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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal

Table of Contents Table of Contents ................................................................................................................................ 1 Upper New York Episcopal Area Resident Bishop ............................................................................... 3 Appointive Cabinet .............................................................................................................................. 4 Episcopal Office and Senior Executive Staff ....................................................................................... 5 Conference Agencies .......................................................................................................................... 6 Directories (can be found in the separate booklet: 2016 Journal Directories) 2015 Daily Proceedings (beginning with Clergy Session) .................................................................. 31 Business of the Annual Conference (BAC) .................................................................................. 89 2015 Appointments .................................................................................................................. 132 Certificates of Proceedings and Ordination .............................................................................. 160 Policies and Resolutions Proposed Rules .......................................................................................................................... 163 Recommendations .................................................................................................................... 210 Proposed Budget ............................................................................................................................. 212 Resolutions and Petitions – General Conference ........................................................................... 243 Resolutions and Petitions – UNY Conference ................................................................................. 289 Reports Conference Teams .................................................................................................................... 321 Connected Organizations ..........................................................................................................384 Memoirs ........................................................................................................................................... 435 Honor Roll ...................................................................................................................................... 467 Historic .............................................................................................................................................471 Pastoral Service Records..................................................................................................................472 Finance Audit Reports ............................................................................................................................ 592 Treasurer’s and Statistician’s Report ........................................................................................ 615 Statistical Tables ....................................................................................................................... 616

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OUR VISION To live the gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places.

OUR PURPOSE Growing in our relationship with God, Being the body of Christ within the world, and Living in accordance with the example of Jesus Christ by: x Engaging, equipping and empowering local churches to be in ministry with and to our Global neighborhood. x Encouraging and developing leadership within the laity and clergy that is diverse, yet united by our love for Christ. x Building relationships with our neighbors, particularly with those who have been disenfranchised by mainstream society.

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BISHOP MARK J. WEBB Upper New York Episcopal Area Resident Bishop

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Nominations and Leadership Development Report: 2015 Paragraph references from the 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline

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Conference Secretary (¶ 603.7) Rev. Jeffrey Hodge

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Conference Chancellor (¶ 603.8) Scott DelConte

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Conference Lay Leader (¶ 607) Scott Johnson

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Associate Lay Leader (¶ 607.9) Ilah Sisson Walser

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Trustees (¶ 2512) Class of 2016 Rev. Wendy Deichmann Travis Dann Deborah Byers

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Class of 2017 Rich Barling Barbara Brewer Howard Simonin

Class of 2018 Diana Cordes John Jackson* Colleen DelCore

Class of 2019 Peter Abdella Christopher Mcninch TBD (layman)

Ex-officio without vote: • Cabinet Rep.: Rev. K. Wayne Butler, Rev. Theodore Anderson • Treasurer: Kevin Domanico • Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Nominations and Leadership Development (¶ 610) Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Richard Howard TBD (layman) Rev. Anthony Hipes Jenna Amberge Lynnette Cole TBD (clergy)

Class of 2018 Bryant Clark Cheryl Babcock TBD (clergy)

District Lay Leaders (w/vote if only representative from district at meeting) Ex-officio without vote: • Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding • Cabinet rep.: Rev. Janice McClary Rowell Ex-officio with vote: • Rules liaison: Julius Archibald • Conference Lay Leader: Scott Johnson

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Conference Council on Finance & Administration (¶ 612; including Personnel Committee, ¶ 613.13) First Term Class of 2016 Second Term Class of 2016 Susan Ranous Hal Schmidt Nicki Morey Holly Roush Kathy Perry Rev. Bruce Benson Richard Griffin Susan Godshall Rev. Lawrence Lake* Rev. Gerald Piper Rev. Penni Farrington Gregory Threatte Sherry Mott Ex-officio without vote: Resident Bishop: Bishop Mark J. Webb Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Jeffrey McDowell Director of Connectional Ministries/Executive Assistant to the Bishop: Rev. William GottschalkFielding Treasurer: Kevin Domanico Board of Laity Scott Johnson: Conference Lay Leader Ilah Sisson Walser: Associate Conference Lay Leader, President United Methodist Women Roger Ellis: Adirondack District Co-Lay Leader Jeanette Mann: Adirondack District Co-Lay Leader Shirley Readdean: Albany District Lay Leader Drew Griffin: Binghamton District Lay Leader Susan Hardy: Cornerstone District Lay Leader Crossroads District Lay Leader: TBD Shafeegh Habeeb: Finger Lakes District Lay Leader Patricia VanVleck: Genesee Valley District Co-Lay Leader Terry Norsen: Genesee Valley District Co-Lay Leader Mark Adsit: Mohawk District Lay Leader Robert Briggs: Mountain View District Co-Lay Leader Elva Cornell: Mountain View District Co-Lay Leader Jessica White: Niagara Frontier District Lay Leader Brenda Shelmidine: Northern Flow District Lay Leader Anna Buell: Oneonta District Lay Leader Carmen Vianese: Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries Mark Jones: President United Methodist Men Emily Allen: Co-Chair CCYM Maya Smith: Co-Chair CCYM

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Melissa Watkins Winkleman: Young Adult Ministries Blenda Smith: At-large member Deborah Clyde: At-large member Michael Huber: Conference Staff Liaison Commission on Equitable Compensation (¶ 625) Class of 2016 Rev. Carmen Perry Rev. William Pattison Terry Wilbert Nancy Rhodes

Class of 2017 Rev. Lauren Swanson* Rev. Patience Kisayke Mitchel Smith Al Kidd

Class of 2018 Rev. Peggi Eller Rev. Ray Noell Lynn Blake Paula Kuempel

Ex-officio without vote: Director of HR/Benefits: Vicki Putney Treasurer: Kevin Domanico Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Ex-officio with vote: Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Richard Weihing Conference Treasurer (¶ 619) Kevin Domanico Board of Ordained Ministry (¶ 635) First Term 2012-16 Second Term 2012-16 Rev. Nola Anderson Rev. Yohang Chun Rev. Marilyn Baissa Rev. James Fenimore William Barber Rev. Vonda Fossitt Rev. Leland Carlson Pamela Mikel Hayes Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth Noel John Ann Cole Rev. Rhonda Kouterick Rev. David Cooke Rev. Wayne Mort Rev. Jennifer Delahoy Rev. Holly Nye* Christine Doran Rev. Sheila Price Brian Ethington Rev. Alice Priset Rev. Brian Fellows Rev. Susan Russell Keith Grinnell Rev. Michael Smith Rev. Youngjae Jee Rev. Steven Smith Rev. David Kofahl Rev. Matthew Stengel* Rev. Robert Kolvik-Campbell Michael Terrell Rev. Jeffrey Losey Rev. Leon Van Wie Crystal Martin Denise Walling Rev. Brooke Newell Rev. Heather Williams

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Third Term 2012-16 Rev. Kristen Allen Rev. Michelle Bogue-Trost Rev. Karen Marshall


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Rev. Carmen Perry Rev. Colleen Preuninger Rev. Thomas Pullyblank Rev. Jane Sautter Rev. Sundar Samuel Lynn Shipe Rev. James Stevens

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Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Rebekah Sweet

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Ex-officio without vote: Director of Connectional Ministries/Executive Assistant to the Bishop: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding

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Administrative Review Committee (¶ 636) Rev. Joseph Kim Rev. Joyce Allen Rev. Michael Weeden Alternates: Rev. Jane Baker Rev. Cathy Hall Stengel

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Committee on Investigation (¶ 2703) Elders: Rev. Arthur Dolch, Rev. Sung Ho Lee, Rev. Teressa Sivers, Rev. Deborah O'ConnorSlater Professing members: Robert Briggs*, Helen Johnson, Dorothy Brownlow Alternate Elders: Rev. Beth Bouwens, Rev. Patricia Olmstead, Rev. Frederick Albrecht Alternate Professing Members: Sandra Holcombe, Christopher Holoman, Sandra Allen Board of Pensions and Health Benefits (¶ 639) Class of 2016 Class of 2018 Kathy King Griswold Rev. John Hill Rev. Ann Blair Tracy Jackson-Adams Michael Virgil Rebecca Keating Michael Turner Rev. Kenneth Woods Ex-officio without vote: • • • •

Class of 2020 Rev. Stephen Deckard* Edward Bartholomew Dennis Hill Grace Holmes

Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Nancy Adams Treasurer: Kevin Domanico Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Director of HR/ Benefits: Vicki Putney

Sexual Ethics Committee (appointed by the Bishop) Class of 2016 Carol Barnes* Glenda Schuessler Matthew Williams Charles Syms Jack Keating Carol Doucette

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Ex-officio: • Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding • Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Janice McClary Rowell Camp and Retreat Ministries Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Rev. Steven Taylor Rev. Karen Snyder Stephanie Deckard Henry Valerie Clark Rev. Colleen Preuninger Rev. Stephen Cady Donald Schuessler Judy Hipes Shafeegh Habeeb Eden Rotella

Class of 2018 Stacy Wickham David Little* Stuart Williams Stephen Ranous Carmen Vianese

Ex-officio without vote: • Director of CRM: Michael Huber • Treasurer: Kevin Domanico • Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding • Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Nancy Adams Conference Committee on Episcopacy (¶ 637) Class of 2016 Rev. W. Alan Delamater Joyce Miller Blenda Smith Rev. Rebecca Laird* Scott Johnson Katie Allen

David Morales Peter Abdella Rev. Sung Ho Lee

Ex-officio: • Lay and Clergy NEJ Committee on Episcopacy members: Stephanie Deckard Henry, Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Episcopacy Residency Committee (¶ 638.2) Rev. Rebecca Laird* Susan Ranous

Diana Cordes

Consultant without vote: • Rev. Richard Barling Ex-Officio without vote: • Conference Treasurer: Kevin Domanico Conference Leadership Team (¶ 610) (appointed by the Bishop) Blenda Smith Mary Howard Janet Rothfuss Nathan Trost Bethany Printup-Davis Rev. Robert Sherburne TBD Rev. John Martin Ex-officio: • Appt. Cab reps: Rev. William Mudge, Rev. Sherri Rood • Conference Lay Leader: Scott Johnson

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Commission on Religion and Race rep.: Barbara Heise Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding, convener (voice no vote) Resident Bishop: Bishop Mark J. Webb or his designee Director of Communications: Stephen Hustedt Ministry Oversight Teams (appointed by the Conference Leadership Team): Empowering the Local Church Nathan Trost, Rev. Chris Wylie, Rev. Jennifer Castle Streeter, Paul Reed, Louise Matthews Spiritual Formation and Leadership Development Barbara Heise, Nancy Dibelius*, Rev. Natalie Scholl, Anne Chatfield, Larry Russell , TBD, TBD Reaching our Neighbors Rev. Sara Baron, Susan Hardy*, Rev. Robert Sherburne, Phyllis Doane, Rev. Thomas White Wolf Fassett, Jan Witter

Conference Sessions Committee: (¶ 603) Resident Bishop: Bishop Mark Webb Director of Connectional Ministries/Executive Assistant to the Bishop: Rev. William GottschalkFielding Director of Communications: Stephen Hustedt Treasurer: Kevin Domanico Director of HR/Benefits: Vicki Putney Conference Lay Leader: Scott Johnson Conference Secretary: Rev. Jeffrey Hodge Chair of Sessions: Rev. Teressa Sivers Dean of the Cabinet: Rev. Sherri Rood Host District Superintendent: Rev. Nola Anderson BOOM Ordination Service: Rev. Colleen Preuninger and Rev. Sheila Price Worship Team Chair: Rev. Gregory Stierheim CONAM Chair: Kae Wilbert Head Teller: Susan Ranous Rules Chair: Julius Archibald Resolutions and Petitions Chair: Hudda Aswad Conference CCYM Co-Chairperson: Emily Allen* Conference CCYM Co-Chairperson: Maya Smith* UMM President: Mark Jones UMW President: Ilah Sisson Walser

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Rules Committee, a sub-committee of the Sessions Committee Chairperson: Julius Archibald Rev. Stanley Scoville Rev. James E. Barnes II Ex-officio: Conference Lay Leader: Scott Johnson Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Conference Secretary: Rev. Jeffrey Hodge Resolutions & Petitions Committee, a sub-committee of the Sessions Committee Chairperson: Hudda Aswad At-large members: Joyce Miller Rev. Arthur Hagy, Jr. Rev. Theodore Anderson Stephanie Deckard Henry Ex-officio: Conference Lay Leader: Scott Johnson Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Conference Secretary: Rev. Jeffrey Hodge Global Ministries Team (¶ 633) Class of 2016 Rev. Jeffrey Childs* Rev. Robert Long Alice Trost John Conklin TBD Ex-officio:

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Phyllis Doane Tracy Jackson-Adams Olga Gonzalez-Santiago John Church (youth member) Ellegra Nier (youth member)

Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Nola Anderson Disaster Relief Coordinator: Joseph Auslander

Volunteers in Mission (¶ 633, 6, b) Roger and Donna Cullen* District reps.: Mary Lou Buck (Genesee Valley) John Conklin (Binghamton) Tom & Linda Cooper (Cornerstone) David Woodcock (Mohawk) Marvin Reimer (Northern Flow) K. Terry McNeil (Oneonta) Robert Mueller (Crossroads)

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Russell Riddell (Finger Lakes) Donald Snyder (Mountain View) Diane Albright (Mountain View) Jan Greiner (Northern Flow) Rev. Gary Doupe (Oneonta) Lance Stetson (Northern Flow) Rev. Brian Fellows (Mohawk)


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Craig Allen (Crossroads) Michael Brock (Crossroads) John Hill (Albany) ___________________(Niagara Rev. Molly Golando (Cornerstone) Frontier) Sylvia Reimer (Northern Flow) Rev. Stephen Crowell (Mountain Renee Engels (Niagara Frontier) View) Robert Schooley (Niagara Frontier) Sandy Hall (Finger Lakes) Rev. Ray Noell (Genesee Valley) Carrie Truesdell (Niagara Frontier) Gracie Lynn Bessie (Adirondack) Lee Capodagli (Adirondack) Jay & Cathie Dunkleberger (Albany) Jan & Peter Huston (Albany) Brian Greenwald (Cornerstone) Tammy Austin (Binghamton) Charles Hodges (Cornerstone) Walt Mathias (Genesee Valley) Donna & Roger Cullen (Finger Lakes) Disaster Response Coordinator: Joseph Auslander Accessibility Concerns Committee ((¶ 653) formerly known as Disability Concerns Committee): Brian Elliot Jennifer Gleason Anola Archibald Sabine Ingerson Rev. Douglas Hess Rev. Melissa McCarthy Rev. Kenneth Babcock Rev. Nancy Hale* Rev. Naomi Babcock College Ministry Team (¶ 634) Class of 2016 Rev. Corey Turnpenny Leslie Kintner Rev. Nicholas Preuninger Paul Reed

Rev. Dee Finch (convener) Rev. Nicholas Perry Rev. Allison Schmied Eunice Kim

Ex-Officio: • Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding • GBHEM Member(s): Christine Doran, Demetrio Beach New Faith Communities Teams Discernment and Assessment Team: Rev. Leland Carlson, Rev. Devin Lyles, Vickie Souve Planter Peer Group Team: Rev. Rebecca Laird, Rev. Nancy O’Connor Raca, Rev. Rachel Morse, Katie Kreutter Fund Raising Team: Darryl Forsythe, Annette Snedaker, Kevin Domanico, Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Coach Network Team: Rev. Alan Howe, Rev. Pam Klotzbach, Rev. Aaron Bouwens, Rev. Natalie Scholl, Rev. Rebekah Sweet, Rev. Deborah Earthrowl, Rev. Wayne West, Rev. Amy Gregory

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Grant Processing Team: Laverne Ampadu, Rev. Diane Marquit, Rev. Peggi Eller, Rev. Darryl Barrow Communications Team: Stephen Hustedt, Christian Vischi, Karen Campolieto, Ashley Riddell, Kathleen Rubino Cabinet Rep.: David Masland Urban Ministries Team Large Cities Buffalo: Rev. Mary Kelly Rochester: Rev. David Underwood* Syracuse: Diana Rodriguez, Rev. Craig French Albany/Schenectady/Troy: Rev. David Heise, Rev. Mariana Rodriguez Binghamton/Endicott/Johnson City: Rev. Vonda Fossitt Small Cities Glens Falls: Rev. Phillip Richards Utica/Rome: Rev. Jeffrey Hale Corning/Elmira: to be filled Ithaca: to be filled Jamestown: Rev. Natalie Hanson Urban Mission Agencies AUMS: Peter Fish Dream Center: Rev. Patricia Cardin SWUM: Olga Gonzalez-Santiago Seneca St. CDC: Rev. Brian Rotach At-Large Laverne Ampadu Rev. Stephen Cady Essie Harding Rev. Lawrence Hargrave Rev. Ann Kemper Rev. Devin Lyles Ex-Officio Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Director of New Faith Communities: Rev. David Masland Director of Vital Congregations: Rev. Aaron Bouwens Cabinet Rep.: Rev. Wayne Butler, Rev. Theodore Anderson, Rev. Nola Anderson, Rev. Richard Weihing

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Hispanic Ministries Task Force Rev. Alberto Lanzot* Mariana Rodriguez* Benjamin Matta Olga Gonzalez-Santiago Rev. Wilfredo Baez Rev. Anne O'Connor Maria S. Rivera Carmen Lanzot

Hector Rivera - secretary Rev. Carlos M. Rosa-Laguer Andres Gonzalez Juanita Matta Rev. Geraldine Rapino Leonardo Rivera Jose L. Rodrigez

Young Adult Ministries Task Force Ashley Riddell* Cory Jones Rev. Rebecca Laird Bethany Printup-Davis Demetrio Beach Betsy Schuessler Melissa Watkins Brian Lothridge Rev. Paul Winkelman Rev. Melissa McCarthy Ben O'Connor Katie Kreutter Laurel O'Connor Krystal Cole Amara Dunn Ian Urriola Conference Council on Youth Ministries Emily Allen* Maya Smith* Social Holiness Team (Âś 629) Class of 2016 Rev. Michael Smith (secretary) George Herrick Rev. Elizabeth Quick Hector Rivera

Rev. Martha Swords-Horrell Rev. Alan Kinney* David Whitlock

Peace with Justice Coordinator: Heather Smith Peace with Justice in Palestine: Linda Bergh Peace with Justice in Palestine: Karen Peterson CONAM liaison: Bethany Printup-Davis CORR liaison: Mildred Mason UMW rep.: Carol Collins Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) (Âś 644) Rev. Carl Chamberlain Mary Jane Russell Rev. Judith Johnson-Siebold* Ellen Klock Barbara Thorington Green Thomas Blake Veleda Banta

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Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) (¶ 643) Shirley Readdean Blenda Smith* - convener and CONAM liaison Anola Archibald Linda Hughes Mildred Mason Barbara Heise David Heise Sandra Allen Desiree Chaires Rev. Evelyn Woodring Julius Archibald Rev. Wilfredo Baez Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) (¶ 654) Rev. Susan Crawson-Brizzolara Rev. Donald Washburn Rev. Thomas White Wolf Fassett Sharon Schmit Agnes Jacobs Clark Mahaney Rev. Marion Moore-Colgan Roselynn Kingsbury Rev. Douglas Mackey Blenda Smith - CORR liaison Rosalie Schotanus Mary Alice Nyhan Rev. Lisa Taylor Kae Wilbert* Elizabeth "Brooke" Conklin Bethany Printup-Davis Marilyn Anderson Second Half of Life Ministries (¶ 651, formerly Older Adult Ministries) Christine Baxter Rev. Catherine Lee Rev. Genett Timlin Barbara Carns Stephen Loan Barbara Saltarella Thomas DeLoughry Julius Archibald Kathy Reese Marcie Larson Anola Archibald Joni Lincoln Barbara Bruce Kathi Corwin Rebecca Naber* Rev. Alan Rhodes Sandra Houck Lisa Rood Timothy Mordaunt Silver Lake Institute (Conference elected Trustees) Rev. Nola Anderson Bishop Mark Webb Stephanie Deckard Henry David Riddell Rev. Janice McClary Rowell Rev. David Kofahl Rev. Abel Roy Rev. Theodore Anderson Rev. Rebekah Sweet Rev. Nancy Adams Rev. William Mudge Rev. Wayne Butler Rev. Rodney Jones Rev. Sherri Rood Rev. Steven Taylor Rev. Jeffrey McDowell James Blythe Rev. Richard Weihing

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Rev. David Masland David Little Carmen Vianese Lee Mount John Jackson


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Archives and History (Âś 641) Karen Staulters* Marjorie Summers Rev. James E. Barnes II* Catherine Doud Rev. Elizabeth Mowry Nancy Rutenber Adam Barnes Lee Flanders Rev. Jacob Denny Kenneth Summers

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Marcia Wickert Margaret Flanders Richard Ward Merle Doud Rev. James Lesch

Marcia Focht Joyce Ellis Gilbert Smith (emeritus) Raymond Leonard (emeritus)


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District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Jeannette Mann and Roger Ellis Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Rev. Philip Richards Allison Arnold* Rev. Patricia Molik Sylvia Dufford Rev. Scott Tyler Roger Ellis Nancy Dibelius Jeannette Mann Linda Campbell Crystal Martin Steven Page Ex-officio: Rev. William Mudge Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Edie Poland Rev. Heather Williams Rev. John Martin Elizabeth "Brooke" Conklin Rev. Scott Tyler Jeannette Mann Rev. Patricia Molik Ilah Sisson Walser Rev. Lawrence Lake Rev. Bonnie Bates Rev. William Mudge Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Harold Vance Rev. Patricia Molik Mary Lou Munger Thomas Albrecht

Ex-officio: Rev. William Mudge ALBANY DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Shirley Readdean Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Carol Bates Rev. W. Allen Delamater Deborah Byers David Heise Betsy Croft Ellen John Richard Johnson Shirley Readdean

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TBD (layman) TBD (clergy)

Rev. Cheol-Hee (Charlie) Yang

Ex-officio: Rev. Richard Weihing Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Margaret Blanco Rev. Steven M. Smith* Rev. Patricia Bush Rev. Jane Baker TBD (local church member) Rev. DeeAnne Lowman Rev. Edward A. Hackett, Jr. Rev. Sundar Samuel John "Jim" Kalas Rev. Richard Weihing Rev. Florence McKibben Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Daniel Baker Rev. John Greenough Shirley Stewart David Smith Laurel Westover

2018 Carl Valentine Rev. Carl Chamberlain Joyce Royal

Ex-officio: Rev. Richard Weihing BINGHAMTON DISTRICT Lay Leader (¶ 660) Drew Griffin Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Rev. Corey Turnpenney Rev. Mary Jean Simonin Rev. Douglas Clark Drew Griffin

Hudda Aswad* Eunice Kim Rev. Joyce Allen

Ex-officio: Rev. David Kofahl Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Janet Clark William Olmstead Rev. David Kofahl Rev. James Collins William Judd Linda Holly Rev. Ronald Wenzinger Rev. Hyun Joon Kim Rev. W. Lea Harding* David Black Rev. Michelle Bogue-Trost

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Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 TBD (clergy) Rev. Horace King Daniel Coleman John Conklin TBD (laywoman)

2018 Edward Gent Jeanne Iannone David Alexander

Ex-officio: Rev. David Kofahl CORNERSTONE DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Susan Hardy Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Darlene Golibersuch Sandra Cliver Arthur Mansfield Rev. Suzanne Block

Rev. Annette Puleff John Jackson Susan Hardy Rebecca Worth

Richard Preston Barbara Emory Robert Ebert

Ex-officio: Rev. Sherri Rood Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Kristen Allen Rev. William Allen* Susan Hardy Arthur Mansfield Rev. Nicholas Perry Rev. Suzanne Block

Rev. Timothy Gleason Rev. Gerald Piper Rev. Rodney Mileham Bert Dohl Rev. Matthew Golibersuch Rev. Sherri Rood

Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Rev. Dena Stevens Rev. Barbara Brewer Donald Christopherson Laura Corey Katherine Piper Mell Allen

2018 Rev.V. Warren Vandewark

Ex-officio: Rev. Sherri Rood CROSSROADS DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) TBD

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Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Rev. Roosevelt Baums Marcelline McLean Timothy Wilson Susan Ranous Rev. John Fulton Stephen Ranous Elyse Skiles TBD (district lay leader) Beth Drew Brad DeLans Donald Day Ex-officio: Rev. Nola Anderson Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Judy Alderman Rev. Caroline Simmons Rev. Russell Hall Rev. Kathleen Barden Sharon Bassett Rev. Joseph Kim

Robert Anderson Linda Snow Rev. Michaela St. Marie Rev. Nola Anderson Rev. Vivian Summerville

Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Rev. Mark Harrison Richard Barling Sally Dayger Lee Mount

2018 Rev. Steven Eddy Vito Sciscioli

Ex-officio: Rev. Nola Anderson FINGER LAKES DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Shafeegh Habeeb Committee On Superintendency (¶ 669) Dawn Dennis Diana Snyder Patricia Pierlioni Rev. Paul Winkleman Shafeegh Habeeb Rev. Jane Sautter Brian Ameele Rev. Diane Walker Lucina Hallagan David Mott William Hinderliter Ex-Officio: Rev. Jeffrey McDowell

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Committee On Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) William Hinderliter Rev. Jeffrey Losey Bradley Dates Rev. Hyun Joo Yang Rev. Jeffrey McDowell Rev. David Nichols Katharine Benton Rev. Manilla Owen Rev. Diane Walker Rev. Penni Farrington Diane Crouch Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Marilyn Wood Rev. Harold Wheat Grace Pugh Ronald Ramsden Carol Oswald

2018 Ronald Salyer Lucy Schram

Ex-Officio: Rev. Jeffrey McDowell GENESEE VALLEY DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Patricia VanVleck and Terry Norsen Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Janet Rothfuss Rev. Hoyt Brown* Terry Norsen Lauren Turner George Sanford Joyce Biek David Lane Rachel Hansen

Jeri Kober Orlando Medina Patricia VanVleck

Ex-officio: Rev. Theodore Anderson Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Wayne Mort Rev. David Hotchkiss Rev. Sinnathamby Thevanesan Rev. Margaret Scott Catherine Schmied Towsley Patricia Van Vleck Dennis Wake Rev. Hoyt Brown Rev. Theodore Anderson Rev. Susan Shafer Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Rev. Jacque Ruth Rev. David Hotchkiss Haines Lockhart Harold Milward E. Wayne Turnblom* Ann Justus

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Rev. Anne O'Connor* Rev. William Pegg (Registrar)

2018 Gary Prok Hugh Dudley Sharon Harris


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Ex-officio: Rev. Theodore Anderson MOHAWK DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Mark Adsit Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Frank Loan Brian Ethington Betty Youmans Stefanie Fellows (Youth Member) Leslie Ann Zulch Mark Jones Vi Rose Mark Adsit Reg Wilson Rev. Michael Smith Rev. Cindy Makarchuk Ex-officio: Rev. Abel Roy Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Kay Curtain TBD Rev. Brian Fellows Rev. Moon Ho Kim Rev. Martha Fischer TBD Rev. Denise Bowen Rev. Abel Roy Rev. James Fletcher William Prior Rev. Susan Walters Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Rev. Robert Wollaber Donna Geer Donald Hartshorn Rev. Robert Lindsay Jackie Tompkins Lorna Wilson

2018 Rev. Harold Beaudry Olive Trask Howard Simonin

Ex-officio: Rev. Abel Roy MOUNTAIN VIEW DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Elva Cornell and Robert Briggs Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Rev. Kevin Austin Ronald Salles Kathy Doty Arthur Thompson

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Rev. Gregory White Cathy Fortier Veronica Seeley Janet White

Patricia Gridley Elva Cornell Robert Briggs

Ex-officio: Rev. Nancy Adams Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Rhonda Kouterick Barbara Hurd Rev. Fred Kelsey Richard Hurd Rev. Gregory Desalvatore Rev. William Vallet Margaret Przybylski Rev. Alan Jones Rev. Nancy Adams TBD (local church member) Rev. Leanne Zeck Rev. Sheila Price Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Rev. Paul Rowley Rev. Mort Gridley Randy Rockwell Robert Briggs Sally Kersting

2018 Mark Flandreau Daniel Knopf Diane Albright

Ex-officio: Rev. Nancy Adams NIAGARA FRONTIER DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Jessica White Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Diane Thurlow Christopher Holoman* Jessica White Rev. Jackie Kraft Deborah Parise Rev. Gail Lewis Charles Syms Rev. Peter Levalley William Edmister Harold Skellen Benjamin Matta Ex-officio: Rev. K. Wayne Butler Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Matthew Farrell Mary Beth Wilson Rev. Kim Smith Sally Pollard Rev. K. Wayne Butler Rev. Sharon Schaus Jean Edmister Rev. Dorothea Schweitzer Rev. Karen Grinnell Rev. Alice Priset Gwen Hunt Rev. Youngjae Jee Rev. Mary Kelly* Rev. Wayne West

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Lee Ann Mandaville

Rev. Joan Zimmerman

Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Vergie Oettinger Rev. John Loeser Rev. Gregory L. Crispell Richard Davidson

2018 James Brown Rev. Cheryl Brown

Ex-officio: Rev. K. Wayne Butler NORTHERN FLOW DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶ 660) Brenda Shelmidine Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Rev. Helen Beck Brenda Shelmidine Rev. Bruce Chapman Bud Nichols Barbara Greene* Lori Buno-Taylor Rev. Mona Fargo David Weal Glenda Schuessler Carl Rose Ex-officio: Rev. Rebekah Sweet Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Rev. Rebekah Sweet Rev. David Hays Rev. Helen Beck* Sylvia Reimer Rev. Heather Stierheim Ronald Bretsch

William Lewis Rev. Frances Hemstreet Rev. David Piatt Rev. Mark Pierce Rev. Leon VanWie Rev. Brooke Newell

Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Rev. Earl Lalone Rev. Nancy Stanley John Webb David O'Neil Marian Opela Chris Dumas Ex-officio: Rev. Rebekah Sweet

2018 Rev. Francis Hemstreet John Frary

ONEONTA DISTRICT District Lay Leader (¶660) Anna Buell

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Committee on Superintendency (¶ 669) Rev. Mary Ann Linder Rose Bellen Michael Mccollough Richard Howard* Richard Hanson Sherry Mott

Anna Buell Nancy Funk Nancy Garrison Brian Hayes Rev. David Rockwell

Ex-officio: Rev. Janice McClary Rowell Committee on Ordained Ministry (¶ 666) Vicki Stoodley Nancy Cole Rev. Thomas Pullyblank* Rev. Pamela Mikel Hayes Rev. Fred Albright Rev. William Delia Rev. Diane Diluzio Rev. Janice McClary Rowell Rev. Nancy Hale Rev. George Gallandorm James Ives Church Location and Building (¶ 2519) 2016 2017 Rev. Barbara Ibarra Rev. Jeffrey Smith Joyce Miller Veleda Banta Kenneth Wiggins

2018 Rev. Brandilynne Craver Wendy Graves Al Kochersperger

Ex-officio: Rev. Janice McClary Rowell For Information Only

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Members of Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference Agencies Annual Conference Boundaries: Shirley Readdean Bishop: Mark J. Webb Chair Board of Laity: Scott Johnson Committee on Appeals: Scott Johnson

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Committee on Ordained Ministry: Rev. Matthew Stengel Rev. Holly Nye Courtesies: Blenda Smith Credentials: Rev. Cathy Hall Stengel Director of Connectional Ministries: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Episcopacy: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Stephanie Deckard Henry Examination of Annual Conference Minutes: Gregory Forrester Finance and Administration: Rev. Sherri Rood Korean American Mission: Rev. Cheol-Hee Yang Native American Ministries: Rev. Thomas White Wolf Fassett Richard Nephew Sharon Schmitt Rosalie Schotanus Susan Crawson-Brizzolara Kae Wilbert Program and Arrangements: Hudda Aswad Rules:

Julius Archibald

Sessions: Bishop Mark Webb Rev. Elizabeth Quick

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Julius Archibald Shirley Readdean Vision Table: Rev. William Gottschalk-Fielding Sharon Bassett Scott Johnson Volunteers in Mission: Donna and Roger Cullen Committee on Investigation: Rev. Natalie Hanson General Church Agencies Connectional Table: Rev. Darryl Barrow General Board of Church and Society: Rev. Elizabeth A. Quick Kurt Karandy General Board of Global Ministries: Carmen Vianese General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: Christine Doran Demetrio Beach General Commission on United Methodist Men: Edward Enstine Division on Ministries with Young People: Emily Allen National Council of Churches: Ronald Bretsch United Methodist Committee on Relief Assistant General Secretary for Disaster Response in the United States: Gregory Forrester

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United Methodist Publishing House: Rev. Heather Williams General Board of Global Ministries National Partner to the Church and Community Office: Commission on General Conference: Stephanie Deckard Henry

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS

Sixth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Clergy Session – 9:30 a.m.

The Clergy Session opened with the singing of And Are We Yet Alive. The Board of Ordained Ministry led worship. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb presided over Holy Communion. During communion, the Clergy Care Offering was taken. The Rev. Holly Nye moved the adoption of the Organizational Motion: As specified in The 2012 Book of Discipline ¶602: The clergy membership of an Annual Conference consists of deacons and elders in full connection, provisional members, associate members, affiliate members, and local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment to a pastoral charge. The following specifies voting privileges as identified in The 2012 Book of Discipline ¶602.1: a) Clergy members in full connection shall have the right to vote on all matters in the Annual Conference except in the election of lay delegates to the General and Jurisdictional or Central conferences and shall have sole responsibility for all matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy. b) Provisional clergy members shall have the right to vote in the Annual Conference on all matters except constitutional amendments and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy. c) Associate and affiliate clergy members shall have the right to vote in the Annual Conference on all matters except constitutional amendments, and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy. d) Full-time and part-time local pastors under appointment to a pastoral charge shall have the right to vote in the Annual Conference on all matters except constitutional amendments; and matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy. Further, we grant permission for Ashley Riddell (lay person on the staff of the Upper New York Conference Communications Ministry Area) and Christine Doran (lay person serving as Executive Assistant to the Bishop) to be in the session with voice but no vote. Adopted. The following are questions addressed at the Clergy Session: Q. 17. Are all clergy members of the Conference blameless in their life and official administration (¶604, 605.6)? The Rev. Sherri Rood answered on behalf of the Cabinet: “In almost every case, our clergy members are blameless in life and character. The performance of every ordained minister and local pastor has been reviewed by the Bishop and the Cabinet. Where there is concern or basis for grievance, it is being pursued with the knowledge of the member involved. Q. 18 a.) The Administrative Review Committee (¶636) Elders: The Rev. Joseph Kim, the Rev. Joyce Allen, the Rev. Michael Weeden; Alternates: The Rev. Jane Baker and the Rev. Cathy Stengel; Approved. b.) The Conference Relations Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry (¶635.1d): the Rev. Alice Priset approved as an alternate.

