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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from January 2022

    Expansion of NYS Whistleblower Protection Law includes posting requirement

    January 25, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Beginning Jan. 26, 2022, New York State’s “whistleblower” protection law significantly expands the scope of New York Labor Law Section 740 (NYLL 740).  Employees and independent contractors will be protected for reporting employer activity that they reasonably believe violates any law. By Jan. 26, 2022, employers are required to post notice of employees’ rights under the law in conspicuous places customarily frequented by employees and applicants for employment. …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Bishop Appoints Interim District Superintendent

    January 25, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's note: The following information was shared with the Upper New York Conference on Jan. 25, 2022. Bishop Mark J. Webb announces that he has appointed the Rev. Ted Anderson as an interim District Superintendent assigned to the Genesee Valley District, effective immediately. The current District Superintendent, the Rev. Vonda Fossitt has begun a six (6) month medical leave to care for her physical health and to have a season of …more

    Churches in the Albany District help refugees and immigrants through a Mustard Seed grant

    January 24, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Mustard Seed Migration Grants continue UMCOR's 80-Year tradition of welcoming the stranger. These grants of up to two-thousand dollars are funded to local churches in the United States to fund local projects that assist refugees and migrants. In 2021, Burnt Hills Church in the Albany District earned a two-thousand-dollar mustard seed grant from UMCOR. They collaborated with four other UMC churches in the Albany District (First UMC East Greenbush, First …more

    How Endwell UMC lives out the mission of the United Methodist Church Part I

    January 24, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When the Rev. Mark Kimpland and his wife Lynne Kimpland arrived at Endwell United Methodist Church for Rev. Kimpland’s appointment nine years ago, Endwell already had an active and thriving congregation. Rev. Kimpland said, “This congregation has been mission-minded for many years, long before I came here. I did not have to spend a single moment inspiring them or cheering them on to get them to do …more

    CVA Report Jan. 2022

    January 19, 2022 / By UNY CVA Committee

    Background At last year’s Annual Conference, members of the Child Victims Act (CVA) Committee - comprised of leaders from the Board of Trustees, the Council on Finance and Administration, the Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, and the Cabinet - reported to Conference members on the status of lawsuits filed against the Conference and several of its local churches under the Child Victims Act. In the eight months …more

    Important dates for 2022

    January 19, 2022 / By UNY Communications

    Every January, we announce important dates for the year. As the COVID pandemic makes it difficult to know how the future will unfold, the dates related to Annual Conference are tentative and updates will be announced should there by any changes. Feb. 28: Final date to update statistics in Ezra system March 1: Deadline for submission of petitions and resolutions (from individuals, churches and unofficial bodies of UNY) as well as deadline …more

    Update to UNY Conference: UMC settlement in BSA Bankruptcy Case

    January 19, 2022 / By UNY Communications

    Pending court approval of a settlement agreement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) bankruptcy case, United Methodists have agreed to contribute $30 million to a $3 billion Survivor Trust Fund that will receive contributions from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), insurance companies, and charter organizations. In exchange for the contribution of United Methodists, the intent of the agreement is that all United Methodist entities will be released from any claims …more

    CenterPoint Church’s Culture of Call

    January 18, 2022 / By Wayne Clemens, Senior Pastor CenterPoint Church

    As we begin to think about and talk about the “Culture of Call” in the local church, the conversation usually revolves around the call to pastoral ministry within the church. At CenterPoint Church in the Mohawk District of the Upper New York Annual Conference, we believe that the call to pastoral ministry is only one aspect of the culture of call that God has established here in this …more

    Stewardship Academy starts April 23 on Zoom

    January 18, 2022 / By UNY COmmunications

    Upper New York ordained deacon and Director of Christian Stewardship, the Rev. Susan Ranous, is offering a Stewardship Academy via Zoom over four sessions (April 23, May 21, June 18, July 16). Rev. Ranous will share all concepts of stewardship including self, time, talents, money, and more. This is an opportunity to read and learn about stewardship and all that it entails. Thie Academy qualifies clergy for CEU. Click here for a brochure about …more

    Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood and Rev. Bob Kolvik-Campbell to become District Superintendents

    January 17, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new District Superintendents. The Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood, pastor at Penfield United Methodist Church, will be appointed to the Southern Tier Region and assigned as Superintendent of the Mountain View District.                       …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."