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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    The Principles of holy conferencing

    July 8, 2016 / By UNY Communications

    The 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be held July 10-July 15. Many decisions will be made during this conference. Much like the Upper New York Conference, the Northeastern Jurisdiction reiterates the principles involved in holy conferencing.

    These principles allow for the celebrating of diverse points of view and promote a coming together to agree on and value decisions made in a spiritual and unprejudiced way. All delegates and participants at the Jurisdictional Conference are urged to utilize these principles in all discussions and decision making:

    • Every person is a child of God.
    • Listen before speaking.
    • Strive to understand from another’s point of view.
    • Speak about issues, do not defame persons.
    • Disagree without being disagreeable.
    • Pray, in silence or aloud, before decisions are made. Let prayer interrupt our busy-ness.
    • Strive to accurately reflect the views of others.

    Editor’s note: This article is published with amendments from the July 2016, Advanced Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate. The full Daily Christian Advocate is available here.

    http://www.nejumc.org/2016conference.html

    TAGGED / NEJ 2016


    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."