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c.) The Committee on Investigation (The 2008 BOD ¶2703) reinstated by Judicial Council on April 18, 2015. Elders: The Rev. Sung Ho Lee will replace the Rev. Jeffery McDowell; the Rev. Deborah O’ConnorSlater will replace the Rev. Allyson Ellis, who moved out of the area. Approved. Q. 19 c.) Who are the certified candidates – Add Dolly Waxman. Approved. Q. 20. Who have completed the studies for the license of a local pastor, are approved, but not now appointed? Add Sharon Schmit. Approved. Q. 21. a.) Full-time local pastor (¶318.1) add Pastor Cheryl Brown. b.) Part-time local pastors (¶318.2): Albany District: Alan Griffith (50 percent), Kathy Reese (25 percent); Niagara District: Remove Cheryl Brown (moved to 21a.); Mohawk District: Joan Dunn, add asterisk, 2015 M. Div.; Genesee Valley: Jeri Kober, add asterisk, 2014 completed Course of Study; Binghamton District: Susan Crawson-Brizzolara, add asterisk, 2014 M. Div.; Donna Taylor Martin, completed Course of Study 2014. Q. 22. Discontinued licensed local pastors – Add to list Dolly Waxman, May 26, 2015. Q. 25. Serving from other denominations – Approved. Q. 26 b.) Affiliate members without vote – the Rev. Tiffany Steinwert, New England. Affirmed. Q. 28. a.) Who are elected as provisional members? Provisional deacons were presented and voted upon by full members. Provisional deacons: Rebecca Naber – Yes; Carrie Wolfe – Yes b.) Provisional elders: Andy McClaren Anderson – Yes; Abigail Cady Browka – Yes; Gary Mark Kubitz – Yes; Penny Lee Lacy – Yes; Nancy O’Connor Raca – Yes; Chad Michael Sayers – Yes; Alison Elaine Schmied – Yes. The Bishop introduced those to be commissioned and they were received with cheering and applause by the clergy. All were affirmed. Q. 32. Who are elected as members in full connection? Elders: Emily Barner Huyge – Yes; Douglas Mackey, Jr. – Yes; Edith Aletta Poland – Yes; Geraldine Edith Rapino – Yes; Carlos Rosa-Laguer – Yes; Gregory P. Stierheim, Yes; Heather L. Stierheim, and Corey Anna Tarreto Turnpenny – Yes. The Bishop introduced those to be ordained, and they were received with cheering applause by the clergy. All were affirmed. Q. 38. Who have been received by transfer from other annual conferences of The United Methodist Church (¶347.1. 416.5, 635.2m)? Jeffery A. Seeley, FD – Susquehanna – July 30, 2014. Q. 44. Who has been granted the status of honorable location – retired (¶359.3): The Rev. Gail Ayers Eddy, the Rev. Dale Fryer, and Pastor Robert J. Peters. Q. 48. a.) What associate members have died during the year? Retired: Marian Thomas. c.) What elders have died during the year? The Rev. Daniel H. Berry, the Rev. Frederick H. Jackson, the Rev. Eric Roy King, the Rev. Arthur Andrews, the Rev. Arthur Melius, the Rev. Charles Hess III, the Rev. Joseph Fiske, the Rev. Richard Elliott, the Rev. Alice Hobbs, the Rev. Malcolm Howard, the Rev. L. Alden Smith, the Rev. Claude Corbett, the Rev. Jane Borden, the Rev. Billie Jean Melton, the Rev. Robert V. Smith, and the Rev. Victor Zaccaro.

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What elders on honorable location have died during the year? The Rev. David L. Franke and the Rev. Eric G. Blidberg. e.) What local pastors have died during the year? None. What retired local pastors have died during the year? Ruth Gray and Donald Turk. The Rev. Holly Nye prayed for those who died since last year’s Annual Conference session. Q52. Who have been granted medical leave due to medical or disabling conditions? (¶352) Only those needing a vote were named: The Rev. Mary Drake, the Rev. Roger Smith, and the Rev. Alan Delamater. Q53. What members in full connection have been retired? (¶358) Elders: The Rev. Larry Baird, the Rev. Patricia Brown, the Rev. Rene Carillo, the Rev. Virginia S. Deyo, the Rev. Craig French, the Rev. Helen Hadley, the Rev. Olu Harding, the Rev. Linda Harris, the Rev. Keith Haverkamp, the Rev. Alan Jagger, the Rev. Peter LeValley, the Rev. Douglas McGaughey, the Rev. David Meade, the Rev. Marion ColganMoore, the Rev. R. Brown Naik, the Rev. Sharon Marie Sauer, the Rev. Susan Shafer, the Rev. Lynn Spence, and the Rev. Diane Walker. Q54. What associate members have been retired? (¶358.3) William Palmer. Q56. Who have been recognized as retired local pastors? Carol Ames, Donald Briant, Ellen Knight, Raymond Lighthall, Stephen W. Loan, Edward Whited, Marilyn Wood, and Mark Erway. The Bishop introduced those who are retiring and noted that they represent a combined 860 years of ministry. They were received by the clergy with cheering and applause. Clergy were asked to affirm their retirement. They were affirmed. Q60. – 72. For information only. Q73. Who are approved for less than full-time service? Remove the Rev. Alice Priset and the Rev. Elizabeth Quick. Approved. Q74. For information only. Q75. – 76. For information only. Q77. What elders, associate members, and local pastors are appointed to extension ministries in the ensuing year? Action was needed on: c.) Other valid ministries – ¶344.1 d.) The Rev. Elizabeth Quick - Affirmed. Q78. Who are appointed as deacons for the ensuing year? a.b.c. – for information only Q79. – 80. No listing. Q81. Name changes: The following changed their named: Sandra Stoica legally changed her name to Sandra Hussey; Judy White legally changed her name to Judy White-Wunder; Penny L. Brink legally changed her name to Penny L. Lacy; Sheila Nichols legally changed her name to Sheila Paige.

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Q82. Where and when shall the next Annual Conference session be held? (¶603.2,3 - Clergy Session will be held at the OnCenter in Syracuse, N.Y. Annual Conference session will be held June 2-4, 2016 in Syracuse, N.Y. The Clergy Session was adjourned. 1:30 p.m. Opening Worship Worship opened with a call to worship, prayers and the singing of the hymn, Gather Us In. The Scripture reading was from Matthew 9:36-38, followed by the Bishop’s address: The Promise of Harvest. “I believe the Spirit of God is renewing and reviving the Church,” proclaimed Bishop Webb. “God’s promise of harvest is real. Who we are and who we are called to be is greater than how we sometimes act, behave and live.” Bishop Webb challenged the Conference to strategically lean into the promise of the harvest and to spiritually embrace the promise of the harvest. As worship came to a close, Bishop Webb invited the assembly to spend time in prayer. 3 p.m. Opening Plenary Bishop Webb called the sixth session of Annual Conference to order. He welcomed first-timers and called upon Conference veterans to help new attendees become familiar with the proceedings. Conference Secretary the Rev. Jeff Hodge explained the “bar of the Conference.” Bishop Webb explained the process for being recognized from the floor and time limits at the microphone. Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, Chancellor at Syracuse University (SU), was welcomed by Bishop Webb. Chancellor Syverud was joined at the podium by the Rev. Tiffany Steinwert, Dean at Hendricks Chapel, and the Rev. Colleen Preuninger, Ecumenical Chaplain at SU and Hendricks Chapel. The SU chancellor spoke of the deep connection with The United Methodist Church (Syracuse University was founded by the Genesee Conference in 1870) and thanked the Conference for its past and present support and looked forward to continued partnership. General Secretary Susan Crowe The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church & Society, greeted Conference members. She congratulated and thanked the Conference for its rich contributions to such social justice causes as the anti-slavery movement, racism, segregation, and women’s rights. General Secretary Crowe spoke of the many ministries that are part of GBCS’s daily work and shared a video clip from Living our Principles: Faith in Practice, a book and video series available from GBCS. Practice ballot Mark Fite, President and CEO at Option Technologies, explained the electronic voting process and led Conference voters in a practice session. The process for “writing in” a candidate was also explained. First ballot Bishop Webb prayed, then led the Conference in its first ballot. First the laity voted, followed by the clergy ballot.

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Human Sexuality Task Force Representatives from the Human Sexuality Task Force explained the proposed “Circle Conversations” to discuss the resolutions and petitions related to human sexuality and the voting process outlined as item #16 in the Organizational Motion. It is proposed that a single ballot be used for voting on the seven petitions and one resolution relating to human sexuality without further discussion, debate, or provision for amendment, tabling or referrals. The affected resolutions/petitions include: GC2016.3, GC2016.4, GC2016.5, GC2016.6, GC2016.8, GC2016.10, GC2016.11 and UNYAC2015.1. Organizational Motion Conference Secretary the Rev. Jeff Hodge made a motion to adopt the Organizational Motion. It was seconded. Ian Urriola, offered an amendment to rule #16: Add to the end of rule 16: “The Upper New York Annual Conference strongly urges participants in these Circle Conversations to refrain from wearing objects that indicate pre-existing stances, one way or the other, during this time so that a spirit of objectivity and openness may be attained during the process.” It was seconded. Amendment passed. Nelson Price, offered support of the Organizational Motion. He highlighted two features of the General Conference rules (which govern the rules of the Annual Conference), explaining that two-thirds of the body must approve ending debate and General Conference rule #15, which indicates that a standing count vote or written vote can be called for at any time by a delegate and approved by one-third of the body. The Rev. Steven Clunn, sought an amendment to the voting process outlined in rule #16 of the Organizational Motion: “Remove GC 2016.8 from the Circle Conversations.” Amendment failed to pass. The Rev. Jeff Childs, offered an amendment to clarify the language in line 42 of the Organizational Motion. It was called out of order. The Rev. Tim Gleason, called the question. The call of the question was supported. The Organizational Motion was adopted as amended. Consent calendar and agenda Bishop Webb indicated that there were two errors in the printed Consent Calendar. Item #10: Equitable Comp Report has action items and cannot be on the Consent Calendar. Item #44: Global Structure Taskforce is for information only and not intended to be on the Consent Calendar. Christine Doran, chair of the agenda committee, moved that the Consent Calendar and the agenda be approved as corrected. It was seconded. The Consent Calendar and the agenda were adopted. First ballot results Laity Ballot: One election. Dr. Scott Johnson (Conference Lay Leader) first layperson elected; received 269 votes, needed 239 to elect. Clergy ballot: No election. Second ballot Following a video prayer, laity voted for five delegates; clergy voted for six delegates.

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Episcopacy Committee Report The Rev. Rebecca Laird, Chair of the Episcopacy Committee, presented the committee’s report. She also welcomed Bishop Webb’s wife Jodi and sons Tyler and Ben, and presented them with a gift of flowers. Young Adult Ministries Report Ashley Riddell, chair of Young Adult Ministries, gave the committee’s report. Young Adult Ministries is open to all adults age 18-35. Young Adults Ministries will be leading opening worship on Thursday morning. Announcements Vicky Putney, Conference Director of Human Resources/Benefits, provided instructions for dinner. It was announced that Thursday is Bow Tie Day. Secretary Hodge explained that the nominating forms are in the packets and invited members to place completed forms in a box at the registration table with their nominations. He also announced collection totals from the Laity and Clergy sessions: $1,740 – Laity session: Laity care offering $3,299.41 – Clergy session: Clergy care offering Bishop Webb reminded attendees of the Act of Repentance Service at 7 p.m. The Rev. John Jackson led the dinner prayer. Adjourned until 7 p.m. Act of Repentance – 7 p.m. The Act of Repentance Service began with a Call to Repentance, led by the Rev. Thomas Pullybank and Blenda Smith, members of the Conference Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM). The message, entitled Spirituality: the Highest Form of Consciousness, was given by the Rev. Dr. Thom White Wolf Fassett, followed by the Responsive Confession led by Bishop Webb and the Rev. Rachel Morse. Sharon Schmit, member of CONAM, invited the Conference to take symbolic action in response to our confession, using a gray ribbon, representing the ashes of repentance. Attendees were invited to turn to a neighbor and help one another make a bracelet on the wrist. “This is not easily done alone. We need a partner, a reminder that the journey toward repentance requires relationship,” Schmit explained. “Notice the bracelet forms a circle, a reminder that all our brothers and sisters are part of the circle of life. Through our acts of repentance we begin our journey to complete the circle. At some time, I hope after Annual Conference session, you will need to remove the ribbon. As you break it, speak these words: ‘never again.’” Pray that never again will the circle be broken.” Bishop Webb presented the future, adapted from the Council of Bishop’s statement: On behalf of the Upper New York Conference, we will: • • • • •

Affirm our commitment to empowering the presence of Native and indigenous people in the life of the Conference. Support Native American Ministries Sunday in the Conference. Strengthen the Upper New York’s CONAM. Support general advances and church-wide funding for Native ministries. Commit ourselves to the development of new Native and indigenous ministries and strengthen our support for existing community entities.

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Commit to developing relationships of mutuality with Native peoples in local contexts. Continue to provide education for non-Native people about why the Act of Repentance is important.

In partnership with Native ministry leaders and resource people throughout the connection, the Upper New York Conference will support: • •

Developing new Native and indigenous leaders across the connection including an increased number of people nurtured for service in congregational, annual conference, Jurisdictional and Central Conference, and General Church ministries, including the episcopacy. Support General Church initiatives related to land and treaty rights, support for tribal sovereignty and cultural preservation; better health care and education for Native people and the safety of Native and indigenous women.

The service ended with the singing of Amazing Grace and the “blending of the waters,” with members of the Conference coming to the pool in the center of the assembly hall and pouring water from their church location. Hundreds of bottles of water were pouring and blending together in one pool. Bishop Webb offered the benediction.

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Sixth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference Thursday, May 28, 2015 Morning Plenary – 9:30 a.m.

Session monitoring Blenda Smith and Tom Blake, representing the Commission on Status and Role of Women (COSROW) and Commission on Religion and Race (CORR), reported on the demographic make-up of the members to the Annual Conference: 38 percent laywomen, 18 percent clergywomen, 25 percent clergymen and 19 percent laymen. At laity session, 43 percent of the speakers were laywomen. At clergy session, 52 percent of the speakers were clergywomen. On Wednesday afternoon, clergymen spoke the most (40 percent), followed by laywomen (30 percent). Voting on General and Jurisdictional delegates Mark Fite, President and CEO at Optic Technologies, provided an update on the electronic voting process. The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding made a motion that for the clergy ballot, the names listed on the screen be limited to the 72 people who received the most votes on the previous ballot. It was seconded. Several people spoke both for and against the motion. The Rev. Wilson Jones offered an amendment to display all clergy who received five votes or more, in order to elect as delegates for General Conference/Jurisdictional Conference. It received a second. The amendment is supported. Motion approved. Second ballot results Laity ballot: No election, Clergy ballot: No election. Third ballot Following prayers, laity voted for five delegates; clergy voted for six delegates. Prayers Bishop Webb introduced Tiffany Kelly, who one year ago was in a life-threatening accident, and he acknowledged the power of prayer. He also called on those gathered to continue to pray for those in Texas affected by the flooding. Board of Pension & Health Benefits The Rev. Steve Deckard, chair of the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits, presented the board’s report. He introduced and thanked Vicki Putney, Director of Human Resources/Benefits, who introduced and thanked the benefits team. Rev. Deckard moved the approval of recommendation #1: The 2016 Past Service Annuity Rate for pension payment to retired clergy of the Upper New York Conference is to be set at $612 per qualified service year prior to 1982. This is an increase of 2 percent over the 2015 rate in accordance with the board’s long term funding plan. Approved. Rev. Deckard moved the approval of recommendation #2: The Housing/Rental Exclusion, which designates 100 percent of the United Methodist pension, severance or disability income as housing exclusion in accordance with IRS Code Section 107, would be in effect for the year Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. Approved.

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Rev. Deckard also moved approval of the full report of the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits. Approved. Commission on Equitable Compensation The Rev. Wilson Jones, chair of the Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation, presented the commission’s report and recommendations. He moved the approval of recommendation #1: A minimum base salary, set according to credential for all full time clergy. Approved. Rev. Jones moved the approval of recommendation #2: That the minimum base salary for a clergy member in full connection be $39,200. Approved. Rev. Jones moved the approval of recommendation #3: Plus an additional amount for years of service based on the goal of attaining 1 percent of minimum salary per year of full-time equivalent service for up to 25 years: Full $276

Provisional $270

Associate $268

FLP w/MDiv $266

FLP $260

Per year of FTE service up to 19 years

Approved. Rev. Jones moved the approval of recommendation #4: Plus an additional $500 for each additional church on the pastoral charge (over one), not adjusted for part-time appointments. Approved. Rev. Jones moved the approval of recommendation #5: All churches are strongly encouraged to offer a gross salary increase of no less than the percentage increase in Conference Average Compensation (0.8 percent for 2016) in order to account for increases in the cost of living. Churches are encouraged to consider further raises based on exceptional service. Approved. Rev. Jones moved the following revisions to the Clergy Housing Policy: Page 32, lines 10 and 11: add “landline and/or cell”; page 32, line 17: replace “the” with “all”; page 32, lines 18/19: replace “both” with “if more than one” and “have” with “has”; page 32, line 25: add “and shared cost responsibilities”; page 32, line 42: add “Pastor’s primary”; page 32, lines 43 and 44 add: “and unencumbered windows, in accordance with Safe Sanctuary policies”; page 34, lines 6-8 add: “All parsonages shall be equipped with secure locks/deadbolts. If there are further safety concerns, the pastor and the church may wish to explore installing an alarm system”; on both page 34, lines 47-48, and on page 35, line 1-2: remove the word “reasonably” and add: “As soon as possible after a change of appointment is announced, the Trustees or Parsonage Committee shall inspect the parsonage for maintenance needs and damage caused by the outgoing residents, including damage caused by pets.”; Page 35, lines 2-7: remove “in either case” and replace with “if”, “is discovered”; remove “caused by the outgoing residents, including that caused by pets, shall be identified and”; add the word “it”; add “repair or pay for repairs of the damage when the pastor or family has allowed smoking within the parsonage, the cost of professional cleaning, and purchase of an air purifier if necessary, to remove smoke odor will be responsibility of pastor; page 35, line 22: add “The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits provides the following guidance”; page 35, line 22: remove “the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits requires that”; page 35, line 23, add “will”; page 35, lines 31 and 32: add “[Note: only the fair rental value of the occupied parsonage is reported by the clergy couple as part of self-employment income].”

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landline or cell”) Craigmile offered an amendment to page 35, line 5: amend to read “to repair or pay for the replacement of the damage”. The amendment was supported. Bishop Webb paused further discussion on the Commission on Equitable Compensation reports to take another ballot. Third ballot results Laity ballot: Two elections – Greg Forrester with 299 votes and Riley O’Flynn with 268 votes. There were 512 valid votes, 650 cast, and 257 required for election. Clergy ballot: 351 valid votes, 394 votes cast, and 177 required for election; No election. Fourth ballot Laity to elect three delegates. Heather Smith, laity, withdrew her name from the laity ballot. Clergy to elect six delegates. Personal privilege Bishop Webb used a moment of personal privilege to welcome Bill, a member of the stagehands union, who has worked at the OnCenter during the previous three Annual Conference sessions. Bill sported a bow tie in observance of “Bow Tie Day.” Return to the work of the Commission on Equitable Compensation Rev. Jones presented the proposed Moving Policy, found on pages 278-281 in the Pre-Conference Booklet, including “corrected language” on page 281, item 5, lines 24 and 25: replace the language: “in the Upper New York Conference (and four former conferences) with The United Methodist Church.” The Rev. Doug Mackey offered an amendment on line 7 page 279, adding at the end of line 7, “This process will re-start after a new appointment.” There was much discussion. The question was called on the amendment. The call of the question was supported. The amendment was supported. Bishop Webb paused further discussion on the Commission on Equitable Compensation reports to take a ballot. Fourth ballot results Laity: There is no election. There were 627 valid ballots, 669 ballots cast, and 315 required for an election. Clergy: The Rev. Bill Allen elected with 186 votes; 355 valid votes, 398 votes cast, and 179 were required for an election. Fifth ballot Laity to elect three delegates; clergy to elect five delegates. Prayer was offered before both ballots. Order of the Day – Resolutions and Petitions on Human Sexuality Rev. Gottschalk-Fielding explained the circle conversation process, which would take place during the afternoon session. He introduced the “makers” of the eight resolutions and petitions to be discussed and voted on. Each was given three minutes to speak. • • • •

UNYAC2015.1 – Resolution Concerning the General Conference and Homosexuality – The Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill; GC 2016.4 – Faithful Compromise Regarding Ordination – The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady; GC2016.5 – Faithful Compromise Regarding Same Sex Marriage – Rev. Cady; GC 2016.6 – Human Sexuality – Mary Jane Russell;

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GC 2016.8 – Disaffiliation Based on Conscience – The Rev. Merrill Bender; GC 2016.10 – Reconciliation – Julius Archibald GC 2016.11 – Removing Hurtful Language – The Rev. Stephen Heiss;

The Rev. Dr. Wilfredo Baez was sick and not able to present GC 2016.3 – Same Sex Marriage. Following some questions about the circle conversation process and announcements, the Rev. Becky Parry offered grace for lunch. Afternoon Plenary – 2 p.m. Bishop Webb opened the afternoon session in Exhibit Hall B and established the “bar of the Conference” in this temporary meeting space. Rev. Gottschalk-Fielding provided brief instructions for the circle conversation process. After 90 minutes of table conversations, Bishop Webb invited voting members who did not participate in the table conversations to enter the hall and sit within the voting bar. Voting members were given paper ballots and instructions. Prior to balloting, Bishop Webb prayed. After ballots were collected, members were given a brief recess. The remainder of the afternoon session would take place in Exhibit Hall A. When the afternoon sessions re-convened, Bishop Webb thanked the facilitators for the afternoon session. Greg Forrester, Assistant General Secretary for Domestic Programs & Disaster Response of the General Board of Global Ministries, spoke to the situation in Texas regarding the dam breaking. Many persons are involved in the flooding conditions. Forrester offered up prayer for the people. Fifth ballot results Laity: Two were elected – Carmen Vianese with 349 votes and Marthalyn Sweet with 323 votes. There were 662 votes cast, 617 valid votes, and 309 needed for an election. Clergy: There was no election. Sixth ballot Laity to elect one delegate for General Conference; Clergy to elect five delegates for General Conference. A prayer was offered before both ballots. Return to the work of the Commission on Equitable Compensation Discussion resumed on the updates to the Moving Policy. Several questions about costs and the changes to the escrow policy were addressed. The Rev. Jackie Kraft offered an amendment to line 5 on page 279: amending after the word will, the following: “set aside as designated funds $450 of the local church account to be held in escrow in a moving account to cover the local church/charge’s portion of the moving expense.” There was much discussion on the amendment. The question was called on the amendment. The call of the question was supported. The amendment was not supported. After additional discussion about the policy, the question was called. The call of the question to adopt the Commission on Equitable Compensation report with all of its changes, including to the Moving Policy, was supported. The report was adopted. Sixth ballot results Laity: There was no election. Clergy: There was one election: The Rev. Bill Mudge with 179 votes; there were 364 valid votes, 379 cast, and 174 needed for an election.

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Seventh ballot Laity to elect one delegate for General Conference; clergy to elect four delegates to General Conference. The Rev. Wayne Butler and the Rev. Christopher Wylie, clergy, asked to be removed from the ballot. Prayer was offered before both ballots. Order of the Day: Welcome the President at Iliff School of Theology The Rev. Dr. Tom Wolfe, President at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo., was welcomed by Bishop Webb. Rev. Wolfe is one of two presidents at United Methodist seminaries who have membership within the Upper New York Conference. The Rev. Dr. Wendy Deichmann, President at United Theological Seminary, in Dayton, Ohio, was unavailable and will be welcomed at a later session. Rev. Wolfe thanked the Conference for its ongoing support and provided an update about the seminary. Announcements were made. Rev. Gottschalk-Fielding announced that 40,000 meals were packaged during the Stop Hunger Now mission during lunch on Thursday. The Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. this evening. A dinner prayer was offered. Memorial Service – 7 p.m. The service began with the singing of the opening hymn: O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus, followed by a responsive Call to Worship, led by Lay Leader Dr. Scott Johnson. Bishop Webb offered “A Word to the Families,” followed by the singing of How Great Thou Art. The scripture reading for the evening was from Romans 8:28-39. The Rev. Susan Shafer, Senior Pastor at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester, offered the sermon: “Life is Eternal…Love is Immortal.” Following the “Affirmation of Faith,” the Revs. Abel Roy and Nola Anderson led the “Naming of the Saints.” As names of those who died in the past year were read, the bell tolled, and a district superintendent lit a candle. Friends and families were invited to stand with the reading of the name; and a youth representative presented each family a hand-blown glass pumpkin symbolizing the fruit born from the ministry of the deceased. The Saints Clergy Spouses Barbara Brockway Evelyn Young Nelson Dean Kathleen Mihaly Marjorie Greenfield Ellen Stanton Reta Karan Harry Maines Ruth Wait

Jan. 12, 2014 Feb. 13, 2014 May 28, 2014 Aug. 11, 2014 Sept. 15, 2014 Oct. 19, 2014 Nov. 1, 2014 Nov. 15, 2014 Dec. 8, 2014

Patricia Arnold Wilma Burt

Dec. 17, 2014 Dec. 20, 2014

Ashton Bruce Cornell Barbara Vollmer Ireta Beeghly Roma Marie Gould

Dec. 26, 2014 Dec. 30, 2014 Jan. 26, 2015 Jan. 27, 2015

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Nancy Vanloon Beverly Boston Ramona Andrews

Feb. 5, 2015 Feb. 9, 2015 Feb. 17, 2015

Deborah Campbell Jane Babcock Joan Kirk Louise Rees Frances Ackley John Poorman Florence Benton George D. Vineyard

Feb. 24, 2015 March 6, 2015 March 7, 2015 March 29, 2015 April 3, 2015 April 5, 2015 April 6, 2015 April 13, 2015 Clergy

Margaret “Mari� Rockwell David L. Franke Ruth Gray Daniel H. Berry Eric Blidberg Frederick H. Jackson Eric Roy King Arthur H. Andrews Arthur Melius Charles Hess III Joseph Fiske Richard Elliott Alice Hobbs Marian Thomas Malcolm Howard L. Alden Smith Claude Corbett Jane Borden Robert V. Smith Billie Jean Melton Donald H. Turk Victor Zaccaro

June 25 2014 July 5, 2014 July 9, 2014 July 26, 2014 July 30, 2014 Aug. 20, 2014 Sept. 16, 2014 Sept. 30, 2014 Oct. 2, 2014 Oct. 24, 2014 Oct. 26, 2014 Nov. 6, 2014 Dec. 2, 2014 Dec. 12, 2014 Dec. 13, 2014 Dec. 19, 2014 Jan. 14, 2015 Jan. 15, 2015 Feb. 12, 2015 Feb. 13, 2015 March 4, 2015 March 18, 2015

Lay members to the Conference Dr. Johnson led the naming of lay members to the Conference who had died since the last Annual Conference session. Bishop Webb presided over The Great Thanksgiving and Holy Communion was shared. The closing hymn was We Cannot Measure How You Heal, followed by a Sending Forth from the Bishop.

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Sixth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference Friday, May 29 Morning Plenary – 9:30 a.m.

The session opened with the reading of several prayer concerns by Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb. The Rev. Darryl Barrow offered a prayer. Bishop Webb announced that 120 flood buckets and more than 50 other relief kits were received during yesterday’s sessions. Session monitoring Blenda Smith (laity) and Tom Blake (laity), representing the Conference’s Commission on Status and Role of Women (COSROW) and Commission on Religion and Race (CORR), again reported on the demographic make-up of the members to Annual Conference: 38 percent laywomen, 18 percent clergy women, 25 percent clergy men, and 19 percent laymen. Smith noted that when the Conference organizes worship and other presentations, there is much diversity – nearly 50 percent, but that same diversity does not show up in participation from the floor. Results of voting on human sexuality petitions and resolutions Bishop Webb thanked Conference members for their participation in the table conversations yesterday afternoon. He reminded the body that those General Conference petitions and resolutions that gained the support of the Conference will be sent to General Conference for consideration. Those not supported will not be forwarded by the Conference. The authors of resolutions that were not supported may submit them on their own. Bishop Webb noted that the ballot results would be shown on the screen and instructed the body not to respond to the results, but to look at them prayerfully. The paper results were as follows: • • • • • • • •

GC2016.3 – Same Sex Marriage – Support: 692, Do Not Support: 493; Supported. GC2016.4 – A Faithful Compromise – Support: 745, Do Not Support: 444; Supported. GC2016.5 – A Faithful Compromise – Support: 743, Do Not Support: 438; Supported. GC2016.6 – Human Sexuality – Support: 754, Do Not Support: 403; Supported. GC2016.8 – Disaffiliation for Reason of Conscience – Support: 337, Do Not Support: 841; Not Supported. GC2016.10 – Reconciliation – Support: 721, Do Not Support – 440; Supported. GC2016.11 – Removing Hurtful Language – Support: 862, Do Not Support: 326; Supported. UNYAC2015.1 – Resolution Concerning the General Conference – Support: 751, Do Not Support: 414; Supported.

Seventh ballot results Laity Ballot: One election: Blenda Smith with 313 votes. There were 619 valid votes; 319 ballots cast; 311 were needed for an election. This completes the laity election of delegates to General Conference. Clergy ballot: There was no election. First laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference Bishop Webb announced that the first two laypersons elected to Jurisdictional Conference will serve as alternates to General Conference. Laity will vote for eight people: six delegates to Jurisdictional Conference and two alternates to Jurisdictional Conference. Heather Smith asked to be placed on the ballot. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken.

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Coffee auctioned to benefit Africa 360 Three cups of coffee were brought to Bishop Webb. Rather than drink all three, he offered the two cups to the highest bidder to benefit Africa 360. The first cup sold for $100; the second for $200, both to the Rev. Pamela Klotzbach (clergy). Declaring that he liked coffee, but he loved Africa 360 more, Bishop Webb auctioned the third cup of coffee for $500. The Rev. Meredith Vanderminden (clergy) purchased the third cup. A total of $800 was received for Africa 360. Eighth clergy ballot Clergy are electing four persons to General Conference. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. Conference Board of Trustees Pastor John Jackson (clergy), Chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, presented the board’s report. He introduced and thanked the members of the board and also recognized the Rev. Tom Clemow, consultant, and Scott DelConte, Conference Chancellor, for the work they do with the board. Jackson moved the adoption of the resolution entitled: Defense and Indemnification of Conference Trustees and Officers (p. 41 pre-conference booklet): Therefore be it resolved, that to the fullest extent permitted by law, the Conference will indemnify its trustees, officers, and members of all other Conference boards and agencies created and organized pursuant to Paragraphs 601 through 672 of The Book of Discipline (such individuals hereinafter collectively referred to as “Conference Fiduciaries”) from criminal and civil liability, including the payment of defense costs and will maintain adequate insurance to provide this defense and indemnification; and Therefore be it further resolved, that Conference Fiduciaries shall not be personally liable to the Conference for monetary damages because of their breach of duty as trustees, officers, or other representative capacity unless such liability is based upon a judgment or other final adjudication adverse to the Conference Fiduciary that establishes:(i) that the act or omission of the subject individual was in bad faith or involved intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of the law;(ii) that the Conference Fiduciary personally gained a financial profit or other advantage to which the trustee or officer was not legally entitled; or (iii) that the act or omission of the Conference Fiduciary knowingly violated the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law; and Therefore be it further resolved, that if the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law or other statute is amended to authorize further limitation or elimination of liability of Conference Fiduciaries, then that limitation or elimination of personal liability established by this resolution shall be further expanded to the fullest extent permitted by the amended law. It was seconded. Adopted. New Conference Center Jackson provided an update on the negotiations for the new Conference Center at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool. He reported that the trustees’ due diligence had revealed a number of unacceptable structural and environmental concerns, none of which could have been known at the time of the special session. Based on the estimated costs to remedy these conditions, mostly the environmental discrepancies, the trustees offered to purchase the property at a reduced price. At first, this offer was not accepted. Since that time, an oral agreement has been reached.

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There were several questions and much discussion about this matter. Conversation centered on an email sent by the Rev. Dr. Robert Hill to the Conference Center Committee Chair the Rev. Dr. Wendy Deichmann. That email included observations and information helpful to the committee. Kayti Dean (laity) suggested that the rules be suspended so that the email could be shared in its entirety with the body. It was agreed that the information contained within the email was adequately shared with the body and that the suspension of rules was not necessary. Jackson assured the body that the trustees would continue to provide updates as progress continues on the new Conference Center. Bishop Webb thanked the trustees for its work on securing a new Conference Center. The trustees report was paused to take another ballot for General and Jurisdictional conference delegates. First laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference results There were seven elections: Ian Urriola, 394 votes; J.J. Warren, 345 votes; Ashley Riddell, 302 votes; Julius Archibald, 293 votes; Laurel O’Connor, 280 votes; Shirley Readdean, 277 votes; and Suzanne Allen, 275 votes. There were 549 valid votes, 664 votes cast, and 275 needed to elect. Ian Urriola and J.J. Warren will serve as alternates to General Conference. Suzanne Allen will serve as an alternate to Jurisdictional Conference. Second laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference The laity is electing one person to serve as an alternate to Jurisdictional Conference. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. Eighth clergy ballot results One election: The Rev. Colleen Preuninger. There were 338 valid ballots, 379 votes cast, and 169 required for election. Ninth clergy ballot The Rev. Tom Kraft (clergy) moved that upon election of the General Conference clergy delegates, one more clergy ballot will be taken and the top eight vote-receivers will become our clergy jurisdictional delegation. It was seconded. There was much discussion on the motion, with speeches both for and against the measure. The Rev. Jane Baker (clergy) offered the following amendment: Following the election of the first two jurisdictional delegates the next clergy ballot will be the last clergy ballot taken, and the top six votereceivers will become our clergy jurisdictional delegates and alternates. It was seconded. After much discussion, the Rev. Rebecca Laird (clergy) called the question on all matters before the body. The call of the question was supported. The amendment was approved. The motion was adopted. The clergy is electing three persons to General Conference. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. Discontinued and abandoned churches The report of the trustees resumed. The following churches were recognized for discontinuance as United Methodist churches:

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Albany District: Broadway, Hagaman Northern Flow District: Buckton Oneonta District: Coventry, Union Valley Genesee Valley District: North Gainesville, Fowlerville Crossroads District: Solvay, Granby Center, Syracuse: Rockefeller, Erieville

The following church was recognized as abandoned: •

Crossroads District: Delphi Falls United Church

The Rev. Darryl Barrow offered a prayer. Bishop Webb spoke of the legacy of faith that each church represents and asked for the body to affirm the discontinuances as presented. Affirmed. Election of trustees Election of members to the Conference Board of Trustees was conducted by paper ballot, as required by the State of New York. The following were eligible to be elected: the Rev. Richard Barling, class of 2017; the Rev. Barbara Brewer, class of 2017; Howard Simonin, class of 2017; Peter Abdella, class of 2019; and Christopher McNinch, class of 2019. The trustees report was presented for adoption. Adopted. Chancellor Scott DelConte was welcomed and thanked. Bishop Webb also thanked the trustees for their dedication and hard work. Second laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference results There was no election. There were 636 valid ballots, 636 votes cast, and 319 were required for an election. Third laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference The laity is electing one person to serve as an alternate to Jurisdictional Conference. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. Ninth clergy ballot results One election: The Rev. Rebekah Sweet. There were 365 valid ballots, 380 votes cast, and 183 votes required for an election. Tenth clergy ballot The clergy is electing two persons to General Conference. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. The Leadership Team report (Joint report of Conference Lay Leader, Conference Leadership Team and the Cabinet) A multi-media presentation: “The most important role of the Conference is to increase leadership capacity by recruiting, training, equipping, and deploying clergy and laity to lead our congregation to joyfully and faithfully live out our purpose”.

