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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Bishop Steiner Ball speaks at the AC2019 Service of Commissioning and Ordination

    June 13, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference concluded with the Service of Commissioning and Ordination; seven individuals were commissioned as Elders; three individuals were ordained as Deacons; and five individuals were ordained as Elders. The following individuals were Commissioned for the Work of an Elder: Natalie Ora Bowerman Casey Edward Bradley Bryant Christopher Clark Brett William Johnson Jongdeok Park Cindy L. Schulte Grace Elisabeth Warren The following individuals were Ordained to …more

    UNY young people on a Church of love and a Church of pain

    June 13, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Young Peoples Service 2019 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. The theme of the Young Peoples’ Worship Service focused, on “I know a Church of love, but I also know a Church of pain.” During the service on June 8 at the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session, young people shared powerful testimonies speaking to both when they felt loved as well as when the endured pain (such …more

    Meet the UNY 2020 General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference delegates

    June 12, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference would like to extend a warm welcome to the clergy and lay delegates elected for the 2020 General Conference as well as the 2020 Jurisdictional Conference. These individuals were elected at the Upper New York Annual Conference held June 5-8 in Syracuse, NY. The clergy delegates, in order elected for General Conference are: The Rev. Bill Mudge The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady II The Rev. Beckie Sweet …more

    Petition and Resolution Results at the 2019 UNY Annual Conference

    June 11, 2019 / By Tara Barnes

    The 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference held June 5-8 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, passed eight petitions pertaining to the conference and 14 that will go to General Conference 2020. The conference petitions can be found on pages 65 to 111 of the 2019 Annual Conference Journal Vol.1, except for UNYAC2019.14, which can be found in the updates to the Journal or on the UMCMeet smartphone app. The General Conference resolutions can be found on …more

    Retirees, ordinands, cabinet, and new appointments celebrated at the Service of Blessing and Anointing

    June 8, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson

    Service of Blessing and Anointing 2019 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. At the Service of Blessing and Anointing on June 7 at the tenth session of Upper New York Annual Conference, 33 retirees were recognized, as were eight ordinands. The Rev. Carmen Perry announced the retirees, who walked to the stage and were thanked personally by Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb. “Let’s applaud these …more

    Anti-racism workshops continue the education of Imagine No Racism

    June 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson

    During lunch on Friday, June 7, at the tenth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, the Conference Commission on Race and Religion (CCORR) held four workshops on ways to address racism. This was an effort to continue the work that began with the Imagine No Racism initiative launched in April 2018. Over 300 people participated in these workshops. “Let’s be real for a second – there is no …more

    CF&A’s budget is the toolbox of our Conference

    June 7, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    On June 7 during the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session, Chair of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A), the Rev. Susan Ranous, told the crowd that a budget does nothing more than tell stories that show how it can support the ministries of the local churches of the Upper New York Conference by offering tools for ministry. She asked everyone to picture a toolbox, one that …more

    Conference Leadership Team devotes Friday morning to lectio divina

    June 7, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team led a Devotional Friday morning devoted to scripture reading for lectio divina. In his introduction, the Rev. Harold Wheat shared some information from, “our friends at the Upper Room.” “One of our most central and ancient practices of Christian prayer is Praying the Scriptures (lectio divina, or divine reading),” he said. “We read unhurriedly so that we can …more

    Hat challenge at AC2019 raises $5,600 for New Faith Communities

    June 7, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Rev. Jeffrey Aiosa, pastor of the Elmgrove UMC, had a question Friday, June 7, at the 2019 UNY Annual Conference session for Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb: If Rev. Aiosa could raise $500 for New Faith Communities, would Bishop Webb wear Rev. Aiosa’s hat? Bishop agreed, but only if Rev. Aiosa could raise $1,500. Challenge accepted. Before lunch, Rev. Aiosa announced they had raised double the original …more

    Remembering clergy, clergy spouses, and lay members

    June 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson

    On Thursday June 6, a Memorial Service was held at the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session to remember clergy and clergy spouses who have passed away since the 2018 AC session. In both Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb’s introduction and Cornerstone District Superintendent the Rev. Sherri Rood’s Memorial Service message, they were able to bring about a spirit of positivity. Bishop Webb referred …more



    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."