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Bishops call for prayers of healing in the aftermath of Arizona shootings

Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews is joining his Arizona colleague Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño in calling for prayers of healing following the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and more than a dozen— including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords—wounded. Bishop Carcaño issued a statement calling the shootings “senseless.” She expressed hope that the incident is not an expression of “growing intolerance.”   Bis...

Love the hell out of each other, pastors told

More than 500 United Methodist pastors from the Upper New York Annual Conference packed the Hendricks Chapel on Syracuse University on Nov. 17 for the Bishop’s Advent Day Apart and organization of the Orders. The pastors were meeting to elect officer bearers for the Order of Elders, the Order of Deacons and the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members. In his sermon to the gathering, Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews dared the pastors to go into neighborhoods to make disciples...