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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from June 2019

    Rule of Law documents now available

    June 24, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    During plenary on June 7 at the Upper New York Annual Conference, a rule of law was requested for both the UNYAC2019.2 resolution (“UNYAC Response to Actions of 2019 General Conference” found on pages 83-88 of the Upper New York Journal Volume I) and the UNYAC2019.3 resolution (“A Call for Structural Change” found on page 89 of the Upper New York Journal Volume I). Upper New York Area Bishop, …more

    Updated CF&A section of the Conference website

    June 24, 2019 / By Rev. Susan M. Ranous / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Your Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) have been working on developing the CF&A section of our Conference website. Some new arrivals on that section of the webpage include handbooks. The topics covered by these various handbooks is: Clergy Tax Finance and Standards Payroll Clergy Compensation Internal Church Audits Ministry Shares Two-part Handbook with multiple resources You can locate these handbooks on the Conference website …more

    Lakewood UMC’s Blessing Box

    June 18, 2019 / By Rev. Michael Childs, Pastor, and Nancy Meyer, Mission Chairperson Lakewood UMC

    It all started with a clothesline and a cold winter in Lakewood, New York. In 2017, after much conversation among the Lakewood UMC Mission Team, it was decided to install a clothesline on the church property. The line was close to the road and easily accessible to the surrounding community. The line was filled with zip lock bags of all sizes containing hats, gloves, scarves, and socks – all which were …more

    Being the Change in the city of Syracuse

    June 18, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    What would a day devoted to being the hands and feet of Jesus throughout a hurting city look like? Beautiful Mess Ministries, a Christ-centered movement that uses music and missional experiences to change culture through changed lives, illustrates a day like this through their annual “Be the Change” event. “Be the Change" in the city of Syracuse is a Saturday filled with music and service as churches, …more

    Africa University graduates urged to create a better Africa

    June 18, 2019 / By Jeanette Dadzie, Africa University Marketing and Public Affairs Officer

    MUTARE, ZIMBABWE:  - Africa University President and Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa has challenged the graduates of the United Methodist-related institution to continue to be shining examples of their exemplary education and build a better Africa for the future. “Remember you are Africa’s future that we invested in today, the hope that your families have been holding tight to, the sacred seeds we have planted and …more

    Bishop Steiner Ball speaks at the AC2019 Service of Commissioning and Ordination

    June 13, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference concluded with the Service of Commissioning and Ordination; seven individuals were commissioned as Elders; three individuals were ordained as Deacons; and five individuals were ordained as Elders. The following individuals were Commissioned for the Work of an Elder: Natalie Ora Bowerman Casey Edward Bradley Bryant Christopher Clark Brett William Johnson Jongdeok Park Cindy L. Schulte Grace Elisabeth Warren The following individuals were Ordained to …more

    UNY young people on a Church of love and a Church of pain

    June 13, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Young Peoples Service 2019 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. The theme of the Young Peoples’ Worship Service focused, on “I know a Church of love, but I also know a Church of pain.” During the service on June 8 at the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session, young people shared powerful testimonies speaking to both when they felt loved as well as when the endured pain (such …more

    Meet the UNY 2020 General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference delegates

    June 12, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference would like to extend a warm welcome to the clergy and lay delegates elected for the 2020 General Conference as well as the 2020 Jurisdictional Conference. These individuals were elected at the Upper New York Annual Conference held June 5-8 in Syracuse, NY. The clergy delegates, in order elected for General Conference are: The Rev. Bill Mudge The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady II The Rev. Beckie Sweet …more

    Petition and Resolution Results at the 2019 UNY Annual Conference

    June 11, 2019 / By Tara Barnes

    The 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference held June 5-8 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, passed eight petitions pertaining to the conference and 14 that will go to General Conference 2020. The conference petitions can be found on pages 65 to 111 of the 2019 Annual Conference Journal Vol.1, except for UNYAC2019.14, which can be found in the updates to the Journal or on the UMCMeet smartphone app. The General Conference resolutions can be found on …more

    Retirees, ordinands, cabinet, and new appointments celebrated at the Service of Blessing and Anointing

    June 8, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson

    Service of Blessing and Anointing 2019 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. At the Service of Blessing and Anointing on June 7 at the tenth session of Upper New York Annual Conference, 33 retirees were recognized, as were eight ordinands. The Rev. Carmen Perry announced the retirees, who walked to the stage and were thanked personally by Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb. “Let’s applaud these …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."