Connecticut churches to provide sanctuary


From the New Haven Register Also see article  in the  April 2017 issue of The Vision   Pastor Thomas Gye Ho Kim of First and Summerfield United Methodist Church earlier this month in the church’s first short-term sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation.Catherine Avalone — New Haven Register By Mary O’Leary,, @nhrmoleary on Twitter Rev. Paul Fleck of Hamden Plains United Methodist Church speaks at a meeting concerning sanctuary for immigrants at Iglesia de Dios ...

Commission on a Way Forward holds organizational meeting


Atlanta, Ga.: The Commission on a Way Forward held its first meeting in Atlanta, Georgia January 23-26, 2017, with 32 members from nine countries in attendance. Led by commission moderators Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Ken Carter, members worked and worshipped together and began the foundational work integral to their charge of developing consensus about how to move forward amid different theological understandings of LGBTQ identity. “We need to diagnose what is ...

Bishop Fernandes, leader amid Angolan civil war, dies at 78


File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS The bishop led United Methodists through some of the worst of Angola's civil war. By Heather Hahn April 6, 2017 | UMNS DeCarvBishop Moisés Domingos Fernandes led United Methodists in East Angola through some of the most brutal days of the country’s civil war and braved an attempt on his life. Throughout these ordeals, he remained committed to his nation’s people and his Christian faith. The retired bishop died of cancer on April 6 in a hospital in Luanda, ...

Easter Worship Resources from Discipleship Ministries


Discipleship Ministries provides worship leaders with quality United Methodist music, liturgy, and preaching resources for faithful and vital local church worship. We are committed to working with worship and music leaders throughout the church. Resources, toll-free telephone lines, websites, conferences, conversations, consultations, workshops -- these are ways we seek to be available as partners with you in making disciples for Jesus Christ. View the Lectionary Calendar here>>

Joint North-South Korea Easter prayer published


Morning prayer during WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Korea ©Joanna Lindén-Montes/WCC The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) have worked together to prepare the “2017 Easter Joint North-South Prayer.” The prayer expresses the joy of the resurrection and the sorrow of 70 years of separation between South and North Korea. “We have lost the hopes of ‘becoming one with God’, and have sought after earthly goods instead of peace,” reads the prayer. “...

United Methodist Church Certifies First Lay Parish Nurse


KINGSPORT, Tenn. April 4, 2017 /Discipleship Ministries/ – After nearly two decades serving as a church nurse in Holston Annual Conference congregations, Joy Eastridge heard God’s call to take the next step in her ministry and is now the first certified lay minister with the specialization of United Methodist parish nurse.   Joy Eastridge "I felt like it was an obedience issue, that in my spirit I was supposed to do this,” said Eastridge, who is in her 12th year as parish nurse at First Broad ...

Bishop Bickerton: "Be Still & Know" Good Advice for Lent


I recently read an article in the New York Times by Amy Krouse Rosenthal entitled, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”  In that article, the well-known author of children’s books reveals that she is in the final stages of ovarian cancer.  With each paragraph, Rosenthal paints a beautiful picture of the loving relationship she shares with her husband and the direction she is taking with the remaining days of her life.  The diagnosis of her cancer came quickly and unexpectedly. Plans had to ...

David Gilmore: Too Tired to Try These 40 Days?


During this season of Lent will we try or are we too tired? Will we try to live right and holy, or are we too tired? Will we try to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself, or are we too tired? Will we try to move beyond personal wants and minister to community needs, or are we too tired? Will we try to look past the past . . . giving thanks for the right now no matter how “rocky” right now might be, or are we too tired? Will we try to respond to...

Breaking the silence to build support


By Linda Bloom March 9, 2017 | NEW YORK (UMNS) “If I was given a dollar for every time I was told I’m too pretty to be a pastor, I could pay off the church building debt.” It almost sounds like a joke. But those words reflect a painful reality for the unnamed clergywoman quoted in a video — “#HerTruth: Women in Ministry Break Their Silence” — produced for the North Alabama Conference’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women. The fact that a man reads her words in the video drives the point ...

Early Response Team at Work in W.Va.


  The early response team of six – three adults and three teens – traveled to Rainelle, W.Va. for their work. By Ross Porter, group leader On February 18, a group of 3 adults and 3 teenagers arrived in Rainelle, W.Va., to volunteer in the aftermath of severe flooding that hit the state on June 23, 2016. We are in Greenbrier County, one of 14 counties affected by this flooding. Rainelle alone has over 150 homes that were under from 3 to 8 feet of water.   Work focused on shoring up the ...

Youth Ambassadors in Mission Blog from Ghana


Youth Ambassadors in Mission and others on the church steps in Ghana. Check out additional blog entries Children's Sunday in Ghana We started off the day a little late. We were supposed to get up and be in the cafeteria by 8:30, but by the time everyone got up and ready for breakfast, it was closer to 9. After breakfast we headed out to church. Church was very fun, everyone sung and danced. The service was very lively and it caused many laughs. This Sunday was Children’s Sunday in the Ghana...

Viewing Clinton’s campaign through faith, gender


When a group of young clergywomen joined an effort to provide a daily devotion to Hillary Clinton during the recent U.S. presidential campaign, they were looking to support a fellow United Methodist and also acknowledge the women who have broken both glass ceilings and stained-glass ceilings.

Immigration Statement from NEJ Bishops


The Northeastern Jurisidiction's College of Bishops has released a statement citing the disconnect between the current position of the United States and the mission of the church toward immigrant populations.

Bishop Bickerton: A Statement on Executive Orders


Read a statement from the Northeastern Jurisdictional's College of Bishops on immigration. Dear Friends & Colleagues, A few weeks ago I made my way to New York City for a meeting. As has become my routine, I drove to the White Plains train station to catch my ride. When I pulled into the parking garage, there were plenty of empty spaces The only problem was that each one of them had the same message: “Metered Parking. Permit Only. All others towed.” Six floors of empty spaces and one message: “...

Appointment Announcement from Bishop Bickerton


Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has appointed The Reverend Alpher K. Sylvester as the new Connecticut District Superintendent, effective July 1, 2017.   Rev. Sylvester is currently the pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Albans, New York.  He will succeed the Rev. Ken Kieffer who is completing his eighth year in the Connecticut District. Future appointments and clear openings will be announced on Monday mornings through e-mail and postings on the New York Annual Conference website, ...

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