United Methodist Communications has launched the “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative - a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. 

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has asked all United Methodists to join in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and p.m. for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time the officer held his knee on George Floyd’s neck, for at least the next 30 days. 

The denomination has a long-standing history of advocating for justice. The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church recognize racism as a sin and commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access. Additional information and resources are available online at

In a related commentary, Rev. Junius B. Dotson, top executive of Discipleship Ministries in Nashville TN, writes that racism is not a black problem.

Service of Lament challenges church on racism

Rev. Dr. Marvin Moss Appointed
as New DCDR

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is pleased to announce the appointment, effective August 1, of Reverend Dr. Marvin Anthony Moss as the new Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization for the New York Annual Conference.

Dr. Moss will replace Rev. David Gilmore who is departing New York to become the District Superintendent of the Heartland District in the Missouri Annual Conference.  Our prayers and love go with Rev. Gilmore as he enters into this new season of ministry.

More information about Dr. Moss may be found here.


Vision Editor Joanne Utley Departs for Full-time Pastoral Ministry

‘Write the vision clearly on the tablets. . .’

Rev. Joanne Utley has served our Conference as the editor of The Vision for over 10 years.  She began when The Vision was still an actual newspaper, and brought it into the digital age as a monthly online publication.

Joanne has told the stories of the New York Annual Conference with heart, faithfulness, and integrity. From filled-with-hope "It Worked For Us" stories of local church ministries, to sobering yet inspiring accounts of our clergy and laity standing against racial injustice, Joanne has captured the passions and priorities of our churches.

The Connectional Ministries staff wishes Joanne all of God's blessings as she begins a full-time appointment at the Hamptons UMC in Southampton NY on August 1.  Keep telling stories, Joanne, and sharing the Vision.
To read this month's Vision and Joanne's parting editorial, please click here

As we work to reopen our churches...
  • Bishop Bickerton offers words of encouragement to NYAC churches, and practical support in the form of "starter" cleaning kits.   Read his full Memorandum here.  The application for cleaning supplies may be found here
  • Please continue to follow the NYAC COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines
  • Once your church is certified to reopen, ministry in your physical building should not preclude the online presence you've established during the pandemic.  Doug Powe and Ann Michel offer some insights about online worship and evangelism.
  • Technology grants are available for our churches that have expanded their outreach beyond their regular in-pew attendees during the months of sheltering in place.  To help these churches maintain their online connections and presence moving forward, the Conference is offering grants/ reimbursements for technology that will enable churches to keep in contact with their virtual congregations.  Click here for more information and to apply.
  • United Methodist Communications: 
    12 rules of church during COVID-19
    COVINGTON, Tenn. — As United Methodist congregations return to in-person worship, they can expect some changes because of COVID-19. To help churchgoers know what to expect, First United Methodist Church has posted a video of its Pandemic Praise Team singing new lyrics to a familiar Christmas tune. The Rev. Kathy Noble has the story.
    Read story and watch video
Mission Ministries

Hurricane Dorian - Bahamas Recovery Update: A conversation with Rev. Stephanie Gottschalk, Executive Director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat
    The NYAC Missions office is pleased to be able to sponsor a conversation with Rev Stephanie Gottschalk, a Western PA Missionary serving as the Executive Director of Bahamas Methodist Habitat, on Tuesday evening, June 30 from 7 to 8:15 PM EST.
    The New York Conference had a recovery team ready to travel to the Bahamas in March, one of the first as part of the Hurricane Dorian effort, when all projects were put on hold due to the coronavirus.
    This is an opportunity for interested persons to receive an update about what is happening in the Bahamas and the prospects for recovery teams in the future.
To participate, please register here. You will receive the zoom-link information in your confirmation email. Participation is limited to 100 and is on a first-register basis. For more information contact Tom Vencuss at

NEJ Academy Online Course
Entry Points for Creation Care Ministry
6/26 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
One of our most basic responsibilities as Christians is to care for the earth (Genesis 2:15). Learn how your church can integrate creation care into existing ministries and save money in the process.
Led by Rev. Jenny Phillips, Senior Technical Advisor for Environmental Sustainability at Global Ministries.
Register here.

