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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Communications”

    Changes in how we share our story

    February 4, 2019 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    How we communicate as a society seems to evolve daily. While it may seem very distant now, the time when the only way to reach members of our churches was to mail them a print newsletter was not all that long ago, and there are still plenty of people that prefer that form of communication. There are also many people who would prefer their information to just show up as …more

    New York United Methodist Bishops make statement on Reproductive Health Act

    January 31, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on January 31, 2019, by New York Area Resident Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton, and Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, about the Reproductive Health Act that was signed into New York State law in January. Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! The conversation about abortion has dominated the media over the last few days. In …more

    District trainings in the coming months

    January 15, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Many Districts across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference have some great leadership training opportunities in the coming months. Below are some of the trainings taking place ordered by the dates that they are being offered. Mohawk District Mountain View District Finger Lakes District Crossroads District Adirondack District Niagara Frontier District Cornerstone District Binghamton District Mohawk District Mohawk District Leadership Summit Jan. 26, 2019 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. First UMC 105 Genesee …more

    Recommendation results from AC2018

    June 1, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson

    Voting on the Upper New York Conference recommendations began in the morning plenary on June 1 and extended through the afternoon plenary at the 2018 UNY Annual Conference session held at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena in Syracuse. The results are as follows: Recommendation from the Accessibility Committee – Disability Awareness Weekend, supported This recommendation is for the Upper New York Conference to establish February 1-7, or another weekend chosen …more

    Clergy and clergy spouses remembered at AC2018 Memorial Service

    June 1, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson

    On May 31 at the 2018 Annual Conference session, a Memorial Service was held to honor Upper New York clergy members and clergy spouses who have passed away since the 2017 Annual Conference session. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb introduced the service. “I hope you know that we have been praying for you, that we love you, and that we thank you for making sacrifices so that your …more

    Actions taken during Trustees Report

    May 31, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson

    The Upper New York Conference Board of Trustees shared their report May 31 at the 2018 Annual Conference session during the afternoon plenary. President of the Upper New York Board of Trustees Rich Barling began by discussing the great energy and work happening in the United Methodist Center, making special mention of the Resource Center, Mission Central HUB, and the team spirit in all departments. “The feeling of mission and ministry …more

    Mold discussion dampens Commission on Equitable Compensation Report

    May 31, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Rev. Lauren Swanson, chair the Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation, presented the commission’s report May 31 at the 2018 Annual Conference session.   “It has been our mission to equip struggling local churches to establish sound financial footing so they can build leadership capacity, make disciples, and transform the world,” Rev. Swanson said. “We have done this by supplying short-term grants to help bridge short-term setbacks …more

    Business as usual during Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits Report

    May 31, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits presented their report Thursday at the 2018 Annual Conference Session at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. The board’s Chair, the Rev. Mary Rublee, started by acknowledging the board members. “The board is made up of dedicated and active individuals,” she said. According to Rev. Rublee, the board is responsible for management of a sustainable health …more

    Leadership Report presented comically, but discussion gets serious

    May 31, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Leadership Report was presented on a fun note, with Conference Lay Leader Susan Hardy describing how she thought her first meeting would go through a video of Conference Leadership Team members saying one-liners, sharing their opposing views as stats, and posing next to those stats. Then the Rev. Steve Taylor, of the Panama UMC, and the Rev. Andrew Sperry, of the Saratoga Springs: UMCWest, delighted the crowd with some …more

    Session shares examples of laity boldly living their call

    May 31, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Laity Session for the 2018 Upper New York Annual Conference session kicked off promptly at 7 p.m. May 30 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Upper New York Conference Lay Leader Susan Hardy started the evening with an introduction of Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, noting how he has equipped and empowered other leaders in UNY. Bishop Webb took the stage, thanking laity for …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."