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NYAC Recovery Update - ERT Teams forming for Texas and Florida

10/5/2017

The NYAC has deployed its first team to Rockport, Texas, and will be sending a second December 2 to 9. Bishop Bickerton and Tom Vencuss met with members of the Caribbean Mission Partnership and the NYAC Hispanic Council to provide updates from UMCOR and to begin discussing long-term plans for an NYAC response to Puerto Rico and the other areas of the Caribbean impacted by Irma and Maria.


UMCOR - Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico

10/5/2017

Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico The 2017 hurricane season caused Puerto Rico unprecedented levels of destruction, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced. The initial response has been slow for Puerto Rico as its food, fuel, and supplies are dependent on shipments from its air and sea ports, most of which have been severely damaged. The island’s ports and airports are slowly reopening though, allowing much-needed aid to make ...


Bishop Calls for Hurricane Maria Response

9/29/2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Just a few days ago as Hurricane Maria was bearing down on the islands of the Caribbean, I reached out to you offering prayers on behalf of those who stood in its path and those with families and connections in the affected areas to stay strong, keep the faith, know that you are thought of, prayed for, and loved. As we have now witnessed the destruction and loss of life in Mexico as a result of the earthquake and the destruction of both Irma and Maria and face the ...


NYAC Disaster Response Updates

9/25/2017

The New York Conference Disaster Response Office continues to be in contact with UMCOR, Conference Disaster Response and VIM Coordinators, and other domestic and international partners as we develop a plan for effective response to the effects of recent hurricanes and the earthquakes in Mexico. We have established collection sites for clean-up and health kits, are offering both ERT basic and recertification classes, and are organizing Early Response Teams. What can you do to assist these ...


UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters

9/22/2017

UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters This page will be regularly updated with information on how UMCOR is responding to hurricane Maria. Please visit UMCOR’s Facebook for additional content. UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria Friday, September 22, 2017 With the passing of the storm, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with severe damage to homes, power lines, and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in...


Bishop's Message of Hope and Comfort to Those Affected by Hurricane Maria and the Earthquake in Mexico

9/20/2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues, My heart is heavy this morning as I write this note to you.  The past two days I have watched the morning news and been stunned by the developing story of yet another massive hurricane bearing down on Puerto Rico and the numerous Caribbean islands in that region.  My own sense of fear has been heightened as buildings have collapsed and lives have been altered forever as a result of another massive earthquake in Mexico.  These are places that you call home. These are...


Alpher Sylvester Installed as Connecticut DS

9/15/2017

Bishop Bickerton, right, and members of the cabinet lays hands on as they pray for Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester during his installation as Connecticut District superintendent. View the photo gallery here. BY JOANNE UTLEY Editor, The Vision In a spirit-filled service marked by uplifting music and exuberant preaching, Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester was officially installed as superintendent of the Connecticut District on September 10. The Nichols UMC in Trumbull, Conn., was filled to capacity to ...


Current US and Worldwide Disaster Response

9/12/2017

The New York Conference Disaster Response Office has been in contact with UMCOR as we continue to monitor the effects of disasters around the country and the world to make plans for an appropriate response. At this point we are in a position of "waiting" - but that does not mean one of inactivity. UMCOR is working with local Disaster Response Coordinators to identify and prepare Early Response Teams for future deployment, identifying volunteer housing, and preparing a database of supplies and ...


NY Conf Flood Bucket/Cleaning Kits Drop-Off Locations

9/12/2017

The following churches are accepting flood buckets/cleaning kits:   Bayport, NY UMC M-Tu-Th-Fri 10am-2pm; Special arrangements, please call 631-472-0770 or e-mail: senior.pastor@bayport.org Bronx, Calvary UMC Tu-Th-Fri, 9am-1pm Brooklyn, NY, Sheepshead Bay UMC, Call to make arrangements with Pastor Cundy  347-553-3300 Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Asbury UMC Call Pastor Melissa at 646-241-7746 Hicksville, NY UMC 9:30 to 11 AM  10/14, 11/11, 12/9 or by arrangement: Ellen Giuffrida ...


Faith Helped Clinton Grieve, Look to Future Optimistically

9/8/2017

Hillary Rodham Clinton responds to a question from Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli during a conversation on faith and politics at Riverside Church September 7. The event was a benefit for Camp Olmsted. Photo by Dave Cross View the video of the event here and a photo gallery here. By Joanne S. Utley Communications Coordinator, New York Conference Resist. Insist. Persist. Enlist. That was the message that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shared in a conversation about her faith and...


Church Partnership with Hardware = Cleaning Buckets

9/7/2017

By Neal Bowes Written for the Youth Worker Collective Giving teens a way to get their hands dirty in response to disasters like Hurricane Harvey is absolutely essential.  Far too often churches relegate the hands-on helping to the adults and miss the power of harnessing the passion of students.   What do you do?  How do we help channel our students in our churches to make a difference in the lives of those recovering from this tragedy?  One word: UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief ...


Bishop Bickerton Responds on Hurricane Relief

9/6/2017

Dear Friends & Colleagues,   It seems that writing pastoral letters to you has become a constant in these days of turmoil and uncertainty.  Global instability, political upheaval, and domestic acts of hatred have dominated our lives in recent weeks.  Now, yet another threat has consumed our thoughts and prayers.   I, like you, am heartbroken at the images coming out of Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey.  And, even as I write this letter, Hurricane Irma is raging through the ...


NY Conference Board of Church & Society responding to hate with love through prayer, action, and repentance

8/18/2017

Dear Justice Builders,   According to the United Methodist social principles, “we recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons. We rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to our total life.”   This weekend in Charlottesville, VA even as white nationalists and neo Nazis lashed out with rage and hatred, people of faith showed up as a witness of love that stood up against the evil that is racism. Let us rise in solidarity with ...


Bishop Bickerton Responds to Charlottesville Events

8/16/2017

Dear Friends & Colleagues of the New York Annual Conference, This one has taken a little while. Having a virus in the middle of the summer will do that to you; so will the virus that seems to have affected life all around us, . . . When the word began to emerge from the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia a few days ago one of my first reactions was a genuine one: “What will I say this time that will be any different than what has been said over and over again these past several ...


Bishop Bickerton: Fruit of the Spirit, Words to Live By

8/14/2017

Words to describe the times in which we are living are not hard to come by these days.  Words like unpredictable, challenging, and confusing come quickly to mind.  Drill down deeper and you will find words and phrases like crazy, head-scratching, and bizarre bubbling to the surface. Whatever the word, these are times when each day brings a new story that only increases the search for the right word to describe it all. Depending on which side of the fence you find yourself, it seems that these ...


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