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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Episcopal Office”

    NYS wage and salary increases

    November 14, 2019 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    State and federal laws establish minimum wages for non-exempt employees and minimum salary levels for some exempt employees. Non-exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal hourly minimum wage for hours worked. Exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal salary levels.    New York State Minimum Wage Increase for Non-Exempt Employees Effective December 31, 2019, New York State minimum wage …more

    Praying Our Way Forward Prayer

    February 20, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's note: The following prayer was released Feb. 20 by the Council of Bishops and will be part of the worship liturgy at the opening of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, held Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis, MO. As part of the Praying Our Way Forward process, Upper New York Conference churches are invited to use this prayer during worship services on Sunday Feb. 24. Gracious and loving God, who …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: District Superintendent Extensions

    February 13, 2019 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019, Bishop Webb announced the extension of two District Superintendents' terms in the following letter. Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, Greetings in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ! Paragraph 418 of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church states that “the normal term for a District Superintendent shall be up to six years, but this may be extended to no more than …more

    New York United Methodist Bishops make statement on Reproductive Health Act

    January 31, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on January 31, 2019, by New York Area Resident Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton, and Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, about the Reproductive Health Act that was signed into New York State law in January. Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! The conversation about abortion has dominated the media over the last few days. In …more

    From the desk of Bishop Webb: Wespath FAQ

    January 18, 2019 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On Thursday Jan. 17, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter to the Upper New York Conference regarding Wespath and the Special Session of General Conference. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! As we approach the Special Session of General Conference in St. Louis, I continue to be committed to …more

    Order of Elders Gathering, a wonderful experience

    December 12, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Thursday Dec. 6, 175 Ordained Elders across the Upper New York Conference joined Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb for the Order of Elders Gathering at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, NY. The event included spirited worship and fellowship. The featured speaker was Bishop Grant Hagiya from the California-Pacific Annual Conference. He introduced attendees to two ideas that could help them understand how to continue to be united …more

    Conference Office closed

    November 16, 2018 / By Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool will be closed today, Nov. 16. It is scheduled to reopen Monday, Nov. 19. …more

    Bishop Webb offering fall gatherings for A Way Forward

    July 24, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This fall, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is hosting six gatherings around the Conference in preparation for Special Session of General Conference to talk about Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church. The gatherings will include a presentation of the plan and process of General Conference, a time to remember our mission, and worship and prayer. Click here to find the dates and …more

    Bishop Mark J. Webb’s 2017 Christmas/Advent message

    December 11, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    I love the words of the advent hymn entitled “Send Your Word:” Send your word, o Lord, like the rain falling down upon the earth. Send your word. We seek your endless grace, with souls that hunger and thirst, sorrow and agonize We would all be lost in dark without your guiding light. Send your word, o Lord, like the wind, blowing down upon the earth. Send your …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Response to mass shooting in Las Vegas

    October 3, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor’s note: On Oct. 3 Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter about the tragic violence that took place in Las Vegas. Sisters and brothers in Christ, We have watched in horror as once again a mass shooting, the most deadly in American history has claimed the lives of at least 59 innocent people and injured hundreds more. Pray for the victims, family members, first responders, and others in …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."