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Church Continues Grappling With GC2019 Vote

5/20/2019

The decision of the 2019 United Methodist General Conference was not the last word for many in the denomination. Every day seems to bring another public statement in support of LGBTQ people and their role in The United Methodist Church or in defense of the Traditional Plan, which states homosexuality is “incompatible with Christian teaching.”


Application Process Open for GC2020 Marshals, Pages

5/15/2019

NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Beginning today, United Methodists may apply online to serve as volunteer marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. Approximately 175 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. Marshals are responsible for assisting visitors and special guests in the visitor and reserved seating galleries, checking credentials to ...


Church Awaits Decision on Sanctuary Guest Appeal

5/15/2019

Connecticut United Methodists are praying that a federal appeals court will reopen the immigration case of Nelson Pinos. His two teenage daughters, who are U.S. citizens, and the Rev. Vicki Flippin, pastor of the church where he sought sanctuary, were among those attending the May 14 hearing.


Council of Bishops Affirms Connectional Table’s Work on U.S. Structure

5/15/2019

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago: The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church approved a motion to work with the Connectional Table (CT) on proposed legislation for General Conference 2020 to create a regional structure similar to that of a central conference for churches in the United States. The proposed legislation, developed this quadrennium by the CT’s U.S. Contextual Ministries Advisory Group, puts forth a two-stage process for creating the regional conference: Stage I creates a ...


Chart of Judicial Council Rulings on GC2019 Legislation

5/2/2019

The Judicial Council rulings on the Traditional Plan and the disaffiliation legislation passed at the 2019 General Conference are presented in a chart with links to the full text of all of the rulings.


Bishops Respond to Judicial Council Ruling on Special Session

4/26/2019

For Immediate Release April 26, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops expresses its deep gratitude to the Judicial Council for its careful review of the actions of the 2019 General Conference. The Judicial Council’s decisions are clear and sound, and they give helpful guidance to the Church. In Decision 1378, the Judicial Council ruled that the constitutional parts of the Traditional Plan enacted by the General Conference were severable from those parts that it ruled were ...


Court OKs Part of Traditional Plan, Exit Plan

4/26/2019

By Linda Bloom April 26, 2019 | EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) The United Methodist Church’s top court has found that while some provisions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, the rest of the plan is valid as church law. That was the Judicial Council’s ruling on a requested review of the Traditional Plan, which was approved during a special denomination-wide legislative session in February to strengthen enforcement of bans on “self-avowed practicing” gay clergy and same-sex ...


Bishop Carter Calls for Prayers for Judicial Council

4/23/2019

April 23, 2019   To the People of The United Methodist Church I invite the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer for the Judicial Council, which is in session this week.  In particular, the Judicial Council is focusing on the constitutionality of matters related to the Special Session of the General Conference held in February. As the Judicial Council members reflect on the disaffiliation of local churches, they will also be clarifying the meaning of our connection, within ...


Top Court Meets in Aftermath of GC2019

4/23/2019

Beth Capen By Linda Bloom April 22, 2019 | UMNS The United Methodist Church’s top court is poised to review actions taken in February during a contentious legislative session that still threatens to divide the denomination. The Judicial Council meets April 23-26 in Evanston, Illinois. No oral hearings are scheduled, and the court’s rulings will be posted on its website at some point after the session concludes. Beth Capen, a member of the New York Conference, serves on the Judicial Council. ...


NYAC Response to Cyclone in SE Africa

3/22/2019

The New York Conference is preparing their response to aid those devastated by Cyclone Idai on the southeast coast of Africa. The NYAC has a long-standing relationship with the UMC in Mozambique.


NYAC Gathers to Discuss, Reflect on GC2019

3/19/2019

The New York Conference gathered on Saturday, March 16, to reflect on and hear reports from Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and the 2019 General Conference delegation about the special called session in St. Louis. Some 900 people attended the daylong event at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase.


Clergy & Lay Statement about GC2019

3/18/2019

The following statement was presented at the special New York Annual Conference on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase College: The vote at the United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis caused great harm and spiritual violence to the LGBTQIA+ community. The New York Annual Conference grieves this hurt. We pledge to continue to affirm the lives, ministries, and families of our LGBTQIA+ siblings. We pledge to continue to love and serve all people. We ...


Questions Raised about GC2019 Voting

3/14/2019

Inquiries have been made into reports of improper voting during the 2019 Special General Conference in St. Louis from February 23-26.


Tentative Schedule for Special-Called Session of the Annual Conference

3/8/2019

Tentative Schedule - March 16th    10:00-10:45  Opening Worship Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, Preaching   10:45-11:45    Presentation by Bishop Bickerton Decisions made at General Conference Potential impact on mission/ministry in NYAC Understanding the Judicial Council & timelines   11:45-12:30    Presentation & Responses The NYAC General Conference delegation Conference Lay Leader: Roena Littlejohn Mission & Ministry in NYAC David Gilmore & Matt Curry Financial Support Ross Williams ...


Special-Called Session Announcement

3/8/2019

Dear Clergy and Lay Members of Annual Conference, I wanted to correspond with you directly as we anticipate the gathering of the special-called session of our Annual Conference.   Please remember that the stated purpose of this meeting is limited to the scope of the call for the meeting.  The special session is “for the purpose of reviewing and discussing the results of the Special Called Session of the General Conference.”   This means that the purpose for our time together will be to ...


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