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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2019”

    Conference Office closed

    December 2, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool will be closed today, Dec. 2. It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Dec. 3. …more

    26th Annual United Methodist Palestinian Dinner in Central/ Upper New York: A Catalyst for Peace?

    July 9, 2019 / By Linda Bergh, co-chair, UNY Task Force on Peace w/ Justice in Palestine/Israel

    How can people treat others that way?,” I thought, while listening to Huwaida Arraf tell of a five-year-old Palestinian child, suffering from cancer and officially admitted to an Israeli Jerusalem hospital, prevented from having the comforting presence of parents, a grandparent, family, or friends with him due to Israel's refusal to grant any of them permits.  As our speaker, Huwaida, a Palestinian American lawyer and civil rights …more

    UNY Mission Central HUB installs ramp in Syracuse’s Southside

    July 1, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    Editor’s Note: The Upper New York Conference’s Mission Central HUB has a phenomenal partnership with Operation Northern Comfort and has built more than ten ramps together for those in need. The latest ramp project took place earlier this month during the UNY Annual Conference for an 82-year old woman, Lucille Morris, who lives in a high-crime area of Syracuse’s Southside. Some may deter from …more

    Rule of Law documents now available

    June 24, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    During plenary on June 7 at the Upper New York Annual Conference, a rule of law was requested for both the UNYAC2019.2 resolution (“UNYAC Response to Actions of 2019 General Conference” found on pages 83-88 of the Upper New York Journal Volume I) and the UNYAC2019.3 resolution (“A Call for Structural Change” found on page 89 of the Upper New York Journal Volume I). Upper New York Area Bishop, …more

    Bishop Steiner Ball speaks at the AC2019 Service of Commissioning and Ordination

    June 13, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference concluded with the Service of Commissioning and Ordination; seven individuals were commissioned as Elders; three individuals were ordained as Deacons; and five individuals were ordained as Elders. The following individuals were Commissioned for the Work of an Elder: Natalie Ora Bowerman Casey Edward Bradley Bryant Christopher Clark Brett William Johnson Jongdeok Park Cindy L. Schulte Grace Elisabeth Warren The following individuals were Ordained to …more

    UNY young people on a Church of love and a Church of pain

    June 13, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Young Peoples Service 2019 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. The theme of the Young Peoples’ Worship Service focused, on “I know a Church of love, but I also know a Church of pain.” During the service on June 8 at the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session, young people shared powerful testimonies speaking to both when they felt loved as well as when the endured pain (such …more

    Retirees, ordinands, cabinet, and new appointments celebrated at the Service of Blessing and Anointing

    June 8, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson

    Service of Blessing and Anointing 2019 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. At the Service of Blessing and Anointing on June 7 at the tenth session of Upper New York Annual Conference, 33 retirees were recognized, as were eight ordinands. The Rev. Carmen Perry announced the retirees, who walked to the stage and were thanked personally by Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb. “Let’s applaud these …more

    Anti-racism workshops continue the education of Imagine No Racism

    June 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson

    During lunch on Friday, June 7, at the tenth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, the Conference Commission on Race and Religion (CCORR) held four workshops on ways to address racism. This was an effort to continue the work that began with the Imagine No Racism initiative launched in April 2018. Over 300 people participated in these workshops. “Let’s be real for a second – there is no …more

    CF&A’s budget is the toolbox of our Conference

    June 7, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    On June 7 during the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session, Chair of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A), the Rev. Susan Ranous, told the crowd that a budget does nothing more than tell stories that show how it can support the ministries of the local churches of the Upper New York Conference by offering tools for ministry. She asked everyone to picture a toolbox, one that …more

    Conference Leadership Team devotes Friday morning to lectio divina

    June 7, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team led a Devotional Friday morning devoted to scripture reading for lectio divina. In his introduction, the Rev. Harold Wheat shared some information from, “our friends at the Upper Room.” “One of our most central and ancient practices of Christian prayer is Praying the Scriptures (lectio divina, or divine reading),” he said. “We read unhurriedly so that we can …more



    With more than 168,000 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."