Greater New Jersey Annual Conference

Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Diane Dyson in full gear as a hospital nurse caring for COVID-19 patients. Dyson is a United Methodist deacon and says her clergy background has helped her to be a better listener as a nurse. Photo courtesy of Diane Dyson.

Clergywoman also is nurse on COVID-19 front line

The Rev. Diane Dyson, a United Methodist deacon, experiences fear and fulfillment as health care worker in the pandemic.
Mission and Ministry
Sailors on the hospital ship USNS Comfort raise the colors while the ship is moored in New York Harbor in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts. United Methodist leaders are painting a sobering picture of the coronavirus impact on New York and New Jersey. “This is our new 9/11 in New York,” said New York Area Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman, U.S. Navy.

Being the church at epicenter of US pandemic

United Methodist leaders paint a sobering picture of the coronavirus impact on New York and New Jersey but also show the church is still at work.
General Church
Zach Holder (center), with members of the Way Forward team, speaks during a special session of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference in October 2019. The United Methodist Judicial Council will review five rulings of law related to that session, which resulted in an overwhelming vote to let churches decide how to include and affirm LGBTQ people while still giving congregations the right to agree to disagree. Photo by Corbin Payne.

Top court sets pre-General Conference docket

The 14-item docket for the United Methodist Judicial Council spring meeting includes review of five rulings from a conference working to find its own “way forward” and the continuation of a request related to improper voting.
Social Concerns
The ordination and commissioning service at the Northern Illinois Conference at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The conference ordained two deacons and seven elders, including an openly transgender deacon. Four were commissioned as provisional deacons, including two openly LGBTQ candidates. Two candidates were commissioned as provisional elders. Video image courtesy of Northern Illinois Conference livestream.

Two US conferences ordain, commission LGBTQ clergy

Defying the 2019 General Conference votes, at least two U.S. conferences featured the ordination or commissioning of openly transgender and LBGTQ candidates.

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