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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
The Rev. Heather Sinclair anoints Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton at the beginning of a time of healing prayer and anointing at the close of a special session of the New York Annual Conference at Purchase College, State University of New York. Photo by Stephanie Parsons.

New York, New Jersey conferences confer on GC2019

Inaugural conference special sessions address concerns over pain, distrust caused by denomination-wide vote.
The Rev. Wesley Daniels checks on the work of a United Methodist volunteer team at a home in the Sheepshead Bay area of Brooklyn in New York that was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. Daniels manages the New York Conference disaster response office hosted by St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Brooklyn. UMNS photos by Mike DuBose.

Year 1: Sandy recovery—Different needs everywhere

From Santiago, Cuba to Criswell, Md., to Far Rockaway, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island and the Jersey shore, the recovery efforts began. The survivors shared common threads of need: immediate relief, assessment, repair, rebuilding and renewal from the emotional and spiritual toll. Learn what United Methodists did.
Bethel United Methodist Church site coordinator and mission volunteers from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., work inside a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, N.Y. Recovery work being done by Volunteers in Mission through the New York Annual Conference, United Methodist Church. AUMNS photo by Arthur McClanahan

More teams needed for Sandy recovery in Northeast U.S.

United Methodist coordinators in New Jersey, New York and Maryland are beginning to schedule rebuilding teams for those whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy last October.

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