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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2017”

    2017 UNY Conference Journal Vol. 2 now available for purchase

    November 6, 2017 / By

    The 2017 Upper New York Conference Journal  Vol. 2, is now available. This volume of the journal contains all business from the 8th session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, held June 1-3, 2017. There are two ways to receive the Journal Vol. 2: Click here to purchase a hard copy from online publisher Lulu.com OR Click here to view online or to download a free PDF version If you order …more

    2017 UNY Conference Journal Directory now available for purchase

    August 9, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2017 Upper New York Conference Journal Directory is now available. This directory contains up-to-date contact information of all UNY churches, clergy, members to Annual Conference, and surviving spouses for the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference Session. There are two ways to receive the Journal Directory: Click here to purchase a hard copy from online publisher Lulu.com OR click here for free downloadable PDF version on Issuu. If you …more

    How the Commission on a Way Forward provides hope for the future of The UMC

    July 19, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on a Way Forward was formed by the Council of Bishops after a decision was made at General Conference 2016 to develop a committee to address the issue of division around the topic of sexuality in The United Methodist Church. On June 2, at the 2017 Annual Conference session, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb showed a video featuring a number of the diverse members on the Commission …more

    Rev. Natalie Hanson on the impact of compassion

    July 12, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “You sweep humans away like a dream;” these words were part of a Call and Response in the June 1 Memorial Service at the 2017 Annual Conference session. Bishop Webb thanked the members who supported the clergy and clergy spouses who have passed away since the 2016. He said, “Thank you for supporting the ways in which you supported the ones that we celebrate tonight…I pray that you …more

    Young People Worship reflects AC17 theme

    July 5, 2017 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Young People Worship reflects AC17 theme By Kathleen Christiansen At the Young People Worship on June 3, various young adults emphasized the phrase, “God is enough” as well as trusting in God, which are part of the 2017 Annual Conference session’s theme: “Together in Prayer:  Trusting that God is Enough.” The service began with a bilingual Call to Worship, led by Ian Urriola and Julio …more

    Study session two guides churches in making change

    July 5, 2017 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, the 2017 Annual Conference session study leader, held her second study session “Doing a New Thing: The Church of No Excuses” in the afternoon on June 2. During this session, she focused on new spiritual communities and how churches can be open to change and adapt. Rev. Dean mentioned 1 Chronicles 12:32, saying “the children of Issachar, who understood the times, with knowledge of what …more

    First study session covers missional entrepreneurship

    July 5, 2017 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean watched lobsters molt in Maine. For a lobster to molt, it takes on extra water to bloat, cracks the shell, turn itself inside out — and goes blind while doing it —  and flips itself before breaking free of its tail. Now a blind, squishy blob, the lobster can easily be eaten, but it has become something new. “I think this is …more

    Service of Blessing and Anointing at the 2017 AC

    June 28, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The song Turn, Turn, Turn was the perfect song for InsideOut to perform at the Service of Blessing and Anointing on Friday June 2 at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference session. “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose, under heaven;” these lyrics portrayed the rejoicing over retired clergy and clergy spouses, newly ordained and commissioned deacons and elders, and new church appointments. Upper …more

    2017 CF&A Report shares positive news

    June 28, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Every year at Annual Conference, the UNY Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) present their proposed budget for the next calendar year and also discuss where their focus has been since the last Annual Conference. This year, CF&A did not get the opportunity to present their report because of a surprising action that took place…there was a motion to put the budget report on …more

    Conference supports 2017 budget

    June 21, 2017 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Budget discussions at the 2017 Annual Conference started a day earlier than scheduled on June 1 thanks to a surprising and historical motion to the Consent Calendar. Pastor Nate Lang of the Cornerstone District made a motion to move the budget report to the Consent Calendar. After discussion and debate, his amendment was supported. As there was a question as to whether or not this amendment is or is not in constitutional …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."