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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “General Conference 2016”

    GC2016 wrap-up: Farewell, Portland. Thanks for the doughnuts.

    May 23, 2016 / By Joey Butler

    Believe it or not, General Conference 2016 spent more than twice as much time debating a Rule of Order than the hot topic of human sexuality. After almost three days of considering an alternative method for discussing legislation, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body referred its most difficult subject – sexuality — to a study commission and moved on to other matters. A move to adjourn at 6:30 every …more

    May 19 wrap-up: New missionaries, special GC costs

    May 20, 2016 / By Joey Butler

    A day after tabling potentially contentious legislation on human sexuality, General Conference 2016 moved through its calendar at a steady clip, possibly noticing that time to finish its task is running short. Though discussion on the difficult subject was avoided, that other difficult subject — money — had to be addressed. Would the “way forward” set the church financially backward? How much does the bishops’ plan cost? The …more

    GC2016: Oppose mascots that demean Native Americans

    May 20, 2016 / By Sam Hodges

    Delegates to General Conference 2016 overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on United Methodist agencies to raise awareness about the harm caused by sports teams that use mascots or symbols that disrespect Native Americans. The petition that passed May 19 had been amended in the Discipleship Committee, deleting language that would have called on United Methodist groups not to have meetings in cities that have sports teams with such mascots or symbols. There …more

    Delegates react to plan to defer human sexuality petitions

    May 20, 2016 / By Kathy L. Gilbert

    Love will keep us together, the Rev. Eli Sule Yakku of Central Nigeria said at the end of a long day filled with both kind and harsh words on the floor of the 2016 General Conference over lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and their role in The United Methodist Church. The day started with a silent vigil by LGBTQ clergy and clergy candidates. Delegates walked past people wearing robes …more

    Americans are more polarized than ever. We United Methodists don’t want to be.

    May 20, 2016 / By Tom Berlin and Mike McCurry

    In an ever-more-polarized society, the United Methodist Church this week has tried to model an approach to disagreement that the U.S. political system would do well to emulate. Despite deep differences over gay marriage and whether gay men and lesbians can be ordained as clergy, we are working hard at our once-every-four-years meeting to stay united as we search for solutions. Like Americans, we United Methodists have …more

    Imagine No Malaria celebration rocks the house

    May 19, 2016 / By Crystal Caviness and Barbara Dunlap-Berg

    “Our God is able!” Celebrating the success of the Imagine No Malaria initiative, launched in 2008, speakers, singers and dancers offered even more for United Methodists attending General Conference 2016 to imagine – Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. “Health is the ultimate design of God for humanity,” said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, Imagine No Malaria chair. “Health and wholeness have been a hope for Methodists since John …more

    GC2016 puts hold on sexuality debate

    May 19, 2016 / By Heather Hahn and Sam Hodges

    General Conference delegates apparently have hit the pause button on the denomination's quadrennial debates related to homosexuality. Late afternoon May 18, the delegates voted by 428 to 405 to accept the recommendation of the Council of Bishops to delay a debate on homosexuality at this gathering of the denomination’s top legislative assembly and let a proposed commission study church regulations. The bishops asked for the …more

    May 18 wrap-up: Sexuality dominates debate in unexpected ways

    May 19, 2016 / By Joey Butler

    Last week it was debating how to debate. Today, it was voting on whether to vote. A day of tension, frustration and confusion ended in a decision to “put a pin in it.” Delegates to General Conference 2016 spent most of the day deciding whether to move forward on dozens of petitions regarding the denomination’s stance on human sexuality, or whether to refer that difficult subject to …more

    Offering a Way Forward: A Statement from the Council of Bishops

    May 18, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: Below is a statement released by the Council of Bishops on Wednesday, May 18, 2016: "Your bishops were honored to receive the request of General Conference to help lead our United Methodist Church forward during this time of both great crisis and great opportunity.  As far as we can discover, this is the first time that a General Conference has ever made such a request of the Council …more

    Green light for new hymnal project

    May 18, 2016 / By Sam Hodges

    The United Methodist Church is on track to get its first new hymnal since 1989, and this one will be Internet-cloud based and print-on-demand — the first high-tech hymnal for a mainline denomination. General Conference 2016 approved on a consent calendar Tuesday, May 17, a petition authorizing the creation of a 15-member Hymnal Revision Committee. That was the big green light needed for the United Methodist Publishing House and Discipleship Ministries to move …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."