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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


    Disaffiliation Process Resources

    In 2019, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church established a way for congregations to disaffiliate from the denomination under the provisions of Book of Discipline ¶2553.

    As the Conference policy states, “[t]he decision to disaffiliate from the denomination is solemn and consequential; as such, the process to be followed must be careful, thoughtful, respectful, and prayerful.” Disaffiliations become final once New York State Courts approve the decision and the property is formally transferred. Click here to see what churches have completed the disaffiliation process to date. The ability to disaffiliate under the Book of Discipline ¶2553 expires December 31, 2023

    Special Sessions were held in both March 2022 and October 2023 to address disaffiliations as well as during the 2023 Annual Conference session in June. Click here to view disaffiliation resolutions from June. Click here to view disaffiliation resolutions from both Special Sessions.

    Questions can be addressed to the Rev. Pam Klotzbach, Chair of the UNY Board of Trustees, at

    Following the adjournment of the October Special Session, Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez shared his closing remarks and a prayer with United Methodists of Upper New York. Click here to read/watch Bishop Héctor's remarks. 

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."