UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters


Click here for updates on our current disaster response. UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria Friday, September 22, 2017 With the passing of the storm, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with severe damage to homes, power lines, and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history." Officials from Puerto Rico’s power companies say that Puerto Ricans might not get power back for four to six ...

Bishop's Message of Hope and Comfort to Those Affected by Hurricane Maria and the Earthquake in Mexico


Dear Friends and Colleagues, My heart is heavy this morning as I write this note to you.  The past two days I have watched the morning news and been stunned by the developing story of yet another massive hurricane bearing down on Puerto Rico and the numerous Caribbean islands in that region.  My own sense of fear has been heightened as buildings have collapsed and lives have been altered forever as a result of another massive earthquake in Mexico.  These are places that you call home. These are...

Alpher Sylvester Installed as Connecticut DS


Bishop Bickerton, right, and members of the cabinet lays hands on as they pray for Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester during his installation as Connecticut District superintendent. View the photo gallery here. BY JOANNE UTLEY Editor, The Vision In a spirit-filled service marked by uplifting music and exuberant preaching, Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester was officially installed as superintendent of the Connecticut District on September 10. The Nichols UMC in Trumbull, Conn., was filled to capacity to ...

Current US and Worldwide Disaster Response


The New York Conference Disaster Response Office has been in contact with UMCOR as we continue to monitor the effects of disasters around the country and the world to make plans for an appropriate response. At this point we are in a position of "waiting" - but that does not mean one of inactivity. UMCOR is working with local Disaster Response Coordinators to identify and prepare Early Response Teams for future deployment, identifying volunteer housing, and preparing a database of supplies and ...

NY Conf Flood Bucket/Cleaning Kits Drop-Off Locations


The following churches are accepting flood buckets/cleaning kits:   Bayport, NY UMC M-Tu-Th-Fri 10am-2pm; Special arrangements, please call 631-472-0770 or e-mail: Bronx, Calvary UMC Tu-Th-Fri, 9am-1pm Brooklyn, NY, Sheepshead Bay UMC, Call to make arrangements with Pastor Cundy  347-553-3300 Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Asbury UMC Call Pastor Melissa at 646-241-7746 Hicksville, NY UMC 9:30 to 11 AM  10/14, 11/11, 12/9 or by arrangement: Ellen Giuffrida ...

Faith Helped Clinton Grieve, Look to Future Optimistically


Hillary Rodham Clinton responds to a question from Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli during a conversation on faith and politics at Riverside Church September 7. The event was a benefit for Camp Olmsted. Photo by Dave Cross View the video of the event here and a photo gallery here. By Joanne S. Utley Communications Coordinator, New York Conference Resist. Insist. Persist. Enlist. That was the message that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shared in a conversation about her faith and...

Church Partnership with Hardware = Cleaning Buckets


By Neal Bowes Written for the Youth Worker Collective Giving teens a way to get their hands dirty in response to disasters like Hurricane Harvey is absolutely essential.  Far too often churches relegate the hands-on helping to the adults and miss the power of harnessing the passion of students.   What do you do?  How do we help channel our students in our churches to make a difference in the lives of those recovering from this tragedy?  One word: UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief ...

Bishop Bickerton Responds on Hurricane Relief


Dear Friends & Colleagues,   It seems that writing pastoral letters to you has become a constant in these days of turmoil and uncertainty.  Global instability, political upheaval, and domestic acts of hatred have dominated our lives in recent weeks.  Now, yet another threat has consumed our thoughts and prayers.   I, like you, am heartbroken at the images coming out of Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey.  And, even as I write this letter, Hurricane Irma is raging through the ...

NY Conference Board of Church & Society responding to hate with love through prayer, action, and repentance


Dear Justice Builders,   According to the United Methodist social principles, “we recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons. We rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to our total life.”   This weekend in Charlottesville, VA even as white nationalists and neo Nazis lashed out with rage and hatred, people of faith showed up as a witness of love that stood up against the evil that is racism. Let us rise in solidarity with ...

Bishop Bickerton Responds to Charlottesville Events


Dear Friends & Colleagues of the New York Annual Conference, This one has taken a little while. Having a virus in the middle of the summer will do that to you; so will the virus that seems to have affected life all around us, . . . When the word began to emerge from the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia a few days ago one of my first reactions was a genuine one: “What will I say this time that will be any different than what has been said over and over again these past several ...

Bishop Bickerton: Fruit of the Spirit, Words to Live By


Words to describe the times in which we are living are not hard to come by these days.  Words like unpredictable, challenging, and confusing come quickly to mind.  Drill down deeper and you will find words and phrases like crazy, head-scratching, and bizarre bubbling to the surface. Whatever the word, these are times when each day brings a new story that only increases the search for the right word to describe it all. Depending on which side of the fence you find yourself, it seems that these ...

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 ...

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