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Want to Have Your Say? Churches Urge Voting

10/12/2020

The Rev. Amanda McMurtrey expects to spend 16 hours on Election Day checking in voters, issuing ballots and ensuring people can have a say in their governance. But in the months before Nov. 3 when she takes on the responsibilities of an election judge, the United Methodist pastor already has helped more than a dozen churches host voter-registration events.


Stories from the Front Lines of the Coronavirus

10/5/2020

Teddy Brawner didn’t sound so good, but he wanted to tell anyone still skeptical that the coronavirus is serious business.


Full Communion with Episcopalians Delayed

9/18/2020

Citing the pandemic’s ongoing threat, United Methodists and Episcopalians have put plans for full communion between their two denominations on hold for now.


Grappling with how Racism Coexists with Faith

9/17/2020

Jesus calls his followers to love their neighbor. So why have Christians found ways to refuse their neighbors not just love but basic dignity?


Remembering and Celebrating Bishop John K. Yambasu

9/7/2020

Our hearts are broken, and we're devastated by the sudden departure of Bishop Yambasu. This is a great blow to the people called United Methodists! It is our hope and prayer that God will comfort the family in particular and The United Methodist family at large. May his soul rest in perfect peace.


Board Gets Update on Giving, Online Worship

8/31/2020

The pandemic’s economic wreckage has left its mark on United Methodist ledgers. However, giving to denomination-wide ministries rebounded slightly in July.


Living the Racial Justice Charter

8/28/2020

What if changing two small words could make a significant difference in racial justice work?


NYAC Sets Aside Nearly a Half Million Dollars for PPE to Help Churches Reopen Safely

8/27/2020

As we’ve all seen in the past few months, church reopening can be challenging. But for more than 400 United Methodist Churches in the New York Annual Conference (NYAC), the bar was set even higher...


Ross Williams, NYAC CFO and Director of Administration Announces Plans to Retire, Effective June 2021

8/25/2020

God always has a wonderful way of placing the right people, in the right place, at the right time. But this happens, as many say, for a reason and a season. And believing it, doesn’t lessen the sadness when the time comes to say “goodbye” to one of your own.


Churches Embrace Outdoor Worship During Pandemic

8/20/2020

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires social distancing and vigorous cleaning, churches must weigh whether to continue only worshipping online or reopening buildings in limited capacities. Others have begun to move outside.


Churches Step Up to Help Salvage School Year

8/17/2020

Faced with a back-to-school season like no other, the Rev. Chrissy Ruehl told her husband: “Somebody should do something.”


Bishop John Yambasu of Sierra Leone Dies in Road Accident

8/16/2020

Our hearts are broken, and we're devastated by this sudden departure of Bishop Yambasu. This is a great blow to the people called United Methodists! It is our hope and prayers that God will comfort the family in particular and The United Methodist family at large.


Unsnarling US and Church Racial History

7/1/2020

Methodism’s founder wanted to minister with Native Americans and abolish slavery. But decades after John Wesley’s death, a Methodist bishop was a slaveholder and a Methodist clergyman was responsible for one of the worst massacres of Native Americans in U.S. history. So what went wrong?


Bishop Bickerton Offers Steps Toward Dismantling Racism in the New York Annual Conference

6/26/2020

The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 has brought to bear the urgency to intentionally and effectively address systemic racism in all sectors of our society. The church is not immune to that examination as well.


Rev. Dr. Marvin A. Moss Appointed as Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization

6/15/2020

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is pleased to announce the impending appointment of Reverend Dr. Marvin Anthony Moss as the new Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization for the New York Annual Conference.


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