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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Wespath FAQs Regarding Church and Conference Disaffiliations

    Wespath has been planning for various potential scenarios that might affect the future structure of The United Methodist Church (UMC), with emphasis on assuring that clergy benefits remain as secure as possible.

    The decision by the Commission on General Conference to postpone the 2020 General Conference to 2024 has generated new questions from across the denomination regarding how pension obligations will be handled by Wespath if local churches or Annual Conferences separate from the UMC before the next General Conference. The following new Q&As provide Wespath’s responses to these questions. This information will be updated periodically as more information becomes available, so it's recommended you check back often for the latest information.

    Click here to view the Q&As provided by Wespath.

    As some local churches, clergy and others reconsider their connectional relationship to The United Methodist Church, Wespath is responding with expanded information related to pension, HealthFlex, and other benefits; institutional investments and other issues. Wespath recently updated the following documents on their disaffiliation information webpage:

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."