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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from January 2017

    Fighting racism: The Church’s unfinished agenda

    January 31, 2017 / By Upper New York Communications

    Racism is everywhere, even in our churches. The racism that is apparent many times may be unintentional. The General Commission on Religion & Race ( has published these quotes to illustrate ways in which you may be unintentionally perpetuating racism. I acquiesce in the perpetuation of racism when I… “don’t challenge racist jokes and comments.” “feel threatened when interacting with persons of different …more

    Pan-Methodism: What is this?

    January 31, 2017 / By Blenda Smith, CORR

    Pan-Methodist Churches are plentiful in the Upper New York area. Have you noticed African American Episcopal (AME), African American Episcopal Zion (AMEZ), Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME), African Union Methodist Protestant, or Union American Methodist Episcopal Churches in your communities?  Collectively, they are called Pan-Methodist Churches. It has been over 200 years since Pan-Methodist Churches began separating from Methodism. Many African Americans chose to leave the Methodist Church when color and …more

    From the desk of Mark J. Webb: Embracing diversity

    January 31, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized in Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither slave nor free; there is neither male nor female, fall you all are one in Christ Jesus. Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise. …more

    A new approach to the Conference Budget

    January 31, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) has been trying to address concerns expressed by members of Annual Conference about how the conference budget is presented.  To that end, CF&A is developing a new approach to the budget. It is a work in progress, which will continue to be honed this year. But here are the highlights: Listening to What’s Needed Narrative …more

    CLT continues logic model work to guide ministry in UNY

    January 24, 2017 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On January 14, members of the Conference Leadership Team (CLT) gathered in Syracuse to continue their visioning and strategic planning work. Using a logic model (see the logic model graphic) the team “began with the end in mind,”  working its way backwards from the Vision and Mission to identify the steps required to live into the vision and mission. The CLT had previously identified three desired outcomes: Increase …more

    Upper New York young adults reflect on poverty

    January 24, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Earlier this month, 15 young adults from the UNY Conference traveled to Washington, D.C.  and spent two days learning at the United Methodist Building as part of the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) seminar program, focusing on #FaithandPoverty. Maya Smith, Weagba Nelson, Alisyn Klock, and Cory Jones share their reflections on what they learned about poverty. Below are a few reflections from the young adults who …more

    A letter of thanks from the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb

    January 24, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On the morning of Jan. 24, Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter,  expressing sincere thanks to all Upper New York Conference congregations who paid their Ministry Shares and the leaders who have strived to reduce spending, as it has enabled our Conference to pay 100 percent of our General Church apportionments for the first time in the history of the Upper New York Conference. Dear Sisters …more

    Bishop Mark J. Webb names new Northern Flow District Superintendent and extends three others

    January 23, 2017 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Mike Weeden as a Conference Superintendent assigned to the Northern Flow District effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Weeden currently serves Fulton: First United Methodist Church in the Crossroads District. He first sensed God calling him into ministry as a student at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where   He received a B.A. …more

    2018 narrative budget draft available

    January 17, 2017 / By

    Click here to download the Narrative Budget draft as of April 19, 2017. An initial draft of the 2018 narrative budget is now available on the Upper New York Conference website. This draft is being made available two weeks before the first deadline for petitions and resolutions as a result of the action of the 2016 Annual Conference Session. Click here for details of the action taken at the 2016 Annual Conference Session regarding the 2018 …more

    Earn your way to the Holy Land

    January 9, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Bishop Mark J. Webb and his wife, Jodi Webb planned an 11-day trip (January 9-19, 2018) to the Holy Land through Educational Opportunities Tours for anyone in the Conference to join. Click here to learn more about the trip. If you would like to join them, the earlier you register, the more you can save. For example, register by February 9, 2017 to save $150. Pastors are also able to promote the tour and …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."