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Announcements A total of 75,168 meals were packaged for Stop Hunger Now during this Annual Conference session. Prayer: Ariel Gold and her son Elijah, Jewish voices for peace, speakers at tonight’s Palestinian dinner, were introduced. Elijah offered the luncheon prayer. Afternoon Plenary – 2 p.m. Black College Fund This year’s representative for the Black College Fund, Nicolas Pettye, greeted Conference members. He thanked them for their support of the Black College Fund and encouraged the Conference to increase its giving to 100 percent. Third laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference results There is no election. There were 644 valid ballots, 644 ballots cast, and 323 votes were required for an election. Fourth laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference Laity is electing one person to serve as an alternate to Jurisdictional Conference. Christine Doran (laity) asked to have her name removed from the ballot. Tenth clergy ballot results There is no election. There were 358 valid ballots, 371 votes cast, and 179 votes were required for an election. Eleventh clergy ballot The clergy is electing two persons to General Conference. Prayer was offered before a ballot was taken. Nominations and Leadership Development report Jenna Amberge (laity), Chair of the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee, presented the report. Amberge moved the following nominations to fill vacancies or begin new terms: Trustees were elected by paper ballot earlier in the session. •

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The Judicial Council reinstated the Committee on Investigation on April 18, 2015, effective immediately. The committee, elected in 2012 for the quadrennium, was reinstated with the addition of the Rev. Sung Ho Lee, elder, and the Rev. Deborah O’Connor-Slater, elder. In addition to Rev. Lee and Rev. O’Connor-Slater, the committee includes: 1. Elders: The Rev. Arthur Dolch and the Rev. Teressa Sivers 2. Professing members: Robert Briggs, Helen Johnson, and Dorothy Brownlow 3. Alternate members: The Rev. Beth Bouwens, the Rev. Patricia Olmstead, and the Rev. Frederick Albrecht 4. Alternate professing members: Sandra Holcombe, Christopher Holoman, and Sandra Allen Silver Lake Institute: First terms: Pastor John Jackson, Stephanie Deckard Henry, Carmen Vianese, and David Little Nominations: Lynette Cole, class of 2016; Cheryl Babcock, class of 2018 Commission on Equitable Compensation: The Rev. Peggi Eller and Paula Kuempel, class of 2018

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Board of Pension & Health Benefits: Dr. Grace Holmes, class of 2020 Global Ministries: John Church, youth member, and Ellegra Nier, youth member, class of 2016 College Ministry Team: The Rev. Nicholas Preuninger, Leslie Kintner, Eunice Kim, the Rev. Allison Schmied, and the Rev. Paul Reed Social Holiness Team: David Whitlock and Hector Rivera, class of 2016 Board of Laity: At-large members: Blenda Smith and Deborah Kline;

Approved/Elected. Amberge moved the following nominations on the district committees: • •

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Adirondack District: Committee on Superintendency – Nancy Dibelius, the Rev. Philip Richards; Committee on Ordained Ministry: The Rev. Edie Poland, the Rev. Bonnie Bates, the Rev. Lawrence Lake, the Rev. Patricia Molik Albany District: Committee on Superintendency – David Heise, Ellen John, Richard Johnson, and the Rev. Cheol-Hee (Charlie) Yang; Committee on Ordained Ministry – The Rev. Sundar Samuel; Church Location & Building – Daniel Baker and Shirley Stewart, class of 2016; the Rev. John Greenough and David Smith, class of 2017; Carl Valentine and the Rev. Carl Chamberlain, class of 2018; Binghamton District: Committee on Superintendency – The Rev. Corey Turnpenny, Eunice Kim, and the Rev. Joyce Adams, remove the Rev. Daniel Martin; Committee on Ordained Ministry – The Rev. Timothy Middleton, the Rev. Michelle Bogue-Trost, and the Rev. Thomas Easttey; Church Location & Building – John Conklin (2017), Jeanne Lannone (2018), and David Alexander (2018); Cornerstone District: Committee on Superintendency – The Rev. Annette Puleff and Robert Ebert; Church Location & Building – The Rev. Barbara Brewer (2017) and the Rev. V. Warren Vandewark (2018); Crossroads District: Committee on Ordained Ministry – The Rev. Vivian Summerville; Church Location & Building – The Rev. Mark Harrison (2016); Finger Lakes District: District Lay Leader – Shafeegh Habeeb; Committee on Superintendency – The Rev. Paul Winkleman, Lucinda Hallagan, and William Hinderliter; Committee on Ordained Ministry – Diane Crouch and the Rev. Hyun Joo Yang; Church Location & Building – The Rev. Harold Wheat; Genesee Valley: Committee on Superintendency – David Lane and Joyce Biek; Church Location & Building – The Rev. Jaque Ruth, class of 2016; Ann Justus, class of 2017 Mohawk District: Committee on Superintendency – The Rev. Cindy Makarchuk; Committee on Ordained Ministry – Kay Curtain, the Rev. Denise Bowen, the Rev. James Fletcher, the Rev. Susan Walters, and William Prior Mountain View District: District Lay Leader – Add Elva Cornell and Robert Briggs; Committee on Superintendency – The Rev. Kevin Austin, Cathy Fortier, and Ronald Salles; Committee on Ordained Ministry – Richard Hurd and the Rev. Sheila Price; Church Location and Building – Robert Briggs, class of 2017 Niagara Frontier District: Committee on Superintendency – Deborah Parise, Charles Syms, the Rev. Gail Lewis, and the Rev. Peter LeValley; Committee on Ordained Ministry – Gwen Hunt; Church Location and Building – James Brown, class of 2018; Northern Flow District: District Lay Leader – Brenda Shelmidine; Committee on Ordained Ministry – The Rev. David Hays, the Rev. Heather Stierheim, and the Rev. Brooke Newell

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Oneonta District: Committee on Superintendency – Richard Hanson, Sherry Mott, Brian Hayes, and the Rev. David Rockwell; Committee on Ordained Ministry – The Rev. Fred Albright and James Ives; Church Location & Building – Al Kochersperger, class of 2018

Approved/elected. Amberge noted that nominations from the floor are accepted by form to be submitted at the registration desk or secretary’s table. She moved the adoption of the full report. Adopted. Fourth laity ballot for Jurisdictional Conference results There is one election: Hudda Aswad. There were 589 valid ballots, 589 votes cast, and 295 required for an election. Bishop Webb congratulated all of the laity who were elected and the laity for participating in the election of delegates. Voting of laity is complete. Eleventh clergy ballot results There is no election. There were 330 valid ballots, 337 votes cast, and 166 required for an election. Twelfth clergy ballot Clergy are voting for two delegates to General Conference. The Rev. Stephen Cady (clergy) asked to have his name removed from the ballot. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. Council on Finance and Administration The Rev. Larry Lake, President of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, presented the proposed 2016 Ministry Share Budget. The 2016 budget totals $10,079,236, compared to the 2015 budget of $10,340,438, a decrease of $261,202 (-2.5 percent from 2015). Rev. Lake announced that 62 percent (564 of 904) of the churches in Conference paid 100 percent of their 2014 ministry shares; 130 paid little or no shares. The Conference only paid 59 percent of ministry shares to General Conference last year. Rev. Lake presented the budget and moved its adoption. The Rev. Jack Keating (clergy) proposed the following amendment: (a) Remove $50,000 from line 61 District Operations (b) Remove 50,000 from line 74 labeled operations of Director of Communications (c) Add $100,000 to line 25 New Faith Communities It was seconded. There was much discussion on the amendment and the impact the proposed changes would have on on-going and planned ministries. The Rev. Ann Hicks (clergy) called the question on the amendment. The call of question was approved. Amendment not supported. There was additional discussion on the proposed budget, with speeches both for and against its adoption. Adopted. Rev. Lake moved the adoption of the full report of Council on Finance and Administration. The Rev. Robert Long (clergy) made a motion that the dollar figure for total Conference connectional ministries, line 82 and Total General and Conference Ministries, line 84 column three title salaries, wages, and housing allowance be frozen in succeeding years. Bishop Webb ruled it out of order. The report is adopted.

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United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio Bishop Webb welcomed the Rev. Dr. Wendy Deichmann, President at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Rev. Deichmann spoke of the challenges and opportunities facing seminaries and churches. She noted that seven years ago, the seminary was struggling and declining; and last month, UTS was recognized as the second largest of the 12 fastest-growing seminaries in North America. Twelfth clergy ballot results There are two elections: The Rev. Thom White Wolf Fassett, 194 votes; the Rev. John Martin, 188 votes. There were 338 valid ballots, 353 votes cast, and 170 required for an election. First clergy ballot for Jurisdictional Conference The clergy are voting for eight people. The first two elected are alternates to General Conference; the last two elected are alternates to Jurisdictional Conference. The Rev. Tim Middleton (clergy) made a motion that only those who received five or more votes will have their names appear on the screen. It was seconded. Approved. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. Resolutions & Petitions Hudda Aswad (laity), chair of the Resolutions & Petition Committee, presented the resolutions of the Annual Conference and the petitions to General Conference. Petitions approved for General Conference will be sent to General Conference from and with the endorsement of the Annual Conference; petitions not supported can still be sent by the original petitioner to General Conference without the Conference’s endorsement. Upper New York resolutions will be presented first. UNYAC2015.1: Resolution Concerning the General Conference and Human Sexuality was approved on Thursday. UNYAC2015.2: Change to the Rules of Order was withdrawn. UNYAC2015.3: Support a Fair Minimum Wage for New York State Aswad presented UNYAC2015.3: Support a Fair Minimum Wage for New York State: Therefore be it resolved that this session of Upper New York Annual Conference join with the LaborReligion coalition, Hunger Action Network of New York State, and other organizations in calling for a minimum of $15 per hour indexed to inflation and elimination of sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. There was much discussion, with debate for and against. Linda Campbell (laity) called the question. The call of the question was supported. Resolution not adopted. Stephanie Henry (laity) moved that rules be suspended to limit debate to three speakers for and three speakers against a motion. This motion was seconded. It was supported. First clergy ballot for Jurisdictional Conference results There is no election. There were 264 valid votes, 317 ballots cast, and 132 needed for an election. Second clergy ballot to Jurisdictional Conference The Rev. Ted Anderson (clergy) asked to have his name removed from the ballot. Clergy are voting for eight persons to be delegates to Jurisdictional Conference. A prayer was offered before the ballot was cast.

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Prayer and dismissal for dinner Tracy Adams (laity) offered the prayer before dinner. Evening plenary will begin 10 minutes after the conclusion of the Celebration of Ministry worship service. Celebration of Ministry – 7 p.m. The Celebration of Ministry opened with the singing of a medley that included This Little Light of Mine, I’ll Fly Away and Every Time I Feel the Spirit. The invocation included a call to bless all those who serve the Church in all and every capacity. The Rev. Matt Stengel, co-chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, presented several of this year’s retirees. The Rev. Pamela Carey and the Rev. Leon Van Wie, members of the Board of Ordained Ministry, presented the candidates to be commissioned to perform the duties of the Ministry of Elder: Andy McClaren Anderson, Abigail Cady Browka, Gary Mark Kubitz, Penny Lee Lacy, Nancy O’Connor Raca, Chad Michael Sayers, and Alison Elaine Schmied; and commissioned to perform the duties of Ministry of Deacon: Rebecca Lynn Naber and Carrie Sturtevant Wolfe. The Rev. Sung Ho Lee and the Rev. Sheila Price, members of the Board of Ordained Ministry, presented the candidates for ordination: Emily Barner Huyge, Douglas P. Mackey Jr., Edith Aletta Poland, Geraldine Edith Rapino, Carlos Rosa-Laguer, Gregory P. Stierheim, Heather L. Stierheim, and Corey Anna Tarreto Turnpenny. Bishop Webb, the New England Conference’s Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar – who was the Bible study leader at the Annual Conferece session – and Dr. Scott Johnson asked the historic questions to those who are to be ordained. The congregation responded by singing Halle, Halle, Hallelujah. The Rev. Holly Nye, co-chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, presented several of this year’s retirees. Pastor Sean Chanthasone and the Rev. Carmen Perry, members of the Board of Ordained Ministry, recognized those who serve in extension ministries. The congregation responded by singing Jesus Loves Me. Pastor Angela Stewart and the Rev. Michelle Bogue-Trost, registrar for the Board of Ordained Ministry, recognized those receiving a local pastor’s license. An offering was collected for Mission of Peace. The Rev. Matt Stengel, co-Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, presented some of the retirees. Helen St. Louis and Denise Walling, lay members on the Board of Ordained Ministry, recognized those newly certified in a specialized ministry. The congregation responded by singing O How I Love Jesus. The Rev. Holly Nye, co-Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, presented some of the retirees. The One Matters Award was presented by Rev. Mary Haggard of The UMC’s Discipleship Ministries to

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Rev. Turnpenny, pastor at the Whitney Point UMC. The 2015 Harry Denman Evangelism Award was presented by 2014 recipient Mary Bradley (laity) to the Rev. David Martin (clergy), pastor at Hope UMC in Troy, and Virgia Phoenix (laity), a member at the First UMC in Schenectady. A closing liturgy celebrated all of the ministries of the church and beyond the church, followed by the closing hymn Pass It On. Bishop Webb offered the benediction. The evening plenary was cancelled.

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Sixth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference Saturday, May 30 Morning Plenary – 9 a.m.

Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb opened morning plenary by welcoming Hudda Aswad, Chair of Petitions & Resolutions, to continue presentation and debate of the resolutions and petitions. Adjustments to agenda The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding made a motion that all UNYAC resolutions and General Conference petitions not dealt with during the session be referred to the leadership teams. It was seconded. There was discussion for and against the motion. The Rev. Nancy Stanley (clergy) offered an amendment, deleting “all UNYAC resolutions” from the motion. It was seconded. With this amendment, Conference resolutions would be dealt with first. The amendment was not supported. The Rev. Steve Clunn (clergy) offered a second amendment to the original motion: “I move that as an act of this, the sixth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, that all unresolved resolutions and petitions for General Conference and the UNYAC be placed on a ballot for yes or no votes and mailed to each Conference member by June 30. Each ballot must be signed by the delegate/member and returned to the secretary of the Annual Conference by July 17. The results of the votes will be posted on the Conference website by Aug. 7 and entered in to official record of the sixth session of the Annual Conference. It was seconded.” Rev. Gottschalk-Fielding agreed that it was “in the spirit” of his original motion. After much discussion, both for and against the amendment, Elliott Lawrence called the question on all that is before the body. Amendment is supported. Amended motion is adopted. Suspension of rules Matthew Williams moved that rules be suspended to allow the following: 1. Debate for each petition and resolution be limited to one speech for and one speech against; and that each of these speeches be granted a maximum of two minutes. 2. Submitter of the resolution or petition under consideration be granted two minutes to speak prior to debate and one minute post debate. The submitter shall be in addition to the speeches for and against. 3. An individual be permitted to speak to only one of the resolutions or petitions before us. 4. An intentional moment of silent prayerful reflection prior to the vote being taken for the resolution or petition. It was seconded. Suspension of the rules requires support of two-thirds of the voting body. Supported. Request for Parliamentary Ruling Pastor Ben O’Connor (clergy) asked for a parliamentary ruling. He suggested that not adopting resolution UNYAC2015.3: Support a Fair Minimum Wage for New York State may be out of order; and in conflict with ¶163 of the Social Principles of the UM Book of Discipline: Economic Community: E. Poverty, specifically the section that pertains to employment and wages:

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“As a church we are called to support the poor and challenge the rich. To begin to alleviate poverty, we support such policies as: adequate income maintenance, quality education, decent housing, job training, meaningful employment opportunities, adequate medical and hospital care, humanization and radical revisions of welfare programs, work for conflict areas and efforts to protect creation’s integrity. Since low wages are often a cause of poverty, employers should pay their employees a wage that does not require them to depend upon government subsidies such as food stamps or welfare for their livelihood.” Bishop Webb requested a few minutes to consider a parliamentary ruling on this. UNYAC2015.4: Location for Annual Conference Session Therefore, be it resolved, that beginning with the UNY Annual Conference session 2017, UNY Annual Conference sessions will be held in odd years in Syracuse and in even years within the Albany, Buffalo, or Rochester regions, i.e.: Syracuse/Albany/Syracuse/Buffalo or Rochester (or other regions if proven possible). Virgia Phoenix and the Rev. Robert Long, sponsors of this resolution, explained that the motion is intended to “move into each other’s regions” and get to know each other better. Vicki Putney, Conference Director of Human Resources and Benefits, explained that it is estimated that moving the Conference outside of the Syracuse region would cost an additional $35,000 at a minimum to pay for travel and lodging for staff who live in the Syracuse area. There was discussion for and against the measure. Rev. Long offered a closing argument in favor of the resolution. Time was spent in silent prayer. Motion not adopted. UNYAC 2015.5: New Faith Community Lay Representation at Annual Conference was withdrawn. UNYAC2015.6: Income Inequality Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference Committee on Social Holiness be directed to prepare and send letters on behalf of the Upper New York Annual Conference to state and federal legislators who represent districts within the Conference boundaries, conveying our support for such legislation with appropriate rationales, and Be it further resolved, that the Conference Board of Trustees, local church boards of trustees, and church members who hold corporate stock be encouraged to vote their proxies against executive pay plans that far exceed human needs and to write boards of directors of any mutual funds they own urging similar action. Val Gray presented the resolution. After some discussion, Dr. Ron Bretsch moved to refer to the Social Holiness Team. It was seconded. The motion to refer to the Social Holiness Team was supported. UNYAC 2015.7: Creation of Bridging Team Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference Leadership Team will create a bridge team that would seek to create civil discussion around divisive issues such as authority of the Bible, human sexuality, marriage, ordination, and Israel Palestine (implement the fall of 2015). Pastor Jennifer Piatt offered the following amendment: put a period at the end of divisive issues and delete the line: “such as authority of the Bible, human sexuality, marriage, ordination, and Israel Palestine.” Amendment not supported. Rev. Robert Sherburne offered the following amendment: Replace fall of 2015 with fall of 2016. Amendment not supported.

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The Rev. Stephen Andrews offered the following amendment: Add “by the entire Conference” between “divisive issues” and “such as…” Amendment supported. The Rev. Steve Deckard made a motion to refer to the Conference Leadership Team. Motion to refer not supported. Linda Fredenburg offered the following amendment: Change “Implement by fall of 2015 to spring of 2016” Amendment not supported. The amended resolution reads as follows: Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference Leadership Team will create a Bridge Team that would seek to create civil discussion by the entire Conference around divisive issues such as authority of the Bible, human sexuality, marriage, ordination, and Israel Palestine (implement the fall of 2015). Resolution adopted. UNYAC2015.8: Creation of a Voting Process and Process of reporting Outcome of Votes Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference obtain counts of votes for and against divisive issues and announce the percentage of votes for and against and a narrative reflecting the voice for and voice against, providing a true representation of what the Conference is saying (implement at the 2015 Annual Conference session). The Rev. Alan Kinney moved to refer to the Conference Committee on Sessions for clarification. Motion to refer supported. UNYAC 2015.9: Resolution to Support the Turtle Island Trust and the People of Ganienkeh Therefore, be it resolved, that the Upper New York Annual Conference, representing over 900 churches, with 168,000 members, in light of our Act of Repentance journey, support the people of Ganienkeh Territory and the Turtle Island Trust in their ongoing efforts to establish peace with justice. This Annual Conference, in light of the urgency of this present historic moment, asks the Governor, the Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, and the Attorney General, the Hon. Eric T. Schneiderman, to exercise the leadership required to ensure peace and justice for all by honoring the Turtle Island Trust Agreement. This agreement, which came into being in 1977 through the efforts of then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo, established the Turtle Island Trust as a tax-exempt charitable land trust through which the people of New York and of Ganienkeh Territory resolved their differences in peace and with dignity for all, and Be it further resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent, by the Conference Secretary, to the Governor and Attorney General of New York State. The Rev. Dr. Don Washburn, Chair of Peace and Justice sub-committee on Native American Ministries, presented and explained this resolution. Resolution adopted. Second clergy ballot for Jurisdictional Conference results There are two elections: The Rev. Michelle Bogue-Trost, 162 votes, and the Rev. Holly Nye, 153 votes. There were 289 valid votes, 339 ballots cast, and 145 needed for an election. The first two elected to Jurisdictional Conference will serve as alternates to General Conference.

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Final clergy ballot The clergy will take one final ballot. The top six vote-getters will be elected to Jurisdictional Conference; the first four as delegates; the final two as alternates. A prayer was offered before the ballot was taken. UNYAC2015.10: Fruits of Repentance: An End to the Celebration of Columbus Day Therefore, be it resolved, that "Columbus Day" will no longer be recognized by the people of The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Our Conference offices and local churches will either not observe this holiday or will initiate organizational conversations designed to rename and re-purpose this holiday in accordance with our United Methodist Social Principles (Book of Discipline ¶¶162 & 162a), and Be it further resolved, that the Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church designates our Conference Leadership Team in consultation with our Committee on Native American Ministries to provide and distribute to our local churches a liturgy designed to enact the spiritual dimensions of our choice to cease participating in the celebration of Columbus. Our repentance, petitions for God’s forgiveness, and return to God’s Word for visions of the relationships God desires will take place in worship on the Sunday closest to the second Monday in October, and Be it further resolved, that the Upper New York Annual Conference, its committees, districts, and local churches are encouraged and directed to invest our relational influence at regional, local and personal levels towards the initiation of conversations intended to awaken the conscience of God’s people to the benefits of turning away from the legacy of Columbus. The Rev. Harold Wheat presented and explained the resolution. After some discussion and a time of silent prayer, the resolution is adopted. Parliamentary Ruling on Resolution UNYAC2015.3 Bishop Webb explained that because the “therefore” in the resolution UNYAC2015.3 specified an amount of $15/hr., the Conference action is not in conflict with the Social Principles (¶163E) and therefore is ruled in order. UNYAC2015.11: Study the Location of the Conference Headquarters in a Local Church Building Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference Trustees be instructed to meet with University Church (Syracuse) Trustees to explore all options, including the formal ownership and management of the building by the Conference with appropriate studies of the costs of infrastructure upgrades and remodeling, signage, parking, reception area; and Be it further resolved, that the Conference Trustees consider not only economic and convenience factors but also such issues as good stewardship of church resources, the image of the Church in moving to the suburbs, the example of spending large sums for spacious and comfortable office space when our commitment is to serve our neighborhoods and the poor; and Be it further resolved, that a report be presented to the members of the Conference, detailing the study and its outcome(s), including a missional rationale for the resulting decisions. Nelson Price presented and explained the resolution. He offered the following amendment: add, after the words “meet with,” the following: “UNY Urban Ministry Task Force and”. Amendment supported. Price offered the following amendment: delete “studies of” and insert “concerns for”. Amendment supported.

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After some discussion, Price made a motion to refer UNYAC 2015.11 to the UNY Conference Trustees if the sale of the current Henry Clay property does not move forward. Then the Conference Trustees deal with what is asked in the resolution. The Rev. Rebecca Laird called the question on all that is before the body. The motion to refer is not supported. The resolution as amended reads as follows: Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference Trustees be instructed to meet with the Upper New York Urban Ministry Task Force and University Church (Syracuse) Trustees to explore all options, including the formal ownership and management of the building by the Conference with appropriate concern for the costs of infrastructure upgrades and remodeling, signage, parking, reception area; and Be it further resolved, that the Conference Trustees consider not only economic and convenience factors but also such issues as good stewardship of church resources, the image of the Church in moving to the suburbs, the example of spending large sums for spacious and comfortable office space when our commitment is to serve our neighborhoods and the poor; and Be it further resolved, that a report be presented to the members of the Conference, detailing the study and its outcome(s), including a missional rationale for the resulting decisions. The resolution is not supported. UNYAC2015.12 Health Insurance for All Clergy and Local Pastors Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits explore the option of providing health insurance for all part-time clergy and local pastors, and Be it further resolved, that the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits put in place health insurance coverage required to place the Conference in compliance with the letter and the spirit of this federal law. It was seconded. Mary Michael presented the resolution and offered the following amendment: Remove the lines: “Whereas, the Affordable Care Act requires any employer with 50 or more full-time employees to provide affordably priced health insurance to employees. This includes employees who work 30 hours per week” and replace with the words: “Whereas, the Conference does not have statistics on the health insurance carrier of part-time clergy and local pastors.” And remove lines 24-26: “Be it further resolved, that the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits put in place health insurance coverage required to place the Conference in compliance with the letter and the spirit of this federal law.” Replace with the words: “Therefore, be it resolved, that the Conference survey each charge to determine, by category, where each clergy and local pastor obtain health insurance. The categories are as follows: Healthflex; covered under the spouse’s plan; state insurance/not Medicare; Medicare; other. It was seconded. Amendment supported. Katherine Dean offered the following amendment (adding to those listed as needing health insurance): “students appointed to school for their studies; students appointed to charges (part- or full-time) while completing their studies.” It was seconded. Amendment supported.

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Bishop Webb paused this discussion to give time to make adjustments to the resolution as amended so that the body is clear on what is before them. Final clergy ballot results The top six vote-getters are elected to Jurisdictional Conference: The Rev. Dr. Cathy Hall Stengel, 140 votes; the Rev. Sherri Rood, 132 votes; the Rev. Darryl Barrow, 131 votes; the Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, 123 votes; the Rev. Stephen Cady, 117 votes; and the Rev. Richard Ladue, 111 votes. The first four elected are delegates; the final two elected will serve as alternates. Bishop Webb thanked the clergy for their spirit and patience and congratulated all who were elected. With this final ballot, the full delegation has been elected. UNYAC2015.13: Property Insurance has been withdrawn. UNYAC2015.14: Protecting Seneca Lake Therefore, be it resolved, that the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church supports the movement to protect Seneca Lake by continuing to advocate within the political system to prevent gas storage in the salt caverns nearby; and Be it further resolved, that The United Methodist Church encourage individuals who are called to do so, to join with others to engage in peaceful, nonviolent acts of protest, up to and including civil disobedience, until additional storage of LPG and methane in Seneca Lake salt caverns is halted, and Be it further resolved, that the Conference Secretary forward a copy of this motion, upon passage, to Crestwood Midstream, Houston, Texas, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the NYS DEC, and the appropriate legislative and judicial bodies of Schuyler County. Dianne Roe presented and explained this resolution on behalf of the Conference Social Holiness Team. It was seconded. Resolution adopted. Return to UNYAC2015.12 Health Insurance for All Clergy and Local Pastors Bishop Webb reintroduced UNYAC2015.2 as amended. The Rev. Kim Ferrell offered the following amendment: Add the words: “and the affordability of that health insurance” to the line: “Therefore, be it further resolved, that the Conference survey each charge to determine by category, where each clergy and local pastor obtain health insurance.” Amendment supported. The Rev. Joellyn Tuttle offered the following amendment: Between the line: “The categories are as follow: Healthflex; covered under spouse’s plan;” and “State insurance/not Medicare; Medicare; other” add the words “covered by both Healthflex and spouse’s plan,” It was seconded. Amendment supported. The Rev. Tim Middleton called the question. The call for the question was supported. The resolution was adopted. UNYAC2015.15: Revise Rules of Fair Presentation of Proposed Actions has been withdrawn. UNYAC2015.16: To Create an Open and Fair Communication System has been withdrawn. UNYAC2015.17: Formation of Upper New York Conference United Methodist Historical Society

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Therefore, be it resolved, that the Upper New York Conference endorse this endeavor and support formation of an Upper New York Conference United Methodist Historical Society. Be it further resolved, that it is agreed that the Upper New York Commission on Archives and History be authorized to organize and administer the society for a maximum of two years until officers are elected. It was seconded. Pastor Jim Barnes II presented and explained this resolution, on behalf of the Conference Commission on Archives and History. Resolution adopted. GC2016.1: Consensus Among Faith Communities Regarding Income Inequality Therefore, be it resolved, the General Conference request the Council of Bishops initiate contact with their counterparts in other Christian denominations and non-Christian faith communities, with the hope of drafting a joint proclamation supported by many faith communities that would call for measures to reduce inequality in earned income and make American society more egalitarian without stifling individual creativity; and Be it further resolved, that the General Conference direct the General Board of Church and Society, in consultation with others as appropriate, to consider whether it be feasible to propose ethical guidelines for minimum and maximum annual employee compensation, to be submitted for consideration to the next General Conference. We suppose that such guidelines might be expressed as ratios to national, regional or company statistics; that they would not apply to individual entrepreneurs or to corporate profits, and that they would allow for averaging fluctuations in compensation over multiple years. Perhaps alternative options could be offered to facilitate debate. It was seconded. Valerie Gray presented and spoke to the petition. There was a time of silent prayer. Petition supported. GC2016.2: Fruits of Repentance: An End to the Celebration of Columbus Day Therefore, be it resolved, that "Columbus Day" will no longer be recognized by the people of The United Methodist Church. United Methodist annual conferences, agencies, schools, universities, and local churches in lands that officially celebrate “Columbus Day” will either not observe this holiday or will initiate organizational conversations designed to rename and re-purpose this holiday in accordance with our United Methodist Social Principles (See Book of Discipline ¶162 & 162a), and Be it further resolved, that the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church will provide and distribute to our local churches in North America a liturgy designed to enact the spiritual dimensions of our choice to cease participating in the celebration of Columbus. Our repentance, petitions for God’s forgiveness, and return to God’s Word for visions of the relationships God desires will take place in worship on the Sunday closest to the second Monday in October, and Be it further resolved, that United Methodist annual conferences, boards, agencies, and local churches in lands affected by the legacy of Columbus are encouraged and directed to invest our relational influence at regional, local and personal levels towards the initiation of conversations intended to awaken the conscience of God’s people to the benefits of turning away from the legacy of Columbus. The General Board on Church and Society is directed to give leadership to our effort bring about the repeal of “Columbus Day” as a national holiday in the United States of America. It was seconded.

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Rev. Harold Wheat presented and explained the petition. There was a time of silent prayer. Petition supported. GC2016.7: Prayer and Support For Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans Therefore, be it resolved, that the 2008 General Conference of The United Methodist Church honors, supports, and upholds in our prayers those men and women who serve in our armed services and, in addition, honors and supports those United Methodist clergy who serve as chaplains; and Be it further resolved, that the Church commits itself to extend its pastoral ministry to members of the armed forces and their families during their time of service and after their return; and Be it further resolved, that we call upon national governments to fully provide medical care and other benefits that promote the welfare of military veterans and their reintegration into civilian society; and Be it further resolved, that we call upon our churches to extend a welcome home to persons who return from service in the armed forces, to respect their stories and interpretations of their experiences, and to value and encourage expression of their potential contributions to the ministry of our churches; and Be it further resolved, that we call upon our churches and members to pray for persons serving in the armed forces and their families, to pray for persons whom circumstances have caused us to relate to as enemies, to pray for other persons for whom war has caused suffering, and to pray for peace. It was seconded. Chaplain Captain the Rev. Keith Manry presented and explained the petition. There was a time of silent prayer. Petition supported. GC2016.9: Cross Referencing The Book of Discipline with The Book of Resolutions Therefore, be it resolved, that the following sentences be inserted in ¶510.2a of the United Methodist Book of Discipline: a) “All valid resolutions of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church shall be published in each edition of The Book of Resolutions. There shall be a complete subject index and index of Scripture passages to all valid resolutions of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in each edition of The Book of Resolutions. Every resolution that corresponds to a paragraph in The Book of Discipline shall be listed by number and title at the end of the corresponding Disciplinary subsection to which it relates. In the case of electronic publications, such as, but not limited to, e-books and online versions, the references to resolutions within The Book of Discipline should act as hyperlinks to the text of those resolutions. Resolutions are official expressions of The United Methodist Church for eight years following their adoption, after which time they shall be deemed to have expired unless readopted. Those that have expired shall not be printed in subsequent editions of The Book of Resolutions. The Book of Resolutions shall be made available on the official website of The United Methodist Church.”

