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Bishops Announce Results of 5 Constitutional Amendments

5/7/2018

Two of the five proposed amendments – on gender equality and membership inclusion – failed to get the required two-thirds majority to pass; reaction from the Council of Bishops and a pastoral letter from the women bishops.


Bishop’s Response to the Way Forward

5/5/2018

As Bishops of The United Methodist Church, we affirm that WE ARE OF ONE HEART in our desire to discern the mind and will of Jesus Christ for our leadership and the church. In the Northeastern Jurisdiction and around the world we experience great diversity of thought and practice within The United Methodist Church. In partnership with Bishops from around the world, we will continue to lead collectively and individually to value and provide room for our diversity as United Methodists. The ...


Bishops propose plan for Way Forward

5/5/2018

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS. Members of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, spouses and guests (including Rev. Alex da Silva Souto, center) join in the "Praying Our Way Forward" closing worship at the United Methodist Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. The council deliberated on its final proposals to next year’s special General Conference that will address decades of division over how the church should minister with LGBTQ individuals. By Heather Hahn May 4, 2018 | CHICAGO ...


North Fork UMC celebrates a new beginning

5/4/2018

“That a church may meet here where the weary and heavy laden shall find inner peace that the world can neither give nor take away … We break this ground today.” Members of North Fork United Methodist Church said these words Monday (April 2) evening during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new centrally located church building. Pastor Tom MacLeod led the ceremony at the now-empty lot on the corner of Horton Lane and Route 48 in Southold. He placed a cross where the altar will stand and led ...


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

Get this free active shooter prevention guide especially written for churches.


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.


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