added more than 300 new members under his pastoral leadership.  He is a graduate of Ottawa University ...


NYAC Prayer Vigil for General Conference

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January 11, 2016

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in this Epiphany season! In May 1000 delegates and thousands of others will gather in Portland, Oregon, for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which is held every four years. Many proposals will be offered, many decisions made, many inspirational moments will be streamed across the world and we will be reminded once again that our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the ...


Christmas Message from Bishop Middleton

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December 18, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, Grace and peace to you in this season of Christmas! Emmanuel, God with us. “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you – wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10b-11 CEB) We find ourselves today in what some would describe as a wilderness of terror. When these fears paralyze and overwhelm, those who would do harm have already succeeded. The first words in the announcement of ...


Prayer Vigil - December 3

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December 03, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Once again our nation grieves as we experience the tragic massacre of innocent people, this time during a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and those who are recovering from injuries. We of the New York Annual Conference are invited to join Bishop Minerva Carcaño and the members of the California Pacific Conference in a time of prayerful remembrance during a Prayer Vigil at 9 p.m. ...


Our hearts are broken as we mourn the tragic deaths in Charleston, SC

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June 19, 2015

  Grace and peace in the name of our risen Christ! Our hearts are broken as we mourn the tragic deaths of nine members of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, South Carolina, including the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was a dedicated pastor and a state senator. This cowardly, brutal act, committed as Christians gathered for worship and prayer, is a violation of all that we hold sacred. We cry out, “How long, Oh Lord?” as yet again innocent persons are the victims ...


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