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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 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 completes 2015-2016 District Days tour

    April 19, 2016 / By

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb completed his 2015-2016 District Days tour with visits to the Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley, Mountain View, and Northern Flow districts in March and the Oneonta District in April. The theme of his tour was “Increasing Our Capacity: A Time of Conversation and Encouragement,” and it provided conversation sessions for clergy (in the morning and afternoon), district leadership committees (over …more

    ‘Take a Bite Out of Malaria’ on World Malaria Day

    April 5, 2016 / By Laurel O’Connor / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Churches of and communities within the Upper New York Conference can “Take a Bite Out of Malaria” on World Malaria Day, April 25. Conference-wide, churches are asked to work with local restaurants to receive a portion of their revenue on April 25 – which will go toward Imagine No Malaria, an integral part of Africa 360 – and then encourage members and friends to eat out that day. Participating businesses will …more

    Celebrate with Africa 360 in April

    March 29, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    April is Africa 360 Month, with celebrations all month long throughout the Upper New York Conference that will help raise funds and awareness for Africa 360 – the Upper New York Conference’s holistic plan for health and education initiatives in Africa that benefits Imagine No Malaria and Africa University. “Hopefully, these ideas inspire other congregations to action,” said Laurel O’Connor, Upper New York’s Africa 360 …more

    Bishop Webb pens Ministry Shares letters

    March 16, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: Corrections have been made to the fact sheet that accompanied the letters sent to churches from Bishop Mark J. Webb. Please click here to review an updated version. The Upper New York Conference has faced some challenges reconciling the difference between the ministries agreed upon at the 2015 Annual Conference session and the funds received to make those ministries possible. As the final Ministry Shares figure for 2015 …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."