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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Ballot results released on General Conference resolutions

    July 29, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Due to time constraint during the 2015 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, a motion was approved to include 11 resolutions and petitions for General Conference on a ballot that was sent through the U.S. postal mail to each eligible voting member of the Conference.

    Of the 950 ballots returned to the Conference by the July 17 deadline, 945 were valid ballots; five were unsigned and therefore declared invalid.

    The results of the ballot are below (a “yes” vote supports sending the petition to General Conference as a petition from the Upper New York Annual Conference, a “no” vote does not support sending the petition to General Conference as a petition from UNY):

    • GC2016.13 - Divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and Hewlett Packard...
      Yes: 553 
      No: 370
      Abstain: 6
    • GC2016.14 - Establishing a Screen...
      Yes: 736
      No: 202
      Abstain: 2
    • GC2016.15 - Opposition to Torture
      Yes: 873
      No: 41
      Abstain: 1
    • GC2016.16 - Removing Prejudice against Ministerial Candidates with Disabilities
      Yes: 844
      No: 86
      Abstain: 4
    • GC2016.17 - Non-Discrimination in UMC Employee Disability Benefits
      Yes: 814
      No: 81
      Abstain: 6
    • GC2016.18 - Not Additional, but Required Additional Member of Joint Committee on Clergy Medical Leave
      Yes: 715
      No: 186
      Abstain: 9
    • GC2016.19 - Non-Discrimination in Disability Compensation
      Yes: 858
      No: 85
      Abstain: 2
    • GC2016.20 - Ensure Accessibility of Conference Meetings
      Yes: 887
      No: 51
      Abstain: 2
    • GC2016.21 - Do Not Invest in Petroleum, Coal of Natural Gas
      Yes: 462
      No: 469
      Abstain: 6
    • GC2016.22 - Create Petroleum and Natural Gas Screens
      Yes: 511 
      No: 369
      Abstain: 5
    • GC2016.23 - Avoid Investments in the Production of Coal and Natural Gas
      Yes: 473
      No: 414
      Abstain: 3

    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."