Close X
  • Home
  • About
  • Ministries
  • Mission
  • Events
  • News
  • Resources
  • X

    Translate

    Close

    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from July 2016

    The Rev. Wayne Butler takes flight for Africa 360

    July 26, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Africa 360, the initiative that the UNY Conference set forth to raise funds for Africa University and Imagine No Malaria was a huge success, raising $773,000. The ways in which districts and local churches raised these funds are awe-inspiring. Many challenges were set forth and answered for this great work. For instance, if someone in a leadership role, perhaps a District Superintendent, told you that if you and other church members in …more

    Cave Quest Vacation Bible School kids show their generous spirit

    July 26, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Vacation Bible School season is in full-swing. Several churches in Upper New York host VBS. Visit our Facebook album to see photos of VBSs all throughout The UNY Conference. We will continually update this album as photos come in. Here is one account of the United Methodist Church of Webster’s VBS: During the week of July 18 through July 22nd, the United Methodist Church of Webster had an awesome …more

    Invitations now accepted for Bishop Webb to preach in your church

    July 21, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Bishop Webb is now establishing his preaching schedule for the months of January 2017 through June 2017. If you wish to extend an invitation to Bishop Webb to preach in your church, please contact Mary Bradley at bishopsoffice@unyumc.org or at 324 University Ave., 3rd Floor, Syracuse, New York, 13210. The deadline to receive requests for the bishop's 2017 preaching schedule is August 22, 2016. Click here to read the letter from the bishop. …more

    First UMC Oneonta’s mission work in Jamaica

    July 19, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The First UMC Oneonta congregation is sending a mission team to Jamaica from July 23 to August 3. The church has been in partnership with the people of St. Thomas Parish in Jamaica for over 15 years.  St. Thomas Parish is in the far southeastern corner of Jamaica, the poorest section, far removed from the popular resort areas. St. Thomas' primary means of income are the sugar cane plantations. In 2000, First UMC …more

    NEJ delegates vow to fight racism in church, community

    July 19, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Delegates to the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, meeting in Lancaster on Thursday July 14, pledged to work together as United Methodists to fight the scourge of racism. The pledge was made after the conference unanimously approved a resolution that called for the church to do more to fight discrimination, to confront racism, and to affirm that all lives matter in God's eyes. In the resolution brought to the floor by the …more

    LaTrelle Miller Easterling Elected Bishop

    July 18, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    LaTrelle Miller Easterling, Metro Boston Hope district superintendent in the New England Conference, has been elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church. She was elected Thursday morning, July 14, on the 17th ballot of the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lancaster, Pa. “I always, always, always stand on the side of justice,” she said after she was introduced to the gathering by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, “but I draw …more

    Cynthia Moore-Koikoi Elected Bishop

    July 18, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, a district super intendent in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, was elected as a bishop of The United Methodist Church Wednesday evening, July 13,  during the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lancaster, Pa. Her election came on the 11th ballot. She received 108 votes, a percentage of 64.29%. The daughter of a retired United Methodist pastor, she grew up in the church, worked for 17 years as a school psychologist, and was ordained as …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Moving forward following Jurisdictional Conferences

    July 18, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: On July 18, Bishop Mark J. Webb released the following statement about his reassignment to the Upper New York Conference and the South Central Jurisdictional Conference’s request for a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council following the election of the Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, a self-avowed practicing homosexual, as a new bishop in the Western Jurisdiction.  July 18, 2016 Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Upper …more

    Bishop Webb reassigned to the Upper New York Area

    July 15, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This morning at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Upper New York (UNY) Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb was reassigned to the UNY area. This means that the Upper New York Conference will be under his leadership for the next four years. The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding – Conference Director of Connectional Ministries and Executive Assistant to the Bishop served as Upper New York’s clergy representative on the Jurisdictional Episcopacy …more

    Statement on recent acts of violence opens the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference

    July 13, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    "As we gather for this Jurisdictional Conference many persons have been confronted and consumed with the overwhelming reports of shootings and violence. Life taken! Trust broken! Anger and fear growing. Frustration and despair looming. We believe that God’s heart breaks as our hearts break with these acts of violence - fed and complicated by fear, prejudice, racism, and privilege. We pray for each family and each community affected …more



    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."