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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: General Conference 2016

    Perspectives: “General Conference 2016”

    Bridging the broken

    May 20, 2016 / By Cathy Stengel

    It has truly been a gift to have been here these nearly two weeks for General Conference.  I have heard people from African Central Conferences guide those of us who come from the United States.  Their world, their cultures are so different from ours, and they desire to be in partnership with us in so many ways.  We have been at worship; we have held hands and …more

    Overheard in the gallery

    May 18, 2016 / By Holly Nye, Reserve Clergy Delegate

    Did he even hear what he was saying? Maybe not. More disturbing still: perhaps he meant exactly what I heard him say. All night and morning, rumors had been flying of a proposed "amicable separation." No one had yet addressed WHO was to separate or HOW. The questions had not been addressed by Church or General Conference officials, yet the chatter in the body was growing. We were sent for …more

    The Journey Continues

    May 16, 2016 / By Ian Urriola

    Friends, I'm feeling nostalgic tonight. Perhaps it was because I just had a fantastic dinner (elk for the first time!) with the folks at General Conference who went on the Mission of Peace to Cuba in 2008 (and other fantastic and really awesome people), but I feel like reflecting a bit on the past tonight. See, 2016 is kind of a big year for me. December 31 at 11:40pm will be eight …more

    Day 5

    May 16, 2016 / By J.J. Warren

    This morning, day 5 of General Conference, has already been off to a great start. We have been confused, frustrated and even sometimes a tad bit overwhelmed in the previous day's of General Conference. Until Day 3, we still had not voted on all of the rules about how we would conference together. Specifically rule 44, which would have allowed General Conference to organize table talks (similar to those used by our …more

    Down to the river

    May 13, 2016 / By Cathy Hall Stengel

    As I walked down to the Eastbank Esplanade to walk by the Williamette River, I found myself singing (in my head) the Jordan Felize song “The River.” The lyrics on my mind were -I’m going down to the river, down to the river, down to the river to pray.” Today's plenary at GC2016 sent me down to the river in prayer. I walked passed …more

    And something happened

    May 13, 2016 / By Michelle Bogue-Trost

    If you ever wonder what we mean by a "global connection," come to General Conference sometime. The worldwide nature of the United Methodist Church is evident, everywhere you look and everywhere you go. You can hear languages from across the world next to you in lines, in worship, at the microphones in plenary, at snack breaks, and on the street as we gather and recess. The world is present here …more

    Portland or Bust

    May 10, 2016 / By Ian Urriola

    Obligatory selfie at DullesWell it's finally upon us.  After almost a year of planning and preparation and day-long conference calls, General Conference is here.  I'm seeing all my fellow delegates posting their selfies at their respective airports. Everything is packed.  And it's just starting to hit me.  See, as a full-time graduate student this past month has been hectic to say the least. …more

    The UNY perspective on General Conference

    May 4, 2016 / By Steve Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference “Perspectives” blog for the 2016 General Conference session will be a direct line between the Upper New York Conference delegation and the rest of the Upper New York Conference as the delegation worships, listens, discerns, and interacts with United Methodists from around the world at General Conference. It will go beyond the news of the day and share the delegation’s experience as …more


    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."