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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from June 2018

    Commission on a Way Forward report at UNY Annual Conference 2018

    June 13, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on a Way Forward (Commission) was formed by the Council of Bishops (Council) after a decision was made at General Conference 2016 to develop a committee to address the issue of division around the topic of human sexuality in The United Methodist Church. The charge given to the Commission was to “design a way for being a Church that maximizes the presence of a United Methodist witness in …more

    Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health join forces to create world’s largest digital wellbeing and engagement company

    June 12, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    The Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health merger will create the first and only one-stop-shop for employee health, wellbeing, and benefits engagement; the combined company will have more than 3,200 customers across 190 countries Providence-based Virgin Pulse and Minneapolis-based RedBrick Health announced last month that the industry pioneers will merge, creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive digital health and engagement company. This powerful combination will deliver the industry’s only …more

    Upper New York Annual Conference boldly lives our call

    June 11, 2018 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The following is a report that was sent to the General Conference, summarizing the Upper New York 2018 Annual Conference. Members of the Upper New York Annual Conference gathered for the ninth session May 30 – June 2 at the SRC Arena in Syracuse, NY. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb officiated and led the Conference around the theme Boldly Living Our Call. “If we …more

    Fulfill your mission needs

    June 11, 2018 / By Mike Block / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Mission Central HUB is a great place to support your missional needs. Are you interested in assembling UMCOR kits? Are you handy and want to roll up your sleeves and help build a wheelchair ramp? Or is there another project that you would like to assemble, build, or create? Contact Director of Missional Engagement, Mike Block, to arrange a time and date to accomplish mission projects. …more

    Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism report shared at AC2018

    June 11, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism shared their report at the Annual Conference during the Thursday May 31 afternoon plenary. Blenda Smith began the report by showing a video that illuminates some of the challenges of institutional racism. For example, studies show that drivers of color are twice as likely to get pulled over. Black people are four times more likely to get arrested than white people. Legislators are …more

    Service of Commissioning and Ordination at the 2018 UNY Annual Conference

    June 7, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The theme of this year’s Annual Conference, Boldly Living our Call, was exceptionally demonstrated in the June 2 Service of Commissioning and Ordination. There was one person commissioned for the work of deacon: Jessica Faye Glaser There were six people commissioned for the work of elder: Cheryl Ann Brown Raymond C. Gilman IV Linda Kay Haight Melissa Marie Killenberger McCarthy Hector D. Rivera Lisa Dawn Taylor There was one …more

    Young adults add their pieces to the puzzle to break down the walls at Young People’s Service

    June 5, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Elyse Muder and Maya Smith kicked off the Young People’s Service on June 2 at the 2018 Annual Conference session with a skit. Maya wanted to start a Bible study but wasn’t sure she could do it and felt awkward about talking about her faith outside of church. Elyse encouraged her. “It’s important to spread the word of God everywhere you go, in any way …more

    Petition and Resolution Results at the 2018 Upper New York Annual Conference

    June 5, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Discussion and voting for the petitions and resolutions brought to the 2018 Annual Conference session began in the afternoon plenary on June 1 and continued through the June 2 morning plenary.  Here are the results of each resolution. UNYAC2018.1-on Guidelines for GC 2019 Delegation, not supported This resolution called the Upper New York Conference delegates attending the Special Session of General Conference (SSGC) in February 2019 to use the biblically-based values of grace, …more

    Bishop Webb celebrates many at the Service of Blessing and Anointing

    June 1, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Service of Blessing and Anointing was held June 1 at the 2018 Annual Conference session at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. It was a celebration! InsideOut had the crowd singing verses from Father Let your Kingdom Come at many times throughout the service: “You make all things new You make all things new In places we don’t choose You make all things new.” This service …more

    Recommendation results from AC2018

    June 1, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson

    Voting on the Upper New York Conference recommendations began in the morning plenary on June 1 and extended through the afternoon plenary at the 2018 UNY Annual Conference session held at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena in Syracuse. The results are as follows: Recommendation from the Accessibility Committee – Disability Awareness Weekend, supported This recommendation is for the Upper New York Conference to establish February 1-7, or another weekend chosen …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."