Bishops Respond to Gay Colleague


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Even before Bishop Karen Oliveto takes office Sept. 1, her election as The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop already has prompted reactions from her episcopal colleagues. Meanwhile, as a married lesbian, she is already facing complaints under church law. Heather Hahn reports.

A Plea from Louisiana Bishop Harvey


Dear Sisters and Brothers of the NYAC. We have received this message from the bishop of Louisiana, Bishop Cynthia Harvey, whose episcopal residence is in Baton Rouge. I invite you to share this with your congregation and to consider how God might be calling you to respond. There is a need for clean up buckets, for funding through UMCOR which can be sent to the NYAC conference office, at some future point for VIM teams, and most of all for prayer. You will receive more specific information soon. ...

A Message from Bishop Bickerton


In preparation for becoming the episcopal leader of the New York Area on September 1, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton spent three days this week meeting with his cabinet, the conference staff and various NYAC leaders. He also toured the conference center and the new episcopal residence. At the end of his visit, he offered this message to the people and churches he will lead in Connecticut and New York.

MARCHA attendees call on members to vote


By the Rev. Hector Burgos Aug. 17, 2016 | SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (UMNS) More than 200 members of MARCHA elected a new president, passed resolutions calling on members to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and another calling for an end to discrimination against LGBTQ people in the church. The 45th assembly for United Methodism’s Hispanic/Latino caucus met Aug. 4-7 in San Juan with a theme of “Embracing New Horizons.” Presentations, messages, devotionals and workshops promoted reflection...

New group aims to boost evangelical voice


By Heather Hahn Aug. 10, 2016 | UMNS A new evangelical United Methodist group is taking shape just as the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate appears to be reaching a turning point. Some United Methodists are anxious about the group. Even before its first gathering set for Oct. 7 in Chicago, the new Wesleyan Covenant Association faced suspicions that it is trying to force a church divide and form a new denomination. However, that is not the association’s intent, organizers maintain. “...

Are clergy underpaid? New study reveals rising wages, shorter hours, diminishing wage gap


The wages of battling sin are getting better for men and women of the cloth. Non-Catholic clergy have experienced significant increases in income even as their workweeks declined by more than 15 percent in recent decades, according to a major new study of clergy compensation. Former UMNS editor David Briggs reports for the Association of Religion Data Archives.

Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady's Closing Benediction at the DNC


View 2 videos and read the advance text of Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady's benediction at the closing of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Shillady to Pray at DNC After Clinton's Acceptance Speech


Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady chats with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 175th anniversary celebration of the United Methodist City Society in November 2013. Clinton was the event's keynote speaker. The advance text of Shillady's benediction and two videos can be found here. BY JOANNE S. UTLEY Editor, The Vision The Reverend Dr. William S. Shillady will offer the benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia following Hillary Clinton’s acceptance ...

U.S. bishops begin new assignments on Sept. 1


By Linda Bloom July 18, 2016 | NEW YORK (UMNS)  Most of the 15 United Methodist clergy elected as new U.S. bishops last week will be packing their bags to move to a new home within their region. After the elections, the denomination’s five U.S. jurisdictional conferences announced assignments for bishops in all 46 episcopal areas, effective Sept. 1. Fifteen bishops are retiring and another 22 are remaining in their current assignment areas for another four years. New bishop Bob Farr will remain...

Married lesbian consecrated United Methodist bishop


Photo by Patrick Scriven, Pacific-Northwest Conference Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay bishop in The United Methodist Church, kneels during the consecration service held on July 16, 2016, at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.   By Kathy L. Gilbert July 16, 2016 | SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (UMNS) The first time she stood and faced a packed church as the newest bishop of the Western Jurisdiction, Karen Phyllis Oliveto was blessed with a resounding standing ...

NEJ delegates vow to fight racism in church, community


By Rev. Maidstone Mulenga | Baltimore-Washington Conference Delegates to the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, meeting in Lancaster on July 14, pledged to work together as United Methodists to fight the scourge of racism. The pledge was made after the conference unanimously approved a resolution that called for the church to do more to fight discrimination, to confront racism, and to affirm that all lives matter in God’s eyes. In the resolution brought to the floor by the Rev. Joe ...

We Welcome Our New Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has been assigned to lead the New York Conference for the next four years. He has led the Pittsburgh Area since being elected a bishop in 2004.

NEJ Elects LaTrelle Easterling as Second of Two New Bishops


The Reverend LaTrelle Easterling, district superintendent for the Metro Boston Hope District in the New England Conference was the second of two bishops elected at the Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference on Thursday, July 14 in the 17th round of voting. Read Rev. Easterling's Episcopal Candidate Information Form. Read the story on the New England Conference web site.

NEJ Elects Cynthia Moore-Koikoi as First of Two New Bishops


The Reverend Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, Baltimore Metropolitan District Superintendent from the Baltimore Washington Conference was the first of two bishops elected at the Northeastern Jurisdiction Conference on Wednesday, July 13 in the 11th round of voting. Read Rev. Moore-Koikoi's Episcopal Candidate Information Form. Story on BWC's web site.  

NEJ College of Bishops' Statement


STATEMENT FROM THE NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION COLLEGE OF BISHOPS DELIVERED AT THE OPENING OF THE 2016 NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION CONFERENCE BY BISHOP SANDRA STEINER BALL, PRESIDENT OF THE NEJ COLLEGE OF BISHOPS Wednesday, July 13, 2016   As we gather for this Jurisdictional Conference many persons have been confronted and consumed with the overwhelming reports of shootings and violence. Life taken! Trust broken! Anger and fear growing. Frustration and despair looming. We believe that God’s heart...

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