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50 years on, Central Jurisdiction’s shadow looms

4/19/2018

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: "Voices of the Central Jurisdiction" By Joey Butler April 18, 2018 | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) The April 1968 merger that created The United Methodist Church not only birthed a new denomination, it abolished a painful part of Methodist history: The Central Jurisdiction, which segregated African-Americans from their Methodist brethren. It was an earlier 1939 merger that created The Methodist Church from the Methodist Episcopal Church, Methodist Episcopal Church South and ...


Remembering, Celebrating 50th Anniversary of UMC

4/16/2018

Evangelical United Brethren Church Bishop Reuben H. Mueller (left) and Methodist Bishop Lloyd C. Wicke join hands on April 23, 1968. Photo courtesy of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History. Congregations across the connection are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary commemorating the event on April 23, 1968, when leaders of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church declared the creation of a new denomination, The United Methodist Church. With the ...


"Preventing the Unthinkable"

4/11/2018

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Planning for Post-General Conference Church

4/11/2018

Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS. Dana Lyles of Western North Carolina Conference and the Rev. Brad Brady of the South Georgia Conference were among the Connectional Table members talking in small groups during the April meeting in Chicago. By Heather Hahn April 11, 2018 | CHICAGO (UMNS) No matter what happens at the special General Conference next year, United Methodists will wake the next day and still have work to do. That was a frequent refrain at the April 4-7 meeting of the Connectional ...


Pages, Marshals Sought for Special GC2019

4/5/2018

Volunteers can apply online to serve as marshals or pages during the special 2019 General Conference. The top legislative assembly of The United Methodist Church will meet Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. About 150 volunteers are needed. The deadline to apply is July 31.


United Methodists Stand, Act to End Racism

4/5/2018

By Erik Alsgaard April 4, 2018 | WASHINGTON (UMNS) United Methodists joined with their hearts, feet and faith on the 50th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as people around the world pledged anew to combat the sin of racism. Gathering at daybreak near the King memorial, the “A.C.T. to End Racism” Rally drew thousands to the National Mall to pray and witness with one message: Racism is a sin and can be — must be — stopped. The National Council of Churches, with its 38 ...


Reports, Petitions and Resolutions for Annual Conference

3/27/2018

Greetings to the New York Annual Conference Community:   You are receiving this memo to remind you of the requirements for submitting reports, resolutions and petitions to be considered by annual conference.   Please refer to the “Rules” Section X of the Conference Journal – Rules 27 & 28 address the submission requirements. You can view the rules in the Journal here: https://www.nyac.com/files/journal/nyac-2016-journal-section-10.pdf   “All reports, resolutions and petitions to be considered by...


Commission Members Grateful to Serve, Complete Work on Final Report

3/23/2018

MyungRae Lee, at right, who is a lay member of the New York Conference, listens to colleagues on the Commission for A Way Forward during the group's March meeting in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES – Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. The 32-member Commission has been meeting since January 2017 in ...


Last-Minute Resources for Holy Week

3/23/2018

Just in case you’re looking for some additional resources or inspiration for Holy Week, here are links to a few offered by Discipleship Ministries and Ministry Matters: Discipleship Ministries Lent and Easter Resources  Holy Week 2018 Worship Planning Series Easter Season 2018 Worship Planning Series Chuck Knows Church videos   Ministry Matters: Holy Week resources Easter Sermon options 2018 Worship With Children    


Looking at Way Forward’s institutional impact

3/23/2018

By Heather Hahn March 22, 2018 | UMNS Whatever the special General Conference decides in 2019 about the denomination’s future has implications far beyond United Methodist congregations. To get a better sense of that impact, a group of U.S. bishops met privately in Dallas with leaders of United Methodist institutions including foundations, hospitals, colleges and seminaries. These institutions could see their work diminished and possibly their finances dwindle if the church splinters. “As The ...


Faith in Action: An interview with the Rev. Juhye Hahn

3/15/2018

Rev. Juhye Hahn speaks to press outside her church. The website of the General Board of Church & Society posted a "Faith in Action" interview with Rev. Juhye Hahn, who serves the First & Summerfield UMC, a Connecticut congregation that became a sanctuary church in 2017. Amber Feezor has the interview which can be found by clicking here.


New Housing, Ministry Space Planned for Former Bronx Church Site

3/15/2018

The site of the former Trinity UMC in the Morrisania neighborhood of The Bronx, left photo, is slated to be repurposed for low-income housing and a ministry space at street level, right photo. Church photo by New York Big Apple Images; rendering by Bronx Pro Group. BY NEW YORK CONFERENCE STAFF A new thing is about to spring up in The Bronx to help meet the needs of the neighborhood around the former Trinity Morrisania United Methodist Church. The United Methodist City Society, the mission ...


Sanctuary Movement: From Doing To Being

3/15/2018

Find this commentary in the March issue of The Vision. A COMMENTARY BY REV. KARINA FELIZ For the past 10 days, these words have been piercing my mind – knocking hard on the door of my heart and soul. It feels like a nagging child that wants a piece of cake at the beginning of the party; but that has to wait until the end to get it. “Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary . . .” I find myself reciting or singing and even shouting these words at some point in the day. For those of you that know me ...


Bishop Ough, Thousands of United Methodists to Join in Rally Against Racism

3/13/2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., United Methodists will unite with members of the National Council of Churches in Washington, D.C., April 3-5, for the Truth and Racial Justice Initiative. The events begin with a briefing on alleviating racism and injustice in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, the media, health care, voting, civil and human rights, environmental justice, education and ...


Recovery Teams Forming for Puerto Rico

3/7/2018

NYAC Recovery Teams forming for Puerto Rico response Two NYAC volunteer rebuild teams will be forming for deployment to Puerto Rico:    April 23 to 30   June 16 to 23 Application form for Puerto Rico response Volunteer Guidelines For additional photos from the bishop's tour of Puerto Rico, click here. Read Bishop Bickerton's report, "In Search of a Can of Paint." Read Thomas Kemper's report, "Puerto Rican Methodists Find Strength in God Despite Massive Hurricane." BY TOM VENCUSS We have all ...


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