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It was seconded. The Rev. Steven Clunn presented and explained the petition. Petition supported. GC2016.12: Licensed Pastors Right to be Elected as Clergy Delegation of General Conference, Jurisdictional Conference and Central Conference and vote on the Constitution Therefore, be it resolved, that ¶602.1.b should be changed to read “Provisional clergy members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except including constitutional amendments, election of clergy delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences and except for matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.”, and Be it further resolved, that ¶602.1.c should be changed to read “Associate and affiliate clergy members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except including constitutional amendments, election of clergy delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences, and except matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy…” and Be it further resolved, that ¶602.1.d be changed to read “Full-time and part-time local pastors under appointment to a pastoral charge shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except including constitutional amendments; election of delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences and except in matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy as long as the local pastors have met two criteria: they have, by either of two options as determined by the annual conference, completed the constitutionally specified level of education; and they have been appointed by the bishop and served for two consecutive years, immediately preceding the election, during which time no withdrawal of the appointed status has occurred. When local pastors are members of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, they have the right to vote at clergy session on matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy (¶ 634.1),” and Be it further resolved, that ¶35. Article IV be changed to read “The clergy delegates to the General Conference and to the jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected from the clergy members in full connection, provisional clergy members, associate and affiliate clergy members, and full-time and part-time local pastors who have completed their educational requirements and have served at least two years prior to election appointed by the bishop, and shall be elected by the clergy members of the annual conference or provisional annual conference who are deacons and elders in full connection, associate members, and those provisional members who have completed all of their educational requirements and local pastors who have completed course of study or an M. Div. degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election.” Melissa McCarthy presented and explained the petition. It was seconded. There was discussion, with arguments both for and against supporting this petition. Petition supported. To accommodate, several “Orders of the Day,” the remaining petitions will be presented on one ballot to be mailed by the Conference secretary in accordance with the earlier resolution supported under the suspension of the rules. Africa 360 Laurel O’Connor, Africa 360 Coordinator, provided an update of progress made by the Conference on this effort: $38,513 was received in Thursday’s offering, and to date the Conference has reached

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$396,800 toward its goal to raise $2 million. Bishop Webb encouraged each church to bring $1,000 to the 2016 Annual Conference session to support this important ministry. Bishop Webb also modeled the winning “mosquito net fashion show” design as people threw money on the stage. Conference Council on Youth Ministries Bishop Webb introduced the members of CCYM, who provided an update on their many ministries. Emily Allen and Maya Smith are the newly elected leaders. It was noted that the Conference did not just elect one or two youth to General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2016, the Conference elected seven youth. This news was met with applause. Conference Advance Specials Bishop Webb welcomed the Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding who presented the Conference Advance Specials for adoption. Adopted. District Superintendents recognized Bishop Webb thanked the Rev. Dr. Sung Ho Lee, Superintendent of the Mohawk District, and the Rev. Darryl Barrow, Superintendent of the Crossroads District, for their work on the Cabinet and welcomed the Rev. Abel Roy and the Rev. Nola Anderson, who will be joining the cabinet on July 1. He also announced that the Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood will continue as Dean of the Cabinet, the Rev. Rebekah Sweet will serve as secretary to the extended Cabinet, and the Rev. David Kofahl will serve as secretary to the Appointive Cabinet. Service of Appointments Bishop Webb and the Appointive Cabinet led the Service of Appointments. Acknowledgements Bishop Webb named a long list of people and teams to be thanked for their service during the Annual Conference session. Conference Lay Leader Dr. Scott Johnson thanked Bishop Webb for his leadership. Motion to Adjourn Conference Secretary Hodge moved the following: “The sixth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference be adjourned until we gather on June 2-4, 2016 in Syracuse, N.Y., for the seventh session of the Upper New York Annual Conference. Further, that in matters of importance requiring attention between sessions of the Upper New York Conference, a mail ballot be authorized where the Bishop and a majority of the district superintendents deem that process to be appropriate.” Approved. Service of Ordination – 2 p.m. J.J. Warren and Karen Tenpas, co-leaders of the Conference Council on Youth Ministries, served as Crucifers for the Procession of Clergy. Clergy entered to the singing of Joy to the World and Lift High the Cross. Bishop Webb’s sermon was entitled Called for Change. The following persons were commissioned to perform the duties of the Ministry of Elder: Andy McClaren Anderson Abigail Cady Browka Gary Mark Kubitz

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Penny Lee Lacy Nancy O’Connor Raca Chad Michael Sayers Alison Elaine Schmied The following persons were commissioned to perform the duties of the Ministry of Deacon: Rebecca Lynn Naber Carrie Sturtevant Wolfe The following persons were ordained to the Order of Elder: Emily Barner Huyge Douglas P. Mackey Jr. Edith Aletta Poland Geraldine Edith Rapino Carlos Rosa-Laguer Gregory P. Stierheim Heather L. Stierheim Corey Anna Tarreto Turnpenny Bishop Webb and the Rev. Deanna Finch offered the benediction. The Bishop and the newly commissioned and ordained clergy jubilantly led the recession to the singing of The River is Here. Addendum to Minutes Per the rules, Conference members voted by ballot to support or not support 11 petitions to General Conference. To be considered valid, all ballots were to be received at the Conference Office no later than July 17. The ballots were counted by the Conference Secretary and a team of tellers on Monday, July 27. The following is the result of that ballot:

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Actions taken at the 2015 Annual Conference session including all Resolutions & Petitions (in order of passage) Organizational Motion 1. This is the sixth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference held May 27-30, 2015 at the OnCenter in Syracuse, N.Y. 2. The session shall be governed by the rules of General Conference of The United Methodist Church. th Roberts Rules of Order: 10 Edition shall govern all procedural questions where the rules of General Conference cannot be applied. 3. Holy Conferencing affirms our covenant with God and one another. At anytime during the proceedings the Bishop may call for a moment of discernment and prayer before a vote is taken. 4. The printed agenda, available on the website, shall be the official agenda for the Annual Conference session. Questions about the agenda, which shall be the official agenda, may be directed to the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. 5. All reports without recommendations shall be placed on the consent calendar. The Bishop’s Address to the Conference, the Report of the Conference Lay Leader, and the Superintendents’ Report are automatically exempt from this rule. Further, upon proper motion from the floor, any report may be lifted from the consent calendar and placed on the agenda by a one-third vote of the Conference. 6. The roll call of attendance shall be taken from credential cards presented at the time of registration. 7. Lay members are those specified by the 2012 Book of Discipline, ¶32., Article I. Selection of Lay Equalization Members, as required in ¶32, Article I. was determined according to the Rules for Determining and Selecting Lay members to the Annual Conference, adopted by the Committee on Sessions on Feb. 14, 2011. 8. Clergy entitled to vote are those specified by the 2012 Book of Discipline, ¶602, subject to the limitations contained in the same paragraph. 9. The voting area of the Conference [Bar of the Conference] shall be the floor area of the Convention Center. Guest and non-members may be seated in the designated visitor seating area. Persons standing or seated outside the bar of the Conference shall have no voice on legislative matters or balloting. 10. Securing the floor: Conference members wishing to speak to the Conference shall raise their colored placard at their seat and wait to be recognized by the Bishop. When recognized, they shall move to the nearest microphone. Please state your name and your church (laity) or appointment (clergy). 11. In order to ensure the accuracy of the minutes and faithfulness to the intention of the mover, motions and amendments from the floor must be submitted in writing to the secretary of the Conference on a form provided for this purpose. A copy of the written motion or amendment will be provided by the author to the secretary after the amendment has been made. No motion or amendment will be voted on unless it is provided in writing. In order to facilitate this as a motion or amendment is made, members of the Conference staff or volunteers will provide the speaker with the proper form documenting the motion or amendment. The documented motion or amendment will be taken to the

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Conference secretary by the Conference staff or volunteer. A copy will be provided to the author as soon as possible. 12. No person shall speak more than once upon the same question and shall be limited to no more than three minutes, except the maker of the resolution or the chairperson of the agency submitting the resolution, who shall have up to five minutes to open and three minutes to close debate. 13. The Journal Editor shall have sole authority to edit, condense, organize, and print the Upper New York Conference Journal/Yearbook. All material from this session must be submitted in writing by no later than July 1, 2015. 14. The Director of Communications shall be responsible for reporting the general periodicals of The United Methodist Church and secular news media. All references for printing by the Conference official publication shall be subject to editing and condensing by the editor. 15. No material may be distributed within the bar of the Annual Conference sessions without prior review of the Agenda Committee of the UNY Sessions team: Christine Doran, Vicki Putney, and the Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding. 16. As part of the “Circle Conversation” process, all resolutions and petitions that refer to human sexuality will be discussed in conversation circles and voted on without further discussion, debate, or provision for amendment, tabling or referral. A single ballot listing all resolutions and petitions referring to human sexuality will be provided for members to indicate whether to “adopt” or “not adopt” each individual resolution or petition. For this process, the Bishop will declare the “Bar of the Conference.” The Upper New York Annual Conference strongly urges participants in these circle conversation to refrain from wearing objects that indicate their pre-existing stances – one way or another – on these issues during this time so that a spirit of objectivity and openness may be attained during the process. Consent Calendar & Agenda Be it resolved that the Consent Calendar, amended by removing “Commission on Equitable Compensation” and Northeastern Jurisdiction Global Structure Task Force; and Agenda, as presented, be adopted. Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits #1: Be it resolved that the 2016 Past Service Annuity Rate for pension payment to retired clergy of the Upper New York Conference is to be set at $612 per qualified service year prior to 1982. This is an increase of 2 percent over the 2015 rate in accordance with the Board’s long term funding plan. #2: Be it resolved that the Housing/Rental Exclusion which designates 100 percent of the United Methodist pension, severance, or disability income as housing exclusion in accordance with IRS Code Section 107 is approved for the year Jan. 1, 2016 through Dec. 31, 2016. #3: Approval of the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits Report Commission on Equitable Compensation #1: Be it resolved that the minimum base salary, set according to credential for all full-time clergy as follows: Full connection: $39,200

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Provisional: $37,800 Associate $37,100 FT LP completed Course of Study or M. Div.: $36,400 FT Local Pastor: $35,000 (Less than full time appointments shall receive a base salary pro-rated according to the appointment.) #2: Be it resolved that the minimum base salary for a clergy member in full connection be $39,200. #3: Be it resolved that, in addition to the base salary, an additional amount for years of service be paid based on the goal of attaining 1 percent of minimum salary per year of full-time equivalent service for up to 25 years: Full

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Be it further resolved that each AC session will provide an ongoing, annual forum to educate congregations, clergy, and lay servants about the issues around gay marriage and have dialogue around the issue; and Be it further resolved that each AC session will have a diversity officer and team assigned to promote diversity, including racial, ethnic, nationality, gender, sexual-orientation, gender identity, age, and difference in ability within each Annual Conference session. GCGC2016.4: A Faithful Compromise: Providing Jurisdictional & Central Conference Authority to Resolve The Dilemma Regarding The Ordination of Self-Avowed Practicing Homosexuals Whereas, deep divisions are evident in The United Methodist Church community with respect to the question of whether to permit the ordination of self-avowed practicing homosexuals; and Whereas, the unity of The United Methodist Church is threatened by such divisions; and Whereas, many effective and faithful potential clergypersons, homosexual and otherwise, are choosing to enter other denominations as a direct result of the current United Methodist prohibition against the ordination of selfavowed practicing homosexuals; and Whereas, people of faith can and do legitimately disagree concerning the proper interpretation and meaning of the theological and biblical bases underlying the statement currently found in The Book of Discipline that, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching”[¶161(F)]; and Whereas, throughout the United States and in many parts of the central conferences recognized civil liberty permits the practice of homosexuality; and Whereas, throughout The Book of Discipline The Church makes clear that civil liberties are to be respected, stating “All persons, regardless of…sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured…” [¶161(F)] and “Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.” [¶162(J)]; and Whereas, by permitting homosexuals to be ordained so long as they are not “self-avowed” (as that term is currently defined) or “practicing” The Book of Discipline: • Contradicts its own assumption “…that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons.” [¶161(F)] • encourages homosexual clergy to be dishonest as to their sexual orientation and their sexual practices; • is inconsistent with The Church’s stated goal of granting equal rights regardless of Sexual Orientation [see ¶162(J)] and implies that clergy are not entitled to the same equal rights as other members of The Church; and Whereas, central conferences are currently permitted to adapt particular sections of The Book of Discipline “…to more fruitfully accomplish our mission in various contexts” [¶101]; and Whereas, jurisdictional conferences are the equivalent bodies within the United States and should have the same right to adapt The Book of Discipline to more faithfully accomplish their mission within their contexts; and Whereas, Section IV. Article V [¶27] and Section V. Article IV. [¶31] of our constitution currently give to the General Conference the right to confer powers and duties to the jurisdictional and central conferences. Therefore, be it resolved that ¶304.3 of The Book of Discipline is amended to read, “While persons set apart by The Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world. The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore s Self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church. except in jurisdictions or

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central conferences that have determined that self-avowed practicing homosexuals may be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.” And be it further resolved that the language in ¶ 2702.1, (a), and (b) of The Book of Discipline be amended as “A bishop, clergy member of an annual conference (¶370), local pastor, clergy on honorable or administrative location, or diaconal minister may be tried when charged (subject to the statute of limitations in ¶2702.4) with one or more the following offenses: (a) immorality including but not limited to, not being celibate in singleness or not faithful in a heterosexual marriage; (b) practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings, including but not limited to: being a self-avowed practicing homosexual in jurisdictions or central conferences that have not determined, pursuant to ¶ 304.3, that self-avowed practicing homosexuals may be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church; or conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions; or performing same-sex wedding ceremonies;…” GC2016.5: A Faithful Compromise: Providing Jurisdictional & Central Conference Authority To Resolve The Dilemma Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Whereas, deep divisions are evident in The United Methodist Church community with respect to the question of whether ministers should be permitted to conduct ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions and same-sex weddings or whether such ceremonies should be permitted in church facilities; and Whereas, such deep divisions are clearly demonstrated by the ever increasing number of incidents of ecclesial disobedience with respect to this issue resulting in public trials and diversion of resources from the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; and Whereas, the unity of The United Methodist Church is threatened by such divisions; and Whereas, same-sex marriage is now legal in more than 35 states in the United States, and in many cases, that legality was brought about by decisions of federal courts determining that any ban on same-sex marriage denies a fundamental right to all same-sex couples who seek to marry; and the fundamental civil liberty to marry regardless of sexual orientation is so fundamental that it cannot be denied by a vote of the people in the state; and Whereas, same-sex marriage is also legal in a number of the countries within the central conferences; and Whereas, throughout The Book of Discipline The Church makes clear that: • “All persons, regardless of … sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured…” [¶161(F)] • “We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends.” [¶161 (F)] • “Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.” [¶162 (J)]; and Whereas, people of faith can and do legitimately disagree concerning the proper interpretation and meaning of the theological and biblical bases underlying the proper stance with regard to this issue as set forth in The Book of Discipline; and Whereas, central conferences are currently permitted to adapt particular sections of The Book of Discipline “…to more fruitfully accomplish our mission in various contexts.” [¶101]; and Whereas, jurisdictional conferences are the equivalent bodies within the United States and should have the same right to adapt The Book of Discipline to more faithfully accomplish their mission within their contexts; and

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Whereas, Section IV. Article V [¶27] and Section V. Article IV. [¶31] of our constitution currently give to the General Conference the right to confer powers and duties to the jurisdictional and central conferences. Therefore, be it resolved that ¶341.6 of The Book of Discipline be amended to read in its entirety as “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be conducted in our churches. except in jurisdictions or central conferences which have determined that the celebration of homosexual unions and/or performance of same-sex wedding ceremonies may be conducted by ministers in that jurisdiction or central conference and/or may occur in churches within that jurisdiction or central conference. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an individual minister shall not be required to celebrate homosexual unions or perform same-sex wedding ceremonies merely because the minister is serving a church located in a jurisdiction or central conference that has permitted the celebration of homosexual unions or the performance of same-sex wedding ceremonies by ministers within that jurisdiction or central conference. And be it further resolved that the language in ¶2702.1(b) of The Book of Discipline be amended to read “practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings, including but not limited to: being a self-avowed practicing homosexual; or conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions; or performing same-sex wedding ceremonies in jurisdictions or central conferences that have not determined, pursuant to ¶341.6, that the celebration of homosexual unions and/or the performance of same-sex wedding ceremonies may be conducted by ministers and/or in churches in that jurisdiction or central conference;” GC2016.6: Human Sexuality Whereas, in ¶104, General Rules of The United Methodist Church, The Nature, Design, and General Rules of Our United States, 2. First of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012, John Wesley instructs us to do “no harm,” and further, secondly that we should “do good,” especially to them that are of the household of faith or groaning to be;” and Whereas, we have witnessed the harm done to those who are not heterosexual, and to those who love them, by some members of our community in response to ¶161F, ¶2702, ¶613.19, ¶806.9, ¶304.3, and ¶310.2d of The Book of Discipline, and Whereas, in ¶105, our theological task is described as “both critical and constructive. It is critical in that we test various expressions of faith by asking: Are they true? Appropriate? Clear? Cogent? Credible? Are they based on love?” Further, it is “constructive in that every generation must appropriate creatively the wisdom of the past and seek God in their midst in order to think afresh about God, revelation, sin, redemption, worship, the church, freedom, justice, moral responsibility, and other significant theological concerns. Our summons is to understand and receive the gospel promises in our troubled and uncertain times;” and Whereas, in ¶105, we are also directed to be guided in this task by Scripture, read within the believing community, interpreted in the context of the whole, drawing upon “the careful historical, literary, and textual studies of recent years.” Further, while acknowledging the primacy of Scripture ... our attempts to grasp its meaning always involve tradition, experience, and reason;” and Whereas, in ¶105, we also are advised that “Our experience interacts with Scripture. We read Scripture in light of the conditions and events that help shape who we are, and we interpret our experience in terms of Scripture;” and Whereas, in ¶105, we are additionally advised to “…ask questions of faith and seek to understand God’s action and will” and, further, to “…relate our witness to the full range human knowledge, experience and service;” and Whereas, there, across the connection the United Methodist denomination has always recognized that we may not all have identical interpretations of scripture, and yet, we often agree to disagree on those varying interpretations; and

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Whereas, across our global Church, we live with a variety of cultural perspectives relative to human sexuality and sexual orientation; and, accordingly, Whereas, we are not of one mind with regard to expressions of human sexuality and gender identification or the God-given nature of the differences regarding sexuality; and Whereas, there is a need to give careful consideration to the many scientific advances in the understanding of human sexuality since 1972, Therefore, be it resolved that ¶161F be amended to read, “Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are affirmed only with the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage within a covenantal relationship.”, Be it further resolved that ¶161F reads, “We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of The Church in their struggles for human fulfillment as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us. We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends to welcome all who come earnestly seeking a home in a Christian community. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.”, and Be it further resolved that ¶2702 be amended to read, “A bishop, clergy member of an annual conference (¶370), local pastor, clergy on honorable or administrative location, or diaconal minister may be tried when charged (subject to the statute of limitations in ¶2702.4)* with one or more of the following offenses: (a) immorality including but not limited to, not being celibate in singleness or not faithful in a heterosexual marriage covenantal relationship; (b) practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings, including but not limited to: being a self-avowed practicing homosexual; or conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions; or performing same-sex wedding ceremonies**; (c) (b) crime; (d) (c) disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church; (e) (d) dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrine of The United Methodist Church; (f) (e) relationships and/or behavior that undermines the ministry of another pastor; (g) (f) child abuse; (h) (g) sexual abuse; (i) (h) sexual misconduct or (j) (i) harassment, including, but not limited to racial and/or sexual harassment; or (k) (j) racial or gender discrimination.”, and Be it further resolved that ¶613.19 be deleted in its entirety, and Be it further resolved that ¶806.9 be deleted in its entirety, and Be it further resolved that ¶304.3 be amended to read “While persons set apart by the church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world.The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained 2 as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church. ” , and Be it further resolved that ¶310.2d be amended to read “agree for the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ in the world and the most effective witness of the gospel, and in consideration of their influence as clergy, to make a complete dedication of themselves to the highest ideals of the Christian life as set forth in ¶¶103-105; 160-166. To this end that shall agree to exercise responsible self-control by personal habits conducive to bodily health, mental and emotional maturity, fidelity in marriage covenantal relationship and celibacy in singleness, social 3 responsibility, and growth in grace and the knowledge and love of God . Where possible, the local church is encouraged to assist candidates with the expenses of candidacy;”

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GC2016.10: Reconciliation Rationale Amend The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church to bring it into greater consistency with God’s love for us, as expressed in the Bible and experienced by our receipt of His grace; to help us in our struggle to love God with the completeness called for in the Bible; and to strengthen our love for each other and our neighbors as a response to the love and grace that we continually receive from God. Whereas, the Scriptures teach us that our first obligation as Christians is to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and might (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:29; Luke 10:27); and Whereas, the Scriptures provide us with the explanation for this obligation, that “God is love” (1 John 4:8); and Whereas, the Scriptures make it clear that we cannot love God unless we “love our neighbors as [we love] ourselves” (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:38; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27, 29-37; 1 John 4:20-21); and Whereas, the Scriptures teach us that we are all the same in God’s sight (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 5:6; 6:15); and Whereas, the Scriptures admonish us not to be judgmental of each other (Matthew 7:1-2; Luke 6:37) because judgment belongs to God (Ezekiel 20:35-36; Romans 2:1-5, 16); and Whereas, in The Constitution [of The United Methodist Church], Division One, ¶4 Article IV, The United Methodist Church has declared itself to be a part of “the church universal, which is one Body in Christ;” and Whereas, in accordance with the Constitution [of The United Methodist Church] Division One, ¶4 Article IV, and in accordance ¶¶214-242 of The Book of Discipline, all baptized persons are invited into the membership of, and participation in, the mission and ministries of The United Methodist Church; to receive the blessings and graces, which God provides through His Church; and to enter into the discipleship “of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world;” and Whereas, in ¶161F, 304.3, and 2702.1 of The Book of Discipline, there are judgmental statements concerning certain specific conducts and/or practices, judging (contrary to the cited Scriptures), identifying, and describing these conducts and/or practices as being “incompatible with Christian teachings;” and Whereas, in violation of the Constitution and other parts of The Book of Discipline, members of The United Methodist Church who are said, thought, and/or judged to be involved in the conducts and/or practices identified in ¶¶ 161F, 304.3, and 2702.1 as being “incompatible with Christian teachings”, are relegated to “second class membership” by being denied and proscribed from ordination into the ministry of, and from marriage to persons of their choice in, the Church of which they are members; Therefore, be it resolved that the judgmental phrase “incompatible with Christian teachings” and all verbiage immediately related thereto, ¶161F of The Book of Discipline, be deleted as follows, “Human Sexuality - We affirm that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons. We call everyone to responsible stewardship of this sacred gift.

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Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are affirmed only with the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage. We deplore all forms of commercialization, abuse, and exploitation of sex. We call for strict global enforcement of laws prohibiting the sexual exploitation of children and for adequate protection, guidance, and counseling for abused children. All persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured and to be protected against violence. The Church should support the family in providing age-appropriate education regarding sexuality to children, youth, and adults. “…We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all.”, and Be it further resolved that the judgmental phrase “incompatible with Christian teachings”, and all verbiage immediately related thereto, be deleted from ¶304.3 of The Book of Discipline; “While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world. The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church; and Be it further resolved that ¶2702.1 of The Book of Discipline be amended to read “ A bishop, clergy member of an annual conference (¶ 370), local pastor, clergy on honorable or administrative location, or diaconal minister may be tried when charged (subject to the statute of limitations in ¶ 2702.4) with none or more of the following offenses: (a) immorality including but not limited to, not being celibate in singleness or not faithful in a heterosexual marriage; (b) practices declared by The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings, including but not limited to being a self-avowed avowed practicing homosexual; or conducting ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions; or performing same sex wedding ceremonies; (c) (b) crime; (d) (c) disobedience to the order and discipline of The United Methodist Church; (e) (d) dissemination of doctrines contrary to the established standards of doctrine of The United Methodist Church; (f) (e) relationships and/or behavior that undermines the ministry of another pastor; (g) (f) child abuse; (h) (g) sexual abuse; (i) (h) sexual misconduct; or (j) (i) harassment, including, but not limited to racial and/or sexual harassment; or (k) (j) racial or gender discrimination.” GC2016.11: Removing Hurtful Language Whereas, to date, no peer reviewed protocols are endorsed by which one can change sexual orientation, and Whereas, to date, no scholar has provided a method hermeneutic by which the Bible can be taught as wrong about slavery, wrong about the rights of women, wrong about a heliocentric universe, wrong about the age of the earth, wrong about multiple marriage, wrong about evolution, wrong about the cause of leprosy, and wrong about eating shrimp … but right about homosexuality, and Whereas, human acts causing no harm to any person, including one’s self, family, community, faith, or vocation can hardly be called sinful, and

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Whereas, gay people who have been rejected experience real and lasting harm (verified by many peer-reviewed medical and psychological journals), and Whereas, there is increasing agreement that being gay is not incompatible with Christian teaching, and Whereas, our Church stands, and grievously so, at the brink of breaking asunder over a matter unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Therefore be it resolved that The Book of Discipline delete the following words from ¶161F, “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Results from Mail Ballot Petition

Title/Description

Yes

No

Abstain

Divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard after years of corporate engagement

553

370

6

Establishing a Screen to Remove and Avoid Investments in Illegal Settlements on Occupied Land

736

202

2

GC2016.15

Opposition to Torture

873

41

1

GC2016.16

Removing Prejudice Against Ministerial Candidates with Disabilities

844

86

4

GC2016.17

Non-Discrimination in UMC Employee Disability Benefits

814

81

6

GC2016.18

Not Additional, but Required Additional Member of Joint Committee on Clergy Medical Leave

715

186

9

GC2016.19

Non-Discrimination in Disability Compensation

858

85

2

GC2016.20

Ensure Accessibility of Conference Meetings

887

51

2

GC2016.21

Do Not Invest in Petroleum, Coal or Natural Gas

462

469

6

GC2016.22

Create Petroleum and Natural Gas Investment Screens

511

369

5

GC2016.23

Avoid Investment in the Production of Petroleum, Coal and Natural Gas

473

414

3

GC2016.13

GC2016.14

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UNYAC2015.1: Resolution Concerning the General Conference & Homosexuality Whereas, according to the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church, ¶161F “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.” and Whereas, two "agree to disagree" proposals were soundly defeated during separate votes by the nearly 1,000 delegates gathered for The United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla., therefore, keeping the current discriminatory disciplinary language, and Whereas, one defeated 2012 proposal would have changed The Book of Discipline simply to say that gays and lesbians are "people of sacred worth" and that church members “differ about whether homosexual practices (are) contrary to the will of God,” and Whereas, at least 15 regional annual conferences have rejected the denomination’s stance on homosexuality, and Whereas, 35 states now allow gay marriage, and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church ¶340 2a.3a states that the decision to perform the ceremony shall be the right and responsibility of the pastor “in accordance with the laws of the state and the rules of The United Methodist Church.” and Whereas, “one of the top reasons 59 percent of young adults with a Christian background have left the church is because they perceive the church to be too exclusive, particularly regarding their LGBT friends” (Kinnaman, David, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...and Rethinking Faith), and Whereas, many United Methodists in the United States, as well as persons from other countries, acknowledge that the Church is divided on this issue but feel that current discriminatory disciplinary language is harmful not only to the groups that it attacks but also to the future of the Church, as such language is alienating to both present and future members, and Whereaas, a resolution very similar to this one was presented and passed by the North Carolina Conference in 2013, Therefore, be it resolved that the 2015 Upper New York Annual Conference session, gathered in Syracuse, N.Y., implores its delegates to the 2016 General Conference to change the language used in the Social Principles and to affirm the place of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) members within the Church, including access both to marriage and to ordination. Conference Board of Trustees Title: “Defense and Indemnification of Conference Trustees and Officers” Whereas, the Conference is led by the Resident Area Bishop and administratively organized into various boards and agencies in accordance with The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church in order to effectively carry out its denominational mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; and Whereas, the Conference encourages meaningful participation of a broad and diverse group of individuals in fiduciary service as trustees, officers, and representatives of boards and agencies, all of whom are called upon to implement the vision of the Conference, through prayerful discernment, judgment, and discretion; and Whereas, the Conference desires to encourage, protect, and care for those who are called to serve as trustees, officers, and representatives of boards and agencies;

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Therefore, be it resolved that to the fullest extent permitted by law, the Conference will indemnify its trustees, officers, and members of all other Conference boards and agencies created and organized pursuant to paragraphs 601 through 672 of The Book of Discipline (such individuals hereinafter collectively referred to as “Conference Fiduciaries�) from criminal and civil liability, including the payment of defense costs and will maintain adequate insurance to provide this defense and indemnification; and Be it further resolved that Conference fiduciaries shall not be personally liable to the Conference for monetary damages because of their breach of duty as trustees, officers, or other representative capacity unless such liability is based upon a judgment or other final adjudication adverse to the Conference fiduciary that establishes: (i) that the act or omission of the subject individual was in bad faith or involved intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of the law; (ii) that the Conference Fiduciary personally gained a financial profit or other advantage to which the trustee or officer was not legally entitled; or (iii) that the act or omission of the Conference Fiduciary knowingly violated the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law; and Be it futher resolved that if the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law or other statute is amended to authorize further limitation, elimination of liability of Conference fiduciaries the limitation, or elimination of personal liability established by this resolution shall be further expanded to the fullest extent permitted by the amended law. Discontinued and Abandoned Churches Broadway UMC Therefore be it resolved, that the Broadway United Methodist Church of Rensselaer is discontinued; and Be it further resolved, that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Broadway UMC is hereby vested in the Conference Trustees, and that the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and Be it further resolved, that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Broadway UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and Be it further resolved, that the membership of the Broadway UMC is hereby transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select. Buckton UMC Therefore be it resolved, that the Buckton United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved, that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Buckton UMC is hereby vested in the Conference Trustees, and that the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Buckton UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and Be it further resolved that the membership of the Buckton UMC is hereby transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Coventry UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Coventry United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it futher resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Coventry United Methodist Church be sold to a newly incorporating independent congregation and the remaining financial assets be added to the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference is hereby vested in the Annual Conference Trustees, and that the Annual Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Coventry United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and Be it further resolved that the membership of the Coventry United Methodist Church is hereby withdrawn from The United Methodist church. Erieville UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Erieville United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Erieville UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and Be it further resolved that, as necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and Be it further that the membership of the Erieville UMC is hereby transferred to the Nelson United Methodist Church or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select. Fowlerville UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Fowlerville United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Fowlerville United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference Trustees, and that the Annual Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Fowlerville United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and Be it further resolved that the membership of the Fowlerville United Methodist Church is hereby transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select. Granby Center UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Granby Center United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Granby Center UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and Be it further resolved that, as necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and

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Be it further that the membership of the Granby Center UMC is hereby transferred to the Hannibal United Methodist Church or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select. Hagaman UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Hagaman United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Hagaman UMC is hereby vested in the Conference Trustees, and that the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Hagaman UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and Be it further resolved, that the membership of the Hagaman UMC is hereby transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select. North Gainesville United Methodist Church Therefore be it resolved that the North Gainesville UMC is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the North Gainesville UMC is hereby vested in the Conference Trustees, and that the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the North Gainesville UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and Be it futher resolved, that the membership of the North Gainesville UMC is hereby transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select. Syracuse: Rockefeller UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference Trustees, and that the Annual Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and Be it further resolved that the membership of the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church is hereby transferred to the Manlius United Methodist Church, or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Solvay UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Solvay United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Solvay UMC is hereby vested in the Conference Trustees, and that the Conference Trustees are authorized to lease the church building to Casa de Dios, an newly incorporated faith community in The United Methodist Church, on the terms recommended by the Crossroads district superintendent; and Be it further resolved that the Conference Trustees are further authorized, and not in limitation to their authority to lease the church building to Casa de Dios, to convey the former Solvay UMC real property to the newly incorporated faith community for no monetary consideration, upon consultation with and consent of the new faith community’s district superintendent; and Be it further resolved that, as necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and Be it further that the membership of the Solvay UMC is hereby transferred to the Syracuse: Christ Community United Methodist Church or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select. Union Valley UMC Therefore be it resolved that the Union Valley United Methodist Church is discontinued; and Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Union Valley United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference Trustees; and Be it further resolved that the Annual Conference Trustees shall, as recommended by the District Superintendent, first consider selling the real estate to a newly incorporating independent congregation, and Be it further resolved that the Annual Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in their discretion; and Be it further resolved that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Union Valley United Methodist Church, including the net proceeds of the sale to the newly incorporating independent congregation or another party, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and Be it further resolved that the membership of the Union Valley United Methodist Church is hereby withdrawn from The United Methodist Church. Election of Trustees Election of Trustees was conducted by paper ballot, as required by the State of New York. The following were elected: The Rev. Richard Barling, Class of 2017; the Rev. Barbara Brewer, Class of 2017; Howard Simonin, Class of 2017; Peter Abdella, Class of 2019; and Christopher McNinch, Class of 2019. Trustees Report Approval of the Conference Trustees Report

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Clergy Ballot “Following the election of the first two jurisdictional delegates, the next clergy ballot will be the last clergy ballot taken, and the top six vote-receivers will become our clergy Jurisdictional delegates and alternates.� (voted on by eligible clergy only) Nominations Report Approval of the Conference Leadership Development/Nominations Report Conference Council on Finance & Administration 2016 Budget: Be it Resolved that the 2016 Ministry Share Budget be set at $10,079,236. CF&A Report: Approval of the Council on Finance and Administration Report Adjustments to Agenda Be it resolved that all unresolved resolutions and petitions for General Conference and the UNYAC session be placed on a ballot for yes or no votes and mailed to each Conference member by June 30. Each ballot must be signed by the delegate/member and returned to the secretary of the Conference by July 17. The results of the votes will be posted on the Conference website by Aug. 7 and entered in to official record of the sixth session of the Annual Conference. Suspension of Rules for Debate Be it resolved that the rules be suspended to allow for the following: 1. Debate for each petition and resolution be limited to one speech for and one speech against, and that each of these speeches be granted a maximum of two minutes. 2. Submitter of the resolution or petition under consideration be granted two minutes to speak prior to debate and one minute post debate. The submitter shall be in addition to the speeches for and against. 3. An individual be permitted to speak to only one of the resolutions or petitions before us. 4. An intentional moment of silent prayerful reflection prior to the vote being taken for the resolution or petition. Upper New York Annual Conference Resolutions UNYAC2015.6: Income Inequality Be it resolved that UNYAC 2015.6 Income Inequality be referred to the Social Holiness Team. UNYAC2015.7: Creation of Bridging Team Whereas, our Conference and denomination have become winner take all, even when the majority is small; and Whereas, we have mirrored our United States Congress in becoming polarized to such a degree there is little opportunity for compromise, never mind consensus; and Whereas, we have addressed conflicts with behind-the-scenes alliance-building that has emphasized difference rather than commonality; and Whereas, Conference conflict resolution trainings have called for win-win solutions rather than win-lose solutions; and

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Whereas, simply voting and determining the outcome does not indicate the whole voice of the Conference but the “winning” voice; and Whereas, Jesus has prayed for us, his disciples, that we shall be one; and Whereas, John Wesley has called for unity is essentials and charity in differences. Therefore, be it resolved that the Conference Leadership Team will create a bridge team that would seek to create civil discussion by the entire Conference around divisive issues such as authority of the Bible, human sexuality, marriage, ordination, and Israel/Palestine (implement the fall of 2015). UNYAC 2-15.8 – Creation of Voting Process and Process of Reporting Outcome of Votes – Referred to Sessions UNYAC 2015.9: Resolution to Support the Turtle Island Trust and the People of Ganienkeh Whereas, it has been "resolved that being justified by faith, we will honor as sacred those practices that: call us back to the sacredness of Native people, affirm as beautiful their identity among the world's peoples; lead us into right relationship with our Creator, creation, and those around us; and call us into holy living. We call upon the world, the church, The United Methodist Church, and the people of The United Methodist Church to receive the gifts of Native people as people of God." (#3334), and Whereas, it has been "resolved, that The United Methodist Church begin a process of healing relationships with indigenous persons to continue through the quadrennium and beyond that necessarily includes such activities as study guides and resources; self-examination, discovering the ongoing impact of historic traumas; confessing our own participation in the continuing effects of that trauma, building relationships with indigenous persons wherever we, the Church, are; building those relationships through listening and being present with indigenous persons, working beside indigenous persons to seek solutions to current problems . . . ." (#3324), and Whereas, it has been "further resolved, that the General Conference recommends that local churches develop similar statements of confession as a way of fostering a deep sense of community with Native Americans and encourages the members of our Church to stand in solidarity on these important issues and to provide mediation when appropriate for ongoing negotiations with state and federal agencies regarding these matters." (#3322), and Whereas, the People of Ganienkeh and the Turtle Island Trust have made possible, for hundreds of visitors of all ages, life-enhancing learning and relationship building experiences. In their minds the Ganienkehagas are there forever. It is our hope to provide this for many generations to come, and Whereas, the Turtle Island Trust, through the efforts of its Trustees, has been a vehicle for peace on all sides, and Whereas, the "Act of Repentance" requires that the Church will never again remain silent when it is called to speak. Therefore, be it resolved that the Upper New York Conference, representing more than 900 churches and with 168,000 members, in light of our Act of Repentance journey, support the people of Ganienkeh Territory and the Turtle Island Trust in their ongoing efforts to establish peace with justice. This Annual Conference session, in light of the urgency of this present historic moment, asks the Governor, the Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, and the Attorney General, the Honorable Eric T. Schneiderman, to exercise the leadership required to ensure peace and justice for all by honoring the Turtle Island Trust Agreement. This agreement, which came into being in 1977 through the efforts of then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo, established the Turtle Island Trust as a tax-exempt charitable land trust through which the people of New York and people of the Ganienkeh Territory resolved their differences in peace and with dignity for all, and

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Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent, by the Conference Secretary, to the Governor and Attorney General of New York state. UNYAC2015.10: Fruits of Repentance- An End to the Celebration of Columbus Day Whereas, Christopher Columbus failed to treat the Native Peoples of the Americas with respect, and Whereas, he engaged in human trafficking, and Whereas, he used his influence to establish a culture of sexual exploitation of children and minors of Native American descent by adults of European descent, and Whereas, he established systems of forced labor resulting in the destruction of cultures and untold suffering for millions of individuals, and Whereas, he engaged in brutal collective corporal punishment, the deliberate repression of Native American cultural expression, and other acts we now correctly name as genocide, and Whereas, he established a culture of exploitation of the earth that continues to dishonor and often destroy God’s living creation. Therefore, be it resolved that "Columbus Day" will no longer be recognized by the people of the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church. Our Conference offices and local churches will either not observe this holiday or will initiate organizational conversations designed to rename and re-purpose this holiday in accordance with our United Methodist Social Principles (The Book of Discipline ¶162 and 162a), and Be it further resolved that the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church designates our Conference Leadership Team, in consultation with our Committee on Native American Ministries, to provide and distribute to our local churches a liturgy designed to enact the spiritual dimensions of our choice to cease participating in the celebration of Columbus. Our repentance, petitions for God’s forgiveness, and return to God’s word for visions of the relationships God desires will take place in worship on the Sunday closest to the second Monday in October, and Be it futher resolved that the Upper New York Conference, its committees, districts, and local churches are encouraged and directed to invest our relational influence at regional, local, and personal levels towards the initiation of conversations intended to awaken the conscience of God’s people to the benefits of turning away from the legacy of Columbus. UNYAC2015.12 – Health Insurance for All Clergy and Local Pastors “

Whereas, 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 states, Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel” (NIV); and Whereas, currently part-time clergy and local pastors do not have access to health insurance through the Conference; and Whereas, the 2014 provisions of the Affordable Care Act requires all persons in the United States to have health insurance; and Whereas, the Conference does not have statistics on the health insurance carrier of part time clergy and local pastors,

