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Bishops Respond to Judicial Council Ruling on Special Session


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 ...

Resources for Pastors about GC2019


Resouce UMC and the United Methodist New Service has prepared materials for pastors to talks about and share information about the special called 2019 General Conference in St. Louis.

Pastoral Letter from President of the College of Bishops


March 1, 2019 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of ...

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Bickerton about GC2019


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton offers a response in the aftermath of the 2019 special General Conference: "Our lives have been and continue to be intertwined because of the mutual ministry we share."

Bishop's Daily Video Updates from General Conference 2019


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton will be offering an overview of the proceedings at the 2019 Special General Conference in St. Louis via a daily video. Watch the Sunday, Feb. 24 video here. You may also share and download the video from the link.  

Prioritizing Order of GC2019 Plans/Petitions


In a vote on Sunday afternoon, the General Conference 2019 delegates set the order in which the plans/petitions would be considered by the one legislative section. Five digits numbers refer to the resolution number; three digits indicate the page numbers in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate. Wespath Recommendations – Pensions Liabilities and CRS Traditional Plan (Except 90041 & 90048), 90032-90040, 90042-90047, 182-186, 190-194 Disaffiliation – Taylor – New Par. 2553, 90066, 205 ...

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