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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    Episcopal Office


    United Methodist bishops first and foremost provide spiritual leadership. Bishops share in teaching, equipping, and encouraging mission and service. They serve as shepherds of the Church, providing a prophetic witness for justice and unity.

    All bishops are members of the Council of Bishops, which collectively is charged with the general oversight and promotion of the temporal and spiritual interests of the entire Church. Bishops, who are specifically assigned to preside over the work of a regional area, are responsible for setting all clergy appointments in the conferences they serve and presiding over the Annual Conference sessions.

    In the United Methodist tradition, bishops are not “ordained” as bishops, but are clergy elected and consecrated to the office of bishop.  

    Most recently updated pages:
    Updates to 2023 Pre-Conference Workbook, 2023 Open Churches, 2023 Annual Conference

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    With more than 140,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 825 local churches and 90 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."