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Therefore, be it resolved that the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits explore the option of providing health insurance for all part-time clergy and local pastors; students appointed to attend school for their studies; and students appointed to charges (part- or full-time) while completing their studies; and Be it further resolved that the Conference survey each charge to determine by category where each clergy and local pastor obtain health insurance and the affordability of that health insurance. The categories are as follows: Healthflex; covered under spouse’s plan; covered by both Healthflex and spouse’s plan, state insurance/not Medicare; Medicare; other. UNYAC2015.14 -- Protecting Seneca Lake Whereas, old unlined salt caverns are dangerous vessels for the storage of flammable gases (as was illustrated in Hutchison, Kan., when salt cavern-stored natural gas leaked through subterranean fissures and fractures and caused deadly explosions seven miles away) and can also be structurally unstable (as was illustrated by the 1994 collapse of a salt cavern in Livingston County, N.Y., in a calamity that included sinkholes, methane contaminated basements, and a permanently poisoned drinking water aquifer), and Whereas, Seneca Lake caverns are vulnerable to roof collapses that could allow pressurized gases to escape, as is evidenced by the 400,000-ton roof collapse that has already occurred in a Seneca Lake salt cavern now slated by Crestwood for natural gas storage, and Whereas, the Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC), over the strenuous objections of citizens and independent geologists, nevertheless approved Crestwood's natural gas storage expansion plan in May 2014, and Whereas, on Aug. 11, 2014, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) called a temporary halt to Crestwood's plans to stockpile LPG in the Seneca Lake salt caverns by announcing a special issues conference to investigate ongoing health, safety, and environmental concerns of lakeside storage here, and Whereas, one day later, on Aug. 12, Crestwood outrageously announced a plan to commence construction of a compressor station to pressurize natural gas for underground storage in salt caverns, and Whereas, dozens of Schuyler County health care professionals have called for a halt to both natural gas and LPG storage in these salt caverns on the grounds that they raise unacceptable risks of catastrophic accidents, injuries, and contaminate water and air, and Whereas, the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church ¶160A supports and encourages social policies and measures "designed to maintain and restore natural ecosystems;" and urges "all municipalities and other governmental organizations to develop processes for determining sustainability of water resources and to determine the environmental, economic, and social consequences of privatization of water resources prior to the licensing and approval thereof,” and Whereas,¶163H which advocates for the survival of family farms, which have been threatened by "increasing concentration of all phases of agriculture into the hands of a limited number of transnational corporations" raising "global questions of justice that cry out for vigilance and action," and Whereas, ¶163I calls for corporate responsibility including "the communities in which they do business, and for the earth, which supports them" and for the "public's right to know what impact these corporations have in these various arenas…” and Whereas,¶164F recognizes "the right of individuals to dissent when acting under the constraint of conscience and, after having exhausted all legal recourse, to resist or disobey laws that they deem to be unjust…”

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Therefore, be it resolved that the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church supports the movement to protect Seneca Lake by continuing to advocate within the political system to prevent gas storage in the salt caverns nearby; and Be it further resolved, that The United Methodist Church encourage individuals who are called to do so, to join with others to engage in peaceful, nonviolent acts of protest, up to and including civil disobedience, until additional storage of LPG and methane in Seneca Lake salt caverns is halted, and Be it further resolved that the Conference Secretary forward a copy of this motion, upon passage, to Crestwood Midstream, Houston, Texas, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the NYS DEC, and the appropriate legislative and judicial bodies of Schuyler County. UNYAC2015.17: Formation of Upper New York Conference United Methodist Historical Society Whereas, ¶641.2 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church states that the Conference Commission on Archives and History may “organize a conference historical society and encourage membership therein for the purpose of promoting interest in the study and preservation of the history of the conference and its antecedents;” and Whereas, such Conference-wide Methodist historical society would aid the work of Upper New York Commission on Archives and History and would provide an additional way for Conference members to connect to the Upper New York Conference. The Upper New York Conference Commission on Archives and History formed a committee to draft bylaws for such a historical society. Therefore, be it resolved that the Upper New York Conference endorse this endeavor and support formation of an Upper New York Conference United Methodist Historical Society. Be it further resolved that it is agreed that the Upper New York Commission on Archives and History be authorized to organize and administer the society for a maximum of two years until officers are elected. GC2016.1: Consensus Among Faith Communities Regarding Income Inequality Whereas, the Bible includes many passages that condemn hoarding of wealth and taking advantage of the poor (Deut. 24:14-15, Isaiah 3:14-15, Ezekiel 22:23-29, Amos 5:11-12, Matt. 19:21, Luke 12:15-21, 16:13-14, etc.). Amos (5:21-24) was shocked at the growing inequality between rich and poor under King Jeroboam II in Israel and proclaimed that until this social injustice was replaced by righteousness, God would ignore their hymns and ceremonies and reject their offerings. [J.D. Crossan, The Greatest Prayer (book), 2001], and Whereas, a comprehensive critique of the U.S. economic system, co-authored by an economist and a theologian, H.E. Daly and J.B. Cobb, affirms that limited inequality is consistent with biblical teachings and the essential role of community in sustaining human life, but unlimited inequality would deny the very concept of community, and complete equality would deny realdifferences in human abilities and the need of community for various skills [H.E. Daly and J.B. Cobb, For the Common Good (book), Beacon Press, 1994, pg. 331], and Whereas, The United Methodist Social Principles states “We support measures that would reduce the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few. We support efforts to revise tax structures and to eliminate government programs that now benefit the wealthy at the expense of other persons,” and Whereas, John Wesley wrote that the acquisition of wealth and possessions in general leads to the destruction of faith and holiness [Jennings, Good News for the Poor: John Wesley’s Evangelical Economics (book), 1990], and Whereas, these and other teachings have inspired many Christians to contribute to society according to their abilities and opportunities without seeking or accepting compensation beyond their needs, but have not as yet,

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overcome a culture that teaches Americans that their worthiness is proportional to how much they earn, spend, and possess, and Whereas, we believe that a statement in which all or most religious communities in the United States speak with one voice in opposition to the continuing increase in income inequality would help stimulate remedial actions. Therefore, be it resolved that the General Conference request the Council of Bishops to initiate contact with their counterparts in other Christian denominations and non-Christian faith communities, with the hope of drafting a joint proclamation supported by many faith communities that would call for measures to reduce inequality in earned income and make American society more egalitarian without stifling individual creativity; and Be it further resolved that the General Conference direct the General Board of Church and Society, in consultation with others as appropriate, to consider whether it is feasible to propose ethical guidelines for minimum and maximum annual employee compensation, to be submitted for consideration to the next General Conference. We suppose that such guidelines might be expressed as ratios to national, regional, or company statistics; the guidelines would not apply to individual entrepreneurs or to corporate profits and would allow for averaging fluctuations in compensation over multiple years. Perhaps alternative options could be offered to facilitate debate. GC2016.2: Fruits of Repentance: An End to the Celebration of Columbus Day Whereas, Christopher Columbus failed to treat the Native Peoples of the Americas with respect (see attached addendum); and Whereas, he engaged in human trafficking (see attached addendum); and Whereas, he used his influence to establish a culture of sexual exploitation of children and minors of Native American descent by adults of European descent (see attached addendum); and Whereas, he established systems of forced labor resulting in the destruction of cultures and untold suffering for millions of individuals (see attached addendum); and Whereas, he engaged in brutal collective corporal punishment, the deliberate repression of Native American cultural expression, and other acts we now correctly name as genocide (see attached addendum); and Whereas, he established a culture of exploitation of the earth that continues to dishonor and often destroy God’s living creation (see attached addendum). Therefore, be it resolved that "Columbus Day" will no longer be recognized by the people of The United Methodist Church. United Methodist annual conferences, agencies, schools, universities, and local churches in lands that officially celebrate “Columbus Day” will either not observe this holiday or will initiate organizational conversations designed to rename and re-purpose this holiday in accordance with our United Methodist Social Principles (See The Book of Discipline ¶162 & 162a), and Be it further resolved that the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church will provide and distribute to our local churches in North America a liturgy designed to enact the spiritual dimensions of our choice to cease participating in the celebration of Columbus. Our repentance, petitions for God’s forgiveness, and return to God’s Word for visions of the relationships God desires will take place in worship on the Sunday closest to the second Monday in October, and Be it further resolved that United Methodist annual conferences, boards, agencies, and local churches in lands affected by the legacy of Columbus are encouraged and directed to invest our relational influence at regional, local, and personal levels towards the initiation of conversations intended to awaken the conscience of God’s people to the benefits of turning away from the legacy of Columbus. The General Board on Church and Society is

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directed to give leadership to our effort bring about the repeal of “Columbus Day” as a national holiday in the United States of America. GC2016.7: Prayer and Support For Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans Whereas, ¶510.2(a), 2012 The Book of Discipline, provides that resolutions of the General Conference are official expressions of The United Methodist Church for eight years following their adoption, after which time they shall be deemed to have expired unless readopted, and Whereas, the need to pray for and support members of the armed forces and veterans and to value the potential contributions of veterans in our churches is ongoing. Therefore, be it resolved that the 2016 General Conference readopt Resolution 5061. GC2016.9 – Cross Referencing The Book of Discipline With The Book of Resolution Whereas, The Book of Discipline “is the most current statement of how United Methodists agree to live their lives together. It reflects our understanding of the Church and articulates the mission of The United Methodist Church: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Discipline defines what is expected of its laity and clergy as they seek to be effective witnesses in the world as a part of the whole body of Christ.” (Episcopal Greetings, The Book of Discipline); and Whereas, The Book of Resolutions contains: • “Official policy statements for guiding all the work and ministry of The United Methodist Church on approximately 200 subjects; • Educational resources for The United Methodist Church on important issues affecting the lives of people and all God’s creation; • Guides and models for helping United Methodist members and groups relate a lively biblical faith to action in daily life; • Resource materials for persons preparing public statements about United Methodist concerns on current social issues.” (User’s Guide, The Book of Resolutions); and Whereas, making these resources available are done so at cost by the United Methodist Publishing House; and Whereas, making these resources as accessible and as easy to use as possible will help United Methodists to become more familiar with the Wesleyan way of life and prepared to both become and “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Therefore, be it resolved that the following sentences be inserted in¶510.2a of The Book of Discipline: a) “All valid resolutions of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church shall be published in each edition of The Book of Resolutions. There shall be a complete subject index and index of Scripture passages to all valid resolutions of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in each edition of the Book of Resolutions. Every resolution that corresponds to a paragraph in The Book of Discipline shall be listed by number and title at the end of the corresponding Disciplinary subsection to which it relates. In the case of electronic publications, such as, but not limited to, e-books and online versions, the references to resolutions within the Book of Discipline should act as hyperlinks to the text of those resolutions. Resolutions are official expressions of The United Methodist Church for eight years following their adoption, after which time they shall be deemed to have expired unless readopted. Those that have expired shall not be printed in subsequent editions of The Book of Resolutions. The Book of Resolutions shall be made available on the official website of The United Methodist Church”.

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GC2016.12 – Licensed Pastors Right to be Elected as Clergy Delegation of General Conference, Jurisdictional Conference and Central Conference and vote on the Constitution Whereas, the General Conference and The Book of Discipline are the means of the United Methodist political system and ¶164.B of The Book of Discipline supports political responsibility, reminding us that “The strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens.” and Whereas, we view The United Methodist Church as being an active society and affirm that local pastors are deserving of a voice within their society, according to ¶162, which states, “The rights and privileges of a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons are equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person's value is recognized, maintained and strengthened.” and Whereas, 379 out of 666 (or 56.9 percent) active clergy of the Upper New York Clergy are local licensed pastors (2013 statistics from GCFA) and the number of local licensed pastors continue to grow within the connection (we have 46,049 active clergy with 30,877 non-elders or 67 percent are local pastors according to GCFA 2013), and within the connection these pastors serve 60 percent of our local churches, and Whereas, according to ¶316, all licensed pastors are to perform the same responsibilities as those listed in ¶340.2, where it states “Licensed pastors share with the elders the responsibilities and duties of a pastor for this fourfold ministry, within the context of their appointment,” therefore having to adhere and abide by The Book of Discipline, and Whereas, ¶164.A states that, “We hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections…” as well as, “The form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guarantee to all adult citizens.” And since the General Conference is the governing body of The United Methodist Church and since not all members are given the right to be a delegate at General Conference, and Whereas, ¶502 states that, “The voting membership of the General Conference shall consist of: a) An equal number of clergy and lay delegates elected by the annual conferences as provided in the Discipline.” and Clergy has been defined in ¶602.1 as “The clergy membership of an annual conference (¶370) shall consist of deacons and elders in full connection (¶333), provisional members (¶327), associate members, and affiliate members (¶344.4, 586.4) and local pastors under full-time and part-time appointment to a pastoral charge (¶317). (See also, ¶32.),” and Therefore, be it resolved that ¶602.1.b should be changed to read, “Provisional clergy members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except including constitutional amendments, election of clergy delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences and except for matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.” and Be it further resolved ¶602.1.c should be changed to read, “Associate and affiliate clergy members shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except including constitutional amendments, election of clergy delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences, and except matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy…” and Be it further resolved that ¶602.1.d be changed to read, “Full-time and part-time local pastors under appointment to a pastoral charge shall have the right to vote in the annual conference on all matters except including constitutional amendments; election of delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences and except in matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy as long as the local pastors have met two criteria: they have, by either of two options as determined by the annual conference, completed the constitutionally specified level of education; and they have been appointed by the bishop and served for two consecutive years, immediately preceding the election, during which time no withdrawal of the appointed status

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PLEASE NOTE: The tables provided in all questions (except Q.57) are suggested formats for reporting for the 2013-2016 Quadrennium. Reporting in these formats is requested, but not required.

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH THE BUSINESS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE The Minutes of the Upper New York Annual Conference Held in Syracuse, New York On Wednesday, May 27 through Saturday, May 30, 2015 Bishop Mark Webb, Presiding Date When Organized 2010 .... Number of This Session 6 PART I ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL BUSINESS 1. Who are elected for the quadrennium (¶¶603.7, 619) Secretary Jeffrey Hodge Mailing Address: P.O. Box 512, Fulton, NY 13069 Telephone: 315-383-4384 Email: Statistician Kevin Domanico Mailing Address: 324 University Avenue, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, New York 13210 Telephone: (315) 424-7878 Email: Treasurer Kevin Domanico Mailing Address: 324 University Avenue, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, New York 13210 Telephone: (315) 424-7878 Email: 2. Is the Annual Conference incorporated (¶603.1)? YES 3. Bonding and auditing: What officers handling funds of the conference have been bonded, and in what amounts (¶¶618, 2511)? Name Position Amount Bonded Blanket Bonding All officers, trustees $1,000,000 general liability Have the books of said officers or persons been audited (¶¶617, 2511)? Financial Statements of Conference have been completed through 2013 and audits are in progress at this time. 4. What agencies have been appointed or elected? a) Who have been elected chairpersons for the mandated structures listed? Structure Council on Finance and Administration (¶611) Board of Ordained Ministry (¶635)

Chairperson

Mailing Address

Phone Number

Email

Rev. Larry Lake

PO Box 185Saranac Lake, NY 12981

518-293-7123

Pastor-larry@live.com

Rev. Holly Nye

816 Saratoga Rd. Burnt Hills, NY 12027

518-399-3144

hn@nycap.rr.com

Rev. Matthew Stengel

1924 Maiden Lane Rochester, NY 14626

585-225-1880

metty2rod@aol.com

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Board of Pensions (¶639)

Rev. Stephen Deckard

Board of Trustees of the Annual Conference (¶2512) Committee on Episcopacy (¶637) Administrative Review Committee (¶636)

Pastor John Jackson Rev. Rebecca Laird Rev. Joseph Kim

105 Genesee St. New Hartford, NY 13413 PO Box 52 Chautauqua, NY 14722-0052 PO Box 1087 Cicero, NY 13039 PO Box 177 Manlius, NY 13104

315-733-4227

revsteve@centralny.twcbc.co m

716-753-3550

Jajackson17@yahoo.com

315-699-2731

revlaird@hotmail.com

315-682-8021

Jkim1107@gmail.com

b) Indicate the name of the agency (or agencies) and the chairperson(s) in your annual conference which is (are) responsible for the functions related to each of the following general church agencies (¶610.1): General Agency

Conference Agency

Chairperson

Mailing Address

Phone Number

Email

Social Holiness Team

Rev. Alan Kinney

518-374-4306

Akinney2@twcn y.rr.com

General Board of Discipleship

Conference Leadership Team

Rev. Bill GottschalkFielding

943 Palmer Avenue Schenectady, NY 12309 324 University Ave, 3rd Floor Syracuse, NY 13210

315-424-7878

Billgf@unyumc.org

General Board of Global Ministries

Global Ministries Team

Rev. Jeffrey Childs

PO Box 242 Penn Yan, NY 14527

315-536-6511

revchilds@hotm ail.com

Higher Education and Campus Ministry

College Ministry Team

Rev. Dee Finch

1924 Maiden Lane Rochester, NY 14626

585-225-1880

deacondee@fro ntiernet.net

General Commission on Archives and History

Archives & History

Ms. Karen Stautler

5 Vichy Drive Ballston Spa, NY 12020

518-587-1295

jkstaul@aol.com

Rev. James E. Barnes II

9750 Clarence Center Rd. Clarence Center, NY 14032

Social Holiness Team

Rev. Alan Kinney

943 Palmer Avenue Schenectady, NY 12309

518-374-4306

Akinney2@twcn y.rr.com

Commission on Race & Religion

Ms, Blenda Smith

133 Helen Street Binghamton, NY 13905

607-217-5242

bsmith@bingha mton.edu

Commission on Status & Role of Women

Rev. Judith JohnsonSiebold

824 6th Ave. Troy, NY 12182

General Board of Church and Society

General Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-religious Concerns General Commission on Religion and Race General Commission on the Status and Role of Women

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United Methodist Communications

Conference Commission on Communicatio ns

Named by the Director of Communicati ons Steve Hustedt

324 University Ave. 3rd Fl. Syracuse, NY 13210

315-424-7878 ext. 307

stevehustedt@u nyumc.org

c) Indicate the conference agencies and chairpersons which have responsibilities for the following functions: General Agency

Name of Agency

Chairperson

Mailing Address

Phone Number

Email

Accessibility Team

Rev. Nancy Hale

74 North Broad St. Norwich, NY 13815

607-334-2895

nhale@frontiern et.net

Equitable Compensation (¶625)?

Commission on Equitable Compenssation

Rev. Wilson Jones

PO Box 456 Pavilion, NY 14525

585-237-5369

Wilsonjones65 @gmail.com

Laity (¶631)?

Board of Laity

Dr. Scott Johnson

310 Baynes St. Buffalo, NY 14213

716-440-7354

scottjphd@gmai l.com

Native American Ministry (¶654)?

Committee on Native American Ministry

Kae Wilbert

342 South Main St. Albion, NY 14411

585-589-4256

Kw917@rochest er.rr.com

Small Membership Church (¶645)?

Part of Conference Leadership Team

See above

Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (¶657)? Disability Concerns (¶653)?

d) Indicate the president or equivalent for the following organizations. Organization

Name of Agency

Chairperson

Conference United Methodist Women (¶647) Conference United Methodist Men (¶648)

Same

Ilah Sisson Walser

Same

Mark Jones

Conference Council on Youth Ministry (¶649) Conference Council on Young Adult Ministry (¶650)?

CCYM

Emily Allen Maya Smith Ashley Riddell

Young Adult Ministry (YAM)

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Mailing Address

Phone Number

Email

475 Shortlots Rd. Frankfort, NY 13340

315-749-3700

msjwelshman@ yahoo.com

324 University Ave 3rd Floor Syracuse, NY 13210

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e)

Have persons been elected for the following district boards and committees? Answer yes or no. (1) District Boards of Church Location & Building (¶2518.2)? Yes (2) Committees on District Superintendency (¶669)? Yes (3) District Committees on Ordained Ministry (¶666)? Yes f)

What other councils, boards, commissions, or committees have been appointed or elected in the annual conference? Structure

Chairperson

Mailing Address

Nominations & Leadership Development Sexual Ethics

Jenna Amberge

Conference Camps and Retreats Ministry (CCRM) Sessions

David Little

381 William Law Rd., Windsor, NY 13865 324 University Ave., 3rd FL, Syracuse, NY 13210 17 Mickel Hill Rd. Troy, NY 12180

Volunteers in Mission (VIM)

Roger & Donna Cullen

Second Half of Life Ministries (formerly Older Adult Ministries)

Tom Deloughry

Bill GottschalkFielding

Teressa Sivers

Phone Number

Email jenna@skylakecenter.org

315-424-7878

Billg-f@unyumc.org

518-279-1814

david.little@nyssba.org

2 Pearl St. Oneonta, NY 1380 9 Fox Hollow Lane, Ionia, NY 14475

607-432-4102

siverstm@gmail.com

585-398-1282

unyvim@unyumc.org

2151 Ferry Rd. Grand Island, NY 14072

716-909-9612

tdeloughry@gmail.com

5. Have the secretaries, treasurers, and statisticians kept and reported their respective data in accordance to the prescribed formats? (¶606.8)? Yes 6. What is the report of the statistician?

(See report, page 772 of Journal.)

7. What is the report of the treasurer?

(See report, page 772 of Journal.)

8. What are the reports of the district superintendents as to the status of the work within their districts? (See report, page 490 of Journal.) 9. What is the schedule of minimum base compensation for clergy for the ensuing year (¶¶342, 625.3)? Full connection: $39,200 Provisional: $37,800 Associate $37,100 FT LP completed Course of Study or MDiv: $36,400 FT Local Pastor: $35,000 (Less than full time appointments shall receive a base salary pro-rated according to the appointment.) 10. What amount has been apportioned to the pastoral charges within the conference to be raised for the support of the district superintendents for the ensuing year (¶614.1a)?

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The annual conference has apportioned a total of $2,408,295 to District Superintendent compensation, district operations, housing/parsonage costs and cabinet functions in 2014. This represents 24% of the Conference operating budget. 11. a) What amount has been apportioned to the pastoral charges within the conference to be raised for the support of the pension and benefit programs of the conference for the ensuing year (¶¶614.1d, 1507)? The annual conference does not include pastoral pension and benefit program costs in the apportioned amounts to the local churches (i.e. $0 apportioned). All such benefit costs are directly billed to the local churches at actual cost. b)What are the apportionments to this conference for the ensuing year? (1) For the World Service Fund? $1,195,102 (2) For the Ministerial Education Fund? $410,304 (3) For the Black College Fund? $163,659 (4) For the Africa University Fund? $36,624 (5) For the Episcopal Fund? $346,333 (6) For the General Administration Fund? $144,213 (7) For the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund? $32,073 12. What are the findings of the annual audit of the conference treasuries? The financial summary is on page 749 in the journal. 13. Conference and district lay leaders (¶¶603.9, 659): Conference and district lay leaders (¶¶603.9, 659): a) Conference lay leader: Name: Dr. Scott Johnson Mailing Address: 310 Baynes Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 b) Associate conference lay leaders: Ilah Sisson Walser c) District and associate district lay leaders: Adirondack: Roger Ellis and Jeanette Mann; Albany: Shirley Readdean; Binghamton: Drew Griffin; Cornerstone: Susan Hardy; Crossroads: Rebecca Lo Kohler; Finger Lakes: Shafeegn Habeeb; Genesee Valley: Terry Norsen and Pat VanVleck; Mohawk: Mark Adsit; Mountain View: Joel Stauring; Niagara Frontier: Jessica White; Northern Flow: Louise Matthews; Oneonta: Walton Forsythe and Anna Buell. 14. List local churches which have been: a) Organized or continued as New Church Starts or Mission Congregations (¶259,1-4, continue to list congregations here until listed in questions 14.c, d, or e) Church Name

District

Mailing Address

Phone Number

Date Founded

Southeast Asia NFC

Crossroads

607-240-7716

7/1/2013

Casa de Dios

Crossroads

787-248-6777

1/1/2014

New World Ministries

Crossroads

315-481-1826

7/1/2013

Lifetree Cafe Lark Street Together

Mountain View Albany

Syracuse Sean Chanthasone Olga and Alexis Gonzalez, Syracuse, NY Aaron Limmo Syracuse, NY Sue Dunlap (Fresh Start) Dee Lowman, Albany, NY

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Theater Based NFC Rensselaer: Emmanuel Prayer Groups

Albany Mission Congregation Albany Genesee Valley

Sophia Community The Pillar CenterPoint Hispanic/Latino NFC Hispanic/Latino NFC

Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Mohawk Mohawk Niagara Frontier

Hispanic/Latino NFC

Albany

Hispanic/Latino NFC

Albany

Southeast Asia NFC

Binghamton

International Reconciliation Ministry On The Road (House Church Network)

Albany Binghamton

Margaret Currier Mariana Rodriguez

7/1/2014 7/1/2008

Brockport UMC Chris Jewel Nancy O’Connor Raca Devin Lyles Wayne Clemens Jose Rodriguez South Park Luis Rivera Schenectady David Morales Troy Mariana Rivera Johnson City Sean Chanthasone African Refugees John Bizimana

1/1/2014

Theresa Melnyk

10/1/2015

1/1/2015 7/1/2014 7/1/2009 6/1/2015 4/1/2015 3/1/2015 3/1/2015 7/1/2014 7/1/2014

b) Satellite congregations (¶259.5-10, continue to list here until listed in questions 14.c, d, or e) Church Name

District

Mailing Address

Fresh Start

Mountain View

Umtoo

Niagara Frontier

Windsor Place

Crossroads

The Gathering

Oneonta

The Urban Edge

Binghamton

Café Shalom

Crossroads

College Student NFC

Crossroads

Young Adult Ministry (YAM) Asian Student NFC Syracuse The Road

Binghamton

REV… Coffee House NFC SPA… Outdoor NFC Common Grounds Fit for Life NFC

Oneonta

Salem Thursday Night NFC The Living Well NFC

Adirondack

Pennsylvania Ave UMC Bill Valet Batavia UMC Pam Klotzbach Cicero UMC Everett Bassett Oneonta First UMC Teressa Sivers Sarah Jane UMC Patricia Cardin Syracuse Area UMC’s Alicia Wood Oswego UMC Yohang Chun Sarah Jane Johnson UMC Mike Jenkins Hope Korean UMC Hyun Joo Yang Multiple locations Rebecca Laird Mt. Vision UMC Dan Chapman Jenni Piatt Robert McCarthy Harris Hill UMC Shawn Blakeslee Salem UMC Debbie Earthrowl Penn Yan Penn Yan, NY - Sandra L. Perl

Crossroads Crossroads

Northern Flow Northern Flow Niagara Frontier

Finger Lakes

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Hispanic/Latino NFC

Genesee Valley

The Edge

Crossroads

Covenant Manor NFC Faith and Harmony

Cornerstone

Dinner Church

Crossroads

Hands Up Community Chest Bread of Life NFC

Genesee Valley

Finger Lakes

Albany

Aldersgate UMC Hector Rivera Mexico UMC Brandin Grecco Jamestown UMC Natalie Hanson Cortland UMC Alan McCormick Lycoming UMC Ben O’Connor Springwater Terri White Broadalbin Judy Humphrey Fox

1/1/2013 3/1/2014 9/1/2014 3/1/2015 4/1/2015 1/1/2015 6/20/2015

c) Chartered Church Name

District

Mailing Address

Phone Number

Date Chartered

d) Merged (¶¶2546, 2547) (1) United Methodist with United Methodist Name of First Church

Name of Second Church

Name of Merged Church

Date Merged

Waterford Millville

Clifton Park Knowlesville

Living Hope UMC The United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest

July 1, 2014 January 1, 2015

Name of Merged Church

Date Merged

(2) Other mergers (indicate denomination) Name of First Church Granville UMC

Name of Second Church Bethel Peniel Presbyterian Church of Granville “Granville Presbyterian”

United Church of Granville

07/01/2014

e) Discontinued or abandoned (¶¶229, 341.2, 2549) (State which for each church listed.) (1) New Church Start (¶259.2,3) Church Name

District

Location

Date Closed

Seneca Babcock NFC/Rick Koch Extended Care House Church

Niagara Frontier

Buffalo

June 2015

Mohawk

Oneida

Fall 2014

The Bridge Man Church

Genesee Valley Binghamton

Webster Tioga Center

Fall 2014 December 2014

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(2) Mission Congregation (¶259.1a) Church Name

District

Location

Date Closed

Location

Date Closed

(3) Satellite Congregation Church Name

District

(4) Chartered Local Church (¶259.5) Church Name

District

Location

Date Closed

Buckton Broadway UMC Solvay UMC Hagaman North Gainesville Delphi Falls Granby Center Erieville Syracuse: Rockefeller Coventry Fowlerville Union Valley

Discontinued/ No. Flow Discontinued/Albany Discontinued/Crossroads Discontinued/Albany Discontinued/Genesee Valley Abandon/Crossroads Discontinued/Crossroads Discontinued/Crossroads Discontinued/Crossroads Discontinued/Oneonta Discontinued/Genesee Valley Discontinued/Oneonta

Buckton, NY Rensselaer, NY Solvay, NY Hagaman, NY North Gainesville, NY

09/30/2014 10/05/2014 11/30/2014 12/31/2014 02/26/2015 01/23/2015

Granby Center, NY Erieville, NY Syracuse, NY Coventry, NY Fowlerville, NY Union Valley, NY

06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015

f) Relocated and to what address Church Name

District

Albion

GV

Mailing Address

Physical Location

Date Relocated

g) Changed name of church? (Example: "First" to "Trinity") Former Name

New Name

Champion

Second UMC of Champion

Address

District

h) Transferred this year into this conference from other United Methodist conference(s) and with what membership (¶¶41, 260)? Name

Membership

Sending Conference

i) What cooperative parishes in structured forms have been established? (¶206.b) Parish Name

Charge Name

Syracuse UM Churches The Greater Parish (eff. 7.1.2014)

Syracuse UM Churches The Greater Parish

Church Name Argyle, Centenary, Embury, Salem, & W. Hebron

j) What other changes have taken place in the list of churches? 15. Are there Ecumenical Shared Ministries in the conference? (¶208) a) Federated church

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Name

District

Other Denomination(s)

Peru Community Federated Church Westport Federated Fort Ann United Protestant Church Schroon Lake Community Federated Church United Church of Granville Cornerstone Comm. Church of Lansingburgh Stephentown Federated Church Spencer Federated Maine Federated Busti Federated Church Hinsdale/Ischua Federated Amboy Belle Isle United Church Collamer United First United Church of East Syracuse Jamesville Federated Tully United Caroline Valley Federated Danby Federated Church Fleming Federated Ovid Federated Phelps United Conesus United Groveland Federated Parish Livonia United Naples Federated Pittsford United Genesee Area Campus Ministries Grtr. Rochester Comm. of Churches (GRCC) Jordanville New Woodstock Richfield Springs United West Winfield Jasper United United Church of Painted Post Copenhagen United Louisville Madrid United

ADK ADK ADK ADK ADK Albany Albany Binghamton Binghamton Cornerstone Cornerstone Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mountain View Mountain View Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow

United Church of Christ American Baptist United Church of Christ Presbyterian Presbyterian/UMC Presbyterian/UMC American Baptist American Baptist American Baptist

United Church of Christ American Baptist United Church of Christ United Church of Christ American Baptist Presbyterian

American Baptist

American Baptist American Baptist United Church of Christ UMC/Presbyterian UCC

b) Union Church Name

District

Other Denomination(s)

District

Other Denomination(s)

District

Other Denomination(s)

c) Merged Church Name

d) Yoked Parish Name

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Adirondack District: • Speculator/Lake Pleasant/Wells (One SPRC, a charge) • Wells moved districts, it is no longer in Albany District. It is now part of Adirondack District. Crossroads District • Creation of Syracuse UM Churches. It includes: Bellevue Heights/Brown Memorial/Erwin First/ Gethsemane/ Hope Korean/ James Street/ St. Paul's/ University Mohawk District: • Hamilton: Park/Waterville (one SPRC, a charge) Northern Flow District: • Three River Valley Parish is dissolving 6/30/15. • Naumburg: Beaver Valley/Barnes Corners. • Carthage/Champion 7/1/15. • Great Bend: Woodworth Memorial – stand alone 7/1/15 • CLOG (Clergy and Laity Offer God) is no longer. Now named SALT (Serving and Leading Together) effective May 2015. SALT includes: Brushton, Moira, Nicholville, and St. Regis Falls churches. • No more Thousand Island Parish – it dissolved when other church closed several years back. Omar-Fishers Landing – stand alone church. • Depeyster/Kendrew (one SPRC, a charge) • Lowville/Beaver Falls (one SPRC, a charge) • Malone: Centenary – stand alone • Massena: First/Massena: Grace (one SPRC, a charge) • Watertown: First/Watertown: Bethany (one SPRC, a charge) • Ogdensburg/Waddington (one SPRC, a charge)

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THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

THE BUSINESS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015 PART II PERTAINING TO ORDAINED AND LICENSED CLERGY (Note: A (v) notation following a question in this section signifies that the action or election requires a majority vote of the clergy session of the annual conference. If an action requires more than a simple majority, the notation (v 2/3) or (v 3/4) signifies that a two-thirds or three-fourths majority vote is required. Indicate credential of persons in Part II: FD, FE, PD, PE, and AM when requested.) 17. Are all the clergy members of the conference blameless in their life and official administration (¶¶604.4, 605.6)? In almost every case, our clergy members are blameless in life and character. The performance of every ordained minister and local pastor has been reviewed by the Bishop and the Cabinet. Where there is concern or basis for a grievance, it is being pursued with the knowledge of the member involved. 18. Who constitutes: a) The Administrative Review Committee (¶636)? (v) Elders: Joseph Kim, Joyce Allen, Michael Weeden Alternates: Jane Baker, Cathy Stengel b) The Conference Relations Committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry (¶635.1d)? Elders: Leon VanWie, Holly Nye, Carmen Perry Alternates: Matt Stengel, Alice Priset c)The Committee on Investigation (2008 BOD ¶2703) Elders: Rev. Arthur Dolch, Rev. Sung Ho Lee, Rev. Teressa Sivers, Rev. Deborah O’Connor-Slater Confessing Members: Robert Briggs*, Helen Johnson, Dorothy Brownlow Alternate Elders: Rev. Beth Bouwens, Rev. Patricia Olmstead, Rev. Frederick Albrecht Alternate Confessing Members: Sandra Holcombe, Christopher Holoman, Sandra Allen 19. Who are the certified candidates (¶ ¶ 310, 313, 314) a) Who are currently certified as candidates for ordained or licensed ministry? Name Bradley, Casey Capodagli, Lee Cole, Lynnette Monson, Carl Stevens, Arnold Baxter (Smith), Christine Choi, Sung Ah Waxman, Dolly Winnie, Amy

Hester, Thomas Dill, Carol O’Connor (Frega), Laurel Parker, Roger Ranous, Sue Schmit, Sharon Song, Jee Hae VanNorstrand, Arlene Cheney, Dawn Judd, Geri Riddell, Russell

District Adirondack Adirondack Adirondack Adirondack Adirondack Albany Albany Albany Albany Binghamton Cornerstone Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes

Date Certified 09/08/2014 04/16/2013 04/23/2014 04/24/2015 10/20/2014 2/28/2013 03/15/2015 05/26/2015 11/19/2014 2008 09/10/2014 11/28/2012 09/25/2014 3/1/2011 04/05/2014 2004 04/09/2015 03/05/2015 1/4/2005

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Name Sutterby, Penny Dupont, Patrick J. Higgins, Reg Jewell, Christian Rosa, Ruth White, Terry Guthrie, Rebecca Hubman, Patricia Austin, Kevin Cotto, Jose Glaser, Jessica Kasperek, Marilyn Mahar, Sherry Pasieka, Peter Fitchette, Donna Piatt, Jennifer Solar, Rebekah Cole, Anna Blinn Howard, Richard Hood, Justin Lacey-Markle, Jan

District Finger Lakes Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Mohawk Mohawk Mountain View Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier

Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta

Date Certified 04/09/2015 01/29/2015 03/27/2014 04/22/2015 10/24/2011 04/17/2013 04/13/2015 03/17/2015 09/14/2014 05/14/2015 04/23/2015 04/23/2015 12/2/2014 02/09/2015 05/19/2015 05/19/2015 04/23/2015 2/23/2013 6/30/2014 05/06/2015 05/06/2015


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Receiving Conference

Date Originally Certified

Martin Hall-Lochmann Van Bennekom, Quentin

Western North Carolina

06/12/2013

Date Accepted by District in Other Conference

c) Who have been discontinued as certified candidates for licensed or ordained ministry? Name Rotunda, Jeffery Beth O’Neil David Snyder Bradford, Joseph Swanson, Gregory Connolly, Kevin Lienhart, Cameron Phillips, Todd Waxman, Dolly

