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Conference directory session sittings now being scheduled
A new Conference Edition Directory is being created by Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits, and session sittings at this year's Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference are being scheduled online.
During the Upper New York Annual Conference Session, May 31-June 2 at the OnCenter, Syracuse, clergy and laity will be photographed for the new directory. Although walk-ins will be accepted, the photography company recommends scheduling a session sitting online to reduce your wait time...
Extension Ministry Luncheon reservations due May 11
Those who have not already done so with their Annual Conference registration are reminded that reservations for the May 31 Extension Ministry Luncheon are due Friday, May 11.
The luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OnCenter, rooms 5 and 6.
The cost is $23 for your choice of chicken scallopini or vegetarian wellington. Checks should be made payable to Upper New York Conference and sent to 324 University Ave., 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210.
To make a reservation,...
Correction in the May 2012 Advocate
Some information in a May 2012 Advocate story on the Plentiful Harvest initiative needs correction.
The goal of Plentiful Harvest is to plant 100 new faith communities and revitalize 300 existing congregations over the next four years.
There are two staff positions envisioned in Plentiful Harvest, one focused on revitalization of existing congregations and the other on developing new faith communities.
Congregational revitalization will be the focus of the Rev. Aaron Bouwen, who currently...
Raucous debates, but few changes from 2012 General Conference
“Plan UMC is unconstitutional.”
With those four words, the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church – for all intents and purposes – came to an end. With those four words, a major rewrite of The Book of discipline was erased. The General Conference came to a close on Friday night, May 4, in Tampa, Fla., with only minimal changes to The Book of discipline.
You could put a label reading 2012 on the 2008 Book of Discipline and most of the information...
UMM Night at the Ballpark set for June 21
Lace up your sneakers. Oil your old mitt. And get ready for some baseball.
(Although you can enjoy the game entirely from your seatback.)
The 33rd annual United Methodist Night at the Ballpark will be on June 21 when the Syracuse Chiefs take on the Pawtucket Red Sox at Alliance Bank Stadium, Syracuse.
The Chiefs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and the Pawtucket Red Sox are the affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
The Night at the Ballpark is hosted by the Crossroads...
2011 UNYAC Journal now available
The Upper New York Annual Conference 2011 Journal is available by request.
The Journal is approximately 720 pages.
The journals are free online. However, if you want to purchase a copy, the cost is $18. They are available by contacting Karen Campolieto in the Communications Department at (315) 424-7878 ext. 304 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Those who order the Journal by Thursday, May 17, may pick-up their copies at the Pre-Conference Briefing.
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Rev. Barbara Fisk dies
The Upper New York Annual Conference regrets to announce the death of the Rev. Barbara Fisk, 68, a part-time local pastor of the Lairdsville United Methodist Church (Mohawk District). Rev. Fisk passed away on Friday evening, May 4, in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center surrounded by her family and friends. She has served at the Lairdsville church for more than a decade.
She is survived by her husband, Louis B. Fisk of Munnsville; one natural son, Aaron and Dawn Olmsted of Wasilla, Alaska; and...
Dramatic 2012 General Conference comes to a close
It was a battle of brains in the committees; a war of words in the plenary sessions, but in the end, United Methodists could not agree on the best way to restructure the denomination.
The 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church came to a close on Friday night, May 5, in Tampa, Fla., without a much sought-after restructuring plan.
After rejecting the Call to Action proposal and alternative plans, the delegates on Wednesday approved Plan UMC, a compromise of Call to Action and...
Scores praise UMC decision to retain policy on homosexuality
Rev. Larry Baird (left). UNYAC photo by Ashley VanSickle.
TAMPA, Fla. – Several members of the Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) believe that it was for the good of the denomination that The United Methodist Church has decided to keep its policy on homosexuality.
Delegates at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted on Thursday morning, May 3, to keep the...
Plan UMC thrown out by Judicial Council
TAMPA, Fla. - The nine-member Judicial Council on Friday afternoon threw out Plan UMC, a compromise restructure plan for The United Methodist Church, adopted earlier this week by the 2012 General Conference.
