Coronavirus: Need to Know Resources and Information

GC2020 Venue Cancels Events into May


Because of the coronavirus, General Conference organizers already were considering postponement of The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly. Now the decision may be out of their hands.

Bishops ask for Postponement of General Conference due to Coronavirus Pandemic


The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

Coronavirus: What to Know, How to Help


With new cases being diagnosed seemingly every hour, the question of “How concerned should I be about Coronavirus?” is being asked by many around the world.

Looking at Financial Impact of GC2020 Plans


With a possible denominational split on the horizon, the task of preparing The United Methodist Church’s budget for the next four years comes with far more uncertainty than usual.

A Lenten Letter from the Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction


The season of Lent invites us, individually and collectively, to a deep assessment of and prayer filled reflection on our faithfulness and fruitfulness.

Think Tank to Look at GC2020 Possibilities


General Conference organizers have established a think tank to explore different ways for processing legislation at this year’s gathering of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body. The commission’s executive committee includes Kim Simpson, Stephanie Henry, the Revs. Mujinga Kashala, Gary George, Juliet Spencer and Lynn Hill, as well as Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Conference.

Conference Acts on Protocol, Christmas Covenant


The Philippines Conference Cavite has endorsed and sent to the 2020 General Conference legislation for the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation and for the Christmas Covenant.

Negotiators Urge Hold on Trials, Closures


With The United Methodist Church’s future up in the air, now might be a good time to take a breath. Bishop Thomas Bickerton said that’s why he and the 15 other church leaders who negotiated the proposed “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation” agreed to put a hold for now on two of the most fraught situations in the church.

Panel Offers Peek Behind Scenes of Separation Plan


It was love of The United Methodist Church that brought 16 — sometimes hostile — people to a point of agreement for a path forward for the worldwide church.

Puerto Rican Methodists Tackle Earthquake Response


A series of earthquakes in recent weeks has left the people of Puerto Rico in a constant state of unease and distress. The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico has shared in that unease, but also is responding to the situation through its own disaster response organization and through partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Pastor Charting a New Course for Methodists in Pleasantville


Rev. Susan Chupungco is busy building relationships in the Westchester County community of Pleasantville, where she was appointed to create a new church start. The Examiner, a local newspaper, interviewed Chupungco about her ministry.

Places to Share the Love on #GivingTuesday


Looking for a place to give a donation on this Giving Tuesday? Here are a few NYAC related causes you might consider:   Far Rockaway Methodist Mission This mission in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens feeds 150 people each day, and gives away groceries twice a week in addition to its Sunday worship service and lunch. Donate at this link.   New York Justice for Our Neighbors This ministry offers free, high-quality legal advice and representation to vulnerable, low-income immigrants through ...

Bishops' Group Backs US Regional Conference


The effort to create a new United Methodist structure for U.S. decision-making received a boost from bishops in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.

US Dips Below Majority of Membership


United Methodist leaders project that by now at least half of the denomination lives outside the United States. However, the General Council on Finance and Administration data for the U.S. isn't solely a story of decline, Heather Hahn reports.

Seeking Prayers for East Branch/Harvard UMC


This morning, a fire struck the East Branch/Harvard UMC in East Branch. The church was unoccupied at the time, and no firefighters were injured. The full extent of the damage is still being determined at this time.

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