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Juneteenth Celebrates Freedom


Juneteenth (celebrated on June 19) commemorates the day enslaved African-Americans in west Texas learned of their freedom as granted by the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier. This group of people in west Texas was the last to find out about the proclamation declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger read General Order Number 3in Galveston, Texas ...

Bishop Arichea, Bible scholar, dies at 87


Bishop Daniel C. Arichea Jr. — a Bible scholar who championed full inclusion of LGBTQ people in church life — died June 1 in Taguig, Philippines, of complications related to COVID-19. He was 87.

Rev. Simeon C. Law Appointed Metropolitan District Superintendent for the New York Annual Conference


Rev. Simeon C. Law will step into the position of Metropolitan District Superintendent for the New York Annual Conference on July 1.

Meet Kevin Feltz, NYAC’s New Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration


The impending retirement of Ross Williams, New York Annual Conference (NYAC) Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration, left a pair of very big shoes to fill. But one prospect, Kevin Feltz—a finance and administration executive with over two decades working in the non-profit and faith communities—rose to the top of the pile.

Bishops: No Episcopal Elections until 2022


The Council of Bishops held fast to its plans to delay electing any new leaders until after the postponed General Conference, despite some delegates’ calls for elections this year.

Lack of Ruling Adds to Protocol Concerns


The United Methodist Church’s top court has held off on deciding whether a denominational separation plan passes constitutional muster. And that has some of the plan’s architects frustrated and worried.

Churches Across Theological Spectrum Exiting


With a potential United Methodist split still up in the air, an increasing number of U.S. churches already are heading for the exits. At least five congregations of varying views on LGBTQ inclusion are now in talks to cut ties with The United Methodist Church — often at great expense.

Court Won’t Rule in Advance on Protocol Legislation


The United Methodist Church’s top court will not rule in advance on the constitutionality of proposed legislation that would provide a way for some to separate from the denomination.

New Film, Happy Cleaners, Features Co-Writers, Producers and a Lead Actor With Ties to NYAC Churches


By Jim Patterson | UM News Gordon Yu (left) and Julian Kim record a scene for the film “Happy Cleaners,” which examines the lives of working-class Korean Americans. Photo by Janice Chung. United Methodists Julian Kim and Peter Lee didn’t see their lives represented in Hollywood films, so they did it themselves.  “Happy Cleaners,” an independent film set in the diverse Flushing neighborhood in Queens, New York, is about a Korean American family that owns a struggling dry-cleaning business. ...

An Important Announcement from the College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction


The College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction has announced the coverage of Episcopal Areas in the Northeastern Jurisdiction, effective September 1, 2021.

Staying Safe Online: Three Simple Rules for Engaging With Suspicious Email Messages


According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, gift cards are a scammer’s favorite way to steal money (see accompanying image).  Key to protecting yourself, the FTC explains, is know note that Gift cards are for gifts, not for payments.

United Methodist Bishops Reconsider May 8 Special Session of General Conference


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met on Monday, March 22, 2021 in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters related to the Council’s work.

Asians and Asian-Americans of the UMC Condemn the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.


The Asian and Asian American Bishops of the United Methodist Church, the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists, the Asian American Language Ministry Plan, along with other Asian American leaders and academics of the United Methodist Church, strongly condemn the surge in xenophobic violence against Asian Americans and especially violence against the Asian American elderly.

Enough is Enough: Church Must Break Its Silence on Racial Violence


Once again, women of color have been murdered in a society that glorifies racist and sexist violence. As the leader of a Christian entity that seeks to confront racism in all its forms, in the name of Jesus—my heart goes out to the victims, their families, and their communities. And I offer this question to my Christian community: When will we, the followers of Jesus, get frustrated enough and convicted enough by our faith to cry out, intercede, and transform?

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