New Haven Church Provides Sanctuary for Immigrant


First and Summerfield UMC in New Haven, Conn., offers sanctuary for Ecuadorean immigrant facing imminent deportation.

Churches across the world invited to pray for Korean reunification


On 13 August, churches across the world are invited to show solidarity with Korean churches by joining a “Sunday of Prayer for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula.” The theme for the prayer is based on Romans 14:19: “Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” The day of prayer occurs two days before Liberation Day in Korea (15 August), during which people celebrate Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonization. The joint prayer was prepared by the Korean ...

Conferences take on immigration, sexuality


By Heather Hahn July 31, 2017 | UMNS Between singing “And Are We Yet Alive” and closing with prayer, U.S. annual conferences took stands on various hot-button issues. These included the treatment of migrants and the status of LGBTQ individuals. Conference members also heard presentations on the Commission on a Way Forward, the bishop-appointed group that has the task of finding new ways to be in unity amid differing views of homosexuality. The tension within The United Methodist Church was on ...

Commission on a Way Forward Issues Status Report


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Commission on a Way Forward has released a status report to the Council of Bishops and the entire United Methodist Church (UMC), updating the church and the leaders on the faithful work of the Commission after four meetings. The 32-member commission is accountable to the Council of Bishops, which named the members following a mandate from the 2016 General Conference. The charge from the General Conference was for the bishops to find a ...

How Are You Serving the Place Where You Are?


The older I get the more tempted I am to fall into certain rhythms, routines, and habits.  I am tempted to drive the same route each day when I’m heading to the office.  At the restaurant, I am tempted to order the menu items that I know that I will enjoy.  Before I go to bed at night and when I awaken in the morning I have the same routine.  The older I get the more predictable I have become. The same is true for our church. The older we have grown as a denomination, the more predictable we ...

Looking for ‘Peace’ Amid the Pieces


“Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace – in peace because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)   I’ve been reflecting quite a bit lately around how the “piecemeal” fits into my “peace.” I mean, with all of the “piecemeal-ing” occurring around us, where do we find “peace?” In a perfect world there would be no sickness . . . or death. In a perfect world every one would be living harmoniously with every one else. In...

Vencuss Named Coordinator of Mission Ministry


The Rev. Dr. Tom Vencuss is now serving as Coordinator of Mission Ministry for the New York Annual Conference overseeing Disaster Response, Global Outreach, Local Outreach, and Abundant Health.  This appointment by Bishop Tom Bickerton consolidates our NYAC Mission and Outreach Ministry and Disaster Response Ministries.  We are grateful to Rev Joseph Ewoodzie for his leadership over the past 14 years as Mission and Outreach Coordinator; Rev Ewoodzie has been appointed to serve as pastor of a ...

Memorandum from Bishop Bickerton


Thoughts and prayers for all active pastors in the New York Conference

Videos of Annual Conference Services


Are you yearning to hear that powerful sermon from annual conference again or looking to share it with someone who missed it? Check out the GNTV Media Ministry shop to purchase audio and/or video of the event you desire, either on a CD or via download. According to the GNTV web site: "The 2017 New York Annual Conference, “Pathways & Possibilities: The Journey of Disciple Making,” was held June 7-10 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. This product contains the video and audio recordings of ...

NYAC Redrafts, Approves Resolution on Divestment Policies


During the 218th session of the New York Annual Conference, all but one resolution was approved on the consent calendar by the plenary. That initial resolution, #AC501 “Caring for God’s Creation through Improved Investment Policies,” was submitted by the conference Board of Church & Society and was on page 83 of the pre-conference booklet. A substitute resolution was offered by Rev. Bill Shillady and members of the conference's Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. When that version came to ...

Bishop Bickerton's Episcopal Address


  PHOTO BY STEPHANIE PARSONS New York Annual Conference 2017   Before I begin my remarks, I want to say a heartfelt word of thanks to so many of you for your unbelievably warm and affirming welcome to New York.  I have said to so many that I have been blessed by a warm welcome everywhere I have been privileged to serve but never more so than I have here in New York.  Sally and I have been overwhelmed by the constant and consistent words of support, acts of kindness, and expressions of ...

Service of Remembrance Sermon by Rev. Jay Williams


Rev. Jay Williams, Ph.D., preached during the NYAC Service of Remembrance on Thursday, June 8. The transcript of his full sermon is available.

NYAC BOOM Responds to Judicial Council Ruling


At their meeting on May 13, 2017, the Board of Ordained Ministry of the New York Conference adopted the following statement: “We reaffirm our statement from March 1, 2016, in its entirety. We continue to support all of our candidates on their journey toward ordination and continued service to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. We recognize that other Boards of Ordained Ministry and Conferences have taken a similar stance against the denomination’s unjust position regarding issues of human ...

5 Constitutional Amendments Head to Vote at AC


UMNS | General Conference delegates had their say last year. Now, it’s up to annual conference voters to determine whether five amendments will become part of The United Methodist Church’s constitution. In the coming months, the voters span style="mso-field-code: " HYPERLINK \0022http\:\/\/s3\.amazonaws\.com\/Website_Properties\/news-media\/documents\/2016_Proposed_Constitutional_Amendments\.pdf\0022 \\t \0022_blank\0022 "">will consider changes that address matters of gender equality, ...

JFON Working to Cover Increased Demand for Help


Each year, attorneys across the country working for the Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) program assist thousands of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. According to their web site, they do this one client at a time, slogging through the miles of paperwork, filings, and court appearances for each case. And these services are needed now more than ever in light of the actions and policies of the Trump administration. Recently, Rob Rutland-Brown, director of National JFON, reported that the ...

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