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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    2017 AC FAQ

    Don’t see your question below? Email and we’ll find the answer! Please check back frequently, as more questions and answers are added daily. 

    To whom do I write the checks for the 5 offerings

    Please make out the checks to UNYAC and note the details on each check (which Offering it is for). We will make sure it gets to the right place!

    Will there be a limit to the increase in the local church's shared ministry askings?  

    There is no plan to re institute the 10% limitation.
    If not, when will I be allowed to bring such a limiting request to the AC 2017?
    Delegates to AC17 may make motions or propose resolutions. As a practical matter, the 10% limit was put in place in the early years of the Conference to help bring us transition from the different Ministry Share calculation methods in the former Conferences to a common methodology in the new Conference. CFA would say we are beyond that transition period and that a blanket 10% limitation is not needed. The Conference Treasurer has some latitude to make adjustments to rectify Ministry Share calculation anomalies on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Conference Finance office if you have questions.

    Can you tell me more about the Pre-Conference Briefings this year?

    In previous years, Pre-Conference Briefings have been live events held on multiple days across the Conference. This year, a different approach has been taken. A Pre-Conference Briefing video has been created for you to watch any time. The hope is that an on-demand video will provide Conference members access to needed information at their convenience.  

    You can watch the video on your own, with a small group, or as a congregation! Click here to view the video.

    Within the 2018 Budget listed in Vol. I of the 2017 Journal, why were the District Block Grants moved from Conference Connectional Ministries Support to District Operations?

    The Block Grants are under the control of each district. As such they will be able to be monitored by each district as part of their individual monthly reports.

    Where can I read the latest news about the 2017 Annual Conference Session?

    Click here to view all AC related news! 

    I'm looking for the 2018 Narrative Budget FAQ. Where can I find it online?

    Click here to view the Narrative Budget FAQ.

    What tools are available to help me report what happens at Annual Conference back to my local church?

    After each day of Annual Conference, there will be a bulleted informational document titled “Daily Notes” to support Annual Conference members in reporting to their local church. There will also be a video recap on Friday and Saturday morning recapping the happenings of the previous day at the Annual Conference. The recaps will also be available on the Conference website (, along with selected articles about the news of the day.

    Furthermore, the week after Annual Conference, a video recap of the entire annual Conference will be available for use in reports to local churches.

    Will there be closed captioning?

    Yes, all plenary sessions taking place in Exhibit Hall A will be closed captioned.

    Where do I park for the Conference? How much does it cost?

    Parking will be in the OnCenter Garage, accessible from both Harrison and State Streets.  The parking attendants will have a separate color ticket for those that want to purchase a day ticket at $2.50 versus a week ticket at $5.00. If you purchase a week ticket, you will be asked to hold onto it and leave it on your dash. When you return, the attendants will know to wave you through.

    Is there Wifi this year at AC?

    Access will be available throughout the Oncenter. Providing this service is the result of feedback asking for greater access to online media and communication. The hope is that the availability of free WiFi will enable better communication, easier access to Annual Conference materials, and a significant reduction in wasted printed materials in the future. There will be no charge to access the WiFi, but it is asked that members be conscious of the more than 1,500 other people who will have access to the WiFi and not use it frivolously.

    Is there an opportunity to donate flood buckets or health kits to the UNY Conferences Disaster Response team?

    There will not be a truck across from the Oncenter collecting health kits and flood buckets like there has been in past years. However, the Disaster Response team will be accepting flood bucket and health kit donations at the new United Methodist Center’s Open House on May 31 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Donations should be brought directly to Mission Central at the new building (look for the two garage bays near the loading dock) at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool.

    Is childcare available during the Conference?

    Yes, there is childcare available on the lower-level of the Oncenter during all official Conference Sessions; however, you must preregister for this service. Space for children will be on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for child care, but your Annual Conference registration must be submitted and paid to complete your registration for child care.

    Will there be helpers for those with accessibility concerns during mealtime?

    Yes, There will be volunteers to help with carrying plates and seating people at each meal.

    If I have food allergies, will other meal options be offered?

    The staff works hard to create a menu based on previous evaluations and requests to meet dietary needs of most Conference attendees. Should you have any food allergies, an alternative to your meal can be satisfied through request. Click here to view the menu.

    What sort of attire is appropriate for this event?

    Layers! The central air at the OnCenter will be cold so please be sure to dress in layers.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."