2019 Annual Conference What You Need to Know
Click here to view a preliminary agenda, which includes a few pre-Conference events.
Click here for instructions to download and activate the UNYAC event app. Watch the video below for some helpful advice on how to navigate within the app. (Only those registered for AC have access to the app.)
Childcare will be offered on the lower level of the Oncenter during all official Conference Sessions. Families must pre-register for this service on the registration form and provide information about their children so that appropriate numbers of child care providers can be secured, and appropriate equipment provided. 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 childcare.
Program teams and groups affiliated with the Upper New York Conference may request to have a display table at Annual Conference. The deadline to submit a request was April 19, 2019.
Meals provided with your registration will be served in the room adjacent to the main meeting room. Water coolers will be provided in Exhibit Hall A during Annual Conference. For your convenience, please bring a water bottle for refills so that we can be good stewards of our resources. Meals included in your registration fee are as follows:
Wednesday: Lunch & Dinner – Thursday: Lunch & Dinner
Friday: lunch & Dinner – Saturday: Lunch
Click here to view menu. We are well aware of the varied and critical dietary needs of our participants.We will make every effort to be sensitive to allergies and other restrictions. To accommodate our menus, most meals will be served buffet style and there will be assistance for those who need it.
There will be five offerings that will be collected at this year's Annual Conference:
- Upper New York Mission Central Hub—a place located at the UNY Methodist Center for local churches to actively engage in outreach and disaster response ministries. From training the Conference’s Volunteer in Mission and Disaster Response teams to collecting and assembling flood buckets, hygiene kits, school kits, and more, the UNY Mission Central HUB is the perfect answer to local churches who feel called to expand their outreach ministries. Click here to learn more about the UNY Mission Central HUB.
- The Clergy Care Fund - The Clergy Care Fund assists clergy who need financial support.
- Helping Hands Fund - Helping Hands Funds raises money to be used by the Cabinet to assist congregants in need of financial support.
- Mission of Peace (MOP) - an annual journey of discovery and shalom to nations in our global community sponsored by the Northeastern Jurisdiction Council on Youth Ministries. Click here and here to read the reflections from two Upper New York youth who went on the MOP journey to Cuba earlier this year. Next year, MOP will be going to the Philippines.
- New Faith Communities (NFCs) - New faith community planters work to create safe places for un-churched or de-churched people to explore their faith, consider what it means to follow Jesus Christ, and then practice discipleship together with new friends. These communities gather in malls, cafes, storefronts, bars, homes, fellowship halls and restaurants, and each one is committed to being God’s love with their neighbors. There are currently more than 91 New Faith Communities in UNY—click here to learn more about UNY NFCs.
Annual Conference provides these five great opportunities to support the United Methodist Connection. From helping our youth experience a mission trip of their lifetime and supporting the many ministries the pour forth from Mission Central to supporting clergy and congregants with financial constraints and planting New Faith Communities, you can help the Upper New York and people around the world flourish with your generous offerings.
Parking will be in the Oncenter Garage and Open Lot, 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 versus a week ticket at a discounted rate. If you purchase a week ticket, you will be asked to hold onto it and leave it on your vehicle's dashboard. When you return, the attendants will know to waive you through.
In addition, there are free shuttles from the “city” hotels as noted on the hotel registration form. A shuttle schedule – in coordination with the Conference agenda -- will be posted at a later date. The shuttles will drop passengers at the entrance doors to the Oncenter and may be a better option for those with mobility issues.
There will be a Hospitality Team to assist attendees in exiting the shuttle and getting into the sessions room. Wheelchairs will be available.
Registration for Annual Conference is now closed. The deadline to register was May 3, 2019. The next opportunity to register is at the Oncenter on June 5. Late registrants will incur an additional $50 fee.
Name tags and voting devices will be distributed in Gallagher Hall of the Oncenter starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5.