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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from March 2021

    Updated COVID-19 guidelines

    March 29, 2021 / By UNY Communications

    As of Feb. 2, 2021, New York State (NYS) allows any church not in a restricted cluster to worship at 50% capacity. Click here for details. All other COVID protocols remain in place: Social distancing of 6 ft/12 ft for singers Masks required Disinfecting required Based on current guidance from the NYS and CDC, vaccination status does not change the requirements. Effective April 1, 2021, NYS will no longer require domestic travelers without symptoms to quarantine …more

    The Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner April 8 Virtual Discernment event

    March 29, 2021 / By UNY Communications

    If you are laity in the United Methodist Church and feel called by God to a full-time vocation in service for those who are marginalized and in need, you are invited by the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner to attend a Virtual Discernment event Time Thursday, April 8,2021 at 8 p.m. EST Click here to register. Click here for a flyer. For more information, contact Megan Hale at …more

    NEJ College of Bishops Letter Concerning Episcopal Coverage

    March 29, 2021 / By NEJ College of Bishops

    Editor's note: The following letter is from the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops sent to the Upper New York Conference on March 29, 2021. Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, We thank God for you and commend the clergy and congregational leaders for your leadership. These have been difficult and isolating times for many and yet you are leading our most vital ministry, congregations, and …more

    The Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner invites all to a Virtual Discernment Event

    March 29, 2021 / By UNY Communications

    If you are laity in the United Methodist Church who and feel called by God to a full -time vocation in service for those who are marginalized and in need, consider attending a Virtual Discernment event hosted by the Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner Time: Thursday, April 8,2021 at 8 p.m. EST Click here to register. Click here for a flyer. For more information, contact Megan Hale at …more

    UNY Conference Commission on Religion and Race Statement on Racism Directed at our Asian Brothers and Sisters

    March 23, 2021 / By UNY Conference Commission on Religion & Race

    Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? While we know that some racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by COVID 19, our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) brothers and sisters face a particularly cruel consequence of this virus. Crimes targeting AAPI have …more

    Being a Methodist as a Native American

    March 23, 2021 / By Kae Wilbert and Marilyn Anderson, CONAM

    Marilyn Anderson has spent her life living on the Seneca Territory, surrounded by family and friends, both Traditional (Longhouse) and Christian. She is an enrolled Seneca. Her father was a product of the Thomas Indian Boarding School. She has been a devoted member of the Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) for 5+ years, driving 3 hours one-way to attend CONAM meetings held at the Upper New York (UNY) Conference center. She …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Violence in our country

    March 23, 2021 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor’s Note: In response to the recent Atlanta shootings and other acts of violence throughout our country the past week, Upper New York (UNY) Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb sent the following letter to the UNY Conference on March 23, 2021. Last week, we witnessed the violent and senseless killing in Atlanta of eight individuals, six of whom were of Asian descent. Yesterday, the news reported another shooting in …more

    Special Session of General Conference cancelled

    March 23, 2021 / By Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga Director of Communications – Council of Bishops

    The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church met on Monday, March 22, 2021 in an additional meeting to consider pressing matters  related to the Council’s work.  After much conversation, the bishops reached a decision that in the best interest of the church at this time, they would cancel the Special Session of the General Conference which was set for May 8, 2021. The bishops announced that they will …more

    New York State Employees entitled to paid time off for COVID-19 vaccinations

    March 22, 2021 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Effective immediately, New York State employers must provide employees with up to four hours of paid time off per COVID-19 vaccination. The new law sunsets on December 31, 2022. The new law provides that: All New York employees must receive a paid leave of absence for “a sufficient period of time” not to exceed four hours per vaccine injection. In other words, employees may be entitled to up to eight …more

    Best wishes to Ryan Siver in his new endeavor

    March 19, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    A week from today will be the last day that Ryan Siver will serve as Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center’s Site Director. Ryan has served as Skye Farm’s Site Director for five years and will miss his home nestled in the Adirondacks as well as his position. Ryan said, “I have really enjoyed getting to know the volunteers over the years and will miss …more



    With more than 144,000 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."