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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Bishop Webb’s message to the UNY Conference Sept. 8

    September 8, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    On Sept. 8, Upper New York (UNY) Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, sent a video message to the Upper New York Conference. In his message, he expresses gratitude for every clergy person, lay person, and participant in any of the UNY churches for the faithful ministry they continue to offer in the name of Jesus Christ at this difficult time.

    Bishop Webb expresses sorrow for the UNY Conference as they continue to suffer from the consequences of the coronavirus, including economic insecurity, the sickness and death of loved ones, and the emotional and spiritual toll that may not be identified for months, if not years.

    Bishop Webb acknowledges the fact that this fall will not be one of usual excitement as a new school year starts and churches open their doors wide with new programs and ministries. He expresses support for clergy with and members with school-aged children who must navigate new models of learning. Bishop exclaims that the Gospel speaks into the emotional and spiritual needs that people have right now.

    Bishop Webb, said, this time is “an opportunity for individuals to be invited to encounter the good news of Jesus Christ.”

    Bishop Webb also discusses the deep hurt many are experiencing due to the division and injustice in our society right now. He urges Conference members to continue their work at eradicating racism through the Imagine No Racism initiative.

    Bishop Webb concludes his encouraging video by saying, “These are hard days. These are days filled with possibility for the Gospel.”

    Click here to watch the video.


    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."