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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Episcopal Office”

    Bishop Mark J. Webb’s 2016 Christmas message

    December 20, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Bishop Webb shares a message for the Christmas season-his message is about the importance of hope. He encourages all to lean into hope-to expect with confidence or to cherish a desire with anticipation. As an example of hope, he points to the fact that the shepherds journeyed straight to Bethlehem after hearing of the birth of Jesus. In this day and age, in this culture, Bishop Webb explains, "we need …more

    The 2016 UNY Conference Journal Directory now available for purchase

    October 4, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2016 Upper New York Conference Journal Directory is now available. This directory contains up-to-date contact information of all UNY churches, clergy, members to Annual Conference, and surviving spouses for the 2016 Upper New York Annual Conference Session. There are two ways to receive the Journal Directory: Click here to purchase a hard copy from online publisher Lulu.com OR Click here to download a free PDF version If you order directly …more

    Save the Dates: Times of prayer and conversation for the United Methodist Church

    August 29, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    With uncertainty and great anxiety about the state of the United Methodist Church and what the future holds, The Upper New York Conference is organizing times of prayer and conversation across the Conference. Agenda and structure are still being determined, but plan now to attend one of the three times. These times are open to all: Oct. 3 at Liverpool UMC - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Saratoga Springs UMC - 6:3 …more

    Bishop Webb completes 2015-2016 District Days tour

    April 19, 2016 / By

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb completed his 2015-2016 District Days tour with visits to the Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley, Mountain View, and Northern Flow districts in March and the Oneonta District in April. The theme of his tour was “Increasing Our Capacity: A Time of Conversation and Encouragement,” and it provided conversation sessions for clergy (in the morning and afternoon), district leadership committees (over …more

    ‘Take a Bite Out of Malaria’ on World Malaria Day

    April 5, 2016 / By Laurel O’Connor / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Churches of and communities within the Upper New York Conference can “Take a Bite Out of Malaria” on World Malaria Day, April 25. Conference-wide, churches are asked to work with local restaurants to receive a portion of their revenue on April 25 – which will go toward Imagine No Malaria, an integral part of Africa 360 – and then encourage members and friends to eat out that day. Participating businesses will …more

    Celebrate with Africa 360 in April

    March 29, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    April is Africa 360 Month, with celebrations all month long throughout the Upper New York Conference that will help raise funds and awareness for Africa 360 – the Upper New York Conference’s holistic plan for health and education initiatives in Africa that benefits Imagine No Malaria and Africa University. “Hopefully, these ideas inspire other congregations to action,” said Laurel O’Connor, Upper New York’s Africa 360 …more

    Bishop Webb pens Ministry Shares letters

    March 16, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: Corrections have been made to the fact sheet that accompanied the letters sent to churches from Bishop Mark J. Webb. Please click here to review an updated version. The Upper New York Conference has faced some challenges reconciling the difference between the ministries agreed upon at the 2015 Annual Conference session and the funds received to make those ministries possible. As the final Ministry Shares figure for 2015 …more

    Conference announces revised 2016 spending plan

    February 24, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team (CLT) and the Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A) released a letter earlier this week detailing changes to the Conference’s 2016 spending plan. According to the letter, “the guiding principle in making these decisions was, ‘What cuts will have the least direct impact on the ministry of the local church?’” Click here to read the …more

    Participate in Day of Prayer on April 23

    February 23, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On April 23, members of the Upper New York Conference will observe a 24-hour day of prayer for the 2016 General Conference session, which meets May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. In a statement late last year, the Council of Bishops “invited each of the annual conferences to host a 24-hour prayer effort on a specific date, with the intent of creating a groundswell of prayer in the days leading up to …more

    CLT and CFA announce changes to 2016 spending plan

    February 22, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: The following letter was released by the Conference Leadership Team and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration on Feb. 22.  Sisters and brothers in Christ, We want to share some challenges, concerns, and, by the grace of God, opportunities for our Conference in the area of financial stewardship. As we finalized the total of Conference Ministry Shares collected in 2015 from local churches, we became aware …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."