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More then One Pandemic: Reflections on Ahmaud Arbery

5/23/2020

Covid-19 dominates the news cycle. But tucked away in some of those broadcasts there is a video. It’s a tape of a young man running. His name is Ahmaud Arbery. He is running in a neighborhood near Brunswick, a small town in southeastern Georgia. It is the last time Ahmaud would run.


Bishop Bickerton Responds Immediately to the Call for Houses of Worship to Open on Memorial Day Weekend

5/22/2020

We live in a region that cannot be compared with any other place in the country or world. What others are attempting to do in other regions would only result in increased infection, hardship and death if we were to try to do the same.


The Council of Bishops Condemns the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Calls for Justice and the Eradication of Racism

5/14/2020

Parents of Black children live in fear each and every day that they themselves or a member of their family will be the next victim as the pervasive culture of racism and white supremacy grows each day. It is time for The United Methodist Church to take a stand and to join our prayers and our actions and denounce our complicity.


Tentative General Conference Dates Publicized

4/21/2020

After the pandemic-caused postponement, the new prospective dates for The United Methodist Church’s General Conference are Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2021.


COVID-19 Could Push the Church Toward Change

4/20/2020

The United Methodist Church is scrambling to meet the threat of COVID-19, and some church leaders say changes prompted by the crisis may be worth holding onto after it passes.


A Good Friday Interview with Bishop Bickerton

4/10/2020

Watch Bishop Bickerton's Good Friday conversation with General Board of Global Ministries' General Secretary Thomas Kemper.


Announcement from the Council of Bishops: We Invite all to Pray to God to Rid the World of the Coronavirus Pandemic

3/24/2020

We join with Pope Francis in calling for prayer tomorrow, March 25, drawing strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. And all are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their own time zones.


Church Leaders Postpone 2020 General Conference

3/18/2020

With the coronavirus disrupting lives worldwide, General Conference organizers decided they have no choice but to postpone The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly.


GC2020 Venue Cancels Events into May

3/18/2020

Because of the coronavirus, General Conference organizers already were considering postponement of The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly. Now the decision may be out of their hands.


Bishops ask for Postponement of General Conference due to Coronavirus Pandemic

3/13/2020

The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.


Coronavirus: What to Know, How to Help

2/28/2020

With new cases being diagnosed seemingly every hour, the question of “How concerned should I be about Coronavirus?” is being asked by many around the world.


Looking at Financial Impact of GC2020 Plans

2/24/2020

With a possible denominational split on the horizon, the task of preparing The United Methodist Church’s budget for the next four years comes with far more uncertainty than usual.


A Lenten Letter from the Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction

2/20/2020

The season of Lent invites us, individually and collectively, to a deep assessment of and prayer filled reflection on our faithfulness and fruitfulness.


Think Tank to Look at GC2020 Possibilities

2/19/2020

General Conference organizers have established a think tank to explore different ways for processing legislation at this year’s gathering of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body. The commission’s executive committee includes Kim Simpson, Stephanie Henry, the Revs. Mujinga Kashala, Gary George, Juliet Spencer and Lynn Hill, as well as Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Conference.


Conference Acts on Protocol, Christmas Covenant

2/14/2020

The Philippines Conference Cavite has endorsed and sent to the 2020 General Conference legislation for the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation and for the Christmas Covenant.


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