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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2016”

    Actions taken during the Trustees Report

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    During afternoon plenary on day two of the 2016 Annual Conference session, three matters were discussed in the Trustees Report: the new Conference Center, churches that have been discontinued and abandoned, and the Findley Camp & Retreat Center (Camp Findley) Resolution. Regarding the new Conference Center at 7481 Henry Clay Boulevard in Liverpool, Pastor Richard Barling, a trustee, discussed the progress that has been made in renovating the building. He mentioned the …more

    Markus McKinney thanks the Black College Fund

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    During the afternoon plenary of the 2016 Annual Conference session, Markus McKinney, a rising senior at Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., thanked the Conference for the opportunity the Black College Fund afforded him and affords many others. McKinney quoted Nelson Mandela, who said, “Education is the most powerful method that you can use to change the world.” He explained how his experience thus far at Rust College has …more

    Leadership Report aims to upgrade the experience at the table

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The banquet table of the Upper New York Annual Conference session is set – and it’s no ordinary meal. “It is a table filled with delicacies you can’t even imagine,” a narrator recites at the opening of the Leadership Report. “The blessing is before us.” “No matter what your gift is, no matter who you are; you are invited to the …more

    First session with Rev. Adam Hamilton focuses on effective leaders

    June 3, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino

    Day two of the 2016 Annual Conference session began with Study Session leader the Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. He led the Conference in three 90-minute training sessions throughout the day on June 3. Rev. Hamilton started the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in 1990 with three other people – his wife, LaVon, and their two daughters, Danielle and Rebecca. It …more

    Rev. Nola Anderson encourages grievers not to despair

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Crossroads District Superintendent the Rev. Nola Anderson spoke at the Memorial Service on June 2 at the 2016 Annual Conference session. Her speech focused on the theme, “A Reason to Hope.” Rev. Anderson exposed the lesson  “The Book of Lamentations” can teach people when they are faced with intense grief. “Lamentations’” five chapters are considered funeral hymns; it is Jeremiah’s response to …more

    Pastor leads Thursday dinner blessing in Korean, English

    June 3, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Pastor Jae Hee Song, serving at the Hope Korean United Methodist Church in Syracuse, led the Thursday dinner blessing at the 2016 Annual Conference session in both her native tongue – Korean – and English. She said she wished to say the blessing in both languages because her native tongue led her to ministry and she wanted celebrate the diversity in the Upper New York Conference. "Thank you for this …more

    Bishop Webb proclaims we are chosen, given power by God

    June 2, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Opening Worship on June 2 at the 2016 Annual Conference session began with a combination of video, music, and spoken word. The video showcased young people preparing to gather at a table. As the video came to an end, a diverse group of individuals – old and young, male and female, representing multiple ethnicities –preparing place settings at a large table on the stage. The band Inside Out simultaneously performed the …more

    The table is set at the AC16 laity session

    June 2, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb greeted the crowd at the laity session at the 2016 Annual Conference session by reminding them, “With our movement as United Methodists, the laity has always lead the way.” Before introducing Conference lay leader Dr. Scott Johnson, Bishop Webb emphasized how important it is for the laity to continue to  “lead us in ministry and lead us in …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."