15 years later: United Methodists remember 9/11


September 11, 2001 was a day no one can forget as lives were rocked across the U.S. and the world. We reached out to United Methodists living in New York at the time for this exclusive series of stories in which church leaders and members reflect on what happened that dark day and what lessons have impacted their lives and their congregations since then.  It was not an easy thing to relive such hard memories but those we interviewed hope their words will help others continue to work for a more ...

Bishops delay naming commission


The Council of Bishops' executive committee has delayed naming members to the Commission on a Way Forward. The committee wants more time to consider more than 300 nominees for the body charged with reviewing and potentially recommending changes to church teachings on sexuality.

Conference Center Closed Thursday 9/1 through Monday 9/5


Our offices are closed on Thursday 9/1 due to an urgent building maintenance issue, Friday 9/2 (summer hours) and Monday 9/5 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday 9/6 at 8:30am.

From Sandy to West Virginia to Louisiana – the Church Responds


Following the devastating storm and flood waters of Superstorm Sandy, volunteers from around the annual conference – and around the country – came to assist survivors in their recovery. In typical United Methodist fashion, we had volunteer teams from as far away as Georgia, Texas, and California come to our aid. While the Sandy recovery still goes on for many, we are now receiving requests from West Virginia and Louisiana for early response (ERT) and recovery teams.  (For more information on the...

God's Sign for a New Future


My Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. Last week I jogged about a mile away from the condo where I’ve been living for the past 20 months to the Conference Center. As I stood in front of this building under renovation I looked up at the sky to see a full rainbow — a sign of God’s blessing over this building that is only partially restored. Could this be a metaphor for The United Methodist Church today? We too are undergoing a renovation. ...

Update on NEJ Call to Action Legislation


The NEJ College of Bishops is beginning to address the Call to Action legislation passed at the 2016 NEJ Conference. At our first college meeting following the Conference on August 11 and 12, the College spent significant time discussing next steps.

Applications Sought for Hymnal Revision Committee Members


NASHVILLE, Tenn. Aug. 24, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Discipleship Ministries is accepting applications for committee members who will revise The United Methodist Hymnal with a new collection of hymns and rituals that allows United Methodists to more deeply engage as disciples and proclaimers of the gospel through their singing and worship. Members of the Hymnal Revision Committee will be selected this fall by Discipleship Ministries, The United Methodist Publishing House, the Council of ...

Bishops Respond to Gay Colleague


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Even before Bishop Karen Oliveto takes office Sept. 1, her election as The United Methodist Church’s first openly gay bishop already has prompted reactions from her episcopal colleagues. Meanwhile, as a married lesbian, she is already facing complaints under church law. Heather Hahn reports.

A Plea from Louisiana Bishop Harvey


Dear Sisters and Brothers of the NYAC. We have received this message from the bishop of Louisiana, Bishop Cynthia Harvey, whose episcopal residence is in Baton Rouge. I invite you to share this with your congregation and to consider how God might be calling you to respond. There is a need for clean up buckets, for funding through UMCOR which can be sent to the NYAC conference office, at some future point for VIM teams, and most of all for prayer. You will receive more specific information soon. ...

A Message from Bishop Bickerton


In preparation for becoming the episcopal leader of the New York Area on September 1, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton spent three days this week meeting with his cabinet, the conference staff and various NYAC leaders. He also toured the conference center and the new episcopal residence. At the end of his visit, he offered this message to the people and churches he will lead in Connecticut and New York.

MARCHA attendees call on members to vote


By the Rev. Hector Burgos Aug. 17, 2016 | SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (UMNS) More than 200 members of MARCHA elected a new president, passed resolutions calling on members to vote in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and another calling for an end to discrimination against LGBTQ people in the church. The 45th assembly for United Methodism’s Hispanic/Latino caucus met Aug. 4-7 in San Juan with a theme of “Embracing New Horizons.” Presentations, messages, devotionals and workshops promoted reflection...

New group aims to boost evangelical voice


By Heather Hahn Aug. 10, 2016 | UMNS A new evangelical United Methodist group is taking shape just as the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate appears to be reaching a turning point. Some United Methodists are anxious about the group. Even before its first gathering set for Oct. 7 in Chicago, the new Wesleyan Covenant Association faced suspicions that it is trying to force a church divide and form a new denomination. However, that is not the association’s intent, organizers maintain. “...

Are clergy underpaid? New study reveals rising wages, shorter hours, diminishing wage gap


The wages of battling sin are getting better for men and women of the cloth. Non-Catholic clergy have experienced significant increases in income even as their workweeks declined by more than 15 percent in recent decades, according to a major new study of clergy compensation. Former UMNS editor David Briggs reports for the Association of Religion Data Archives.

Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady's Closing Benediction at the DNC


View 2 videos and read the advance text of Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady's benediction at the closing of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Shillady to Pray at DNC After Clinton's Acceptance Speech


Rev. Dr. William S. Shillady chats with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 175th anniversary celebration of the United Methodist City Society in November 2013. Clinton was the event's keynote speaker. The advance text of Shillady's benediction and two videos can be found here. BY JOANNE S. UTLEY Editor, The Vision The Reverend Dr. William S. Shillady will offer the benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia following Hillary Clinton’s acceptance ...

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