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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from March 2021

    I live in two worlds

    March 16, 2021 / By Rev. Holly Strickland, Conference Commission on Religion & Race

    As an African American woman, I live in two worlds. One world has modeled and shaped for me the culture of my ancestors. Even though I do not have a family tree where the lineage can be traced to generations of military, businesses, and/or land acquisitions, I do have a heritage. Many people know a great deal about where their family is from or at least have a general …more

    UNY Conference communications team reaps three awards at the 2021 UMAC Awards

    March 16, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2021 United Methodist Associations of Communicators (UMAC) Annual Awards Gala took place virtually on Wednesday March 10 on Zoom. The theme of the gala was “Embracing Hope.” Each year, UMAC recognizes excellence in communication through an awards program, the United Methodist Association of Communicators Awards Contest. The contest recognizes excellence in print publications, digital publications, writing, internet communications, video production, audio, photography, visual design, publicity/advertising, and media presentations. …more

    Direct bill arrearage policy enforcement extended through Dec. 31, 2021

    March 3, 2021 / By Susan Latessa, Director of Human Resources/Benefits / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In 2020, the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) had approved delayed enforcement of the direct bill arrearage policy through December 31, 2020. Understanding the continued struggle faced by many congregations, the Board has approved to extend that delay through Dec. 31, 2021. If your church is still able to pay their direct bills, they should. If a church is experiencing financial hardship as a result of reduced giving during this time, …more

    Ministry Share credit opportunity

    March 2, 2021 / By Bob Flask, UNY Treasurer

    The Conference Council on Finance and Administration has created an opportunity for local churches to receive a Ministry Share credit of 50% on your May 2021 statement. To qualify for this credit, CHURCHES MUST PAY 100% OF THEIR CURRENT MONTH APRIL CHARGES (BOTH MINISTRY SHARES AND DIRECT BILLS). A church will qualify for this credit even if it has not paid toward Ministry Shares in prior months. A church will also receive the …more

    Conference Operational Team and Conference Leadership Team meet to love, learn, and lead

    March 1, 2021 / By Conference Operational Team and Conference Leadership Team

    On Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, the Conference Operational Team and Conference Leadership Team met through Zoom using the L3 model of loving, learning, and leading The two teams meet together at least twice a year to experience each team in their primary roles. The Operational Team is focused on developing strategies to embody the mission, vision, purpose, and goals of the Conference. While the Conference Leadership Team is focused on ensuring …more



    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."