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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    COB President’s letter to United Methodists

    February 12, 2019 / By Council of Bishops

    Editor's Note: The Council of Bishops released the following note on Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019.

    The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are preparing to preside over the three-day Special Session of the General Conference set for Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.  In a letter to the United Methodists released Feb. 12, Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter noted that the bishops will be bound by a covenant of presiding, which was written in collaboration with the Commission on the General Conference.

    “The Bishops honor the delegations who will gather in St. Louis and will continue to see our appropriate calling as helping them to do their best work in these three important days.” Bishop Carter said in the letter.

    “We continue to give thanks for the mission of The United Methodist Church, for the power of the Cross and the Flame, and for the hope that God will guide us in a way forward.”

    This Special Session has been called by the Council of Bishops to find a way forward beyond the impasse around LGBTQ identity, interpretation of scripture and the unity of the church. The General Conference is the highest legislative body in the church and the only group that can decide church law and speak officially for the global denomination.

    Click here to read the full letter from Bishop Carter. Click here to read the Bishops covenant for presiding.

    TAGGED / General Conference Special Session 2019


    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."