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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “General Conference 2016”

    May 12 wrap-up: Rule 44 voted down

    May 13, 2016 / By United Methodist News Service (UMNS)

    After a roller coaster of “will-they-or-won’t-they” episodes usually reserved for love interests in a romantic comedy, delegates finally decided their relationship with Rule 44: They won’t. Over the past three days, the United Methodist General Conference also has offered a live demonstration of just how difficult following its rules of order can be. The final tally on the much-debated Rule 44 — a proposed Group …more

    May 11 wrap-up: Episcopal address, more Rule 44 debate

    May 12, 2016 / By United Methodist News Service (UMNS)

    A day after the celebratory tone of opening worship came a reminder that General Conference is one big, long meeting. As delegates got down to business, debate over one of the Rules of Order will stretch into a third day while the episcopal address urged United Methodists to “trust God and go.” In the episcopal address on May 11, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer laid out a path  …more

    Bishop Palmer: Trust God’s promise and go forth

    May 12, 2016 / By United Methodist News Service (UMNS)

    Bishop Gregory V. Palmer laid out a path for the 2016 United Methodist General Conference: humility, humility, humility. “Everyone here is a child of God. Any behavior to the contrary of that truth undermines the gospel and is a choice to live beneath our privilege,” Palmer, who serves the West Ohio Episcopal Area, said in the episcopal address on May 11. The Council of Bishops chose Palmer to deliver this …more

    At GC2016, Rule 44 still a question mark

    May 12, 2016 / By United Methodist News Service (UMNS)

    Whether General Conference delegates adopt a new way of dealing with tough issues remains to be seen. For a second time, a vote on the much-debated Rule 44 — a proposed Group Discernment Process — has been deferred a day. The delay this time is to allow the lawmaking assembly’s Rules Committee to make recommendations regarding five amendments that came from the floor. The Rules Committee …more

    GC2016: May 10 wrap-up: Opening worship, rules debate

    May 11, 2016 / By United Methodist News Service (UMNS)

    With a drum welcome from indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, United Methodists gathered for the 2016 General Conference, the top legislative body of the denomination, joined in a cacophony of “alleluias” in many languages during opening worship. Meeting May 10-20 at the Oregon Convention Center, the 864 delegates will consider 1,000 petitions that will determine how the 12.3-million-member denomination orders its ministry, structures its agencies and addresses social justice …more

    General Conference 2016 officially begins

    May 11, 2016 / By United Methodist News Service (UMNS)

    With a drum welcome from indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, United Methodists gathered here for the 2016 General Conference, the top legislative body of The United Methodist Church, joined in a cacophony of “alleluias” in many languages during opening worship. Meeting May 10-20 at the Oregon Convention Center, 864 delegates will consider 1,000 petitions that will determine how the 12.3-million-member denomination orders its ministry, structures its agencies and addresses social …more

    GC2016 briefs

    May 5, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Young People at General Conference 2016: Throughout the decision-making process at General Conference, there will be a lot of rhetoric about what young people say, think, want, do, wish, etc. These young people don't speak with one voice; young people are diverse in thought and belief, and so are these young people delegates. Delegates from Zambia, Florida, North Georgia, Great Plains, Virginia, Texas, Rocky Mountain, California-Pacific, Great Britain, Illinois Great …more

    Important General Conference 2016 links

    May 5, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    There are plenty of ways to stay connected to the 2016 General Conference Session and the Upper New York Conference's General Conference delegates. Below are some important links to help you stay connected. For more information about General Conference, click here. To view a live stream of General Conference, click here. To read blog entries written by UNY delegates, click here. Follow Upper New York at GC on Instagram by …more

    UMC General Conference 101

    May 2, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2016 General Conference session is fast-approaching, scheduled for May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. So what exactly is General Conference and how does it impact the everyday United Methodist? Read on to find the answers to these questions and more. What is General Conference? General Conference is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church, which meets once every four years. It is an international body of nearly 1,000 delegates. The …more

    How to be a part of the 2016 General Conference

    April 26, 2016 / By Steve Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In a matter of weeks, the Upper New York Conference delegation to General Conference will leave for Portland, Ore., to join hundreds of other United Methodists from around the world in worship, decision-making, and countless other activities. As the top decision-making body of The United Methodist Church gathers, there will be news and information coming out that will directly and indirectly impact your local church. Unfortunately, locating this information can …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."