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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2021”

    Study Commission on possible passage of Protocol begins

    October 20, 2021 / By Pastor Jack Keating

    You may remember that at our 2021 Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference, the body passed UNYAC2021.7, which called for a study of our Conference’s readiness for the possible passage of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. This resolution created a Study Commission that was given commission-specific instructions on how to, both conduct the study and report the study’s findings. The current team  includes …more

    Upper New York Annual Conference Report

    June 22, 2021 / By Stephen J. Hustedt, UNY Director of Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Annual Conference Report Due to lingering COVID-19 concerns, the Upper New York Annual Conference gathered remotely for the second year in a row June 17- 19. The gathering took place through Zoom with meeting support and voting provided by GNTV. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, presided. The time began with Opening Worship, acknowledging that this has been a very challenging time to be the …more

    Retirees honored at Annual Conference

    June 19, 2021 / By Tara Barnes

    The Upper New York Conference celebrated its retiring clergy on Saturday morning of the 2021 annual conference. Eighty clergypeople were honored during the virtual ceremony. “Though we are unable to greet these individuals in person, give them a hug, shake their hands, say thank-you, we can still celebrate who they are and all that they have contributed to each of us individually and to all of us corporately,” said …more

    UNY Conference celebrates Juneteenth, virtually

    June 19, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Juneteenth has finally been acknowledged as a federal holiday. On June 19, at its 2021 virtual Annual Conference, Upper New York (UNY) celebrated the holiday, which honors the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when news reached enslaved peoples in Texas that the Civil War had ended and the Emancipation Proclamation ended the institution of slavery in the United States.. Restricted to a virtual format, the Juneteenth celebration was a video compilation. In this video, …more

    Petition and Resolution results at the 2021 Upper New York Annual Conference

    June 19, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Discussion and voting for the petitions and resolutions brought to the 2021 Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference session began in the afternoon plenary on June 17 and continued through the June 18 morning and afternoon plenaries. UNYAC2021.1 Because We Care, supported This petition called for each delegate to take back the message to their home churches ” to engage in a process of study, reflection and confession concerning the historic and systemic …more

    UNY Memorial Service 2021 reminds mourners of the comfort of Jesus

    June 18, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Friday, June 18, at the 2021 Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, welcomed friends and family members to a Memorial Service that was held to recognize over 100 clergy and clergy spouses who have died since the 2019 Annual Conference (Click here to see the names of those celebrated). This service was held at Cicero United Methodist Church by invitation-only, and it was also …more

    New leaders approved for 2022

    June 18, 2021 / By Tara Barnes

    The Upper New York Conference Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development report to the 2021 Annual Conference was presented by the Rev. Tony Hipes, chair of the committee. “The committee has diligently worked to bring nominations that are diverse in many different ways, and we continue to encourage self-nominations by using the nominations form located on the conference website,” the Rev. Hipes said to open the report. The committee …more

    Proposed 2022 Budget approved at Annual Conference

    June 18, 2021 / By Tara Barnes

    On June 18, the proposed 2022 Ministry Share Budget was presented to the 2021 Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference by Holly Roush, chair of the UNY Conference Council on Finance and Administration. Holly reported that thanks to reduced spending, a Paycheck Protection Plan loan, and generous giving by individuals in the UNY Conference, 2021 ended with a budget surplus of $600,000. The Conference was able to offer a Ministry Shares credit to local churches …more

    Board of Trustees offers updates at Annual Conference

    June 18, 2021 / By Tara Barnes

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference Board of Trustees presented its 2021 report at the UNY Annual Conference on June 18. President Pastor Richard Barling shared an overview of the board’s work, which includes the purchasing, sales. and maintenance of Conference properties. The Trustees also manage the Conference’s master insurance program. Some of properties under purview of the Trustees are closed churches, episcopal and District parsonages, the Conference …more

    2021 Leadership Report: Working toward a vital future in UNY

    June 17, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    What is it going to take to increase the capacity of Christ-following leaders in Upper New York (UNY)? This question was answered in the 2021 Leadership Report. The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Upper New York (UNY) Director of Connectional Ministries and Executive Assistant to the Bishop, introduced the 2021 Leadership Report by acknowledging the leadership that pastors and lay leaders throughout the Conference accomplished in likely the most difficult year that any of …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."