Ough to Fellow Bishops: Let’s be Open to Christ Changing our Minds


Council of Bishops' President Bishop Bruce Ough has urged his fellow bishops to be open to Christ changing their minds as they counter disagreements and to be prepared to lead The United Methodist Church into uncharted territories.

Parkland tragedy leads pastors to address brokenness


Memorial vigil for the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by Nikolas Cruz using a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle. Mourners visit the 17 white crosses standing in a field in memory of each victim, 14 students and 3 faculty members. (Jose More / VWPics via AP Images)   February 22, 2018 By Joe Henderson | FLUMC Rev. Vance Rains had listened for days as people tried to speak through their tears and grief. He heard stories of deep pain, loss and despair. He could sense tragedy ...

Lenten Message from the Council of Bishops


Monday, February 12, 2018 Dear Friends, On behalf of the entire Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, I greet you as we enter the Lenten Season – a season of reflection and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ triumphant resurrection on Easter. The pattern of our Lenten journey was set by Jesus during his 40 days of solitude, fasting, prayer and testing in the Judean desert. This was an essential period of preparation for Jesus’ public ministry. But, the goal of our Lenten ...

Webinar on clergy taxes Feb. 12


Clergy face some unique challenges when it comes to things like social security payments, estimated tax payments, housing allowances or exclusions and reimbursed expenses. Your corner tax preparer may not understand the unique situation of clergy, and finding one who does can save you substantially in money and aggravation. Discipleship Ministries will offer a webinar, “Clergy Taxes: Don’t Live in Fear,” that deals with this year’s tax preparation as well as a bit on the new U.S. tax reform that...

The Winter Olympics, the Korean Peninsula and Peace


The 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In the midst of growing tensions, the Winter Games will provide a moment of peace on the Korean Peninsula as athletes from across the globe participate in the games. Aimee Hong January 31, 2018 ​ In the spirit of the Olympics and the spirit of peace, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution for an Olympic truce to provide safe passage for athletes and a cessation of hostilities during the Winter ...

Commission Moderators Emphasize Mission as Key to Way Forward


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 30, 2018 The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are urging United Methodists to engage in reflections on where they see mission at the heart of the denomination as well as seeing mission as significant for resolving conflict.  Below is the statement from Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball, and Ken Carter   Mission and the Way Forward in the Season after the Epiphany  At the conclusion of the recent meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward, the ...

Garrettson Saddlebags in Smithsonian Exhibit


These saddlebags used by Rev. Freeborn Garrettson are on loan to the Smithsonian. By Joanne S. Utley Editor, The Vision Saddlebags were an important piece of equipment for the early circuit riders as they traveled from town to town to preach. So much so, that a pair of saddlebags in the collection of the C. Wesley Christman Archives made the journey from New York to be included in the “Religion in Early America” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, ...

Bishop Announces Church Appointment Openings


Dear Friends and Colleagues,   Grace and peace to you as we begin yet another year of ministry together. I pray that God’s richest blessings might be yours today and throughout this new year.   It is hard to believe that the time has once again come for us to begin the season of appointment-making in our Annual Conference. You may remember that last year we initiated an approach to appointment-making that was far more collaborative in nature. As I shared with you then, our cabinet clearly ...

Commission on a Way Forward Prepares New Report to Bishops


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 22, 2018 DALLAS - The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in this global denomination. The 32-member Commission concluded its three-day meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday after reworking sketches of possible models of the future of the denomination that will be part of the final report to the Council of ...

Statement from Bishop Bickerton in Response to President's Offensive Remarks


Dear Friends and Colleagues, Today on the front page of The New York Times there were two articles at the top of the page. These articles were about President Trump’s hate-filled words about people in Haiti and Africa and Senator Lindsay Graham’s response to those words.   These were the headlines.   On the back page of The New York Times there was a story about the detaining of the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Ravi Ragbir, the threat of his deportation, ...

UM Bishops Condemn President Trump’s “Offensive” Remarks Against Immigrants


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 12, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. -  We are appalled by the offensive, disgusting words attributed to President Donald Trump who is said to have referred to immigrants from African countries and Haiti, and the countries themselves, in an insulting and derogative manner.  According to various media accounts, President Trump made the remarks during a White House discussion with lawmakers on immigration. As reported, President Trump’s words are not only offensive and ...

New Year's Message from Council of Bishops


2018 New Year’s Greetings   To the People Called United Methodists:   Grace and peace to you as we embrace the New Year. The joy of Christmas and the gift of Emmanuel – God with us – gives us the confidence to face the future with hope.  This hope is born of our faith in the Living God.  Thus, as we enter the New Year we affirm that God who started a good thing in us will see it to fruition. As United Methodists, we are at a precipitous moment, uncertain about our denomination’s future.  Yet, ...

Recovery Teams Forming for Puerto Rico


NYAC Recovery Teams forming for Puerto Rico response Two NYAC volunteer rebuild teams will be forming for deployment to Puerto Rico:    April 23 to 30   June 18 to 25 For additional photos from the bishop's tour of Puerto Rico, click here. Read Bishop Bickerton's report, "In Search of a Can of Paint." Read Thomas Kemper's report, "Puerto Rican Methodists Find Strength in God Despite Massive Hurricane."    BY TOM VENCUSS We have all seen the photos, read the statistics, and heard the ...

Recovery Teams Forming for Puerto Rico


NYAC volunteer rebuild teams are being formed for deployment to Puerto Rico for April 23 to 30, and June 18 to 25.

A Prayer for Park Slope


The prayer deposit box outside Grace United Methodist Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, serves as an anonymous help line for residents of a changing neighborhood. Jonathan Cortizo. A prayer request box on the streets outside Brooklyn’s Grace United Methodist Church is an effort by a shrinking congregation to serve its changing neighborhood. The request was simple. “Please pray to help me stay sober,” read the note, scribbled in black pen on a page torn from a notebook. “Pray that my young ...

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