The Council’s decision that the plan is unconstitutional was unanimous.
“Under the Constitution, the creation and establishment of general Church board and agencies, the fixing of their structure, the determination of their functions, duties and responsibilities, and the...
GC2012: Bishops urge "communities of love"
Bishops Deborah Lieder Kiesey (left) and Marcus Matthews give the benediction during evening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.
Hours after delegates at the 2012 General Conference voted to keep the denomination’s stance on homosexuality, two bishops challenged United Methodists to love those who may be outside their boat.
GC2012: Conference lowers apportionments
The 2012 General Conference Session of The United Methodist Church approved a budget of $603.1 million for seven General Church funds during the 2013-2016 period; that total is 6.03 percent less than the amount apportioned for the 2009-2012 quadrennium – the first time the assembly has accepted a lower budget than the amount set for the preceding four-year period.
That sounds like a significent amount, but local churches should not count on huge savings, since only 2 cents from every...
Petitions from UNY individuals were not adopted at General Conference
Among the more than 1,100 petitions that were submitted to the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church, were four from the Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC).
The items covered a range of issues – from allowing churches to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies and retaining the language in ¶2702 of the Book of Discipline regarding charges brought against clergy to the workings of the Staff Parish Relations Committees and a request that schools of theology include...
Judicial Council to rule on decision to end guaranteed clergy appointments
TAMPA, Fla. – The issue of guaranteed appointments may not be over.
Although a vote at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church on Tuesday morning, May 1, effectively ended the security of guaranteed appointment, the Judicial Council has been asked to declare if the vote was constitutional.
Delegates on Friday morning, May 4, approved a motion to refer the case to the denomination's highest judicial body to make a declaratory decision on the constitutionality of the...
The Eldest Elder: A visit with Rev. John W. Annas
While visiting General Conference, Upper New York Annual Conference Benefits Officer/Director of HR Vicki Putney took advantage of her time in Tampa, Fla., to visit with the oldest member of the Upper New York Annual Conference, the Rev. John W. Annas.
He and his wife, Lenore – they were married when he was 103 – live in a complex in Leesburg, Fla. Rev. Annas was quick to note that she took a real leap of faith to marry him at such an advanced age.
When asked if he is able to...
GC2012 modifies pension plan
United Methodist clergy in the United States will continue to participate in a retirement program that includes a monthly pension payment.
By a vote of 819 to 78 on May 3, the 2012 General Conference approved a modified Clergy Retirement Security Program. The plan combines a defined benefit component with a defined contribution component, like the clergy’s current retirement program, but with a reduced benefit for clergy and, consequently, a lower contribution for U.S. annual (regional)...
Bishop Matthews: 'And in that church - no one was ever left out!'
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews on Thursday evening, March 3, challenged The United Methodist Church to reflect the spirit of his home church, where “no one was ever left out.”
Testifying during the evening worship, Bishop Matthews told the delegates at the 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla., that churches should be true reflections of the broader communities they serve.
Bishop Matthews said Communion Sunday was always special at his home church in...
Storm of discontent rises over human sexuality
At the 2012 General Conference Session that has used rivers and seas in its imagery, it is unlikely that many sailing these waters were unaware of the storm that was coming when the delegates took up the issue of human sexuality.
Those who object to The United Methodist Church’s stance on homosexuality made their dissatisfaction known Thursday morning, even before the General Conference voted to reaffirm the Church’s position that...
Tears flow as United Methodists vote to keep policy against homosexuality
Delegates and supporters including Kristen Dart of Upper New York cry after delegates voted to maintain the United Methodist Church's stance on sexuality during the denomination's at 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.
TAMPA, Fla. - After a tense and emotional debate, delegates at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted on Thursday...
United Methodist Church keeps its position on homosexuality
After a tense and emotional debate, delegates at the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church voted on Thursday morning, May 3, to keep the Church’s policy on homosexuality.
Delegates rejected a proposal to change paragraph 161, which currently states that “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.”
Several of the delegates, including some from the Upper New...