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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from June 2017

    Service of Blessing and Anointing at the 2017 AC

    June 28, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The song Turn, Turn, Turn was the perfect song for InsideOut to perform at the Service of Blessing and Anointing on Friday June 2 at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference session. “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose, under heaven;” these lyrics portrayed the rejoicing over retired clergy and clergy spouses, newly ordained and commissioned deacons and elders, and new church appointments. Upper …more

    2017 CF&A Report shares positive news

    June 28, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Every year at Annual Conference, the UNY Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) present their proposed budget for the next calendar year and also discuss where their focus has been since the last Annual Conference. This year, CF&A did not get the opportunity to present their report because of a surprising action that took place…there was a motion to put the budget report on …more

    The 2017-2018 Illuminate Preaching Academy begins in September

    June 28, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Built around the characteristics of bright spot preaching, Illuminate Preaching Academy seeks to come alongside good preachers and help them grow toward being great preachers. Time is given to exploring methods of sermon writing, series development, delivery of the sermon, and connecting with the community to whom we are preaching. “Every year we try to gather guest faculty from across the Connection to provide insight and instruction for Illuminate …more

    Lottie Brown Scholarship Recipients announced

    June 28, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year the Upper New York Annual Conference College Scholarships Committee offers Lottie Brown Scholarships for undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in Christian service.  This year’s recipients are Elyse Muder, Emily Allen, and Katherine (Kate) Bobsein. The three recipients are all active in their churches and excel academically.  In their applications, each recipient not only included remarkable letters of recommendation, but also, …more

    Lottie Brown Scholarship Recipients announced

    June 28, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year the Upper New York Annual Conference College Scholarships Committee offers Lottie Brown Scholarships for undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in Christian service.  This year’s recipients are Elyse Muder, Emily Allen, and Katherine (Kate) Bobsein. The three recipients are all active in their churches and excel academically.  In their applications, each recipient not only included remarkable letters of recommendation, but also, …more

    Conference supports 2017 budget

    June 21, 2017 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Budget discussions at the 2017 Annual Conference started a day earlier than scheduled on June 1 thanks to a surprising and historical motion to the Consent Calendar. Pastor Nate Lang of the Cornerstone District made a motion to move the budget report to the Consent Calendar. After discussion and debate, his amendment was supported. As there was a question as to whether or not this amendment is or is not in constitutional …more

    Petition and Resolution Results at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference

    June 21, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Discussion and voting for the petitions and resolutions brought to the 2017 Annual Conference session began in the afternoon plenary on June 2 and continued through the June 3 morning plenary. After a few resolutions had been brought to the floor, discussed, and voted on during the June 3 plenary, there was a motion to suspend rules and eliminate discussion for the remainder of the resolutions. This motion was supported.  Here are the …more

    Service of Commissioning and Ordination at the 2017 UNY Annual Conference

    June 21, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When addressing the individuals to be commissioned for the work of a deacon or elder and the individuals to be ordained for the work of a deacon or elder at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference during the Service of Commissioning and Ordination, Bishop Webb said, “Remember you are called to serve rather than to be served, to proclaim the faith of the church and no other, to look …more

    UNY members can “Walk to Emmaus” this fall

    June 21, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Walk to Emmaus, a program created by The Upper Room, is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. …more

    How racism cannot be blamed on the South

    June 21, 2017 / By By Linda Hughes, CORR

    For most of my life, I thought the majority of the racism blame was owned by the South. The Southerners of earlier America were the slave-holding plantation owners and the Northerners were the noble abolitionists. My eyes were opened when I learned the vast majority of slave trading ships were launched from New England; about half of them from Rhode Island. The Trade Triangle was New England, to West Africa, …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."