A Message from the NEJ Bishops


We bid you grace and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ:   During the Northeastern College of Bishops meeting on January 28-30, we, your bishops, prayed for the Church and in particular the clergy and laity of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.   As the Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis on February 23-26 is just days away, we invite each congregation and every member to join us in even deeper and more fervent prayer. We seek your prayers as the ...

Details Unveiled for Feb. 23 Day of Prayer


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of the Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, Feb. 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at In releasing the details, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and Bishop Al Gwinn of the Praying Forward team thanked the representatives from...

Appointment Making & Clear Openings


Dear Clergy and Laity, May God’s grace and peace be with you as we enter this appointment season. Throughout the General Church we have many questions about our future as United Methodists. We are reminded that in every season we are called to be faithful. The Epistle letter to the people of Philippi reminds us, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God. And the peace that passes all understanding, will guard ...

Time Sensitive: Limited Funds for Travel to General Conference


At the 2018 New York Annual Conference session an offering was collected to enable travel to the 2019 General Conference in St Louis for those who are not delegates, alternates or staff.

Fleck Named NY-JFON Executive Director


Rev. Paul Fleck New York Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), an immigration legal services ministry of the United Methodist Church, has announced the selection of Rev. Paul Fleck as its full-time executive director.  Fleck has been active in immigrant advocacy in the New York Conference, having served as a past co-chair of the Conference Immigration Task Force and, more recently, helped found the New Sanctuary CT coalition that provides safe space for immigrants in Connecticut facing ...

Immigration Ministry Clears the Road to Bethlehem


UMC Missionary Mike and his wife, Grace, were helped by TJ Mills of Justice for Our Neighbors to resolve a visa issue. Editor’s note: This story first appeared on the National Justice for Our Neighbors website. JFON is an immigration ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides free or low-cost, expert immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. They also engage in advocacy for immigrant justice, and offer education to communities of faith and to ...

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.” ...

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