Call to Conference from Bishop Bickerton
It’s that time of year again for the “call to conference,” the annual invitation for you to be a part of the unfolding work of mission and ministry in Connecticut, New York, and across the world. It is indeed my distinct pleasure to “call you” to be a part of our discernment and holy conferencing as the New York Annual Conference.

We will again be following our quadrennial theme, “Pathways & Possibilities,” with a focus on journeying together. Now more than ever, the conversation of why and how we journey together rises to the level of critical importance. Our need to find a way forward in the various expressions of our ministry, and to find deeper and more respectful ways to love one another and embrace the validity of one another’s calling from God to share the love of Jesus Christ is essential if we are to maintain and promote our public witness. To discover those “Pathways & Possibilities” will require serious and intentional examination.

As a part of this session we will elect delegates to the 2020 General Conference in Minneapolis, as well as work together on how we continue to embrace the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of who we are here in the NYAC. Preaching, teaching, great music, and rich fellowship can also be expected!

If you are an ordained or licensed clergy person or an elected delegate* to the Annual Conference, you are expected to attend all sessions. Members and any visitors must register online by May 23 at; there is no onsite registration.

Let us begin now to pray and prepare for our time together. See you at Hofstra!

The Journey Continues, . . .

Grace & Peace,


Thomas J. Bickerton
Resident Bishop

* All clergy members of the NYAC, non-member pastors serving in the conference, the local church lay member of conference for 2019, or another category of lay member based on the Book of Discipline.