Needed: Development/Fundraising/Grant Writing assistance
One of the needs expressed by several of our churches with emergency food, and other community-based programs, is for assistance with development, fundraising, and grant-writing. If you can provide assistance in any of these areas please contact Tom Vencuss at the Missions office (

General Board Grant: the NYAC has received funds in support of two specific COVID-19 related efforts. One is to provide hospitality stations for persons taking part in marches and demonstrations around the death of George Floyd. This would include providing water, snacks, “grab and go” lunches, and first aid supplies. A second is to assist local shop owners to repair businesses which may have been damaged as part of the protests; or, for business owners to purchase materials or supplies to mitigate possible future damage. For more information contact Tom Vencuss at the Missions office (  

UMCOR Hygiene Kits
    Every year the New York Conference provides more than 4,000 hygiene kits to UMCOR for disaster response efforts. This year, given that the NYAC Annual Conference has been rescheduled as a streamlined event in the fall, we will not be receiving hygiene kits. However, you can still support this important ministry. The parts of an UMCOR Hygiene Kit total about $12. We are asking that churches collect funds which will then be “converted” into the equivalent number of hygiene kits and sent to UMCOR for the purchase of health kits supplies. OR, churches may ship their hygiene kits directly to UMCOR (at a cost greater than the value of the kits).  Here is the link for shipping labels and instructions:
    Thank you in advance for participating in this vital mission.  Our Conference has always had a great response to this request and we would like to keep this support going. 

Meet a Missionary

Would you like to visit with missionaries? You can! You are invited to join a virtual itineration! Below you will see an opportunity to meet with and hear stories from amazing missionaries that are #stillinmission even in the midst of this crisis, without leaving your chair! Be sure to register as soon as possible. 
In Mission together, Jill Wilson, Conference Secretary of Global Ministries
 JULY 2; 9:00 PM EDT
Registration Link:
Episode 6:  #StillInMission  Episode 6
This week we feature missionaries that are directly working with Youth Engagement, Empowerment, and Education.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore the work of Joy Eva Bohol, Sandra Raasch, Innocent Afful, and Ellyn Dubberly.
Registration is limited. You will get a confirmation email once your registration is accepted. If the limit is reached, you will get priority for future events.


 Invitation to reimagine United Methodism
CHICAGO — A group of current and former General Conference delegates from four continents invite United Methodists around the globe to start a conversation on a new way of conferencing and a new vision for the denomination. They have released a statement, "Out of Chaos, Creation: Seeds of a Vision for a Renewed United Methodism." They also invite United Methodists to join a webinar July 7. 
Read statement
Register for webinar

General Conference Dates Announced

The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference: August 29 - September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

News From Kingswood Camp

"New Normals"
We're all facing "new normals" right now, and Kingswood Camp is no exception. Thankfully, New York State has given us the okay to open for the Summer and we can not wait to welcome you! Before you get here, we wanted to make you aware of some of our "new normals" so you can know what to expect from a place you've grown to love.

1) A lot of emails - we're not trying to bombard you or bother you... we're just learning how to communicate these changes (and the changes keep changing). 
2) Paperless (almost) Everything - When Kingswood opened in 1959, who could have imagined COVID19, online registration, or now going paperless? When you see an email from Kingswood Campsite vis DocuSign, it's us! Right now, there are only two documents you'll receive from us, should anything change (refer to "new normal" number 1):

  • COVID19 Memorandum of Understanding
  • Registration Form - we're asking you fill out the campers you know will be there and the campers you think will be there. This will help should COVID tracing become necessary.

3) Masks & Social Distancing - we love to see your smiling faces, but now only if we're standing 6 feet apart from each other. Masks will be required in all indoor locations even if social distancing is possible. We want to make sure everyone feels safe at Kingswood, so please, wear a mask for the safety of yourself and others. 
4) Activities - We'll still have plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy, but be sure to sign up for them! We'll have sporting equipment for you to use, but only after it's been contact free for three days! If you'd feel more comfortable brining your own equipment or life jackets, etc., you're of course, more than welcome to. See some of our activities here
5) The Barn & Oasis - Yes, they'll still be open! 
6) Signs, Signs, & More Signs - We have to post signs about masks and social distancing, but we'll try to make them as fun as we can. Please read the signs you see located around the campground and follow them. We want you to enjoy your vacation safely and in good health!

Questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Please contact our Campsite Administrator, Rachael, via email at She'll get back to you after 5pm, so please don't worry if you don't get an immediate response. In your email, feel free to add your phone number and she'll call you!

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We strive to share God’s love by creating safe places where all are accepted and welcomed, connecting the needs of people to the presence of God, and transforming the world through Christ.

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