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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Behind the Scenes

    Behind the Scenes of Annual Conference: Communications

    May 30, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The UNY Communications Ministry Area starts prepping for Annual Conference (AC) months before the AC session begins each year. They are responsible for compiling most and editing all printed materials related to AC (The Journal Volume I, the Worship Booklets, and the Annual Conference Guide, for example).

    They also prepare videos, such as the Bishop’s Call to Conference and the Pre-Conference Briefing to help inform prospective attendees what they can expect at AC.

    When you arrive at AC this year, be sure to pick up your packet, which includes your agenda and several brochures about events happening throughout the UNY Conference. It also includes the aforementioned Annual Conference Guide, which will cover everything you need to know about the event from offerings to Worship Booklets, from walking routes to shuttle services, and from workshop locations (for those pre-registered) to meal services.

    When AC begins, the Communications Ministry Area is hard at work, around the clock!

    If you have attended AC in the past, you may have noticed a “press table” off to the side of the ballrooms. This is where you may find some of the UNY Communications Ministry Area along with helpful volunteers; they pay close attention to all that is going on in order to clearly report on all things AC. Other Communications Ministry Area members and volunteers observe the worship services, plenaries, and study sessions with cameras and video cameras on hand.

    The communications help to inform the entire Upper New York Conference of the important happenings taking place at AC; it also helps attendees to be able to effectively communicate AC happenings when they return to their local churches. Here are the platforms the Communications Ministry Area use to get the word out:

    Livestream

    Yes, that’s right! If you cannot attend the Annual Conference, no problem! You can watch it live! Simply, go to:  http://www.unyumc.org/events/ac-live  on June 1-3 this year to follow along with the worship services, the plenaries, and the study sessions.

    Social Media

    Visit our facebook page to keep abreast of up-to-date happenings at Annual Conference. We have staff and volunteer photographers take photos throughout that are added to an Annual Conference album on our Facebook page. Follow hashtag #UNYAC17 on all social media platforms to keep informed!

    Daily Recap Videos and Daily Notes

    Everything that takes place at AC is summed up each day in Daily Notes and a Recap Video.

    The Daily Notes are bulleted lists of key events and actions that take place at AC.

    The Recap Video captures is almost like a mini news segment, summarizing everything that took place the day before at AC.

    For AC attendees, you will receive printed copies of the notes and will watch the Daily Recap Video on Friday and Saturday mornings. These resources will also be posted on the UNYUMC.ORG website as well. 

    News Items on UNYUMC.ORG

    In addition to the Daily Notes, you can find more in-depth articles on AC as news items on the UNYUMC website; click here to view all articles related to AC2017, before, during, and after AC.

    When AC ends, the AC-related news continues. Keep visiting the UNYUMC.ORG AC-tagged news items as more in-depth articles related to AC are posted. Also, stay tuned the week following AC for a wrap-up video that summarizes everything that took place at AC.

    Whether you attend AC or unable to attend, the goal of the UNY Communications Ministry Area is to help people all across the UNY Conference feel connected with everything that took place at AC.

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    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."