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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    What to expect at the 2017-2018 District Days

    August 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb will be visiting each of the Districts in the Upper New York Conference during his 2017-2018 District Days tour. The theme of the tour will be “A Way Forward.”

    This year’s District Days is set up in such a way that will facilitate active discussion.

    In each District, conversations will be had in small groups based on questions originating with the United Methodists Commission on a Way Forward, which is a group of laity and clergy from across our global church that was gathered together by the Council of Bishops to work on the issues related to human sexuality which arose from the 2016 General Conference. 

    The goal of these conversations is not to reach a consensus on the answers to the questions, but rather to record an array of thoughts and ideas to send to the Commission.  In the words of the Conference’s Human Sexuality Task Force who have designed the day, “we will discuss the United Methodist Church, and what changes we might need to make, to make it more like God wants us to be.”

    The schedule for the 2017-2018 District Days is as follows, all of which will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.:

    • Mountain View – 9/7 @ Avoca UMC
    • Cornerstone -9/17 @ Christ First, Jamestown
    • Finger Lakes - 9/26 @ Auburn UMC
    • Niagara Frontier – 10/3 @ Harris Hill UMC
    • Albany – 10/5 @ Shenendehowa UMC
    • Adirondack – 10/19 @ Queensbury UMC
    • Oneonta – 10/30 @ Unadilla UMC
    • Northern Flow – 11/16 @ Canton UMC
    • Crossroads – 2/1/18 @ The United Methodist Center
    • Mohawk – 2/13/18 @ Sherrill: Christ Church
    • Binghamton – 3/1/18 @ Endwell UMC
    • Genesee Valley – 3/19/18 @Farmington UMC

    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."