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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    UNY Annual Conference to be held virtually

    July 17, 2020 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As you are aware, earlier this spring, the Upper New York Conference postponed our Annual Conference with the hope of gathering together on Saturday, Oct. 3. The ongoing realities of COVID-19 and our commitment to the safety of those who will be a part of that gathering, has caused us to change these plans.

    After consultation with and approval by the Cabinet, the Committee of Sessions, the Board of Trustees, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, wants to share with you that the postponed 2020 session of Annual Conference will be held virtually. 

    Bishop Webb said, “Each of us from our own location will gather on Saturday, October 3 for our Annual Conference session. This will be an abbreviated session that will only deal with the essential business required. In addition, the 2020 clergy session will meet virtually as well.  Originally, we scheduled the clergy session for Friday, October 2, but we are now changing the date of clergy session to Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 am until Noon.”

    The service of ordination will be held the evening of Friday, October 2 with attendance being by invitation only. Livestreaming of the ordination service will be made available for all to experience. This is being done to so that we can social distance and keep those who will participate safe.

    Click here to watch Bishop Webb’s video announcement about this decision to change the 2020 Annual Conference to an online-event.

    Over the next few weeks, you will be receiving detailed information about these gatherings, including how to register and be prepared to participate through a virtual connection.

    As you await this information, please do not hesitate to contact your District Superintendent or Conference office staff with any questions that you have.

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    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."