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Upper New York gets new bishop: Mark J. Webb

7/20/2012
Bishop Mark J. Webb and his wife, Jodi Newly elected Bishop Mark J. Webb was this morning assigned as the new episcopal leader of the Upper New York Area. Bishop Marcus Matthews, who served in the Upper New York Area since its inception in 2010, was assigned to the Baltimore-Washington Area. The episcopal areas did not change, and the following assignments were made to them this...

New England DS Martin McLee elected bishop

7/19/2012
The Rev. Martin D. McLee used music to express his feelings about being elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church in the Northeastern Jurisdiction on Thursday morning. Quoting Nina Simone’s If He changed My Name, he said “I told Jesus it would be alright if He changed my name, and on the 21st ballot, He changed my name,” said Bishop-elect McLee. Bishop-elect McLee, who currently serves as superintendent for the Metro Boston Hope District of the New England Annual...

Susquehanna DS Mark J. Webb elected as bishop

7/19/2012
On the 35th ballot, a new record for the NEJ Conference, delegates elected Mark J. Webb bishop of The United Methodist Church. In introducing Bishop-elect Webb, presiding Bishop Jane Allen Middleton said: “You are receiving a gift to the Church. This is a man who loves God deeply and lives that every day of his life. He is a man of marvelous conviction and great gifts; the gift not only to create a vision, but enroll others in that vision.” “Thank you for your...

Jurisdiction amendment sent to the NEJ College of Bishops for study

7/19/2012
A petition to replace the jurisdictional conferences, which exist only in the United States, with the Central Conference structure that exists in the rest of the world, was referred to the NEJ College of Bishops, in order that they form a Task Force to examine the petition and the issues surrounding it. The petition would have to be submitted to General Conference, which next meets in 2016, for action, as it represents a change to the Church Constitution. The petition (which appears...

NEJ budget, apportionments approved

7/19/2012
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ACs asked to consider VIM experience requirement

7/19/2012
The annual conferences’ boards of ordained ministry are asked to consider requiring all candidates to participate in a VIM experience prior to ordination or licensure. That is the heart of a resolution proposed by Greg Forrester, Upper New York Annual Conference’s disaster recovery director, who was speaking in his capacity as the Volunteer in Mission (VIM) Coordinator for the Northeastern Jurisdiction. The resolution, which also urges that clergy candidates be required to raise...

NEJ salutes bishops, Upper New York for supporting AU

7/19/2012
Kevin G. Goodwin, a member of the Africa University Advisory Development Committee and a lay delegate of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference, offered appreciation to Bishop Ernest S. Lyght of the West Virginia Area and Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Upper New York Area for their support of and dedication to Africa University. The floor gave a standing ovation to the pair of bishops, before singing one verse of “To God Be The Glory.” “I am standing in the midst of the only...

NEJ's newest bishop greeted with standing ovation

7/18/2012
After five rounds of balloting, the Northeastern Jurisdiction has a new bishop.    The Rev. Sandra Steiner Ball, director of connectional ministries for the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference, earned 132 votes, and was elected. The news earned cheers, applause and a standing ovation from the floor. The hall grew quiet as the bishop-elect came to the stage, where she was given a second ovation. “Thank you for your...

Fourth ballot results in no election

7/18/2012
In the fourth round of balloting, the Rev. Sandra Steiner Ball, director of connectional ministries, Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference, continued fell just 7 votes short of the 129 needed to be elected bishop of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Rounding out the top three were Martin D. McLee, superintendent for the Metro Boston Hope District of the New England Annual Conference, gained five votes with 87 votes, and Mark Webb, superintendent of the York District,...

Third ballot: no election

7/18/2012
The Rev. Sandra Steiner Ball, director of connectional ministries for the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference, continues to lead in the voting, gaining votes with each ballot. But is still short of the 60 percent needed to be elected; in the third round she earned 115 votes, 134 were needed.  Rounding out the top three were Martin D. McLee, superintendent for the Metro Boston Hope District of the New England Annual Conference, with 82 votes, and Mark Webb, superintendent of the York...

