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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2015”

    Conference Board of Trustees shares report

    May 30, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The report presented by the Conference Board of Trustees Friday was supported. The role of the board is to manage Conference assets, including real and personal property and funds. John Jackson, the Chair of the Board of Trustees, addressed the crowd. “We work for you; we are you,” Jackson said. The discussion centered on the announcement of the pending purchase of a new Conference headquarters located at 7481 Henry …more

    2016 GC, NEJ delegate election results through Friday evening

    May 30, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Members at the 2015 Annual Conference session have elected the following members toward completing the delegations for the 2016 General and Northeastern Jurisdictional conferences. Listed in order of election, the delegates are: General Conference lay delegates: Dr. Scott Johnson, Greg Forrester, Riley O’Flynn, Carmen Vianese, Marthalyn Sweet, and Blenda Smith. General Conference clergy delegates: The Rev. Bill Allen, Adirondack District Superintendent the Rev. Bill Mudge, Northern Flow District Superintendent, the …more

    Leadership Report mobilizes UNY 2.0

    May 30, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    What do phones and the Upper New York Conference have in common? “Phones have evolved to a point where early users would barely recognize them. At their core they are still much the same, but their capacity has increased exponentially,” a voiceover said in a video played during the Conference Leadership Report. “In the Upper New York Conference, our story is the same. Upper New York United …more

    Friday lunch grace

    May 29, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Friday’s grace before lunch at the 2015 session of Annual Conference was provided by Ariel Gold and her son, Elijah, who are Jewish Americans living in Ithaca. They spent the 2014 end-of-the-year holiday season traveling to the West Bank. They will share about that experience during the 21st annual authentic Palestinian buffet hosted by Upper New York’s Task Force on Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel. …more

    UMCOR collection at AC ‘15

    May 29, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    During Thursday’s day-long collection at the 2015 Annual Conference session, Conference members contributed 120 flood buckets and more than 50 other UMCOR relief supply kits to be used for disaster relief around the world. …more

    Bishop Webb auctioneer extraordinaire

    May 29, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb had a small request Friday morning: a cup of coffee. Well, good things come in threes, and he received three hot cups of Joe. “I value coffee so much, but I value Africa 360 so much more,” Bishop Webb said. And with that, he added another item to his resume: Auctioneer. Bishop Webb auctioned the three cups of coffee to raise …more

    Conference body affirms closure, discontinuance of churches

    May 29, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Members at the 2015 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference affirmed the closure of churches through discontinuance or abandonment. The discontinued or abandoned churches include: Albany District Broadway United Methodist Church of Rensselaer (Discontinued) at 1550 Broadway, most recently served by Local Pastor Edward Whited Hagaman United Methodist Church (Discontinued) at 122 S. Pawling St., most recently served by Local Pastor Cynthia Leonard Crossroads District Erieville UMC (Discontinued) at 2600 Erieville Road, …more

    Bishop Devadhar: Notes, reflections on The Lord’s Prayer

    May 29, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    A familiar face came home to lead Bible Study on a familiar piece of scripture. Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England Conference gave the first part of his Bible Study on The Lord’s Prayer found in both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In his introduction of Bishop Devadhar, Upper New York Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb recounted Bishop Devadhar’s lineage to the episcopal post …more

    Resolutions, petitions, and conversation circles: Human sexuality at AC ’15

    May 29, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Following Thursday’s conversation circles (May 28) – where participants gathered in groups of 10-12 people to discuss eight resolutions and petitions related to human sexuality – at the 2015 session of Annual Conference, voting members immediately voted on those eight resolutions and petitions. Because of a rule in the Organizational Motion approved on Wednesday, the eight resolutions and petitions that refer to human sexuality were discussed in conversation circles and …more

    Life is eternal, love is immortal

    May 29, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Dr. Theodore J. Weeden Sr., retired, made a trip to the Holy land. He took a picture of a sunrise on the Sea of Galilee and another of the “Wailing Wall” in Jerusalem. He exposed the same film twice, resulting in a “miraculous” creation of a Galilean sunrise emerging from the “Wailing Wall.” “The sunrise is God’s promise that …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."