NY Bishop Thomas Bickerton and Other Denominational Leaders Craft Proposal to Preserve the United Methodist Church


New York Annual Conference (NYAC) Resident Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton is among a diverse group of United Methodist Church (UMC) leaders and advocacy groups from around the world who have created a proposal that would preserve the Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination.

United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, & Bishops Sign Agreement Aimed at Separation


January 3, 2020 (Washington, D.C.): A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church (UMC) that has the unanimous support of all the parties involved.

Pastor Charting a New Course for Methodists in Pleasantville


Rev. Susan Chupungco is busy building relationships in the Westchester County community of Pleasantville, where she was appointed to create a new church start. The Examiner, a local newspaper, interviewed Chupungco about her ministry.

Places to Share the Love on #GivingTuesday


Looking for a place to give a donation on this Giving Tuesday? Here are a few NYAC related causes you might consider:   Far Rockaway Methodist Mission This mission in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens feeds 150 people each day, and gives away groceries twice a week in addition to its Sunday worship service and lunch. Donate at this link.   New York Justice for Our Neighbors This ministry offers free, high-quality legal advice and representation to vulnerable, low-income immigrants through ...

Bishops' Group Backs US Regional Conference


The effort to create a new United Methodist structure for U.S. decision-making received a boost from bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.

US Dips Below Majority of Membership


United Methodist leaders project that by now at least half of the denomination lives outside the United States. However, the General Council on Finance and Administration data for the U.S. isn't solely a story of decline, Heather Hahn reports.

Seeking Prayers for East Branch/Harvard UMC


This morning, a fire struck the East Branch/Harvard UMC in East Branch. The church was unoccupied at the time, and no firefighters were injured. The full extent of the damage is still being determined at this time.

Harvey Elected as COB President, Bickerton Named President-Designate


Bishop Harvey has been elected president of the Council of Bishops, with Bishop Bickerton as the president-designate.

Church Exit Plan Already in Effect, Court Says


Legislation setting special provisions for United Methodist churches deciding to leave the denomination took effect immediately at the end of the special General Conference last February, the church’s top court has ruled.

Bishops Seek Court’s Guidance on Traditional Plan


The Traditional Plan adopted by the General Conference 2019 needs further consideration and clarification by The United Methodist Church’s top court, the president of the Council of Bishops said in an oral hearing.

New United Methodist Ad Campaign Addresses Loneliness


The United Methodist Church has launched the “Not the Only One” advertising campaign to help offer encouragement through community. Research continues to emphasize people are experiencing a growing sense of loneliness. In fact, nearly half of Americans feel alone or left out, and it’s taking a mental and physical toll on them. The first video ad is available for viewing and sharing on YouTube.

Faithful Giving in a Time of Change


“Faithful Giving in a Time of Change,” a roundtable discussion of connectional giving in The United Methodist Church, features panelists who work with giving and budgets at all levels of the denomination.

Top Court Raises Questions at Lively Oral Hearing


A long-simmering investigation into improper voting during General Conference 2019 boiled over Oct. 30 during a public oral hearing held by the United Methodist Judicial Council.

Conn. Church Hopes to be "Home" for Christmas


Come Christmas, the First United Methodist Church of Middletown, Conn., is hoping to leave behind their itinerant days of the last five years and settle into a new home. A 2,000-square-foot church is being constructed on former farmland about five miles from their old sanctuary in the middle of town.

UMCOR Starts Efforts for Bahamas Relief


As Hurricane Dorian continued to threaten the U.S. east coast, United Methodists were connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts. Bishop Bickerton urges support for UMCOR efforts.

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