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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Benefits and Administrative Services”

    HealthFlex participants: Excellus shares about unauthorized access incident

    September 29, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Aug. 5, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield learned that unauthorized users gained access to its systems. Excellus, a member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association that operates in upstate New York, is a claims processor for Upper New York’s HealthFlex plan. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) made the announcement of the information breech on Sept. 9: As you know, the privacy of our members is a …more

    Jurisdictional bishop count could be reduced in two US jurisdictions

    September 28, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) notified the leadership of the North Central and Northeastern jurisdictions that the number of bishops representing the two areas could be reduced based on reported membership numbers. GCFA – responding to the responsibilities and membership formulas outlined in ¶404.2 of The Book of Discipline as well as its responsibility  for the administration of the Episcopal Fund that pays …more

    How is Upper New York’s customer service? Take survey now

    June 18, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In order to better serve the members and local churches of the Upper New York Conference, a customer service survey has been developed to provide the Conference with feedback from those who have received service from Conference staff. If you have had an interaction with the Conference office, please help us perfect our service by filling out the brief five-minute survey. Click here to complete the survey. …more

    Golden Cross Sunday offering supports Chaplaincy programs

    May 8, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Golden Cross Sunday offering is an annual appeal to the members of the Upper New York Conference to help support benevolent services. In Upper New York, the offering is traditionally received in May, giving congregations the flexibility to designate any date in the month that best suits their schedule. Across the denomination, these conference-wide offerings are used to support health and welfare ministries, such as chaplaincy programs, disability awareness …more

    Bishop Webb urges prayer for Baltimore

    April 28, 2015 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Earlier this week Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following note to the Upper New York Conference:  Once again, we are witnesses of violent protests in one of America’s cities. As followers of Christ, we must stand on the side of justice and continue to offer a voice and solutions that address racism, discrimination and broken systems. We must also offer a voice of peace and a …more

    Bishop Webb asks Upper New York to support Nepal

    April 28, 2015 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, Bishop Mark J. Webb sent out the following note to the Upper New York Conference: Please keep the people in Nepal in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred on April 25. More than 4,000 are dead, more than 6,500 people are injured, and thousands are living in tents as their homes have been destroyed. May the peace …more

    Upper New York Conference Center acquisition update

    April 8, 2015 / By Wendy Deichmann

    The Upper New York Conference Board of Trustees has released a statement regarding the potential purchase of property located at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool that would serve as a new Conference Center. Read below the full statement from property acquisition task force chair the Rev. Dr. Wendy J. Deichmann: At a special session of the Upper New York Annual Conference held on Oct. 18, 2014, the trustees were authorized to obtain …more

    Getting to know the Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation

    March 10, 2015 / By Wilson Jones* / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The following article highlights the work of Upper New York Conference’s Commission on Equitable Compensation, which, according to The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, is charged with “supporting full-time clergy serving as pastors in the charges of the annual conference." I remember the first time I heard the term “Equitable Compensation.” I was new to United Methodism and the district superintendent said …more

    2014: A Year in Review

    December 30, 2014 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Click here to take a look back at 2014 in Upper New York! …more

    Valeski to be Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits

    September 17, 2014 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference is pleased to announce that Julie Valeski has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits. Valeski has served as the Conference Receptionist/Support Services Clerk since Sept. 10, 2013. Valeski will remain in her current position until a replacement is hired. "I am pleased that Julie has demonstrated the skills necessary to move into this position and has the desire to serve in these …more



    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."