Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward’s work


The press release on the report that the Council of Bishops received from the Commission on a Way Forward.

5 years later, Sandy cleanup continues


“It’s about relationships and a ministry of care. It’s showing up and being there and letting people know they’re not alone.” – Rev. Tom Vencuss

NYAC's Trapp Named GC2020 Worship & Music Director


Raymond Trapp United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Raymond Trapp, Director of Music at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York, and New York Annual Conference Music Director for the past five years, has been named Worship and Music Director for the 2020 United Methodist General Conference by the Commission on the General Conference. “Raymond will be responsible for developing the overall worship and ...

The cure for today’s drug crisis: Community


Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman, senior pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Manhattan, offers a perspective on the opioid epidemic in one of his "Faith Matters" reflections.

NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants


NYC Evacuee Service Center update The NYC Evacuee Service Center opened on October 19 and has seen between 50 and 75 families daily. At any one time there may be as many as several hundred people in the small meeting area. While there have been a few families from Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Caribbean, the high majority are from Puerto Rico. The Center is located at  the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 and 106 streets in Manhattan.

Marking 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy


This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy striking the tri-state area. Rev. Tom Vencuss takes a look back.

Journeys of Paul Cruise with Bishop Bickerton


Anyone who has dreamed about walking in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul will have the opportunity during a special cruise in October 2018 with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. The bishop will host the nine-day journey aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Jewel of the Seas,” in conjunction with Educational Opportunities Tours. Beginning and ending in Rome, the October 14-25 trip includes stops in Taormina and Pompeii, Italy; Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, and Corinth, Greece; and Ephesus, Turkey. There is also ...

Send a Christmas Card to the Incarcerated


Join in our simple social justice project that your whole Church – from Sunday School to Quilt Group, can do! Download Christmas cards in various designs. (Here's a tip:  print the cards on cardstock or 28lb. paper if your printer/copier doesn't take get two to a page!) Not sure what to write?  Here are some Suggested greetings for the cards. Plan when you will do this:  coffee hour?  Council meetings?  Sunday School?  Prayer groups, book clubs, committee meetings?  We have ...

Call to Observe Global Migration Sunday, December 3


Watch videos about this worldwide crisis: "The Migrant" and "Who Are the Migrants?" Brothers and Sisters of The United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you in the compassionate name of our Lord Christ Jesus. I write to you on behalf of our Council of Bishops to invite you to observe Global Migration Sunday on December 3, 2017. This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent, a time when we remember the coming birth of the Christ Child who was himself a migrant. From Asia through Europe ...

UMCOR Grants Assist Hurricane Relief Efforts


The United Methodist response to the devastating 2017 hurricane season is getting a boost through new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. During their Oct. 12-14 meeting, directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR approved more than $7 million in grants for hurricane and other disaster-relief work and $1.86 million for global health projects.

Bishop Bickerton Preaches at Global Missionaries Commissioning


Newly commissioned Global Missionaries with representatives from the Board of Directors of Global Ministries, including NYAC Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. PHOTO: CYNTHIA MACK View the service from October 12, 2017 on YouTube. The bishop's message begins at about 13 minutes into the service. By Ivy Couch* Seven Global Missionaries began their journeys of service in mission following their commissioning on October 12, 2017. The service was held before a full sanctuary in Grace United Methodist ...

NYAC Recovery Update - ERT Teams forming for Texas and Florida


The NYAC has deployed its first team to Rockport, Texas, and will be sending a second December 2 to 9. Bishop Bickerton and Tom Vencuss met with members of the Caribbean Mission Partnership and the NYAC Hispanic Council to provide updates from UMCOR and to begin discussing long-term plans for an NYAC response to Puerto Rico and the other areas of the Caribbean impacted by Irma and Maria.

UMCOR - Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico


Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico The 2017 hurricane season caused Puerto Rico unprecedented levels of destruction, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced. The initial response has been slow for Puerto Rico as its food, fuel, and supplies are dependent on shipments from its air and sea ports, most of which have been severely damaged. The island’s ports and airports are slowly reopening though, allowing much-needed aid to make ...

Bishop Calls for Hurricane Maria Response


Dear Friends and Colleagues, Just a few days ago as Hurricane Maria was bearing down on the islands of the Caribbean, I reached out to you offering prayers on behalf of those who stood in its path and those with families and connections in the affected areas to stay strong, keep the faith, know that you are thought of, prayed for, and loved. As we have now witnessed the destruction and loss of life in Mexico as a result of the earthquake and the destruction of both Irma and Maria and face the ...

NYAC Disaster Response Updates


The New York Conference Disaster Response Office continues to be in contact with UMCOR, Conference Disaster Response and VIM Coordinators, and other domestic and international partners as we develop a plan for effective response to the effects of recent hurricanes and the earthquakes in Mexico. We have established collection sites for clean-up and health kits, are offering both ERT basic and recertification classes, and are organizing Early Response Teams. What can you do to assist these ...

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