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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Episcopal Office”

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Response to Hurricane Irma

    September 12, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    On Sept. 12 Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter about how to respond to Hurricane Irma to members of the Upper New York Conference. Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Once again, we have seen the incredible destruction a powerful hurricane can bring.  Our prayers are with the people of the Caribbean, Florida and the other places along Irma’s storm path.  Just as with Harvey, we …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Flooding from Hurricane Harvey

    August 29, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    (Editor’s note: On Monday, August 28, Bishop Mark J. Webb released the following letter about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.) Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey continues to cause tremendous devastation to the greater Houston area, forcing thousands to evacuate. When the waters subside, many people will return to discover their homes and businesses have been destroyed. Rebuilding will take weeks, months, even …more

    Conference website status

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As we are sure you have noticed, we’ve had some significant issues with the Conference website over the last week or so. The good news is that we have a restored version of the Conference website that we can work with. The bad news is that several months updates, changes, and additions to the website were lost in the process.   What this means is we are having …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Response to Charlottesville

    August 14, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Bishop Mark Webb has shared the following Response to Charlottesville: Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Having just returned this morning from some time away with limited access to news, my heart breaks upon reading the reports of what occurred in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 12th. This is evil fully manifested. As the Church of Jesus Christ, we must stand strongly against this kind of hate and …more

    NEJ Bishops release statement supporting refugees and speaking against visa ban

    February 1, 2017 / By Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops

    Editor's Note: The Northeastern Jurisdiction’s College of Bishops has released the following statement about the recent Executive Order suspending the country’s refugee assistance program and banning visas for seven countries. "Give me your tired, your poor,  your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, . . .” These words, written by poet Emma Lazarus and posted on pedestal of the Statue of Liberty have, for decades, welcomed …more

    A letter of thanks from the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb

    January 24, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On the morning of Jan. 24, Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter,  expressing sincere thanks to all Upper New York Conference congregations who paid their Ministry Shares and the leaders who have strived to reduce spending, as it has enabled our Conference to pay 100 percent of our General Church apportionments for the first time in the history of the Upper New York Conference. Dear Sisters …more

    Bishop Mark J. Webb’s 2016 Christmas message

    December 20, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Bishop Webb shares a message for the Christmas season-his message is about the importance of hope. He encourages all to lean into hope-to expect with confidence or to cherish a desire with anticipation. As an example of hope, he points to the fact that the shepherds journeyed straight to Bethlehem after hearing of the birth of Jesus. In this day and age, in this culture, Bishop Webb explains, "we need …more

    The 2016 UNY Conference Journal Directory now available for purchase

    October 4, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2016 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 2016 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 to download a free PDF version If you order directly …more

    Save the Dates: Times of prayer and conversation for the United Methodist Church

    August 29, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    With uncertainty and great anxiety about the state of the United Methodist Church and what the future holds, The Upper New York Conference is organizing times of prayer and conversation across the Conference. Agenda and structure are still being determined, but plan now to attend one of the three times. These times are open to all: Oct. 3 at Liverpool UMC - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Saratoga Springs UMC - 6:3 …more

    Bishop Webb issues annual Call to Conference

    April 21, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In his annual Call to Conference video, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb stands amidst the quiet halls of Syracuse's OnCenter to highlight the worship, learning, and business that will occur during the 2016 Annual Conference session. "This has become a familiar place for United Methodists in Upper New York," he says in the video. "It's quiet here at the OnCenter now, but soon this place …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."