Still no election in second round of NEJ balloting

7/18/2012
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No election on first NEJ ballot

7/18/2012
Delegates to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference got down to the heart of their business here in Charleston, W.Va.: The election of bishops. There was no election after the first ballot; the top vote-getter, Sandra Steiner Ball, director of connectional ministries, Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference, garnered 89 votes.  Others in the top three were: Mark Webb, superintendent of the York District, Susquehanna Annual Conference,...

Committee votes to retire Bledsoe as bishop

7/18/2012
OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) — By a vote of 24 to 4 with two abstentions, the South Central Jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee voted by more than the necessary two-thirds margin to place Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe in involuntary retirement. Don House (left), chair of the South Central Jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee, talks with Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe during a break in the hearing before the committee voted to place Bledsoe in involuntary retirement. UMNS photos by Heather...

Episcopal candidates, delegates undertake 13-hour interview process

7/17/2012
Rev. Darryl Barrow Tuesday was a long day of interviews for the episcopal candidates and the delegates to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. The candidates spent the day rotating among groups of delegates, who spent 25 minutes posing questions; four standard questions and any additional questions raised by the group. The Rev. Darryl Barrow, Crossroads District superintendent, and the Rev. Sung Ho Lee, Mohawk District...

Bible study leaders urge delegates: Be patient; God's story is unfolding

7/17/2012
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Africa U. students become mission interns

7/12/2012
War in Liberia robbed Christian Zigbuo of his parents and three siblings and turned him into a refugee when he was 10 years old. His life was turned around by United Methodists who helped him obtain an education as a child in Côte d’Ivoire and as an adult at Africa University. On June 9, Zigbuo was one of the 400 graduates from United Methodist-related Africa University. He is also getting a chance to give back to all who have helped him as one of four Africa University graduates...

Small church puts focus on feeding 'bodies, souls, and spirits'

7/11/2012
"Have you ever felt guilty because the world is so full of serious needs and you can only do so much to meet them?" That is a question the Rev. Judy Humphrey-Fox posed to the congregation of the First United Methodist Church in Lake Luzerne (Adirondack District), where she serves as pastor quarter time. "The church has a real heart for wanting to help people around us," Rev. Humphrey-Fox said, but "there are so many things that come across a pastor's desk ... so many...

Walkathon raises over $4,000 for shower trailer

7/11/2012
A June 9 Walkathon in Earlville was a cooperative effort that raised more than $4,000 to help support the mobile shower trailer for VIM volunteers. Photo courtesy of Joelle Faulks. Pooling resources was the key to a successful fundraiser for a mobile shower trailer, said Joelle Faulks. Faulks was one of the organizers of a Walkathon held on June 10 in Earlville (Mohawk District) that raised more than...

GCSRW General Secretary to step down

7/10/2012
M. Garlinda Burton will step down as the General Secretary of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) effective Dec. 31. Burton decided not to move from Nashville to GCSRW headquarters in Chicago. Burton will step down for personal reasons, deciding not relocate from Nashville to the GCSRW Headquarters in Chicago. "I love GCSRW, and the opportunity to serve the Church has been wonderful," Burton said. "My decision not to relocate is personal; Nashville is...

NEJ 10-day devotional begins July 11

7/10/2012
Two members of the Upper New York Annual Conference helped prepare a devotional written by Northeastern Jurisdictional laity in "preparation for, contemplation of and participation in" the NEJ Conference. The conference takes place July 18-20, in Charleston, W.Va. The delegates to the NEJ Conference are charged with electing three new bishops. There are two episcopal candidates from Upper New York: the Rev. Darryl Barrow, Crossroads DS, and the Rev. Sung Ho Lee, Mohawk DS. In the...
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