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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2020”

    NEJ College of Bishops Letter Concerning Episcopal Coverage

    March 29, 2021 / By NEJ College of Bishops

    Editor's note: The following letter is from the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops sent to the Upper New York Conference on March 29, 2021. Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, We thank God for you and commend the clergy and congregational leaders for your leadership. These have been difficult and isolating times for many and yet you are leading our most vital ministry, congregations, and …more

    Monitoring at Annual Conference 2020

    October 19, 2020 / By Commission on Religion and Race and Commission on the Status and Role of Women

    Annual Conference 2020 was one like no other. Yet it remained vital to have a variety of voices at the table—actually, at computers and phones. Our worldwide United Methodist Church values healthy conversations. To that end, the Commission on Religion and Race, and Commission on the Status and Role of Women monitor who is speaking at Annual Conference in terms of clergy, laity, race, and gender. The rules and …more

    Closed churches and trustees report supported at AC2020

    October 5, 2020 / By Tara Barnes

    The Rev. Richard Barling offered the 2020 report of the Upper New York Conference Board of Trustees at the Conference’s Oct. 3 virtual annual meeting. The report can be found on pages 102 and 103 of the 2020 Journal. Via video, Rev. Barling shared the work of the trustees managing the Conference’s properties, investments and insurance, and he thanked committee members, supporting staff and building and location teams for their work. …more

    Three of Four Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits recommendations accepted at AC2020

    October 3, 2020 / By Tara Barnes

    The Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits report and recommendations were presented by chair Mary Rublee and Susan Latessa, Conference Director of Human Resources and Benefits. The board brought four recommendations, three of which can be found in Journal pages 97-98 and the other in updates to the journal.  The first recommendation was for acceptance of the 2021 housing/rental exclusion resolution designating 100 percent of United Methodist pension, severanc …more

    CF&A budget, report, added motion, and declaratory decision supported

    October 3, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Oct. 3, 2020 at the UNY 2020 virtual Annual Conference, Holly Roush, Chair of the Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A) presented the 2020 CF&A report via video. She explained that CF&A worked diligently on the 2021 budget, revisited the 2020 budget, and continued to provide resources on the Conference website. To prepare the budgets, Ministry Areas were asked a series of questions. Descriptions of Ministry Areas can …more

    Nominations report presented at AC2020

    October 3, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This year’s nominations report, presented at the Upper New York Annual Conference, held Oct. 3, 2020, was different than prior years due to the pandemic.  The Rev. Tony Hopes brought forth the nominations report, encouraging people to submit nominations using this form. Because of the pandemic, General Conference 2020 was postponed until September of next year. This change also shifted the beginning of the new quadrennium from January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022. …more

    Four equitable compensation recommendations supported at AC2020

    October 3, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In the Equitable Compensation Report, Paula Kuempel, current chair of the Commission on Equitable Compensation brought forth four recommendations at the 2020 virtual Annual Conference on Oct. 3. The first recommendation for 2021 was that the standardized minimum base compensation that was established for the Upper New York Conference effective Jan. 1, 2017 stay the same. Those minimum base salaries are set according to credential level, for all full-time clergy persons (see salaries on page 61 …more

    UNY Leadership works toward increasing vitality in a new season

    October 3, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2020 virtual Annual Conference, held on Oct. 3, opened with the leadership report. Via video, the Rev. Drew Sperry, Pastor at Calvary: Latham UMC, member of the Conference Leadership team and the member of the Bishop’s Operational Team, introduced the report. Rev. Sperry said, “One thing I think you’ll witness throughout this report is God’s faithfulness to us and our faithfulness to God and …more

    2020 UNY Service of Ordination and Commissioning takes place at Liverpool UMC

    October 2, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In order to prioritize the safety of all attendees during the COVID pandemic, the Upper New York Conference Service of Ordination and Commissioning was held on Oct. 2, 2020 at Liverpool U.M.C. with a limited number of invited guests. The service was livestreamed on the Conference website for the public to view. In keeping with New York State and Conference COVID guidelines, all guests and worship participants were screened prior …more

    What’s different at AC2020

    September 29, 2020 / By The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and UNY Director of Connectional Ministries

    Editor’s Note: The Upper New York Annual Conference is scheduled for Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m. The livestream link for non-eligible voting members can be found here. Eligible voting members must access the secured livestream via a different link that will be emailed to them and must login with the email and password they created at registered. If you are a voting member who has forgotten your login email …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."