District Cornerstone Northern Flow Northern Flow Adirondack Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Genesee Valley Albany

Date Certified 9/18/2014

Date Discontinued 06/30/2014 12/31/2015 06/30/2015 04/24/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 05/26/2015

20. Who have completed the studies for the license as a local pastor, are approved, but are not now appointed? (¶315 —Indicate for each person the year the license was approved.): Name

District

Davis, Gayle Maker, Kathleen Scott, Kenneth VanAllen, Cynthia Aylesworth, Allyson

Adirondack Albany Albany Albany Binghamton

Year Last Licensed 1999 1997 2003 2007 2013

Melnyk, Theresa Snedaker, Annette Warren, Grace Acker, Sue Carns, Barbara Hart, Penelope

Binghamton Binghamton Cornerstone Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads

2014 2012 2013 2014 2013 2014

Name

District

Van Norstrand, Arlene Schmit, Sharon Choi, Ja Sook Jones, Susan WoodworthWright, Diane Porch, Karin Snyder, Kim

Crossroads Crossroads Genesee Valley Mohawk Mohawk

Year Last Licensed 2012 NA NA 2014 2014

Mountain View Mountain View

1999 2013

Kasperek, Marilyn

Niagara Frontier

NA

21. Who are approved and appointed as: (Indicate for each person the first year the license was awarded. Indicate what progress each has made in the course of study or the name of the seminary in which they are enrolled. Indicate with an asterisk those who have completed the five year course of study or the M.Div. (¶319.4)? PLEASE NOTE: Persons on this list must receive an episcopal appointment. (v) Local pastors who have completed course of study or an M. Div. degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election may vote for General and Jurisdictional Delegates. a) Full-time local pastors? (¶318.1) Name

District

Year License Awarded

Years Completed with Course of Study

Johnson, Albert W.* (FL) Auslander, Joseph* (FL) Berdan, Diane * (FL) DeFelice, Robert* (FL) Dupont, Patrick J.* (FL) Rodriguez, Mariana (FL) Collins, James, Jr.* (FL) McKinney, David B.* (FL) Chanthasone, Sonexay “Sean”(FL) Brewer, Barbara* (FL) Buelow, Craig (FL)

Adirondack Albany Albany Albany Albany Albany Binghamton Binghamton Bing/Crossroads

1998 1997 2003 2003 2015 1998 2001 2010 2011

Completed COS, 2010 Completed COS 2004 Drew, M.Div. 2003 Andover Newton, M.Div. 2010 Wesley School of Theology, MDiv 2015 Perkins, 9 courses Completed COS Asbury, M.Div. 2014 Completed Bachelor’s Degree

Cornerstone Cornerstone

2012 2012

UTS, MDiv 2014 Completed 7 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

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Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mountain View Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier

2002 2012 2011 2010 2010 2014 1998 2005 2006 2013 2014 2015 1999 2009 2012 2010 1978 2015 2012 2006 1999 2002 2004 2002 1999 1990 1995 2010 2010

Kofahl, Matthew* (FL) Snyder, Jeffrey* (FL) Kubiak, Davis A.* (FL) Malone, Beth* (FL) Paige, Sheila (FL) Zettle, Katie (FL) Fargo, Mona* (FL) LaLone, Earl (FL) Terrell, Michael* (FL) Martin, Daniel* (FL) Parry, Rebecca* (FL)

Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow Oneonta Oneonta

2005 2004 2005 2004 2007 2009 2002 2013 2002 1997 2012

Completed COS, 2010 Started NE/United 27 credits completed Pacific School of Religion M.Div. 2010 United Northeastern, 2nd year Asbury, 27 credits st Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year Completed COS Asbury, M.Div. Completed 13 of 20 COS, in 3rd year Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1st year Drew, M.Div. 2015 BU, MDiv., 2015 Asbury, MDiv 1999 Completed COS 2014 UTS. M.Div. 2014 Northeastern, M.Div. Completed COS 1994 MA, CRCDS Completed COS 2011 CRCDS, MDiv. 2014 Completed COS 2002 Completed COS 2013 Completed Wesley COS 2012 Completed COS 2010 CRCDS, 2nd year Asbury, M.Div., 1989 Completed COS 2005 United Northeastern, M. Div 2014 United, completed 69 hours, credits meet COS requirements CRCDS, M.Div. 2013 Completed COS 2012 United Buffalo, M.Div CRCDS, M.Div., 2011 Completed 6 of 20 COS, in 7th year Completed 11 of 20 CS in 4th year Completed COS 2012 Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 1st year Completed COS 2007 Completed COS United, M.Div., 2004

b) Part-time local pastors? (¶318.2) (fraction of full-time in one-quarter increments) st Name % District 1 Yr Progress Years Completed with Course of licensed Study Andrews, Stephen J. (PL) .75 Adirondack 2010 PT on-line Asbury 53 hours completed Bradley, Casey* (PL) .50 Adirondack 2014 Boston University, MDiv. 2013 Burgess, Daniel (PL) .75 Adirondack 2006 Completed 8 of 20 COS, 6th year Capodagli, Lee (PL) .25 Adirondack 2014 Completed 0 of 20 COS Dickinson, Nina (PL) .25 Adirondack 2013 Completed 4 of 20 COS in 3rd year Loan, Steve* (RL) .75 Adirondack 1989 Completed COS, 2009 Meyerhoff, Douglas (PL) .25 Adirondack 2012 Completed 6 of 20 COS, in 3rd year Waldron, Deborah* (RL) .25 Adirondack 1992 Completed COS, 2003 Waldron, Roger* (RL) .25 Adirondack 2014 Completed COS 1999 Batcher, Marvin (PL) .25 Albany 2003 Completed 16 of 20 COS, in 10th year Chamberlain (McGinnis), Heidi .50 Albany 2009 Completed 8 of 20 COS, in 5th year

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.50 .50 .25 .50 ↓. 25 .75 .25 .25 .50 .25 .50 .50 .50 .25 .50 .25 .50 .25 .50 .25 ↓. 25 .50 .25 .50 ↓. 25 ↓. 25 ↓. 25 .75 .25 .50 .50 .75 .25 .50 .25 .50 ↓. 25 ↓. 25 .75 ↓. 25 .50 .75 .25 .75 .25 .75

Albany Albany Albany Albany Albany

2010 2014 2008 1994 1989

Drew, MDiv. 2014 nd Completed 3 of 20 COS, in 2 year Completed 1 of 20 COS, in 2nd year Asbury, M.Div. 1987 Bangor M.Div, 1991

Albany Albany Albany Albany Albany Albany Albany Albany Binghamton Binghamton Binghamton Binghamton

2006 2009 2002 1992 2008 2004 2001 2010 2007 2003 2004 2006

Completed 5 of 20 COS in 2nd year Completed 8 of 20 in 5th year Completed 0 of 20 COS Completed COS in 2002 Completed COS, 2013 th Completed 16 of 20 in 11 year United, M.Div. Drew, credits Completed 5 of 20 COS, in 5th year Completed 16 of 20 COS, in 8th year Completed 12 of 20 COS, in 8th year Moravian, M.Div.

Binghamton Binghamton Binghamton Binghamton

2013 2010 2013 2014

Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1st year Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 1st year Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1st year Completed COS 2006

Binghamton Binghamton Binghamton Binghamton

2008 2013 2003 2012

Completed 7 of 20 COS, in 5th year Completed COS Completed 19 of 20 COS, in 9th year Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

Binghamton

2013

Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

Cornerstone

2005

Completed 9 of 20 COS, in 6th year

Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone

2006 2003 2013 2014 2004 2013 2006 2012 2014 2012

Regent, M.Div. 1985 Completed 18 of 20 COS, in12th year st Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year st Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year Completed 16 of 20 COS, in 10th year Completed 5 of 20, in 1st year Completed 8 of 20 COS, in 8th year Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 3rd year Completed 1 year at UTS 9 credits Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 3rd year

Cornerstone

2014

Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year

Cornerstone Cornerstone

2012 2014

Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Cornerstone Crossroads

1992 2010 2012 2007 2011 2001

Completed 4 of 20 COS, in 2nd year Asbury 3 credits, reinstated 2013 in 6th year Completed COS th Completed 16 of 20 COS, in 5 year Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 2nd year Completed 8 of 20 COS, in 8th year Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 3rd year Completed COS 2009

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.25 .50 .50 .75 .25 .25 .50

Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads

2009 2005 2010 2009 2012 2010 2011

Completed 6 of 20 COS, in 3rd year Completed 17 of 20 COS, in 8th year CRCDS, M.Div., 1973 Completed 3 of 20 COS, in 3rd year Completed 1 of 20 COS, in 2nd year Completed 2 of 20 COS, 3rd year Completed 7 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

Skiles, Elyse (PL) Townsend, Susan (PL) Wickert, Marcia* (RL) Aukema, John (PL) Bowerman, Natalie* (PL) Chesney, Dawn Lenora (PL) Conners, Gail* (PL) DeWalt, Stephen* (PL) English, Glynn (PL) Enstine, Everett (PL) Grish, Kevin* (PL) Heit, Karen (PL) Hine, Cheryl (PL) Johnson, Brett* (PL) Judd, Geri (PL) Kelly, Michael (PL) Leet, Joyru* (PL) Perl, Sandi* (PL) Prince, Katy (PL) Selover, Judy (PL) White, Valerie (PL) Wood, Marilyn* (RL) Wunder, Thomas (PL) Boring, Susan (PL)

.50 .50 .50 .50 .50 .50 .50 .50 .50 .75 .50 .75 .25 .75 .50 .75 .25 .75 .25 .50 .50 .75 .50 .25

2006 2007 1996 2010 2012 2015 2006 2000 2009 2011 2008 2010 2012 2014 2015 2011 1987 2008 2011 2010 2008 2000 2006 2001

Completed 14 of 20 COS, in 5th year Completed 8 of 20 COS, in 5th year Drew, M.Div. 2004 Completed 8 of 20 COS, in 5th year CRCDS, M.Div. 2012

Carner, Kelly (PL)

.75

2011

UTS Northeastern,1st year

Finch, Matthew (PL)

2012

Empire State

Foos, Julie (PL)

↓. 25 .75

2012

Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

Glantz, Linda (PL)

.75

2014

Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year

Haight, Linda (PL)

.50

2007

UTS Northeastern, 1st year

Jeffers, Robert (RL)*

m

2012

Completed COS 1989

Kober, Jeri *(PL)

.50

2004

Completed COS, August 2014

Merritt, Dawn (PL)

.50

2004

Completed 18 of 20 COS in 9th year

Morin, Margaret (PL)

.75

2007

Completed 14 of 20 COS in 6th year

Rivera, Hector (PL)

2012

Completed 16 of 20 COS

Ruth, Jacque (PL)

↓. 25 .50

2013

Beginning COS

Turner, Lauren* (PL)

.75

Crossroads Crossroads Crossroads Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Finger Lakes Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Genesee

1987

Completed COS,1997

103

Completed COS CRSDS, M.Div. 2001 Completed 7 of 20 COS, in 6th year Completed 7 of 20 COS, in 4th year Completed COS Completed 16 of 20 COS, in 5th year Completed 2 of 20 COS 3rd year CRCDS, MDiv. 2015 Completed 2/3 of seminary Completed 3 of 20 COS in 4th year CRCDS, M.Div. 1991 CRCDS, M.Div. 2012 Completed 5 of 20 COS 4th year Completed 12 of 20 COS, in 5th year CRCDS, in 3rd year Completed COS 2009 Completed 14 of 20 COS, in 9th year CRCDS, in 3rd year

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Washburn, David (PL) Woodworth, Karen* (PL) Anderson, Richard (RL)

↓. 25 .25

Richter, Daniel* (RL) Spraker, Gary* (PL) Tollerton, Michael (PL) Wollaber, Debra* (PL) Austin, Kevin J. (PL)

↓. 25 .75 .75 .25 .50 .50 .25 .25 .50 ↓. 25 .25 .25 .50 .75 .75 .50 ↓. 25 .75 .50 .25 .75 .50

Butts, Barre (PL)

.75

Dye, Kathy (PL)

.50

Dyer, Frederick (PL)

.75

Flandreau, Mark (PL)

.50

Fox, Cathy (PL)

.50

Fuller, Leonard (PL)

.50

Gridley, Morris (PL)

.25

Hurd, Richard* (PL)

.75

Possee, Bernard* (PL)

.75

Seeley, Veronica (PL)

.75

Welch, Beverly (PL)

.75

White, Gregory (PL)

.50

Wilson, Gail* (PL)

.25

Clemens, Wayne (PL) Crout, Roger (PL) Dunn, Joan* (PL) Faulks, Joelle (PL) Getz, Carl (PL) Haier, Joanne (PL) Hubman, Patricia (PL) Johnson, Patricia* (PL) Jubenville, Carol* (PL) Lindsay, Robert* (RL) Loan, Frank* (PL) Lockwood, Lynn (PL) Maddox, Stephen* (PL) Madore, Marsha J.* (PL) McCarthy, Melissa (PL) Reams, John (RL)

Valley Genesee Valley Genesee Valley Mohawk

2013

0 of 20 COS, 1st year

2003

Completed COS, 2010

2002

Completed 13 of 20 COS

Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk

2009 2011 2009 2013 2013 2006 2015 2012 2002

Completed 16 of 20 COS, in 7th year (ALPS) Completed 1 of 20, 3rd year United, MDiv. 2015 Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 3rd year nd Completed 1 of 20 COS, in 2 year th Completed 10 of 20 COS in 9 year

Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk

1975 1992 2011 2002 2001 2013 2015

Completed COS, 1981 Completed COS, 2001 Completed 10 of 20 COS, in 5th year Completed COS, 2010 Completed COS, 2010 CRCDS, 4th year

Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mohawk Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain View Mountain

2013 2005 2005 1992 2014

Asbury, M.Div 1973 Boston, M.Div., 1976 Completed 12 of 20 COS, in 9th year Completed COS, 1999 st Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year

2014

Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1st year

2013

Completed 2 of 20 COS in 1st year

2009

Completed 5 of 20 COS in 2nd year

2009

Completed 15 of 20 COS, in 4th year

2014

Completed 1 of 20 COS, in 1 year

2013

Completed 3 of 20 COS, in 1st year

2010

Completed 7 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

1995

Completed COS, 2006

2006

Completed COS, 2010

2010

Completed 12 of 20 COS, in 3rd year

2012

Completed 7 of 20 COS, 2 year

2009

Completed 16 of 20 COS in 4th year

2006

Completed COS 2013

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Completed M.Div., Drew 2001 Completed COS, 2010

st

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↓. 25 .50

Bennett, Daryl J.* (PL)

.50

Benson, Bruce (PL)

.50

Cole, Anne I.* (PL)

.50

Cotto, Jose (PL)

.25

Coty, Holly (PL)

.75

Eastlack, Larry (PL)

.75

Edmister, Jean* (PL)

.75

Engels, Renee (PL)

.75

Franke, Robert* (PL)

.50

Holdridge, Frederick (PL)

.25

Kempton, Richard* (PL)

.25

Klimecko, Chris R.

.25

Kramer, Sandra (PL)

.25

Mahar, Sherry (PL)

.75

Rivera, Luis (PL)

.25

Rood, David (PL)

.50

Scharf, Brian K.* (PL)

.25

Stewart, Angela (PL)

.50

Taylor, Lisa (PL)

.50

Woodring, Evelyn* (PL)

.25

Bond, William* (PL) Bradley, Daniel* (PL) Buno-Taylor, Lori (PL) Choi, Sung Ah* (PL) Cook, Tracy L.* (PL) (HL) Eastham, Jane (RL)

.75 .75 .25 .50 .25 ↓. 25 .50 .25 ↓. 25 .50

McCarthy, Robert* (PL) Nichols, Thomas (PL) Piatt, Jennifer (PL) Solar, Rebekah

View Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow

2008

Completed 4 of 20 CS in 4th year

2012

Completed 3 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

2014

United Buffalo, M. Div 2009

2013

United Theological Seminary 2nd year

2010

United, M. Div 2014

2015 2012

Completed 4 of 20 COS, 2nd year

2010

Completed 17 of 20 COS

2003

Completed CS 2012

2005

Completed 13 of 20 COS, in 9th year

2003

Completed COS, 2010

2011

Completed 4 of 20 COS, in 3rd year

1990

CRCDS, M.Div.

2014 2014

Completed 2 years, 45 credits, UTS, degree in religious studies Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1st year

2015

Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year

2015

Completed 0 of 20 COS

2007

Completed 15 of 20 CS in 6th year

1993

United Buffalo, M.Div.

2007

United, MA Chr. Ed; 2013

2011

Completed 1 of 20 COS, 2nd year

2005

United Buffalo, M.Div. 2005

2004 2010 2010 2015 2015 2012

Completed COS 2014 CRCDS, M.Div., 2009 Completed 9 of 20 COS, in 3rd year Drew, MDiv Princeton, MDiv.1985 Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 2nd year

Northern Flow Northern Flow Northern Flow

2009 2011 2015

United, MDiv. 2014 Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 3rd year

Northern Flow

2015

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.50 .25 .25 .75 .25 .50 .25 .25 .25 .75 .75 .75 .50 .75 .50 .75

Northern Flow Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta/Albany

Oneonta Oneonta Oneonta

2008 2002 1990 2009 2006 2015 2014 2013 2015 2006 2005 2005 2007 2010 2013 2010

Completed COS, 2015 Completed COS Completed COS United M.Div. 2013 th Completed 2 of 20 COS in 9 year Enrolled BU Enrolling seminary 9/2015 Completed 2 of 20 COS, in 2nd year st Completed 0 of 20 COS, in 1 year Completed COS, in 2014 Completed M.Div., Drew 2003 Completed 19 of 20 COS, in 10th year Completed 15 of 20 COS, in 5th year enrolling in United M1st year Gordon Conwell M. Div. 1979 Completed 10 of 20 COS, in 4th year

Students from other annual conferences or denominations serving as local pastors and enrolled in a school of theology listed by the University Senate (¶318.3, ,4)? Name First Year License Seminary Home Conference Awarded

d) Students who have been certified as candidates in your annual conference and are serving as local pastors in another annual conference while enrolled in a school of theology listed by the University Senate (¶318.3) Name First Year License Awarded Years Completed in Course of Study

e)

Persons serving as local pastors while seeking readmission to conference membership (¶¶366.4, 367, 369.3)? (If not in this conference indicate name of conference where serving.) Name Years Completed in Course of Study

22. Who have been discontinued as local pastors (¶320.1)? Name Date discontinued Rotunda, Jeffery 06/30/2014 Metz, Gerald 02/25/2015 Epler, Jaqueline 04/07/2015 O’Neil, Beth 12/31/2014 Snyder, David 06/30/2015 Knopf, Margaret 06/30/2015 Knopf, Daniel 06/30/2015 Bradford, Joseph 04/24/2015 Phillips, Todd* 06/30/2015 Hester, Thomas 06/30/2015 Brownlow, K. Gordon 06/30/2015 Lienhart, Cameron 06/30/2015 Connolly, Kevin 06/30/2015 Swanson, Gregory 06/30/2015 Waxman, Dolly 05/26/2015 23. Who have been reinstated as local pastors (¶320.4)? Name Years Completed in Course of Study

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS 24. What ordained ministers or provisional members from other Annual Conferences or Methodist denominations are approved for appointment in the Annual Conference while retaining their conference or denominational membership (¶¶331.8, 346.1)? (List alphabetically; indicate Annual Conference or denomination where membership is held. Indicate credential.) a) Annual Conferences Name Clergy District Home Conference Status Beard, Robert OR Cornerstone Iowa Conference Hill, John H. OR Oneonta New York Conference Ibarra, Barbara OR Oneonta New York Conference Jones, David OR Genesee Valley New Mexico Annual Conference Kersten, Robert Ellis OR Adirondack New York Conference Lange, Ray OR Crossroads New York Conference McPheeters, Chilton OR Adirondack Florida Conference Vink, Martha E. OE Binghamton New York Conference b) Other Methodist Denominations Name Clergy Status Diffenbacher, Brian OE Heitzenrater, Richard OE Howell, Vincent W. OE Mosher, Barbara OR Vollmer, Charles F. OF Wickard, Gary OR

District

Denomination

Mountain View Niagara Frontier Mountain View Genesee Valley Mohawk Mountain View

Wesleyan Wesleyan AME Zion Free Methodist Wesleyan Wesleyan

25. What clergy in good standing in other Christian denominations have been approved to serve appointments or ecumenical ministries within the bounds of the Annual Conference while retaining their denominational affiliation (¶¶331.8, 346.2)? (v) (Designate with an asterisk those who have been accorded voting rights within the annual conference on all matters except the following: (a) constitutional amendments; (b) election of delegates to the general and jurisdictional or central conferences; (c) all matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of ministers. Indicate credential.) Name Clergy District Denomination Status Hunn, John* OF Adirondack United Presbyterian Church USA McKinney, Jerry OF Adirondack United Presbyterian Church USA Richards, George* OF Adirondack Episcopal Weber, Sharon OF Adirondack United Church of Christ Jones, Stark OF Albany Presbyterian USA Phillips, Adrienne* OF Albany American Baptist Church West, Delma* OF Binghamton American Baptist (Local Church is Federated) Damsteegt, Gordon G. ROF Cornerstone Reformed Church in America Preuninger, Nicholas OF Crossroads Presbyterian USA Alexander, Donald* OF Northern Flow Presbyterian USA Werley, John ROF Northern Flow United Church of Christ Fralick, Ronald* ROF Oneonta American Baptist Church Barrett, Sylvia* OF Oneonta Church of Christ in Canada Brumbaugh, Kathy* OF Oneonta American Baptist Church 26. Who are affiliate members: (List alphabetically; indicate annual conference or denomination where membership is held.) a) With vote (¶586.4 [v])? Name Member First Year of Affiliation Conference/Denomination

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS b) Without vote (¶¶334.5, 344.4)? (v 2/3) Name Member Conference/Denomination Steinwert, Tiffany (AF) New England

First Year of Affiliation July 1, 2011

NOTE: If your conference has admitted or ordained persons as a courtesy to another conference, list these persons in Question 40 only. If persons have been admitted or ordained by another annual conference as a courtesy to your conference, list these persons in Questions 27-39, whichever are appropriate, giving the date and name of the accommodating conference. 27. Who are elected as associate members? ¶322 (v) (List alphabetically-see note preceding Question 27): Name

28. Who are elected as provisional members and what seminary are they attending, if in school? (under ¶¶322.4, 324, 325) a) Provisional Deacons under the provisions of ¶¶ 324.4a, c or ¶324.5?(v) Name Rebecca Naber Carrie Wolfe

Seminary

Year 2015 2015

b) Provisional Elders under the provisions of ¶¶ 324.4a, b or ¶324.6 (v)); ¶ 322.4 (v 3/4) Name Seminary District Year Andy McClaren Anderson Crossroads 2015 Abigail C. Browka Mohawk 2015 Gary M. Kubitz Oneonta 2015 Penny L. Lacy Adirondack 2015 Nancy O’Connor Raca Genesee Valley 2015 Chad Michael Sayers Mountain View 2015 Alison E. Schmied Crossroads 2015 29. Who are continued as provisional members, in what year were they admitted to provisional membership, and what seminary are they attending, if in school (¶326)? a) In preparation for ordination as a deacon or elder? (¶326) Name Clergy Status Date and Seminary District (PD or PE) Buyea, Sally Ann PE 2013 Northern Flow Carey, Pamela R. PE 2013 Mountain View Golando, Molly Joy Turner PD 2013 Cornerstone Falsetti, Gail Ann PE 2013 Albany French, Matthew PE 2014 Genesee Valley Hadley, Susan PE 2014 Finger Lakes Hansen, Derek Hollis PE 2013 Adirondack Jensen, Eric Lauren PE 2011 Binghamton Loeser, John Paul PE 2012 Niagara Frontier Lyles, Devin Michael PE 2013 Genesee Valley Morse, Rachel PE 2014 Finger Lakes Phaneuf, Phillip W. PE 2010 Adirondack Rublee, Mary Grace PE 2012 Genesee Valley Sperry, Andrew PE 2014 Adirondack Tierson, Adrian J. PE 2008 Finger Lakes Ward, Rebecca J. PE 2010 Cornerstone Worley, Matthew Taylor PE 2009 Niagara Frontier b) Provisional deacons who became provisional elders? Name Original Year of Membership

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c) Provisional elders who became provisional deacons? (Indicate year) Name Original Year of Membership

d) Provisional members who transferred from other conferences or denominations? (¶347.1) Name Clergy Status (PD or PE) Original Year of Previous Conference Membership or Denomination

30. What ordained clergy, coming from other Christian denominations, have had their orders recognized (¶348): (v) A person’s orders may be recognized when they are transferring their membership into your annual conference from another Christian denomination. A person who is listed in Q.30 must also be listed in either Q. 31 a or b, depending on the transfer status. Name Clergy Status Previous Denomination

31. What ordained clergy have been received from other Christian denominations (¶347.3): (List alphabetically— see note preceding Question 27): a) As provisional members (¶347.3a,b)? (v) Name Clergy Status (PD or PE) Date Received Former Denomination

b) As local pastors (¶347.3a)? (v) Name Clergy Status (FL or PL)

Date Received

Former Denomination

32. Who are elected as members in full connection? (List alphabetically-see note preceding Question 27. Anyone appearing on this question must also be listed somewhere in questions 32-33 or 35, unless the clergy’s orders from another denomination were recognized on question 39 in a previous year.) (v 2/3): a) Deacons Name

b) Elders Name Emily Barner Huyge Douglas P. Mackey, Jr. Edith A. Poland Geraldine Edith Rapino Carlos Manuel Rosa-Laguer Gregory P. Stierheim Heather Lynn Stierheim Corey Anna Tarreto Turnpenny 33. Who are ordained as deacons and what seminary awarded their degree? Or, if their master’s degree is not from a seminary, at what seminary did they complete the basic graduate theological studies?: (List alphabetically-see note preceding Question 27) a) After provisional membership (¶330)? (v 2/3) Name Seminary

b) Transfer from elder?(¶309) (v 2/3) Name

Seminary

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS 34. Who are ordained as elders and what seminary awarded their degree? a) After provisional membership? (¶335) (v 2/3) Name Seminary Emily Barner Huyge 2012 CRCDS Douglas P. Mackey, Jr. 2013 Drew Edith A. Poland 2012 Boston University Geraldine Edith Rapino 2013 United Carlos Manuel Rosa-Laguer 2013 Garrett Evangelical ACOS Gregory P. Stierheim 2012 Pittsburg Theological Seminary Heather Lynn Stierheim 2012 Pittsburg Theological Seminary Corey Anna Tarreto Turnpenny 2013 CRCDS b) Transfer from deacon? (¶309) (v 2/3) Name

Seminary

35. What provisional members, previously discontinued, are readmitted (¶365)? (v) Name Clergy Status Year Previously Discontinued

36. Who are readmitted (¶¶366-368 [v], ¶369 [v 2/3]): Name Clergy Status

Previous Status

37. Who are returned to the effective relationship after voluntary retirement (¶358.7): (v) Name Clergy Status Year Retired

38. Who have been received by transfer from other annual conferences of The United Methodist Church (¶¶347.1, 416.5, 635.2m)? (List alphabetically. Indicate credential. See note preceding Question 27.) Name Clergy Status Previous Conference Date of Transfer Seeley, Jeffery A. FD Susquehanna 07/30/2014 39. Who are transferred in from other Methodist denominations (¶347.2)? (List alphabetically. Indicate credential.) Name Clergy Status Previous Methodist Date of Transfer Denomination

40. Who have been ordained as a courtesy to other conferences, after election by the other conference? (See note preceding Question 27. Such courtesy elections or ordinations do not require transfer of conference membership.) a) Deacons? Name Member Conference

b) Elders? Name

Member Conference

41. Who have been transferred out to other annual conferences of The United Methodist Church (¶416.5)? (List alphabetically. Indicate credential. See note preceding Question 27.) Name Clergy Status New Conference Date of Transfer

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS 42. Who are discontinued as provisional members (¶327)? (v). a) By expiration of eight-year time limit (¶ 327) Name Clergy Status

b) By voluntary discontinuance (¶ 327.6) (v) Name

Clergy Status

c) By involuntary discontinuance (¶ 327.6) (v) Name

Clergy Status

d) By reaching Mandatory Retirement Age (¶ 327.7) Name

Clergy Status

43. Who are on location? a) Who has been granted honorable location (¶359.1)? (1) This year? (v) Name Clergy Status Charge Conference Membership

(2) Previously? Name Bachman, Edward F. (E) Bensley, Jane (E) Blackman, David W. (E) Bryan, Constance P. (E) Burgess, Kendall B. (E) Camolli, Garry L. (E) Chermonte, Joel B. (E) Cook, Tracy (E) Demers, Richard J. (E) Drake, M. Gordon (E) Eddy, Robert M. (E) Gray, Bruce A. (E) Hall, Earl E. (E) Hamlin, Deborah (E) Hanson, Peter (E) Holems, Kenneth B. (E) Kearns Jr., Francis E. (E) Leland, Phyllis (E) Manzer, Scott (E) McCune, James R. (E) McGrady, Sandra (E) Mitchell, Robert A. (E) Petrie, Dorothy (E) Phillips, Richard A. (E) Russ, Andrew C. (E) Shipp, David W. (E) Smith, Robert W. (E) Taylor, Mary Beth H. (E) Templeton, Hugh E. Jr. (E)

Year Originally Granted 00/00/1971 07/01/2013 05/08/1955 07/01/1992 05/22/1977 00/00/1974 00/00/2004 06/01/1993 07/01/1990 05/25/1958 05/23/1976 05/25/1969 07/01/2013 05/09/1965 00/00/1973 06/02/1985 00/00/2002 00/00/1999 07/01/2013 00/00/1999 00/00/2000 00/00/2003 07/01/2006 05/23/1971 00/00/1996 05/27/1978

111

Charge Conference Membership Foundry Newark Valley

Date Effective

Year of Most Recent Report

North Olmstead Carthage

2013 2013

Latham: Calvary

2013 2013

Laona

Williamsville Camden New Hartford New Hartford Rush Springville

Canandaigua

2013 2013 2013 2013 2010 2010 2013


2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Valentine, Valerie (Drake) (E) Waggy, John J., Jr. (E) Weeden, Brian (E) Wheatly, Ira M. (E) Wood, David E. (E) Ziegler, Vinton (E)

07/01/1988 05/23/1971 00/00/2002

2013 2013 2013 2013

Fairport

00/00/1977

b) Who on honorable location are appointed ad interim as local pastors? (¶359.2) (Indicate date and appointment.) Name Appointment Year Originally Granted Location Cook, Tracy Naumburg: Beaver Valley/ Barnes 2004 Corner Flemming, Dean S. (E) Hannibal/ Martville 1982 Schneeberger, Dale F. (E) Delanson 1996 c) Who has been placed on administrative location (¶360? (1) This year? (v) Name Date Effective

(2) Previously? Name

Year Originally Placed

Charge Conference Membership

Charge Conference Membership

44. Who have been granted the status of honorable location–retired (¶359.3): a) This year? (v) Name Clergy Status Year Honorable Location Originally Granted Eddy, Gail Ayers Elder 1997 Fryer, Dale Elder 2004 Peters, Robert J Elder 1983 b) Previously? Name Breuninger, Richard A. Foster, Timothy Gladwell, Penelope Halbert, Jerry J. Hall, Orrin Haven, Patricia Johnson, Hugh Pennock, Robert E. Ross, Randolph C. Russell, William J.D. Schompert, Ronald Soto, Arturo Fellows, Barbara J. Twiddy, Herbert Weaver, Franklin A.

Clergy Status

District

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E

Oneonta Genesee Valley West Virginia Binghamton Oneonta

E Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier Colorado Northern Flow

Year Honorable Location Originally Granted 00/00/2010 00/00/2009 00/00/2007 00/00/2008 00/00/2000 00/00/1999 00/00/2003 00/00/1994 07/01/1996 00/00/1973 07/01/2001 00/00/2003 00/00/2002 00/00/1995

Year of Most Recent Report

Charge Conference Membership Oswego: Trinity Syracuse: University

Charge Conference Membership Oneonta: First Greece Hedgesville Endicott: First Cooperstown Albany: Trinity Homer Orchard Park Knowlesville St. Croix, Virgin Islands Montrose UMC Malone Phoenix

45. Who have had their status as honorably located and their orders terminated (¶359.2)? (v) Name Date Effective Prior Clergy Status

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS 46. Who have had their conference membership terminated? a) By withdrawal to unite with another denomination (¶361.1, .4)? (v) Name Date Effective

Prior Clergy Status

b) By withdrawal from the ordained ministerial office (¶361.2, .4)? (v) Name Date Effective

Prior Clergy Status

c) By withdrawal under complaints or charges (¶¶361.3, .4; 2719.2)? (v) Name Date Effective Prior Clergy Status

d) By termination of orders under recommendation of the Board of Ordained Ministry (¶354.12 )? (v) Name Date Effective Prior Clergy Status

e) By trial (¶2713)? Name

Date Effective

Prior Clergy Status

47. Who have been suspended under the provisions of ¶363.1d, ¶2704.2c or ¶2711.3? (Give effective dates. Indicate credential.) Name Date Effective Clergy Status

48. Deceased (List alphabetically in the spaces provided) a) What associate members have died during the year? Effective: Name Date of Birth Retired: Name Thomas, Marian

Date of Birth 10/24/1908

Date of Death

Date of Death 12/12/2014

b) What provisional members have died during the year? (Indicate credential.) Effective: Name Date of Birth Date of Death Retired: Name

Date of Birth

Date of Death

c) What elders have died during the year? Effective: Name Date of Birth

Date of Death

Retired: Name Berry, Daniel H. (RE) Jackson, Fredrick H. (RE) King, Eric Roy (RE) Andrews, Arthur H. (RE) Melius, Arthur R. (RE) Hess III, Charles (RE)

Date of Birth 12/28/1940 04/15/1924 01/13/1914 07/01/1927 11/14/1936 10/08/1935

Date of Death 07/26/2014 08/20/2014 09/16/2014 09/30/2014 10/2/2014 10/24/2014

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Fiske, Joseph Elliott, Richard (RE) Hobbs, Alice (RE) Howard, Malcolm (RE) Smith, L. Alden (RE) Corbett, Claude (RE) Borden, Jane (RE) Melton, Billie Jean (RE) Smith, Robert V. (RE) Zaccaro, Victor (RE)

04/13/1922 11/09/1939 05/10/1937 02/17/1933 12/28/1917 07/28/1921 01/02/1929 04/02/1938 02/28/1920 04/06/1930

10/26/2014 11/06/2014 12/02/2014 12/13/2014 12/19/2014 01/14/2015 01/15/2015 02/13/2015 02/12/2015 03/18/2015

What Elders on Honorable Location have died during the year?

