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Third ballot: no election
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
Almost immediately after the announcement of the results from the first round of balloting, delegates to the 2012 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference cast their second ballot.
Upper New York Conference
No election on first NEJ ballot
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
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
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
Upper New York Conference
Africa U. students become mission interns
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'
"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
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
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
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.
Final Reminder: Blueprint for Wellness Screening
This is a final reminder for those interested in receiving the $100 HealthCash* from Virgin HealthMiles that you have until July 31, 2012 to obtain the Blueprint for Wellness Screening at your local Quest lab. Click here for appointment registration instructions.
In order to receive the HealthCash, you must be signed up to Virgin HealthMiles as of the date of your lab screening. You can register by logging into your HealthFlex/WebMD account and clicking on the Virgin...
Tioga County churches honored for flood service
The members of the First United Methodist Church in Apalachin and Nichols United Methodist Church (Binghamton District) were among the community members and officials in Tioga County honored for their service during last year's flooding.
Assemblyman Gary Finch, R-123rd District, and Assemblyman Christopher Friend, R-District 137 (now 124th District), hosted a recognition and awards ceremony on June 26 at Tioga Opportunities Inc. in Owego.
Nichols UMC was awarded a citation. Apalachin First...
Small church uses big screens to attract members
One small church has added two large-screen TVs to its sanctuary, and it's made a big difference in worship there.
The technology expresses the "small church family philosophy in more contemporary way," said the Rev. Lawrence Eastlack, pastor of the Oakfield United Methodist Church (Niagara Frontier District).
Oakfield UMC added two 60" flat-screen TVs to its more than 100-year-old building about six months ago. The new audio/video system has become an integral part of worship...
Barrow, Lee among 19 vying for 3 NEJ bishop positions
Two Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) district superintendents are among the 19 official candidates in the 2012 Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) Conference episcopal elections that will take place July 18-20 in Charleston, W. Va.
There are 44 announced candidates in the United States for the 11 open positions for bishops in three jurisdictions: Northeastern, Southeastern and South...
Dr. Thomas Wolfe elected University Senate president
The Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe, senior vice president and dean of the Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University, has been elected president of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church for the next four years.
Dr. Wolfe, who is a full elder in the Upper New York Annual Conference, will lead the 25-member body that determines which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for affiliation with The United Methodist Church.
Senate members, who...
Bishop Matthews remembers Bishop Kelly as a trailblazer
United Methodist Bishop Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly preaches during an evening worship in College Park, Ga., in 2004. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.
Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly is being remembered as a trailblazer, a spiritual mother, a bearer for women of color in leadership and a gift to The United Methodist Church. She died at age 92 on June 28.
Being elected as the first African-American...
Churches respond to 700 miles of destruction
Winds of up to 91 miles per hour ripped off the roof of Washington Center United Methodist Church near Columbia City, Ind. Photo courtesy of David Michel
Challenged by a swath of severe summer storms and sweltering temperatures, United Methodists immediately opened their churches as cooling/relief centers and went to work removing debris.
According to accuweather.com, a “super derecho” of...
Growing Through Grief Camp offered for children
Losing someone you love is painful. Adults often have more experience with the grieving process, while youth may not know how to articulate their feelings of sadness.
One camp in Sayre, Pa., will provide middle and high school students with a healthy outlet for grief – free of charge.
The Waverly United Methodist Church (Binghamton District) and the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Sayre, Pa., are sponsoring Growing Through Grief, a grief camp for children and youth who have...
2012 AC anthems available for download
The 2012 Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) featured two original anthems composed by Sam Pellman, a Leonard C. Ferguson professor of music at Hamilton College in Clinton.
Here We Are, Lord was the anthem presented by the Crossroads District Choir for the opening worship service on May 31; It's a Good Day was the anthem the choir performed for the Service of Ordination on June 2.
Choirs in the UNYAC have a limited licensed to print as many copies as they require free...