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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Episcopal Office”

    Upper New York Annual Conference Session postponed until Oct. 3

    April 3, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    Due to the ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday, April 2, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, after consulting with the Sessions Committee and the executive committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry, recommended to the Upper New York Cabinet that the Upper New York Annual Conference session, originally scheduled for May 28 – 30, 2020, be postponed. This recommendation was approved unanimously.  October 3, 2020, a date previously …more

    Preregister for the HealthFlex Exchange webinar

    March 23, 2020 / By Julie Valeski, Benefits Administrator / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: The following information was sent to members of the Upper New York Conference on March 23, 2020. Wespath will be hosting a webinar Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT on HealthFlex Exchange. Participants will receive information about the plans and tools to help with plan choices. Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, all eligible participants must choose their health, vision, and dental plans through the HealthFlex Exchange. HealthFlex Exchange uses a …more

    UNY to offer matching grants for Zoom

    March 19, 2020 / By By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    To help churches to continue to be in ministry with their members and their communities, the Upper New York Conference is offering $5,000 in matching grants for churches wishing to purchase the Pro version of Zoom for a year. Zoom is an online meeting software ideal for Bible study, small group discussion, or meetings. Zoom is also an option for live streaming worship services if used as a webinar. To learn …more

    United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

    March 18, 2020 / By Commission on the General Conference

    Editor's Note: On Wednesday March 18, the Commission on General Conference released the following statement explaining that General Conferance will be postponed and will not be held May 5-15, 2020 as planned.  The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: COVID-19

    March 17, 2020 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: The following is a letter written by Upper New York Conference Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb that was sent to the UNY Conference on March 17, 2020. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in …more

    Conference Leadership shares advice on COVID-19

    March 12, 2020 / By Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The following message was sent by the Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Director of Connectional Ministries/Executive Assistant to the Bishop for the Upper New York Conference. With the recent announcement by the World Health Organization that COVID-19 is now a global pandemic and the announcement of new cases in upstate New York, all leaders in the Upper New York Conference are actively discerning how best to balance …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Should the 2020 General Conference approve the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation

    March 12, 2020 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor’s Note: The following is a letter written by Upper New York Conference Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb that was sent to the UNY Conference on March 12, 2020. Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, For many years The United Methodist Church has attempted to be unified through our mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world’, while experiencing deep disagreement about …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for July-December 2020 available

    February 28, 2020 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local churches for the period July 1 to December 31, 2020. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full time appointment.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to …more

    Conference Office closed

    February 7, 2020 / By

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool will be closed today, Feb. 7. …more

    Bishop Webb responds to Bishops’ Protocol Statement

    January 8, 2020 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    On Jan. 6, 2020, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb sent a letter to the Upper New York Conference explaining how the media took an independent team of United Methodist Bishops’ Protocol Statement out of context, leading many people to ask the question, “has the United Methodist Church split? Has the decision been made?" Bishop Webb explained that the simple answer to those questions is no and …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."