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 ...

Bishop: In Search of a Can of Spray Paint


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton recently traveled to Puerto Rico with Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper to assess the needs there in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

A Christmas Message from Bishop Bickerton


Please click here to view the video on Facebook with a message from the bishop and the NYAC staff. Music by Vanderveer Park UMC singers and musicians, led by Raymond Trapp.

2018 Annual Conference Set for June 7-10


A memorandum from Bishop Bickerton announces that the 2018 Annual Conference will be held from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10.

Second Man Seeks Sanctuary at New Haven UMC


Just a week after one man left sanctuary at First and Summerfield United Methodist Church, a second Ecuadorean immigrant, Nelson Pinos Gonzalez, has taken refuge at the New Haven, Conn., church.

Puerto Rico Response – UMCOR Advance Response Team


We have seen the photos of destruction in Puerto Rico. We have read the statistics of homes and businesses affected. We have heard the complaints of delayed services and neglected persons and communities. What we don’t hear about often enough are the positive things that are happening in this recovery effort.

#GivingTuesday is Coming November 28!


On November 28, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Connect your passion with God’s mission as you give to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. Now is a great time to start thinking about where you want your UMC #GivingTuesday gift to go. Visit and select from more than 600 UMC-related projects and more than 300 United Methodist ...

Protecting Your Congregation When the Unthinkable Happens


United Methodist Insurance, in an effort to help you provide a safe haven for your ministries, provides the following guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and in the event of an active shooter on the premises. Click here to access a downloadable pamphlet from the Department of Homeland Security. Your local law enforcement organization may also have information for your particular area.     In the event of an active shooter at your church, here is what you should do:  RUN...

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