Last week, delegates from the United Methodist Church, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the country, gathered at the General Conference in St. Louis, Mo., and voted against the One Church Plan. The measure would have given individual churches the flexibility to decide how to handle issues of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy. READ
Two women now in their 60s say they were sexually abused by priests at St. Agnes Parish in Rockville Centre when they were around 11 years old, and that one of those priests was John R. McGann, who would go on to be the Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. READ
First Universalist Church of Southold has a new minister, Valerie Freseman.
The Manhattan native took helm of the church in August and is settling into her new role on the North Fork. READ
Last Friday evening at North Fork Reform Synagogue in Cutchogue was set aside as both a Sabbath service and a memorial to Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, an anti-Jewish pogrom that occurred 80 years ago this week. READ
A small crowd gathered at the construction site of the new North Fork United Methodist Church on the corner of Horton’s Lane and Route 48 in Southold early Thursday morning. The crowd, a dedicated group of parishioners, were there to witness history as the new steeple was affixed atop the church. (more…)
The Rev. George W. Summers celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination June 10. He’s spent 48 of those 50 years as minister at Advent Lutheran Church in Mattituck, having come to the North Fork from Franklin Square in 1970. READ
On most mornings for nearly the past six decades, the Reverend Marvin Dozier, a Southampton resident and the pastor at Unity Baptist Church in Mattituck for the past 30 years, could be found eating breakfast with his daughters, Alicia Austin and Andrea Dozier, or his lifelong friends, Herman Lamison and Juni Wingfield, or countless other members of the community whom he supported through faith and mentorship. READ
How can faith-based communities have difficult conversations about immigration?
Parish and community group members can explore this question Saturday, May 5, during a training event sponsored by Long Island Jobs with Justice, a coalition that aims to protect the rights of workers.” READ
“That a church may meet here where the weary and heavy laden shall find inner peace that the world can neither give nor take away … We break this ground today.”
Members of North Fork United Methodist Church said these words Monday evening during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new centrally located church building. READ
Back in 2009 I wrote a piece for this column about our Lenten ecumenical activities that was entitled “Praying Together and Where It May Lead.” READ