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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2017”

    The Black College Fund thanks the UNY Conference for its support

    June 9, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    A dreamer, a leader, a believer, and a seminarian…these are the words that the Rev. Dee Finch used to introduce James L. Cogman, this year’s Black College Fund speaker on Friday June 2 at the 2017 UNY Annual Conference session. Currently a Certified Lay Servant in the Baltimore Washington Conference, James is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Yale University. James’ enthusiasm lit up the room as …more

    Ordination and Commissioning Service: Achieving Excellence

    June 6, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When addressing the individuals to be commissioned for the work of a deacon or elder and the individuals to be ordained for the work of a deacon or elder at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference during the Service of Commissioning and Ordination, Bishop Webb said, “Remember you are called to serve rather than to be served, to proclaim the faith of the church and no other, to look …more

    Petition and Resolution Results at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference

    June 3, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Discussion and voting for the petitions and resolutions brought to the 2017 Annual Conference session began in the afternoon plenary on June 2 and continued through the June 3 morning plenary. After a few resolutions had been brought to the floor, discussed, and voted on during the June 3 plenary, there was a motion to suspend rules and eliminate discussion for the remainder of the resolutions. This motion was supported.  Here are the …more

    Young People Worship reflects AC17 theme

    June 3, 2017 / 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 Guity. After, Jon Standhart and Marthalyn Sweet delivered the …more

    Conference rejoices during Service of Blessing and Anointing

    June 2, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Turn, Turn, Turn was the perfect song for InsideOut to perform at the Service of Blessing and Anointing on 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, deacons and elders that will be ordained and commissioned on June 3, and new church …more

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

    June 2, 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

    Study session two guides churches in making change

    June 2, 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

    Conference supports 2017 budget

    June 2, 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

    Trustees deliver report at AC17 session

    June 2, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On June 2, at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference session, Pastor Richard Barling, President of the Board of Trustees, presented the trustees report at the morning plenary. He first discussed the purchase of the new office building, The United Methodist Center of Upper New York at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool. He delighted the crowd when he mentioned the new building was completed $12,963 under the $4 million budget. Pastor Barling reiterated …more

    First study session covers missional entrepreneurship

    June 2, 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



    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."