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Bishop's Nights on the Districts

11/20/2018

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton will be meeting with clergy and laity across all six districts in the next couple of weeks to discuss "finding a way forward" in view of the upcoming 2019 General Conference. Here’s the schedule with links for additional information, including registration, in each of the districts: November 26: Catskill Hudson November 27: New York / Connecticut December 4: Long Island West December 5: Metropolitan December 10: Long Island East December 11: Connecticut   All clergy ...


Special Session Pre-Registration Now Available

11/5/2018

October 31, 2018 Nashville, Tenn.: Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s Center February 23-26, 2019. Guest and observer registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions. There is a suggested badge fee of $7 for early registration and $10 for on-site registration to offset the costs of the...


Bishop Responds to Synagogue Shootings in Pittsburgh

10/28/2018

  When the reports starting coming in yesterday regarding the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, my mind began to flood with thoughts:   I wonder how many lives have been affected? Lord, be with the victims and their families. I wonder if there were any children involved? I know this place!I have been past this synagogue dozens of times! Have they apprehended the shooter? Oh no, not again.   After my immediate reaction of concern for the families, the synagogue, and ...


Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional

10/26/2018

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Zurich. The council ruled Oct. 26 that the One Church Plan is largely constitutional, but found problems with the Traditional Plan. Photo by Diane Degnan, Read Decision 1366. Council of Bishops response to the ruling. Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward statement on the ruling. The Judicial Council's other decisions. By Linda Bloom Oct. 26, 2018 | ZURICH (UMNS) A review of...


Bishop Calls for Special UMCOR Offering

10/22/2018

TO: All Clergy, Lay Leaders, & Administrative Council Leaders FROM: Thomas J. Bickerton, Resident Bishop RE: Hurricane Disaster Response Dear Friends, On Friday, October 12, I was involved in a meeting of the UMCOR Board of Directors in Atlanta, GA.  During that meeting, an UMCOR Unit Director began speaking about the urgent needs that have emerged around the recent round of hurricanes and typhoons that have taken place across the world.  In her report, she used the phrase, the “new normal.” ...


United Methodists, Episcopalians Perfect Full Communion Document

10/15/2018

Photo courtesy of Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga. Pictured from left to right: Back row - The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson, Mr. Richard Mammana (staff), The Rt. Rev. David Rice, Rev. Dr. James Howell, the Rt. Rev. Dr. C. Franklin Brookhart, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer; Front row - Rev. Dr. Robert Williams, the Rev. Margaret Rose (staff), Rev. Dr. Kyle Tau (staff), Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Dr. Deirdre Good. For Immediate Release                      October 15, ...


Plan Approved for GC2019 Decision-Making

10/8/2018

By Heather Hahn Oct. 8, 2018 | ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) The 864 delegates to next year’s special General Conference face a large task and only a short time to do it. But whatever decisions the delegates make, the plan is for them to decide together — without the usual prologue of meeting in multiple legislative committees. The Commission on General Conference, the international group of clergy and laity who plan the big meeting, has set the number of legislative committees at one. And all...


#AmazingUMCHero (and NYAC member) Finds His Fit in Life’s Puzzle

9/6/2018

Jackson Rogers, first row in blue cap, with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and members of the NYAC cabinet and staff during their late August mission trip to Puerto Rico. By Craig Flagg and Crystal Caviness* Jackson Rogers, whose home church is New Paltz (New York) United Methodist Church, is an #amazingUMChero. He just returned from a week in Puerto Rico with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and members of the NYAC cabinet. Jackson Rogers wasn’t in the market for a new bike when he felt drawn to stop ...


NYAC's Trapp selected as Worship & Music Director of GC 2019

9/6/2018

NASHVILLE | The Commission on the General Conference is pleased to announce Raymond Trapp has been selected as the Worship and Music Director for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. In addition to his role at the 2019 event, Trapp was selected to serve in the same capacity for General Conference 2020, with responsibility for developing the overall worship and music programming and for providing musical leadership at both events. Trapp is director of music at Vanderveer Park ...


Court Docket Details Proposed Plans for UMC

7/18/2018

By Linda Bloom, Kathy L. Gilbert and Vicki Brown July 18, 2018 | UMNS The first public details of proposed legislation setting out three proposals for resolving the denomination’s differences over homosexuality are included in the United Methodist Judicial Council’s October docket. The special 2019 General Conference — set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis — will attempt to find a way forward for The United Methodist Church by considering the three different plans included in the report developed by...


Bishops Seek Declaratory Decisions on 3 Plans Submitted to GC2019

7/12/2018

WASHINGTON –  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for declaratory decisions on the constitutionality of the petitions submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. In an electronic vote on July 7, 2018, the bishops agreed to seek a ruling from the highest court in the denomination on whether proposed legislations known as the One Church Plan, the Connectional Conference Plan, and the Traditional ...


Bishops Amend What’s Heading to GC2019

7/9/2018

The Commission on a Way Forward convened Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn. The commission is still working on possibilities for the denomination’s future. Photo by the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga. By Heather Hahn July 9, 2018 | UMNS The Council of Bishops has amended its call for the 2019 special General Conference. Under the new call, delegates to the denomination’s top lawmaking body will receive petitions from the 32-member Commission on a Way Forward — ...


How United Methodists Can Support Immigrant Families

7/9/2018

By Ryan Dunn June 21, 2018 In recent weeks, people of faith have been shocked and moved by reports of immigrant parents and children separated after detention at the southern borders of the United States. Despite an order to stop the family separations, many concerns remain. Parents still might not know where their children are, nor when they will be reunited. In some cases, mothers were told their children were being taken for a bath, only to discover those children were taken to a separate ...


"That Look:" An Immigration Story by Bishop Bickerton

6/22/2018

I will never forget that look.  It was our first Christmas Day with our new daughter.  Elizabeth was 11 months old and it was an exciting time to be a parent.  Her eyes lit up with packages all around her.  The breakfast casserole was in the oven and the coffee was tasting really good on that frigid winter morning.  That’s when the doorbell rang.  Who could it be interrupting our memorable day?   When I answered the door, standing in front of me was a young couple holding a baby wrapped up in a ...


SPSA Providing Sanctuary for Immigrant Mother

6/22/2018

Debora Barrios and her children, Kener and Bereneice, sit inside the apartment created for them to be in sanctuary at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in Manhattan. (Photos by Cinthya Santos Briones) To read a message from Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton about responding to the immigration crisis as followers of Christ, click here. BY JOANNE S. UTLEY Earlier this month, the Church of St. Peter and St. Andrew United Methodist (SPSA) in Manhattan was asked to put into action a commitment they ...


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