Kennedy's 1968 Telegram to UMC Rings True Today


To the People of The United Methodist Church, In 1968, the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Churches formed The United Methodist Church in a Uniting Conference. Robert F. Kennedy sent this congratulatory telegram to Bishop Reuben Mueller, to be shared with the assembly in Dallas. The telegram was discovered recently by General Commission on Archives and History staff under the guidance of General Secretary Alfred Day.  The telegram is dated April 22, 1968. Robert Kennedy...

Save the Date Special Annual Conference


Happy New Year's Greetings:   Save the Date – Saturday, March 16, 2019   Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is calling for a Special Called Session of the New York Annual Conference on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at a place to be determined, for the purpose of reviewing and discussing the results of the Special Called Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church.  This meeting will last from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All clergy and lay delegates to Annual Conference are expected to be ...

Statistical Tables to Open December 18


Our Annual Statistical Table process will be ready very soon! We anticipate the opening by GCFA on Tuesday, December 18 until midnight on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Let us remember the life and ministry of Shirley “Marlene” Bickerton


We have prayed with Bishop Bickerton and held his mother in our prayers over the past several weeks. It is with sorrow that we inform you that “Marlene” has entered the church triumphant.   Let us remember the life and ministry of Shirley “Marlene” Bickerton, 83 who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Rivera Palms Rehabilitation Center, Palmetto, FL. She was born August 17, 1935 in Glen Dale, WV daughter of the late Charles and Anna Geisler Cassis. Marlene was a ...

Bishop's Nights on the Districts


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton will be meeting with clergy and laity across all six districts in the next couple of weeks to discuss "finding a way forward" in view of the upcoming 2019 General Conference. Here’s the schedule with links for additional information, including registration, in each of the districts: November 26: Catskill Hudson November 27: New York / Connecticut December 4: Long Island West December 5: Metropolitan December 10: Long Island East December 11: Connecticut   All clergy ...

Special Session Pre-Registration Now Available


October 31, 2018 Nashville, Tenn.: Guests and observers to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly, may now pre-register online. General Conference will meet in St. Louis, Missouri at the America’s Center February 23-26, 2019. Guest and observer registration is required to attend the General Conference sessions. There is a suggested badge fee of $7 for early registration and $10 for on-site registration to offset the costs of the...

Bishop Responds to Synagogue Shootings in Pittsburgh


  When the reports starting coming in yesterday regarding the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, my mind began to flood with thoughts:   I wonder how many lives have been affected? Lord, be with the victims and their families. I wonder if there were any children involved? I know this place!I have been past this synagogue dozens of times! Have they apprehended the shooter? Oh no, not again.   After my immediate reaction of concern for the families, the synagogue, and ...

Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional


Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey addresses the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Zurich. The council ruled Oct. 26 that the One Church Plan is largely constitutional, but found problems with the Traditional Plan. Photo by Diane Degnan, Read Decision 1366. Council of Bishops response to the ruling. Moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward statement on the ruling. The Judicial Council's other decisions. By Linda Bloom Oct. 26, 2018 | ZURICH (UMNS) A review of...

Bishop Calls for Special UMCOR Offering


TO: All Clergy, Lay Leaders, & Administrative Council Leaders FROM: Thomas J. Bickerton, Resident Bishop RE: Hurricane Disaster Response Dear Friends, On Friday, October 12, I was involved in a meeting of the UMCOR Board of Directors in Atlanta, GA.  During that meeting, an UMCOR Unit Director began speaking about the urgent needs that have emerged around the recent round of hurricanes and typhoons that have taken place across the world.  In her report, she used the phrase, the “new normal.” ...

United Methodists, Episcopalians Perfect Full Communion Document


Photo courtesy of Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga. Pictured from left to right: Back row - The Rev. Mariclair Partee Carlsen, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson, Mr. Richard Mammana (staff), The Rt. Rev. David Rice, Rev. Dr. James Howell, the Rt. Rev. Dr. C. Franklin Brookhart, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer; Front row - Rev. Dr. Robert Williams, the Rev. Margaret Rose (staff), Rev. Dr. Kyle Tau (staff), Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey, Dr. Deirdre Good. For Immediate Release                      October 15, ...

Plan Approved for GC2019 Decision-Making


By Heather Hahn Oct. 8, 2018 | ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) The 864 delegates to next year’s special General Conference face a large task and only a short time to do it. But whatever decisions the delegates make, the plan is for them to decide together — without the usual prologue of meeting in multiple legislative committees. The Commission on General Conference, the international group of clergy and laity who plan the big meeting, has set the number of legislative committees at one. And all...

#AmazingUMCHero (and NYAC member) Finds His Fit in Life’s Puzzle


Jackson Rogers, first row in blue cap, with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and members of the NYAC cabinet and staff during their late August mission trip to Puerto Rico. By Craig Flagg and Crystal Caviness* Jackson Rogers, whose home church is New Paltz (New York) United Methodist Church, is an #amazingUMChero. He just returned from a week in Puerto Rico with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton and members of the NYAC cabinet. Jackson Rogers wasn’t in the market for a new bike when he felt drawn to stop ...

NYAC's Trapp selected as Worship & Music Director of GC 2019


NASHVILLE | The Commission on the General Conference is pleased to announce Raymond Trapp has been selected as the Worship and Music Director for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. In addition to his role at the 2019 event, Trapp was selected to serve in the same capacity for General Conference 2020, with responsibility for developing the overall worship and music programming and for providing musical leadership at both events. Trapp is director of music at Vanderveer Park ...

Court Docket Details Proposed Plans for UMC


By Linda Bloom, Kathy L. Gilbert and Vicki Brown July 18, 2018 | UMNS The first public details of proposed legislation setting out three proposals for resolving the denomination’s differences over homosexuality are included in the United Methodist Judicial Council’s October docket. The special 2019 General Conference — set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis — will attempt to find a way forward for The United Methodist Church by considering the three different plans included in the report developed by...

Bishops Seek Declaratory Decisions on 3 Plans Submitted to GC2019


WASHINGTON –  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for declaratory decisions on the constitutionality of the petitions submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. In an electronic vote on July 7, 2018, the bishops agreed to seek a ruling from the highest court in the denomination on whether proposed legislations known as the One Church Plan, the Connectional Conference Plan, and the Traditional ...

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