Name Franke, David L. (E) Blidberg, Eric G. (E)

Date of Birth 10/18/1943 12/31/1945

d) What deacons have died during the year? Effective: Name Date of Birth Retired: Name

Date of Death 07/05/2014 07/30/2014

Date of Death

Date of Birth

Date of Death

e)

What local pastors have died during the year? Active: Name Date of Birth

Date of Death

Retired: Name Gray, Ruth (RL) Turk, Donald H.(RL)

Date of Death 07/09/2014 03/04/2015

Date of Birth 05/18/1930 08/20/1922

49. What provisional or ordained members (elders and deacons) have received appointments in other Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church while retaining their membership in this Annual Conference (¶¶331.8, 346.1)? Name Clergy Conference Where Appointment Date Status Appointed Cho, Byung Woo FE Eastern Pennsylvania Lighthouse Korean UMC of 07/01/2009 Philadelphia Claypool, Inell FE Central Texas Interim St. Paul UMC 25% 07/01/2014 Graham, Nadine FE Texas Houston: Christ 01/01/2008 Koch, Richard FE Indiana First UMC, Brazil, IN 07/01/2015 Ricketts, Mary L. FE Baltimore-Washington St. Paul’s UMC 12/01/2012 Stowe, Megan FE New England St. Paul’s UMC, 07/01/2014 St. Albans, VT 50. Who are the provisional, ordained members or associate members on leave of absence and for what number of years consecutively has each held this relation (¶354)? (Indicate credential. Record Charge Conference where membership is held.) Name Number of Years Charge Conference a) Voluntary? (1) Personal, Less than 5 years (¶354.2a 3) (v) Name Clergy Date Effective Charge Conference Status

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FE FE FE

07/01/2014 08/30/2010 9/1-9/30/2014

(2) Personal, 5 years or more (¶354.2a 3) (v 2/3) Name Clergy Date Effective Status Howe, Brenda FE 01/01/2002 Rowe, William S. IV FE 07/01/2007 (3) Family, Less than 5 years (¶354.2b 3) (v) Name Clergy Status Ellis, Allyson FE

b) Involuntary (¶ 355)? (v 2/3) Name

Charge Conference Saranac, NY Middleburgh, NY

Date Effective

Charge Conference

07/01/2014

First Oneonta

Date Effective

Charge Conference

07/01/2003 07/01/1995

Burnt Hills, NY Easton/North Cambridge, NY

Clergy Status

Date Effective

Charge Conference

Clergy Status

Date Effective

Charge Conference

Date Effective

Charge Conference

(4) Family, 5 years or more (¶354.2b 3) (v 2/3) Name Clergy Status Christian, Dean A. FE Robinson, Ellen W. FE (5) Transitional (¶354.2c) Name

CC: CC: Oswego: Trinity

51. Who are granted sabbatical leave (¶352)? (v) Name Clergy Status

52. Who have been granted medical leave due to medical or disabling conditions (¶357)? (v) Name Clergy Date Effective Charge Conference Status Brand, James FE 12/01/2008 Potsdam Carpenter, Patricia L. LP 07/01/1986 Delamater, W. Alan FE 04/06/2015 Drake, Mary FE 11/18/2014 Hayes, Charles FE 05/01/2012 Ingerson, Steven A. FE 04/01/2008 Langreck, Donald M. FE 09/ /1986 Williamsville Marafioti, Jessie M. FE 01/01/1999 McCarey, Maggie FE 02/01/2011 Nowicki, Susan FE 01/11/2002 West Seneca: New Hope Peacock, Debra LP 06/01/2015 Silk, Barbara FE 07/01/1993 Smith, Roger John FE 09/30/2014 Smith, Laurie FE 09/28/2008 Zimmerman, Lorraine FE 01/28/2008 53. What members in full connection have been retired (¶358): (List alphabetically giving full name—first, middle, last—in that order. If retiring in the interim between conference sessions (¶358.2d), indicate the effective date of retirement.) (Under ¶358.1, no vote required; under ¶358.2, v; under ¶358.3, v 2/3)

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Date Effective

Date Effective 07/01/2014

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b) Previously? Name

Chaney, Melba V. (RE) Chapman, Bruce W (RE) Chase, Duane (RE) Chatelle, Laura (RE) Chatterton, Richard (RE) Chesney, John A. (RE) Clemow, Thomas C.(RE) Cleveland, J. Fay (RE) Cole, Judith E. (RE) Coller, Harold N. (RE) Comer, Michael P. (RE) Connor, Martha G. (RE) Connor, Walter G. (RE) Cooke, John (RE) Cornell, Virginia S. (RE) Cotant, William A. (RE) Covell, Warren E. (RE) Crawford, Jeffrey (RE) Darling, Robert H. (RE) Darnell, Paul (RE) Davidson, Shirley (RE) Davidson, Violet (RE) Davis, Susan (RE) Dearstyne, Eleanor G. (RE) DeGroote, Joseph (RE) Deming, Eileen W. (RE) Dempsey, David (RE) DeMocker, Janice (RE) Derk, David L. (RE) Dewey, Keith M. (RE) Dickinson, Allan G. (RE) Dillon, Christopher (RE) Dolch, Arthur G. (RE) Dolch, Rebecca (RE) Doupe, Gary E. (RE) Drown, Maurice E. (RE) Durham, David (RE) Easton, Donald (RE) Eddy , Steven C. (RE) Eldred, Robert D. (RE) Elmendorf, Wendell (RE) Emerson, Richard D. (RE) Excell, Charles V. (RE) Farmer, Robert (RE)

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Adriance, Carter B. (RE) Akers, Douglas N. (RE) Albrecht, Frederick C. (RE)

Alderman, Judy (RE) Allen, Robert D. (RE) Anderson, Frank H. (RE) Anderson, Robert T. (RE) Archer, Voigt D. (RE) Arnold, Neil L. (RE) Babcock, Calvin W. (RE) Babcock, Kenneth B. (RE) Babcock, Naomi B. (RE) Bailey, Frederick L. (RE) Bailey, James D. (RE) Baissa, Marilyn (RE) Barden, Bruce (RE) Barrett, James W. (RE) Barton, Richard E. (RE) Bastian, Juanita W. (RE) Baumback, Alan (RE) Baums, Roosevelt (RE) Bean, Earl R. (RE) Beeson, John F. (RE) Beman, Larry F. (RE) Bement, Betty S. (RE) Benjamin, Keith (RE) Benton, Benson A. (RE) Benson, Robert L. (RE) Bergner, David (RE) Black, Jr., J. Allen (RE) Boston, Robert S. (RE) Bouton, David W. (RE) Bowen, Herbert B. (RE) Bowen, James L. (RE) Bowman,Leland L. (RE) Brewster, James N. (RE) Brewster, John N. (RE) Briggs-Harris, Calvin (RE) Brittain, John (RE) Brocklehurst, JoAnne (RE) Brown, Thomas (RE) Bruen, Harold W. (RE) Buckley, Donald R. (RE) Burdick, William E. (RE) Burgess, E. Clayton (RE) Burlew, Elizabeth (RE) Burnop, W. Alan (RE) Burt, Guy L. (RE) Caldwell, Richard A. (RE) Campbell, Garry W. (RE) Campbell, Richard E. (RE) Capron, Richard (RE) Carlsen, Frederick. M. (RE) Carpenter, Gailey (RE) Carr, James (RE) Carroll, Dana (RE) Carroll, James (RE) Carter, Roy A. (RE) Carver, Sherwood (RE) Cauvel, Paul E. (RE)

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Fassett, Thomas White (RE)

Fellows, Norma Jean (RE) Ferguson, Allen (RE) Ferguson, Gene M. (RE) Fike, Francis (RE) Filiatreau, Shirley (RE) Fischer, Martha (RE) Fitts, Everett B. (RE) Flohr, Leroy W. (FE) Foster, Allyn C. (RE) Foster, Marilyn M. (RE) Foster, Myrna (RE) Franklin, Gregory A. (RE) French, Vernon C. (RE) Fribance, Elizabeth W. (RE) Fulton, John (RE) Garman, Harold (RE) Geer, David (RE) George, Loise L. (RE)

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Gongloff, Paul (RE) Goodell, John (RE) Grant, Richard E. (RE) Grimm, Charles B. (RE)

Kirk, James T. (RE) Kissel Jack (RE) Knapp Gordon W. (RE)

Knappenberger, Lyston R. (RE)

Knopp, Douglas (RE)

Grossman, William B.S. (RE)

Guariniello, Louis N. (RE) Guiles, Donald (RE) Gutekunst, Gurney O. (RE) Guy, Mary (RE) Hagy, Arthur F. (RE) Hakes, Gary L. (RE) Haley, Patrick (RE) Hall, Russell (RE) Handy, David A. (RE) Hansen, Roy (RE) Harrington, Richard W. (RE) Hart, William G. (RE) Harvey, Mark (RE) Havens, Bradley L (RE) Haynes Charles W. (RE) Hazlett, F. Ray (RE) Heiss, Stephen R. (RE) Heitzenrater, Drew W. (RE) Heleine, Fred (RE) Hill, Dean E. (RE) Hodgins, Kenneth W. (RE) Hoff, Donald (RE) Hoffman, Ronald F. (RE) Holder, Patrick L. (RE) Homer, Wenona C. (RE) Horner, David J., Jr. Hoskins, Herber F. (RE) Hoyle, Ruthellen (RE) Hudson, Bryant T. (RE) Hundemann, Robert J. (RE) Ingraham, C. Joseph (RE) Isaman, Ronald V. (RE) James, Richard P. (RE) Jefferson, Milton T. (RE) Jelinek, Patricia (RE) Jenkins, William (RE) Johnson, Carl (RE) Johnson, Richard A. (RE) Johnson, Robert A. (RE) Johnson, Robert L., Jr. (RE) Jones, Robert A. (RE) Jones, Thomas (RE) Judson, W. Garrett (RE) Kahng, Raymond A. (RE) Kaiser, Sue K. (RE) Kanuck, Robert L. (RE) Kark, William A. (RE) Kauffman, Gerald A. (RE) Keiper, Allen S. (RE) Keller, Carol (RE) Kelly, Peter (RE) Kelsey, Fred (RE) Kessler, Charles W. (RE) Kettinger, LeRoy (RE) Kibbe, George R. (RE) Kim, Sung C. (RE) Kimpland (Bradshaw), Diane (RE) King, Horace (RE) Kinnell, Christopher (RE)

LaCroix, Janet B. (Gibbs )(RE)

LaRoe, David R. (RE) Lasher, Sandra (RE) Lasher, William A. (RE) Laun, James (RE) Lavery, James M. (RE) Leach, Robert B. (RE) Lee, Russell (RE) Lee, Vernon L. (RE) Lee-Clark, Bruce C. (RE) LeGro, James (RE) Lesch, James (RE) Lewis, Gail (RE) Lewis, Robert B. (RE) Lincoln, M. Edward (RE) Linder, Lyle D. (RE) Ling, Daniel (RE) Lintern, Edwin J. (RE) Linza, Raymond E. (RE) Lippy, Charles H. (RE) London, Harlan (RE) Long, Robert F. (RE) Loomis, Herbert D. (RE) Lowenthal, Robert (RE) Love, John L. (RE) Lubba, David (RE) Lucas, Robert D. (RE) Lum, Allen (RE) MacLaughlin, Frank (RE) Marino, Mark (RE) Marino, Ralph (RE) Marshall, Karen (RE) Marsi, Janice Michaels (RE) Martin, Mary (RE) Matthews, Robert (RE) Maxwell, James (RE) McBride, Daniel (RE) McCaughey, Richard (RE) McCombe, Kathleen G (RE) McCune, Robert J. (RE) McDonald, Bruce A. (RE) McFarland, William (RE) Mead, Norman J. (RE) Megnin, Donald (RE) Metevier, F. Victor (RE) Millbyer, Terrance E. (RE) Miller, Duane (RE) Miller, George F. (RE) Miller, Ida (RE) Miller, Roy (RE) Mills, Paul (RE) Minnigh, Jr. Wendell (RE) Mitchell, Gilbert C. (RE) Modisher, Donald E. (RE) Mohler, Hallock (RE) Montgomery, Thomas (RE) Moore, Daniel (RE) Morey, Elizabeth R. (RE) Morris, Dolen (RE) Mowry, Elizabeth (RE)

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Moyer, Mardean (RE) Muzzy, Virgil (RE) Nicholls, David H. (RE) Nicholls, Grant (RE) Nolen, Bonnie B. (RE) Nussle, John E. (RE) O’Neill, Terrence (RE) Oertel, David (RE) Olmstead, Patricia (RE) Olson, Mary (RE) Ostrander, Wayne B. (RE) Palm, Janice (RE) Parker, Brolin (RE) Parr, Nancy (RE) Parr, Stephen R. (RE) Parsons, Norman W. (RE) Pattison, William G. (RE) Paufler, Denis (RE) Pegg, William (RE) Phelps, David W. (RE) Phillippe, John L. (RE) Pierce, Mark L. (RE) Piper, Gerald C. (RE) Pitkin, L. Paul (RE) Pollard, James M. (RE) Pollock, Wilbur W. (RE) Potter, Edwin A. (RE) Pritts, Deborah L. (RE) Proper, Roberta (RE) Puthuparampil, John (RE) Rauscher, Richard (RE) Reeder, William D. (RE) Rehberg, Wes (RE) Rehkugler, Nancy C. (RE) Reichman, Ronald (RE) Reist, Irwin W. (RE) Reppert, Nelson (RE) Rhodehamel, Gary A. (RE) Rhodehamel, Wendy (RE) Rhodes, Alan C. (RE) Richards, Roger (RE) Richards, Ted (RE) Ricker, Richard M. (RE) Robinson, Paul E. (RE) Rockwell, David A. (RE) Rogers, Sandra H. (RE) Rothwell, Vincent L. (RE) Rough, R. John (RE) Rowe, Robert (RE) Rudd, Charles A. (RE) Rugh, Emerson R. (RE) Ryan, Roland R. (RE) Sabin, Norman A. (RE) Salisbury, E. Catherine (RE) Santella, Richard (RE) Savage, John S. (RE) Scandrol, Donald, M. (RE) Schafer, Thomas (RE) Schalk, Donald J. (RE) Schattner, Veme E. (RE) Schaus, Sharon (RE) Schlansker, David H. (RE) Schneider, Dora (RE) Scoville, V.H. Stanley (RE)

Sears, Richard L. (RE) Seifert, Constance L. (RE) Sellers, Ronald H. (RE) Shaw, Raymond (RE) Shippey, Harold A. (RE) Showers, Merle E. (RE) Simmons, David E. (RE) Sivers, Richard (RE) Slighter, Verne A. (RE) Sloth, Eileen Cornwell (RE) Smith, Burton (RE) Smith, Carlos (RE) Smith, David Earl (RE) Smith, Earl M. (RE) Smith, Erik Lewis (RE) Smith, Huston C. (RE) Smith, Jonathan W. (RE) Smith, Russell D. (RE) Snyder, Eldon D. (RE) Spencer, Douglas F. (RE) Sprenger, James R. (RE) Stafford, Jr. H. Nelson (RE) Stees, Ray R. (RE) Steinert, Babette (RE) Stevens, Garrie (RE) Stevens, Marilyn B. (RE) Stoll, Harry L. (RE) Stoppert, Robert (RE)

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Stratton, Rolland Kipton (RE)

Stringer, Denise L. (RE) Swanger, Shiela (RE) Tabor, Eunice (RE) Tanner, Stanley (RE) Taylor, Walter E. (RE) Taylor, Thomas G. (RE) Thayer, Carol (RE)

Thevanesan, Sinnathamby (RE)

Thistle, Judith (RE)

Thompson, Spencer G. (RE)

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Thorick, Philip J. (RE) Timlin, Genett (RE) Tucker, Rexford (RE) Turk, Donald D. (RE) Vahey, Milton (RE) Valencia, Jose L., Jr. (RE) VanArnam, George (RE)

Van Dussen, D. Gregory (RE)

VanOrnum, Carlton (RE) Wait, Kenneth H. (RE) Wallace, Joseph (RE) Walter, William (RE) Ward, Jerome (RE) Warner, Charles J. (RE) Washburn, Donald R. (RE) Waters, Raoul J. (RE) Watters, Merry (RE) Weaver, Donald L. (RE) Webster, Bruce (RE) Weeden, Theodore J. (RE) Welkley, Richard H. (RE) Wenzinger, Ronald E. (RE) West, Harland J. (RE) West, Wayne M. (RE) Wetherwax, John R. (RE) Wharton, Osceola W. (RE)

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Wilson White, Jeanetta K. (RE)

Wilson, Doug (RE) Wilson, Gwendolyn T. (RE) Wolcott, J. David Wolf (RE) Wolter, Gerald A. (RE) Womack, James Paul Won, Duk Joong (RE) Wood, Franklin, R. (RE) Wood, Kenneth E. (RE) Woodcock, Joyce (RE) Yang, Jah Suh (RE) Young, Donna (RE) Zimmer, Calvin (RE) Zimmerman, Joan (RE) Zimmerman, Robert W.(RE) Zittel, Robert J. (RE)

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54. What associate members have been retired (¶358): (List alphabetically. If retiring in the interim between conference sessions (¶358.2d), indicate the effective date of retirement.) (Under ¶358.1, no vote required; under ¶358.2, v; under ¶358.3, v 2/3) a) This year? Name Date Effective Palmer, William 12/31/2014 b) Previously? Name Armitage, Dewey G. (RA) Asbornsen, Alden (RA) Atkins, Janet (RA) Battist, Sharon (RA) Beardslee, Melanie (RA) Beaudry, Barbara A. (RA) Beaudry, Harold A. (RA) Bloomberg, C. Gordon (RA) Cliver, Cliff (RA) Cook, Gary N. IV (RA) Danielson, Olav (RA) Drayer, Les (RA) Dufford, Paul L. (RA)

Gazzilli, Mario Golden, Edward A. (RA)

Date Effective

Name

Date Effective

McCracken, George (RA) Moyer, Carol (RA) Newkirk, David C. (RA) Nonnenberg, Charles W. (RA) Oyer, Robert D. (RA) Pearsall, Gordon (RA) Pierce, Virginia (RA) Pouncy, John E. (RA) Rhodes, Jacqueline S. (RA) Richardson, Mary E. (RA) Russell, Diana (RA) Sierk, Carol (RA) Smith, Lawrence T. (RA) Southcott, Janet S. (RAM) Stewart, Elizabeth J. (RA) Summerville, Vivian (RA) Tongue, Wrightson S. (RA) Vineyard, Joanne (RA) Wendt, Ruth (RA) Yauchzy, Lois (RA)

7/1/2013

Holzhauser, Phyllis J. (RA) Jenson, Eugene B. (RA) Jersak, Nora (RA)

Kibbe, Thana (RA)

Kissel, J. Keith (RA) Knapp Roscoe (RA) Manly, David (RA) Mayo, Alvin (RA) McCauley, Lionel B. (RA)

55. What provisional members have been retired (¶358, 2008 Book of Discipline): (NOTE: Provisional members who reach mandatory retirement age and have not retired by Jan. 1, 2013 shall be discontinued (¶ 327.7) and listed in Q. 42.) Name Date Effective Clemow, Linda M. (RP) 07/01/2014 Davis, Bennie Jr. (RP) 07/01/1997 Kleinstuber, David H. (RP) 07/01/2004 Linder, Mary Ann (RP) 07/01/2005 White, Rodger E. (RP) 07/01/2012 56. Who have been recognized as retired local pastors (¶320.5): a) This year? Name Date Effective Ames, Carol 06/15/2015 Briant, Donald W. 01/01/2015 Knight, Ellen 07/01/2015 Lighthall, Raymond 07/01/2015 Loan, Stephen W. 07/01/2015 Whited, Edward 10/5/2014 Wood, Marilyn 07/01/2015 Erway, Mark 07/01/2015

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Date Effective

07/01/2014

Name Lindsay, Robert (RL) Lintern, Evelyn P. (RL) Lofstrom, Calvin (RL) Mann, Keith R. (RL) Masland, Dean W. (RL) Miner, Arthur (RL) Mitchell, Rocky (RL) Mowery, Anne L. (RL) Nelson, Winifred C. (RL) Olmstead, Sandra (RL) Page, Patricia (RL) Pearson, Gilbert J. (RL) Pelkey, Lyman (RL) Pinneo, Carol (RL) Puhak, Peter G (RL) Pullen, Nancy (RL) Rowland, Frederick (RL) Rowland, Paul D. (RL) Scholten, Thom (RL) Scott, Judith Mumbower (RL) Sears, Andrea (RL) Shaw, Benjamin H. (RL) Shepard, Carlton L. (RL) Sigourney, Stephen (RL) Stark, Francis (RL) Stubba, William (RL) Thomas, Sandra (RL) Vogel, Judy (RL) Vredenburg, Charles (RL) Waldron, Deborah (RL) Waldron, Roger (RL) Webb, Willis L. (RL) Wheeler, C. Donald (RL) Wickert, Marcia (RL) Wickett, Mary Anne (RL) Willson, Stanley M (RL) Wiltse, Donald (RL)

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07/01/2014

57. What is the number of clergy members of the Annual Conference: a) By appointment category and conference relationship? (NOTES: (1) Where applicable, the question numbers on this report form corresponding to each category have been placed in parenthesis following the category title. Where these question numbers appear, the number reported in that category should agree with the number of names listed in the corresponding questions. (2) For the three categories of Appointments to Extension Ministries, report as follows: Âś344.1a, c): the number of clergy members appointed within United Methodist connectional structures, including district superintendents, or to an ecumenical agency. Âś344.1b): the number of clergy members appointed to extension ministries, under endorsement by the Division of Chaplains and Related Ministries of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

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Provisional Deacons 3

Provisional Elders 23

Associate Members & Affiliate Members With Vote 5

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

0

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx 0

24

1

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

1

0

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx 0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

On Family Leave (50a3, a4) On Sabbatical Leave (51) On Medical Leave (52) On Transitional Leave (50a5)

0

3

0

0

0

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx 2

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx 0

Retired (53, 54, 55) Total Number, Clergy Members Grand Total, All Conference Clergy Members

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx 56

xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx 188

Deacons in Full Connection 7

Elders in Full Connection 213

8

Appointments to Extension Ministries (¶316.1; 344.1a, c) (77a) Appointments to Extension Ministries (¶316.1; 344.1b) (77b) Appointments to Extension Ministries (¶316.1; 344.1d) (77c) Appointments to Attend School (¶331.3) (79) Appointed to Other Annual Conferences (49) On Leave of Absence (50a1, a2)

Categories Pastors and deacons whose primary appointment is to a Local Church (¶¶331.1c, 339) (76, 78c) Deacons (in full connection and provisional) serving Beyond the Local Church (¶331.1a, b) (78a,b)

13 23

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

425

1

4

45

20

724

4

28

51

Full– time Local Pastors 51

Part– time Local Pastors 185

1071

b) By gender and racial/ethnic identification? (NOTE: See the instruction for item 57 for guidelines to assist in the racial/ethnic identification count.) Clergy Demographics

Categories

Deacons in Full Connection Male

Asian African American/Black Hispanic Native American

Elders in Full Connection

Female

Male

Female

1

23 7

3 7

5 1

1 1

Probationary (provisional) Deacons Male

Female

Probationary (provisional) Elders Male

1

Female

Associate Members & Affiliate Members with Vote Male

1

Female

Full–time Local Pastors Male

0 1

123

Female

1 1 1 1

Part–time Local Pastors Male

Female

2 1

2

0

2 1


2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Pacific Islander White Multi-Racial Grand Total, All Conference Clergy Members*

5

13

5

14

170

131

0

4

15

12

29

21

31

20

90

90

16

12

30

21

34

22

93

95

Note: After receiving numerous research requests for data relating to clergy gender and ethnicity, GCFA has again chosen to request the information in the chart above.

PART III CERTIFICATION IN SPECIALIZED MINISTRY Note: Indicate credential of persons in Part III: FD, FE, PD, PE, AM, FL, PL, and LM. 58. Who are the candidates in process for certification in specialized ministry? Name Clergy/Lay Status Specialized Ministry Ranous, Susan M. Lay Christian Education Dunn, Kevin Lay Camping and Retreat Ministry Hansen, Derek PE Camping and Retreat Ministry Russell, Susan W. FD Camping and Retreat Ministry Rosa-Laguer, Carlos FE Evangelism O’Neil, Beth Lay Spiritual Formation Toenniessen, Cindy L. FE Spiritual Formation Woodcock, Joyce RE Spiritual Formation 59. Who is certified in specialized ministry? (List the areas of specialized ministry. Indicate by an asterisk those certified this year.) Name Clergy/Lay Status Specialized Ministry Anderson, Ted FE Christian Education Coatsworth, Deborah Lay Christian Education Cooper, Phyllis Lay Christian Education Finch, Deanna FD Christian Education LeValley, Bonnie FD Christian Education Rhodes, Alan FE Christian Education Scharf, Susan Lay Christian Education Tuttle, Joellyn FE Christian Education Fuller, Daniel PL Evangelism Scharf, Susan Lay Children’s Ministry Anderson, Ted FE Youth Ministry Finch, Deanna FD Youth Ministry LeValley, Bonnie FD Youth Ministry Rotach, Brian FE Youth Ministry Russell, Susan FD Youth Ministry Stierheim, Gregory P. FE Youth Ministry Huber, Michael Lay Camping and Retreat Ministry Lee, Catherine RD Older Adult Ministry Dibelius, Nancy E. Lay Spiritual Formation Middleton, Marcia S. Lay Spiritual Formation Rosa-Laguer, Carlos* FE Spiritual Formation Wagner, Jane FE Spiritual Formation 60. Who are transferred in as a certified person in specialized ministry? Name Clergy/Lay Status Specialized Ministry

61. Who are transferred out as a certified person in specialized ministry?

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Specialized Ministry

62. Who have been removed as a certified person in specialized ministry? Name Clergy/Lay Status

Receiving Conference

Specialized Ministry

PART IV CERTIFIED LAY MINISTRY

(¶(¶ 271, and 666.10 The Book of Discipline) 63. Who are certified as lay ministers (¶ 271, and 666.10)? (List alphabetically giving full name—first, middle, last—in that order, by district) Name Andrews, Shirley (LM) McFarren, Harold (Mickey) (LM) Rice, Paul (LM) Stevens, Arnold (LM) Ezekiel, Olive (LM) Rainbolt, Bill (LM) Becker, Carol (LM) Carris, Vicki (LM) Gifford, John (LM) Watson, David (LM) McLean, Marcelene (LM) Shepard, Judy (LM) Sherwood, Jean (LM) Blume, Ken (LM) Pease, Shirley (LM) Duquette, Judy (LM) Pratt, Vern (LM) Roll, Patricia A. (LM) Comstock, Robert (LM) Hotchkiss, Dorothy (LM) Jordan, Nancy (LM) Briggs, Robert (LM) Potter, Erick (LM) Barczykowski, Linda (LM) Bobsein, Louie (LM) Brecht, Charles (LM) Brown, James (LM) Curtin, Kevin (LM)

District Adirondack Adirondack

Name DeLong, Barbara (LM) Edmister, Bill (LM)

District Niagara Frontier Niagara Frontier

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Habberfield, Barbara (LM) Heideman, Becky (LM) Houck, Sandy (LM) Jaynes, Scot (LM) Laskey, Naomi (LM) Masur, Kathy (LM) McGinn, Laurie (LM) Modd, Kathleen (LM) Moore, Nancy (LM) Prendergast, Jeanne (LM) Skellen, Harold (LM) Fargo, Warren (LM) Fitchette, Donna (LM) Frary, John (LM) Helmer, Martha (LM) DeYear, Barbara (LM) McCarthy, Nelda (LM) Dunning, Linda (LM) Piatt, Jenni (LM) Pickert, Richard (LM) Remick, Christian (LM) St. Louis, Helen (LM) Smith, Cora (LM) Christman, Maxine (LM) Neeley, Jane (LM) O’Neil, David (LM)

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PART V DIACONAL MINISTERS

(Paragraph numbers in questions 65-72 refer to The 1992 Book of Discipline) 64. Who constitute the Committee on Investigation (¶2703.3)? (v) Name

65. Who are transferred in as diaconal ministers (¶312)? Name Previous Annual Conference

66. Who are transferred out as diaconal ministers (¶312)?

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Date

67. Who have had their conference relationship as diaconal ministers terminated by Annual Conference action (¶313.3)? (Under ¶313.3a, no vote; under ¶313.3b, v 2/3) Name Date Effective

68. What diaconal ministers have died during the year? a) Effective: Name Date of Birth b) Retired: Name

Date of Death

Date of Birth

Date of Death

69. What diaconal ministers have been granted leaves of absence under ¶313.1a, c, d) (disability, study/sabbatical, or personal leave): (v) Name Type of Leave Date Originally Granted

70. What diaconal ministers have been granted an extended leave (¶313.1e): Name Date Originally Granted

71. Who have returned to active status from extended leave (¶313.1e)? (v)? Name Date Originally Granted

72. Who have taken the retired relationship to the Annual Conference as diaconal ministers (¶313.2): (Under ¶313.2b, v 2/3) a) This year? Name Date Effective b) Previously? Name Edwards, Jayne (RDM)

Date Effective 01/01/2011

PART VI APPOINTMENTS AND CONCLUDING BUSINESS 73. Who are approved for less than full-time service? a) What associate members, provisional, or full elders are approved for appointment to less than full-time service, what is the total number of years for which such approval has been granted to each, and for what fraction of full-time service (in one-quarter increments) is approval granted (for purposes of equitable compensation claim and pension credit) ¶¶338.2, 342.2, 1506)? (v 2/3, after 8 years v 3/4): Name Agnew, Peter W. (FE) Beck, Helen (FE) Brown, Hoyt (FE) Claypool, Inell (FE) Crowell, Stephen (FE) DeAngelis, Barbara (FE)

Appointment Borodino Louisville UCC/Madrid United Adams Basin/Spencerport/ Rochester Grace & West Ave. Central Texas AC Interim @ St. Paul UMC, South District Alfred & Angelica Varick

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Fraction of FullTime Service .50 .75 .75

Years

.25

2 year

.50 .75

2 year rd 3 year

11 years 5 years st 1 year nd

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Fletcher, James (FE) Goddard, Todd (FE) Goodrich, Kim (FE) Hays, Robyn (FE) Hemstreet, Frances (FE) Hess, Douglas (FE) Herrmann, David (FE) Humphrey-Fox, Judith L. (FE) Johnson-Siebold, Judith (FE)

Jones, Wilson (FE) Lee, Jin Kook (FE) Loeser, John (PE) Luce, Marian F. (FE) Lyles, Devin (PE) Kim, Dong Ki (FE) Olson, Robin (FE) Raca, Nancy (PE) Reed, Kimberly A. (FE) Ricketts, Mary (FE) Robinson, Ann (FE) Streeter, Jennifer (FE) Walz, Patricia (FE) Warner, Kelly K. (FE) Wenzinger, Cynthia J. (FE) Wiliford, Terry Sue (FE)

Perryville/Peterboro East Rochester/West Walworth Living Hope UMC Amboy Center Harrisville/Natural Bridge Churchville Lowville & Beaver Falls Broadalbin/Edinburg South Bethlehem Pavilion/Wyoming Korean Mission of Rochester Wilson: Exily Short Track & Swain NFC: “The Pillar” Rochester: Korean Spiritual Life Coordinator at Boston University Rochester: Covenant 50%/NFC Sophia Community 25% Galway BWC: St. Paul’s UMC & Garfield Rochester: Lake Ext. Min. Fairport Baptist Home Baldwinsville Hartford Apalachin/Whittemore Hill New Life UMC & Seneca Castle

.50 .75 .75 .25 .75 .25 .75 .75 .50 .50 .75 .75 .50 .75 .75 .50

24 years nd 2 year rd 3 year st 1 year 8 years nd 2 year st 1 year 7 years nd 2 year rd 3 year th 6 year th 5 year st 1 year nd 2 year th 4 year th 6 Year

.75

1 year

.50 .75 .25 .50 .50 .25 .75 .75

6 year th 5 year th 10 year rd 3 year nd 2 year nd 2 year th 4 year rd 3 year

st

th

b) What deacons in full connection and provisional deacons are approved for appointment to less than fulltime service (¶331.7)? Name Appointment Fraction of Full-Time Service Insook Do (FD) Chaplain/Counselor at Capital City .50 Rescue Mission/New Faith Family Center for Homeless Women, Albany, NY Denise Bowen (FD) Boonville .50 Deanna Finch (FD) Greece .50 74. Who have been appointed as interim pastors under the provisions of ¶338.3 since the last session of the annual conference, and for what period of time? Name Robin Blair (FE) Puleff, Annette (FL) Woodcock, Joyce (RE) Woodcock, Joyce (RE) Hicks, Ann (RL) Harris, Linda (RE) Smith, Burton (RE) Scholl, Natalie (FE) O’Neill, Terrence M. (RE) Worth, Rebecca L. (SY) Marsi, Jan (RE)

District Finger Lakes Cornerstone Northern Flow Northern Flow Finger Lakes Northern Flow Genesee Valley Binghamton Albany Mountain View Binghamton

Appointment Newark First UMC Fredonia First Martinsburg Lowville Middlesex & Rushville Three River Valley Parish Naples Trinity Federated Owego Shenendehowa Allentown & Bolivar Tabernacle

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Start Date 11/1/14 11/13/14 01/01/15 01/01/15 01/01/15 01/01/15 02/08/15 02/01/15 04/06/15 04/12/15 04/15/15

End Date 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 04/12/2015 06/30/2015 06/30/2015 06/28/2015 06/30/2016


2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS 75. What changes have been made in appointments since the last annual conference session? (Attach list. Include and identify Appointments Beyond the Local Church (Deacons) and Appointments to Extension Ministries (Elders). Give effective dates of all changes.) Name Porter, Shawn (SY) Stackpole, Cynthia (FE)

Dist. Cross MV

Date 05/01/2014 07/01/2014

Stackpole, Richard (FE)

MV

07/01/2014

Routh, David (SY) Seeley, Jeffrey A. (FD)

ADK MV

07/27/2014 07/30/2014

From None Ext. Min. Virginia University Campus Ministry Ext. Min. Harner Chapel, West Virginia None None

Drayer, Leslie (RA) Bradseth, Anthony (SY)

Corner N Flow

08/01/2014 08/01/2014

Retirement None

Remick, Christian (LM) Pierce, Virginia (RA) Bennett, Daryl J. (PL)

08/01/2014 08/03/2014 8/11/2014

West Stockholm Ausable Forks Not Appointed

Walz, Patricia (FE) Hart, Penelope (PL)

N Flow ADK Ni. Front Cross Cross

08/17/2014 09/01/14

Leave Apple Valley

Waldron, Roger (RL) Bond, William J. (PL)

ADK N Flow

09/01/2014 09/01/14

Mackey, Douglas (PE)

Cross

09/01/2014

Wimmersberger, Keith (OF) Blume, Kenneth (LM) Cain, Howard (SY) Smith, David (RE) Shevlin, Linda (SY) Karen Finch (SY) Heise, David R. (RL) Howard, Richard (PL) Austin, Kevin J. (PL) Lindsay, Robert (RE) Smith, Roger John (FE) Ledbetter, Mark (OE) St. Louis, Helen (LM) Lothridge, Brian (PL) Bradley, Casey (PL) Capodagli, Lee (PL)

Cross Cross N Flow ALB GV GV ALB ONE MV MOH FL ALB N Flow Corner ADK ADK

09/01/2014 09/01/2014 09/01/2014 09/01/2014 09/14/2014 09/14/2014 09/23/2014 09/29/14 09/29/14 09/30/14 09/30/14 10/01/14 10/1/14 10/01/14 10/01/14 10/01/14

Dill, Carol (PL) Johnson-Siebold, Judith (FE) Blume, Kenneth (SY) Johnson-Siebold, Judith (FE) Ford, Jack (FL)

Corner ALB Cross ALB MOH

10/15/14 9/1/14 09/01/14 10/01/14 10/13/14

Not serving in retirement Malone: Centenary & Constable Syracuse: James St. & Rockefeller Tully United None None Retirement None None Retirement SY @ Hartwick/Mt. Vision SY @ Erin & Sullivanville Lassellsville Newark: First South Bethlehem Buckton SY @ Falconer SY @ Lake Luzerne/S. Corinth SY @ S. Cambridge/ Eagle Bridge N. Cambridge/Easton SY @ Hamlet & South Dayton Ravena: Grace 100% Not serving Personal Leave Dolgeville/Oppenheim

Lowman, Dee Anne (FE)

NFC

10/06/2014

Lark Street Together 50%

Wiggers, Stephen (FE)

Corner

11/17/2014

Fredonia; First

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To Mount Pleasant Ext. Min. Co-Managers at Cypress Woods Holiday Retirement Ext. Min. Co-Managers at Cypress Woods Holiday Retirement SY@ First UMC, Lake George Ext. Min.: Dir of Choral Activities, Instr of Music & Speech Comm, Elmira College South Ripley CLOG – Nicholville, St. Regis Falls, Moira West Stockholm & Nicholville No longer serving in retirement Ext. Ministry as Chaplain, Erie County Medical Center LFT 25% @ Baldwinsville Apple Valley & Syracuse: Rockefeller Schroon Lake Community Malone: Centenary only Syracuse: James Street & Erwin First Retirement Apulia Constable Ravena: Grace SY 75% @ Naples Trinity Allen’s Hill Rotterdam PL @ Hartwick/Mt. Vision PL @ @ Erin & Sullivanville Not Appointed in retirement Medical Leave Not Appointed in UNY Colton PL @ Falconer PL @ Lake Luzerne/S. Corinth PL @ S. Cambridge/ Eagle Bridge N. Cambridge/Easton PL @ Hamlet & South Dayton Personal Leave Apulia 25% South Bethlehem 50% Dolgeville/Oppenheim/Lassellsville & cp at Paines Hollow Lark Street Together 50% & Ext. Min. as Prog Devel. Assoc at CRTC Ext. Min. Chaplain, Halifax Health


2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS Hospice Team, Florida Medical Leave Not Appointed Brookvale Retirement Retirement Retirement Retirement Clayton/Depauville 75% @ Tioga Center/ Smithboro

Drake, Mary (FE) Melnyk, Theresa (PL) Green, Barbara (RL) Palmer, William (AM) Harris, Linda (FE) Briant, Donald (FL) O’Neil, Beth (PL) LaLone, Earl (FL) Martin, Donna Taylor (PL)

N Flow Bing Bing Cross N Flow N Flow N Flow N Flow Bing

11/18/14 11/20/2014 11/20/2014 12/31/14 12/31/2014 01/01/2015 01/01/2015 01/01/2015 01/01/2015

Mahar, Sherry (PL) Lincoln, Daniel (SY) Webb, Frederica (PL)

NFR NFL NFL

01/01/2015 12/01/2014 1/1/2015

O’Neil, David (LM) Mann, Jeannette (SY) Teuchert, Harry (ROF) Jones, Cory (SY) Gleason, Janet L. (FE) Finch, Matthew (PL) Lyles, Devin (PE)

NFL ADK MOH MOH MOHW GV GV

01/01/2015 12/04/2014 12/31/2014 01/01/2015 01/01/2015 01/01/2015 03/01/2015

Leonard, Cynthia (PL) Kessler, David (SY)

ALB MOH

11/16/2014 1/31/2015

Hickey, Lori (SY) Scholl, Natalie (FE)

NFL BING

01/19/2015 02/01/2015

Mannsville/Lorraine Brookvale Not serving in retirement Mexico 3 River Valley Parish Clayton/Depauville Lowville Martinsburg 100% @ Tioga Center/ Smithboro None None 75% Redwood/Alex Bay/Wellesley Island None Cambridge: Embury St. Johnsville Not Serving Herkimer Livonia 25% & Hemlock 25% 75% Rush & ¼ time NFC: The Pillar Hagaman Constableville/Glenfield/Greig /Turin Not Appointed Interim @ Oswego

Shevlin, Linda (SY)

GV

02/08/2015

75% Naples Trinity

Edwards & South Edwards Interim 50% @ Oswego & 50% at Ext. Min. as Life Coach 25% Naples Trinity

Haverkamp, Keith (FE)

Cross

03/15/2015

Ext. Ministry

Retirement

Hedlund, Victoria (FL)

CRST

04/06/2015

Allentown & Bolivar

Clark, Ray (SY) Delamater, W. Alan (FE) Shevlin, Linda (SY) Worth, Rebecca (SY) Peters, Robert (HL) Judd, Geri (PL) Lacey-Markle, Jan (PL) Cole, Lynette (SY) Earthrowl, Deborah (FE)

MOH ALB GV MV ALB FL Oneon ADK ADK

03/23/15 04/06/2015 04/13/2015 04/22/2015 05/01/2015 05/06/2015 05/20/2015 06/01/2015 06/01/2015

Brant, Sandy (SY) Peacock, Debra (LP)

MV ADK

06/14/2015 06/01/2015

None Shenendehowa 25% Naples Trinity None Watervliet None Davenport – SY None Salem/W.Hebron/CP Greater Parish None Argyle & Greenwich: Centenary

Ext. Min: Pastoral Care Coordinator @ Olean Gen. Hospital Hawkinsville Medical Leave 50% Naples Trinity Allentown & Bolivar First Retired Honorable Location PL 25% @ Trumansburg Davenport - PL Newman (Shushan) 25% Salem/W.Hebron/CP Greater Parish/CP Newman Presho Medical Leave

PL @ Pendleton Center SY @ Mannsville/Lorraine 50% Alex Bay & Wellesley Island only Redwood No longer serving Not Appointed St. Johnsville CP @ St. Johnsville & Herkimer Livonia & Hemlock 25% 50% Rush & ¼ time NFC: The Pillar Not Appointed No longer serving

76. What elders (full connection and provisional), associate members, and local pastors are appointed to ministry to the local church and where are they appointed for the ensuing year? (Attach a list.)

