New York Annual Conference

Social Concerns
Newly ordained deacons lead the benediction at the end of the ordination service during the New York Annual Conference meeting at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. From left are the Revs. Arletha (Lisa) Miles Boyce, Lea A. Matthews and Janet L. Cox. Matthews says she sees her ministry as a helping hand to marginalized people in the world, including LGBTQ people like herself and her wife. Photo by Stephanie Parsons, NYAC.

LGBTQ deacon ordained by New York Conference

The Rev. Lea Matthews says her ordination was a day of joy, but not without difficulty. She is the latest LGBTQ person to be ordained in The United Methodist Church.
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.
General Church
The singing of "This Little Light of Mine" opens a Feb. 22 gathering on the eve of the 2019 General Conference that featured openly gay delegates and others supporting full inclusion of LGBTQ people in The United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jay Williams (center) led the singing and also moderated a panel discussion. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

LGBTQ voices heard at pre-GC event

Forum features openly gay delegates assessing One Church Plan and other legislative options.
General Church
The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto is a co-author of the Simple Plan, which eliminates all restrictions in The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality, and Karen G. Prudente is a co-signer.

Seeing a Way Forward: The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen Prudente

The Rev. Alex da Silva Souto and Karen G. Prudente are both New York Conference delegates to the special 2019 General Conference. Da Silva Souto is a co-author of the Simple Plan, which eliminates all restrictions in The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline related to the practice of homosexuality, and Prudente is a co-signer.

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