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A Demand for Racial Justice


United Methodists across the globe are calling for action to end racism and oppression against people of color--from Bishop Schol, the College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction, the Council of Bishops and United Methodist Women, to local churches throughout GNJ, United Methodist Communications and many more. The May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has ignited a call for change that is echoing throughout the nation.
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Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

"Keeping Our Tears Sacred": Hear from Gateway South Superintendent Rev. Myrna Bethke and her piece on Psalm 56, specifically on verse 8: “You yourself have kept track of my misery. Put my tears into your bottle—aren’t they on your scroll already?” Read more

Develop Leadership

The United Methodist Women Racial Justice Toolkit offers many ways to get involved in implementing the Charter for Racial Justice, including Bible studies, worship, programs, workshops, displays, issues and action ideas. The importance of radical welcome in the church is highlighted on page 12 with the message, "Bring your culture, your voice, your whole self. Read more

Making Miracles

Circles of Giving recognizes congregations who have committed $75 or more per worshiper to the campaign to bring miracles to people who are impacted by COVID-19, our communities who are served by Hope Centers and congregations, young people growing their faith and discipleship in Tanzania. We welcome and celebrate First UMC of Ridgefield Park, Ghana Calvary UMC, Hamilton UMC (Neptune), Smithville UMC, St. Paul UMC (Willingboro), St. Peter’s UMC (Ocean City) and Trinity UMC (Hackettstown) to the Miracles Everywhere Circles of Giving! Read more

Grow Vitality | Five Markers

Small Groups

  • Take a "Road Trip with Jesus!" A four-week Small Group to explore the adventures of being a follower of Jesus. Are you ready to go? Read more
  • Considerations as Social Distancing Guidelines Change Read more

Worship

  • Share ideas and inspiration at Preaching Discussion Groups Read more
  • Music to Upload! Like 13 "Prayers for Peace & Justice" songs Listen and share
  • Pre-Recorded Sermons for clergy renewal Read more

Giving

  • 7 Ways to Transition Your Church Giving Moment Read more
  • Giving Online using GNJ's portal nears $200K! Read more

Mission

  • Health Care Disparity Toolkit Read more
  • GET. STUFF. DONE. by connecting with missionaries called for administrative work Read more
  • Dr. David Scott's "Thinking Theologically About Mission" June 15 from UMVIM Read more
  • GCORR Real Talk to listen, learn and act Read more

Making New Disciples

  • Responding to Systemic Racism resources Read more
  • Questions to Ask while preparing to re-engage Read more

News and Information

Rev. Gil Caldwell, retired UMC pastor and a civil rights activist who once walked alongside Martin Luther King Jr, said that church has been silent for too long. Shown with Grace Caldwell (left) and Rev. Vanessa Wilson (right). Credit: Aaron Wilson Watson

Good News

Inspiring and motivating stories of God at work through us like the "Silence is No Answer" prayer vigil on Sunday at St. Paul UMC Willingboro where the rally cry amid a gathering of more than 100 people was “Black Lives Matter. Silence is not an Option.” Read more


GNJ in the News

  • GNJ's Health Care Disparity Toolkit featured in UMNews Read more
  • NJ News Network Features RISE Church's Veronica Palmer in East Orange and the Interfaith Day of Prayer Read more
  • Chatham UMC's Rev. Jeff Markay featured on WNYC News in "My Words are Insufficient" Read more


Denominational News

  • UM Bishops: Act Now to end racism and white supremacy Read more
  • UMComm Launches "End Racism" campaign Read more
  • NEJ College of Bishops Denounces Deaths of African Americans Read more


Bishop Schol's Messages


Events and Other News

  • Honoring the Ministry of Rev. Manolo Sardiñas on June 18 Read more
  • NEW Reopening Guidelines, specifically for churches Read more
  • Church & Society's Webinars continue with "A Just & Peaceable Response" Read more
  • UM Communities Delves into Telehealth Strategies Read more
  • Black Lives Matter Statement from UMW Read more

Clergy Information

  • Time for Renewal. GNJ Encourages Clergy to take a 2-week break Read more
  • Infuse Vitality with Clergy Coaching. Registration closes June 15 Read more
  • Need More Interaction? Stewardship Forums start June 18 Read more
  • Reopening Guidelines, updates for churches and childcare centers Read more
  • Social distancing signs and posters available Download here
  • Supplier List is Growing for Masks & Other PPE Resources Read more
  • "The Way We Gather Makes a Difference" in how we grow Read more
  • Growing Mission and Vitality. Clergy Appraisals Due July 15 Read more
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants Read more

Administration

Laity

  • Clergy Appraisals due July 15 Read more
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants Read more
  • Your Food Pantry Matters. Register with GNJ today Read more

Mission Partners

  • Grants up to $2,000 per semester are available for campus ministries Apply and share Deadline is June 15!
  • Missing Family Vacation this Year? Come to Pinelands Center in August Read more
  • Create launch pads for racial reconciliation experiences, transformational discipleship & intercultural leadership at Summer at Home's Camp Transform this July Read more
  • In case you missed: Statement on Racism from Next Gen View and share
  • Financial Assistance for people in your congregation & community. See resources from NJVOAD
  • Apply Today or Share: Regional Coordinator (for food distribution) Read more
  • NEW Reopening Guidelines, specifically for churches and childcare centers Read more
  • Tomorrow: Payroll Protection Flexibility Act Conference Calls Read more
  • Congregational Investment Accounts Back in positive territory, up to $44mln Read more
  • Is Your Church Listed on the Circles of Giving? Check out our newest members Read more

The Centenary Fund

The Centenary Fund and Preachers Aid Society was established in 1857. The purpose of the fund is to provide maximum assistance in times of need for the support of retired clergy, surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased clergy who have served in GNJ.

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