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To other valid ministries under the provisions of Âś344.1d? (v 2/3) Name Appointment Clunn, Steven (FE) Conners, Gail (PL) Crowell, Stephen R. (FE) Evans, Christopher (FE) Fenimore, James (FE) Frueh, Henry (FE) Gould, Brian (FE) Harris, Pamela (FE) Hedlund, Victoria (FL) Higgins, Kent E. (FE) Hutchins, Margaret (AM) Jordan, Augustus E. (FE) Jordan, Laurel M.(FE) Lowman, Dee Anne McGaughey, Douglas R. (FE) Mitchell III, Stuart J. (FE) Olson, Robin (FE) Quick, Elizabeth (FE) Stackpole, Cynthia K. (FE) Stackpole, Richard L. (FE) Stenberg, Jon (FE) Tyson, John (FE) Vanderminden, Meredith (FE) Wagner, Jane (FE) Watson, Duane F. (FE) Westover, Laurel P. (FE) Wiggers, Stephen (FE) Wolfe, Marilyn N. (FE) Young, Carl P. (FE) Zandt, Cheryl (FE)

Coordinator for the Methodist Federation for Social Action in Washington, DC Chaplain, Clifton Springs Hospital Assistant to the President for Church Relations at United Theological Seminary Professor, History of Christianity and Methodist Studies, Boston U. Sch of Theo. Church Consultant for the Samaritan Counseling Center, Scotia, NY EcoSabbath Min in Queensbury, NY & Chpln of Comm Hospice of Schenectady County Chaplain, Community Hospice, Albany (Capital Region) Run River Enterprises, Tully, NY Pastoral Care Coordinator at Olean General Hospital Chaplain, United Christian Foundation, Amherst, MA Administrator, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY Exec Dir, Health and Counseling Svcs, Middlebury College Chpln, Scott Ctr for Spiritual Religious Life Middlebury College Prog Dev Assoc at Capital Region Theological Center (eff. 10/06/14) Prof of Religious Studies, Willamette University, Salem, OR President/CEO of PathStone Corporation, Rochester, NY Spiritual Life Coordinator, Boston University Sch. Of Theology Spiritual Life partner at St. Johns Meadows, Rochester, NY Community Mgr at Cypress Woods Holiday Retirement Corp Affiliate church: Kingwood UMC, Central North District, Texas AC Community Mgr at Cypress Woods Holiday Retirement Corp Affiliate church: Kingwood UMC, Central North District, Texas AC Mary J. Drexel Home, Philadelphia, PA Full Professor at CRCDS, teaching history and directing UM studies Executive Director, The Entheos Center for Spirituality and Creativity Carthage UCC, Carthage, NY Prof of New Testament Studies, Dept of Theology, Malone Univ Canton Ohio Resident Chaplain in the CPE program at Albany Medical Center Hospital Chaplain, Halifax Health Hospice Team, Florida Centus, Samaritan Institute; Clinical therapist and educator Professor of Art, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY Chaplain/director of Spiritual Care, INOVA, Alexandria Hosp.,Virginia

78. Who are appointed as deacons (full connection and provisional) for the ensuing year? (Attach a list.) a) Through non-United Methodist agencies and settings beyond the local church (Âś331.1a)? Name Appointment Do, Insook (FD) Chaplain/Counselor at Capital City Rescue Mission/New Faith Family Center for Homeless Women, Albany, NY Golando, Molly (PD) Functional Literacy Ministry/ Haiti & BECALM (Barnabas Ecumenical Compassion and Life Ministry) Hodge, Jeff (FD) Consultant, Church and Community Development Consulting Ministry Kang, Mahn-Hee (FD) Professor, Korea Baptist Theo. Univ. Maxwell, Bruce (FD) Chaplain, Breezewood Trucker and Traveler Ministry, Breezewood, PA Seeley, Jeffery A. (FD) Director of Choral Activities: Instructor of Music & Speech Communications, Elmira College Verity, William (FD) Organist/Accompanist at Dewitt Community Church, Dewitt, NY Waltz, Vivian (FD) Director, Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Non Violence, Buffalo, NY

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2015 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal IV. DAILY PROCEEDINGS b) Through United Methodist Church-related agencies and schools within the connectional structures of The United Methodist Church (¶331.1b)? Russell, Susan (FD) Asbury Camp & Retreat Center Guest Services Coordinator Jones, Amy Beth W. (FD) Drew University: Interim Dir of Theological Lifelong learning; Interim Assoc Dir of the D-Min program & UMC Liaison c) Within a local congregation, charge, or cooperative parish (¶331.1c)? Name Name Bowen Denise (FD) LeValley, Bonnie (FD) Cardin, Patricia (FD) Naber, Rebecca L. (PD) Finch, Deanna (FD) Price, Sheila (FD) Golando, Molly (PD) Stoica-Hussey, Sandra (RD) Hodge, Jeffrey (FD) Wolfe, Carrie S. (PD) 79. Who are appointed to attend school (¶416.6)? (List alphabetically all those whose prime appointment is to attend school.) Name Clergy School Year Status 80. Where are the diaconal ministers appointed for the ensuing year (¶310) [1992 Discipline]? (Attach list) 81. What other personal notations should be made? (Include such matters as changes in pension credit (¶1506.5), corrections or additions to matters reported in the "Business of the Annual Conference" form in previous years, and legal name changes of clergy members and diaconal ministers.) Sandra Stoica legally changed her name to Sandra Hussey Judy White legally changed her name to Judy White-Wunder Penny L. Brink legally changed her name to Penny L. Lacy Sheila Nichols legally changed her name to Sheila Paige 82. Where and when shall the next Conference Session be held (¶603.2, 3)? Clergy Session will be held OnCenter in Syracuse, NY Annual Conference Session will be held June 2-4, 2016 in Syracuse, NY Revised April 2015

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UPPER NEW YORK CONFERENCE APPOINTMENTS Appointment list July 1, 2015 Upper New York Area of The United Methodist Church

KEY Change in pastor/status/charge is in bold lettering # Not the only appointment * Change in pastor ** Appointment made since the last Annual Conference CONFERENCE RELATIONSHIP (First column following pastor’s name)

FE FD PE PD OE

Elder in Full Connection (¶335) Deacon in Full Connection (¶330) Provisional Elder (¶324,325) Provisional Deacon (¶324, 325) Elder member of another annual conference or Methodist denomination (¶346.1) OF Full member of other denomination OD Deacon member of other annual conference (¶331.8)

APPOINTMENT STATUS (Second column)

p

Pastor, full-time

pt

Pastor, part-time: 1. not an elder, 1992 2. a retired member under appointment Coordinating pastor Less-than-full-time (Elder, probationary elder 1992 Discipline, or associate member of the UMC) Special appointment

cp lft

OP Probationary Member of other annual sp conference (¶346.1) OA Associate Member, other annual conference e Employed by the District (¶346.1) Superintendent OR Retired member of another m Missional (not FL Full-time local pastor (¶318.1) PL Part-time local pastor (¶318.2) AM Associate Member (¶322, 370.1, 635.2h) AF Affiliate Member (¶334.5, 344.4, 586.4) HL Honorable Location (¶359.1) RE Retired Elder in Full Connection (¶358) RP Retired Provisional Member (358) (prior to Jan 1, 2003) RD Retired Deacon in Full Connection (¶358) RA Retired Associate Member (¶358) RL Retired local pastor (¶320.5, 327.7) DM Diaconal Minister (¶369.1 2004 Discipline) DR Retired Diaconal Minister (consecreated under provision of 1992 or earlier DC Deaconess (¶1314.3) LM Certified Lay minister (assigned not appointed) (¶271) SY Supply Pastor (assigned not appointed)

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ADIRONDACK DISTRICT

SUPERINTENDENT:

* #**

# # #** #

#* #*

# #

** ** #

* #

# *#

Adirondack Community Ausable Forks Ballston Spa Bolton Landing: Emmanuel Eagle Bridge/South Cambridge (eff. 10.1.14) Champlain: Three Steeples Chestertown Clintonville Corinth: First & Middle Grove Crown Point Dannemora Easton & North Cambridge (eff. 10.1.14) Ellenburg, The UMC of Essex Community First United Methodist Church of Saranac Lake Fort Ann (United Protestant Church)

William Mudge

FE

p

5

John A. Martin To Be Supplied Patricia M. Molik Deborah Waldron Lee Capodagli Stephen W. Loan Douglas J Meyerhoff Joyce Bruce Bonita Bates Gregg L. Trask Gary Rhodehamel Wendy Rhodehamel Virginia Cornell Lee Capodagli Gary Rhodehamel John Hunn Wilbert Gamble

FE

p

5

FE RL PL RL PL SY AM SY RE RE RE PL RE OF SY FE SY RA FE FE FE PE PL FE SY PL RE PE RE RP

p pt pt pt pt e p e pt pt pt pt pt pt e cp e pt lft p lft p pt p e pt pt p pt pt

2 1 2 11 5 8 6 4 6 6 10 2 6 14 3 1 1 12 6 3 2 1 3 10 2 2 5 9 4 4

SY SY SY PL

e e e pt

1 4 5 4

FE

p

3

PE

p

3

LM OF PE FE

e pt p cp

2 12 3 1

Scott Tyler Scott Rogers

Fortsville Galway Glens Falls: Christ Hartford Hudson Falls Indian Lake & Blue Mountain Lake Keeseville & Harkness Lake George: First (eff. 7.27.14) Lake Luzerne & South Corinth (eff.10.1.14) Lyon Mountain Malta Ridge Mooers

Paul Dufford, Jr. (50%) Kimberly A. Reed William Mudge (25%) Kelly K. Warner Derek Hansen Nina Dickinson Edith A. Poland David Routh Casey Bradley Martha Connor Penny L. Lacy Sarah Chase White Rodger White To Be Supplied John Gocke Terry Mosholder Roberta Lee-Brynes Stephen J. Andrews Supplied by Presbyterian Philip Richards To Be Supplied Phillip Phaneuf To Be Supplied Arnold Stevens George Richards Penny L. Lacy Kelly K. Warner

Moriah Newcomb & Long Lake North Creek North Granville North River Peru: Community Federated Plattsburgh Porter Corners Queensbury Raceville RWJohnsburg & Pottersville Rock City Falls Round Lake Sanford’s Ridge

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Jeannette Mann Lawrence Lake Heather Williams Andrew Sperry Roger Waldron Albert W. Johnson To Be Supplied Deborah Earthrowl Lynnette Cole William L. Puckey Daniel Burgess Debbie Earthrowl To Be Supplied To Be Supplied To Be Supplied Deborah Earthrowl Jeffrey Grants Scott Tyler Jerry McKinney Stephen J. Andrews Sharon Weber To Be Supplied Scott Tyler Scott Rogers Susan Bowman Chilton McPheeters Wilifredo Juan Ricardo Baez (50%) Robert Kersten

SUPERINTENDENT: #

* Saranac & Morrisonville & Peasleeville: Zion Saratoga Springs

** **# **# ** * # # # # # #

#* #*

*

Schroon Lake: Community Federated (eff. 9.1.14) Schuylerville & Quaker Springs Sciota Shushan: Newman UMC (eff. 6.1.15) (eff. 6.1.15) South Glens Falls Speculator/Lake Pleasant /Wells The Greater Parish Argyle Cambridge: Embury Greenwich: Centenary Salem & West Hebron Thurman-Kenyontown Ticonderoga: First United Church of Granville Warrensburg West Fort Ann Westport Federated Whitehall White Creek: Jermain Willsboro & Reber Wilmington: Whiteface Community Wilton: Trinity

SY FE FE PE RL FL

e p p p pt p

1 6 2 2 2 4

FE SY AM PL FE

cp e p pt cp

2 2 1 1 2

FE SY FE OF PL OF

p e p pt pt pt

23 8 9 8 6 8

FE SY SY OR FE OR

cp e e pt p lft

1 1 10 8 1 2

Richard Weihing

FE

p

4

G. Ewart Morris Cheol Hee Yang Jane Baker Jeffrey Matthews Krisit Van Patten Jeffrey Rauhauser Carl Chamberlain Joseph H. Auslander Joy Lowenthal Kathy Reese To be supplied (75%) Judith Humphrey-Fox Holly Nye Gail Falsetti To be supplied

FE FE FE FE PL PL FE FL PL PL

p p p p pt pt p p pt pt

4 2 3 9 2 3 2 2 6 8

FE FE PE

lft p p

3 4 4

ALBANY DISTRICT

#

Albany: Emmaus Albany: McKownville Albany: Pine Grove Albany: Trinity Alplaus Ames-Sprout Brook Amsterdam Averill Park: Church of the Covenant Berlin Bleecker Boyntonville Broadalbin & Edinburg Burnt Hills Associate Canajoharie

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* * # #

*

*

*

** #

** **

#

Castleton: St. Paul’s & Nassau (Grace) Centre Glenville Clifton Park: Jonesville Clifton Park: Shenendehowa Cornerstone Community Church of Lansingburgh Delmar

Diane Berdan Eric Kerwath David Lockwood Leland J. Carlson Allen Siebold

FL PL FE FE FE FE FL PL FE PL PL PL PL FE FE PL FE SY FE FE SY PL RE FE OF SY SY

p pt p p p p p pt p pt pt pt pt p p pt p e p p e pt p p e e e

7 7 7 1 13 5 1 2 3 2 2 8 1 4 14 2 5 3 2 2 10 1 5 5 8 1 6

SY

e

8

(50%) Judith Johnson Siebold

RE FL SY PL FE OF FE FE RL PL PL FE

pt p e pt p p p p pt pt pt lft

2 12 14 4 5 2 3 2 2 3 2 2

To be supplied Arthur F. Hagy, Jr. Martha Swords-Horrell David Martin Karyl L. Hopp G. Ewart Morris

RE FE FE PL FE

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Deborah O’Connor-Slater Patrick James Dupont Denise L. Gisotti Sundar R. Samuel Heidi R. Chamberlain Heidi R. Chamberlain Alan Griffith Cynthia Leonard Edward A. Hackett, Jr. Christopher Hamm John F. Greenough Camillus J. Mourice Lloyd (Kyungmin) Hong Janet A. M. James (75%) Kim Goodrich Jerry Oliver Brenda Tompkins Virginia Deyo Steven M. Smith Stark G. Jones Amy Winnie Darienne Gagne To be supplied Jerry Oliver To be supplied To be supplied David E. Smith Mariana Rodriguez Jim D’Arcy Marvin Batcher Alan Kinney Adrienne L. Phillips Sara E. Baron Karen L. Smith David Heise Jonathan M. Walter Margaret A. Currier

East Greenbush East Stone Arabia Fonda – Fultonville Fort Plain Freysbush Gloversville: Foothills Gloversville: North Main Street Green Island: Church of the Good Shepherd Johnsonville & Pittstown Korean UMC of Albany Latham: Calvary Living Hope UMC (formerly Clifton Park & Waterford) Mayfield Mechanicville Melrose Newtonville Niverville-Chatham Center North Bush North Chatham North Petersburgh Northampton at Fish House Northville: First Petersburgh Ravena: Grace (eff. 9.1.14) Rensselaer: First & Emmanuel Rexford Schenectady: Carman Schenectady: Eastern Parkway Schenectady: Faith Schenectady: First Schenectady: Rotterdam (eff. 9.23.14) Schenectady: Stanford Scotia South Bethlehem (eff. 10.1.14) Stephentown: Federated Troy: Center Brunswick Troy: Christ Troy: Hope Troy: Pawling Ave. Valley Falls

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Voorheesville Watervliet West Sand Lake: Salem

Robert DeFelice To be supplied Patricia A. Bush

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David W. Kofahl

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(75%) Cynthia J. Wenzinger Alan S. Bill Thomas Easttey Barbara Green Marcia Focht Janet B. Clark Vonda Fossitt Peggi J. Eller Joyce K. Allen Janice M. Marsi

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Apalachin Barton Binghamton: Boulevard Binghamton: Brookvale (Eff. 11.20.14) Binghamton: Centenary-Chenango St Binghamton: Fairview Binghamton: High Street Binghamton: Nimmonsburg Binghamton: Ogden-Hillcrest Binghamton: Tabernacle Candor: McKendree & Germany Hill Caring Covenant Coop Parish East Berkshire & Jenksville Flemingville & Fairfield Newark Valley Castle Creek & Glen Castle Chenango Bridge Deposit & Hale Eddy Endicott: Campville Endicott: Central Endicott: First Endicott: Union Center Endicott: Wesley Endwell Gibson Corners Greene Halsey Valley Hawleyton & Conklin Forks (eff. 8.1.15) Harpursville & Ouaquaga Johnson City: Choconut Center Johnson City: Lao Good News Johnson City: Lao American UMC Johnson City: Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Johnson City: Westover Killawog Kirkwood: First Litchfield (PA) Little Meadows (PA) Lockwood Lounsberry Maine: Federated Marathon

Michael F. Breunig

Timothy Middleton, Sr. Viki S. Andrews Gary Freeland Timothy Middleton, Sr. James G. Collins Jr. Roger L. Frederick Raymond E. Bartholomew William C. Prentice Michelle Bogue-Trost Dale E. Austin David B. McKinney David B. McKinney Mark D. Kimpland William C. Prentice Amy B. Gregory Richard VanDerpoel Lee Edward Prong Susan D. Crawson-Brizzolara Thomas Hester Sonexay “Sean” Chanthasone Vithaya Osa Ronald E. Wenzinger Eric L. Jensen Thomas Mott Diane E. Prentice Jon L. Austin Paul Reed Cindy Schulte Jon L. Austin Robert A. Dean R. Brown Naik

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Sharon C. Harris Thomas Mott Mary Jean Simonin Peggi J. Eller James W. Stevens Dale E. Austin Daniel Fuller Delma West Mary Jean Simonin Michael K. Willis Martha E. Vink Eric L. Jensen Jeffrey Aiosa Anne Bey Canfield Philip J. Thorick (75%) Cynthia J. Wenzinger Corey Turnpenny Douglas A. Clark

PL PL FE FE FE FE PL OF FE FE OE PE FE FE RE FE FE FE

pt pt p p p p pt pt p p lft p p p pt lft p p

8 3 1 1 1 3 3 9 1 15 2 5 4 16 2 1 3 6

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Sherri Rood

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p

5

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Ashville Belfast Bemus Point

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Blockville Brocton: Tri-Church Parish Busti Federated Caneadea Cattaraugus/Wesley Celoron Charlotte Center Chautauqua: Hurlbut Memorial Centerville Cherry Creek-Leon Clymer/North Clymer Conewango Valley Cuba Delevan Dewittville-Hartfield Dunkirk East Otto East Randolph Edwards Chapel Ellington Falconer (eff. 10.1.14) Fentonville Findley Lake

Nicholas Perry Nancy L. Russell William Allen Kristen Allen Michael Vercant Barbara Brewer Supplied by American Baptist Lawrence R. Russell Rebecca Ward Heather Allport-Cohoon John Gifford Carmen Perry Robert Schooley Bruce A. Fish Dena A. Stevens Bruce A. Fish Timothy Gleason Dawn Quesenberry Mark Parsons Judith Cole Westley Tessey Rodney D. Mileham Warren VanDewark Gordon G. Damsteegt Brian Lothridge Christopher Rhodes David J. Cooke

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McClure & North Sanford Nanticoke Nichols North Fenton Owego Park Terrace Community Sanitaria Springs Spencer: Federated Tioga Center & Smithboro Vestal Associate Vestal: Calvary Vestal Center Waverly West Chenango: Abbott Whittemore Hill Whitney Point Windsor

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Forestville Fredonia: First (eff. 11.17.14) Frewsburg: Trinity Frewsburg: Wheeler Hill Friends in Christ Friendship Gerry Great Valley Hamlet (eff. 10.15.14) Hinsdale/Ischua (Fed.) Jamestown: Camp Street Jamestown: Christ First Jamestown: Kidder Memorial Kennedy: First Knapp Creek Trinity Lakewood Laona: Emmanuel Limestone Little Valley: First Machias Magnolia Mayville: First Napoli New Beginnings Fellowship North Harmony Olean: Christ

James Hankey Annette Puleff Raymond C. Gilman IV Carol Becker Nancy L. Russell Timothy Gleason Heather Allport-Cohoon John Green Carol Dill Richard Young Jennifer Delahoy Natalie Hanson Carolyn Stow Jennifer Delahoy Gerald C. Piper Nicholas Perry Michael S. Spell Robert Beard Nathanael E. Lange Nancy Preston John R. Bowen Mark Parsons Rene Adams Kenneth Hodgins John A. Jackson Suzanne M. Block Carrie S. Wolfe To Be Supplied John R. Bowen Steven Taylor David Watson Michael Vercant Craig Buelow Clara Wilder Lawrence R. Russell To Be Supplied To Be Supplied Joseph Pascoe Carol Dill Craig Buelow Richard Peters Warren VanDewark Matthew Golibersuch Molly Golando Dawn Quesenberry

Olean: Trinity Open Meadows Panama Perrysburg-Dayton Pleasant Valley Ripley River’s Edge Rushford Salamanca United Congregational Church Sheridan Sinclairville: Park South Dayton (eff. 10.15.14) South Ripley Steamburg Watts Flats Westfield: First (eff 7.1.14) West Valley: St. Paul’s

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6 2 1 3 2 2 9 3 2 5 1 5 1 9 6 2 5 4 2 2 7 6 4 3 4 3 1

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pt p e pt p pt pt

17 6 1 2 4 6 2

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Amboy Belle Isle United Church Amboy Center Apple Valley (South Onondaga/Cardiff/Navarino) Apulia (eff. 9.1.14) Baldwinsville Pastor for Congregational Care (eff. 8.17.14) Borodino Bowens Corners Brewerton Bridgeport Christ Church Parish (Altmar/Dugway/Fernwood) Camillus:First Camillus:Immanuel Cazenovia Caughdenoy Chittenango Cicero

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Mount Pleasant Nelson New Haven

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Supplied by Presbytery (25%) Robyn Hays Elizabeth A. Quick Kenneth Blume Lawrence Lundgren (50%) Patricia Walz (50%) Peter Agnew Mary Johnson John H. Keating, III Caroline Simmons Edward Bennett Marcia J. Wickert Nicholas Preuninger Ray Lange Samuel Moore John Fulton Everett Bassett Rebecca Laird Bradford Hunt Caroline Simmons Terrance E. Millbyer To Be Supplied Supplied by Presbytery Robert Sherburne Michael Weeden Benjamin O'Connor Dean Flemming Gregory Beasley Judy Alderman Mark C. Harrison Glen T. Hardman Bruce Webster Brian S. Homan Alison Schmied Michaela St. Marie Benjamin O'Connor Dean Flemming Joseph Kim Robin Blair Emily Huyge Charles Forbes John Fulton Roger Parker Shawn Porter Kevin McAllister Richard Barling

Clay:Trinity Collamer (United) Cornerstone Delphi Falls (United) East Syracuse (First United) Fayetteville Fulton: First Fulton: State Street Hannibal Hannibal Center/South Hannibal Ira Jamesville (Federated) Jordan Kirkville Liverpool Little Utica Lycoming Martville Manlius Marcellus Mexico: First Minetto Minoa

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p p p pt e pt p p pt p p p p pt p p p pt cp e e e pt

6 3 1 4 8 2 19 2 5 2 2 3 2 8 3 1 1 6 3 4 2 3 8

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To be supplied Bradford D. Hunt Tammie Chawgo-Nipper To Be Supplied Marcelline McLean Susan A. Townsend Yohang Chun

FE PL

p pt

13 8

LM PL FE

e pt p

7 4 5

Elyse Skiles Jeffrey J. Hodge Tammie Chawgo-Nipper Richard Barling Jeffrey J. Hodge Michaela St. Marie Joellyn Webster Tuttle William Nickolas Clair Mosher

PL FD PL PL FD FE FE SY PL

pt p pt pt p p p e pt

2 2 11 8 4 1 6 10 2

Robert J. Norrix Andy Anderson Alicia Wood Jee Hae Song Rebecca Laird Douglas Mackey Michaela St. Marie

FE PE FL SY FE FE FE

p p p e p p p

1 1 1 1 5 1 3

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Jeffrey McDowell

FE

p

2

*#

Dawn Lanora Cheney Eugene A. DeWispelaere Martha Robinson Richelle Goff Natalie Bowerman Judy D. White-Wunder Sandra L. Perl supplied by UCC Kevin Grish C. Stephen DeWalt Dawn Lanora Cheney Stephen T. Deckard Patricia A. Roll Karen L. Heit Charles G. Smith Paul Winkelman H. Nelson Stafford Edward Enstine Marilyn Wood Harold Wheat Marilyn Wood

PL SY FL FE PL RE PL

pt e p p pt pt pt

1 13 7 8 4 7 4

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pt pt pt p e pt p p p pt pt p pt

8 13 1 1 7 2 4 3 5 6 6 2 6

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North Mexico North Syracuse:Andrews Memorial North Volney Onativia Onondaga Nation Oran Oswego: First Oswego: Journey of Faith UMC (formerly Sowthwest Oswego & Oswego Center) Oswego:Trinity Palermo Parish Pennellville Phoenix Skaneateles South Scriba Syracuse:Christ Community Syracuse City UM Churches ( Bellevue Heights/Brown Memorial/Erwin First/ Gethsemane/ Hope Korean/ James Street/ St. Paul's/ University) Syracuse:West Genesee ‘The Road’ Tully (United) Warners

FINGER LAKES DISTRICT

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Aloquin-Flint Alton Amazing Grace Parish (Butler/ Countryside /Victory) Auburn Benton Bluff Point Branchport Caroline Valley Federated Cayuga Cayutaville Chapin Clifton Springs Clyde Cortland: First Cortland: Homer Ave. Cuyler Danby (Federated) Dresden Dryden Dundee

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Fleming (Federated) Freeville Geneva: First Gorham Harmony Homer Ithaca:Forest Home Ithaca:St. Paul's Jacksonville Lansing Ledyard Lyons Manchester McGraw Mecklenburg Middlesex Milo Center Moravia: Christ Newark:Emmanuel Newark:First Newfield New Hope: Mid-Lakes North Rose Ovid (Federated) Palmyra Penn Yan Phelps (United) Port Byron Port Gibson Red Creek-Westbury/Sterling Reynoldsville Rose Rushville Scott Seneca Castle Seneca Falls Sodus Sodus Point Trumansburg Truxton/East Homer Tyre Varick Varna Vine Valley Virgil Waterloo Weedsport/Mottville: St.Andrews Wolcott: Faith Yatesville/Friend

Glynn N. English Paul Winkelman Tae Kun Kim Katharine Benton To Be Supplied Rachel Morse Rebecca Dolch John W McNeill Geri Judd Jane Sautter Brett Johnson Patience Kisakye Penni L. Farrington To Be Supplied Cheryl Hine Joyru Leet Sandra L. Perl Beth M. Bouwens Patience Kisakye Hyun Joo Yang Michael Kelly John Aukema Daniel A. Corretorre III Supplied by Presbyterians Penni L. Farrington Jeffrey B. Childs Adrian J. Tierson Brett Johnson Judith A. Selover Ann S. Blair Michael Kelly Karen Heit To Be Supplied John Aukema (50%) Terry Sue Wiliford Susan Hadley Judith A. Selover Jacob G. Denny Jeffrey Losey H. Nelson Stafford Kevin Grish Barbara DeAngelis To Be Supplied Natalie Bowerman Katy Prince Laura Schaal Calos Valerie White Jacob G. Denny Thomas Wunder

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3 5 4 1 6 1 1 5

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5 1 8 2 1 1 2 6 19

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p p pt pt pt p pt pt

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Dalton Dansville/Sparta Center Eagle Harbor East Bloomfield East Rochester Elba Elmgrove Fairport Faith Farmington Gainesville Geneseo Family Life Ministries Greece Coord. Of Nurturing Ministries Groveland Fed. Parish Hamlin Hemlock Hilton Holley: Disciples Honeoye Falls Ionia Kendall Korean Mission of Rochester LeRoy United Methodist Church of Livonia Macedon Center/South Perinton Naples (Federated) (eff. 9.14.14 - 6.30.15)

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THEODORE ANDERSON

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p

8

Hoyt Brown John Laskowski Daniel Finch Karen Finch Kimberly Ferrel Matthew French

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p

3

David Washburn

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pt

4

Margaret Morin Julie Foos Bryon Lee Williams William Burdick Douglas Hess David W. Hotchkiss Douglas Wilson Sinnathamby Thevanesan Linda Glantz Manilla O. Owen Susan M. Boring Jeri Kober (75%) Todd R. Goddard

PL

pt

2

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cp

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Harold Coller Kevin Slough Margaret A. Scott Christian Jewell JinKook Lee Jeffery E. Long Linda Glantz Keith Griswold Karen Woodworth Matthew H. Stengel (50%) Deanna Finch Dorothy Hotchkiss Kelly Carner Matthew Finch Jennifer Green John Laskowski Mary G. Rublee Julie Foos Sara Merle (75%) Jin Kook Lee David Jones Daniel J. Finch Sonya K. Mauser Linda Shevlin

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p lft p lft lft lft p p

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Cathy Hall Stengel Lauren Turner Linda Haight Hoyt Brown Raymond Shaw Linda Haight David Underwood Jacque Ruth Lauren Turner Barbara Mosher Osceola W. Wharton Richard "Rick" LaDue Kelly Carner Dorothy Hotchkiss Karen (Kit) Snyder (75%) Todd R. Goddard Hyun Joon Kim

FE PL PL FE RE PL FE PL PL OR RE FE PL LM FE FE FE

p pt pt lft pt pt p pt pt pt p p pt e p lft p

2 8 10 1 4 3 3 3 11 2 19 1 5 3 2 15 1

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Abel Roy

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Marsha Madore Stephen C. Maddox Charles F. Vollmer Janet Gleason Theresa Grescheck

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pt pt pt cp e

2 7 2 2 2

New Life UMC North Chili North Ontario Nunda/West Sparta Pavilion/Wyoming Penfield (eff. 9.1.14)

Perry: First Pittsford (United) Pultneyville Rochester: Aldersgate

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Rochester: Asbury First Assoc. Pastor Rochester: Covenant Rochester: Emmanuel Rochester: Grace & West Avenue Rochester: Korean Rochester: Lake Rochester: Seneca Rochester: Wesley Rush Silver Springs South Byron Spencerport Springwater Stafford Victor Walworth Warsaw: First Warsaw: Immanuel Wayland Webster

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Webster’s Crossing West Barre West Walworth: Zion Williamson

(25%) Terry Sue Wiliford Daniel Carr Lawrence Wiliford Dawn Merritt (50%)Wilson Jones Lauren Swanson Ray M. Noell Supplied by American Baptist Sandra Hussey Anne H. O’Connor Robert Jeffers Hector D. Rivera Stephen M. Cady II To Be Supplied Ann Kemper (75%) Nancy O'Connor Raca Carlos M. Rosa-Laguer Hoyt Brown (75%) Dong Ki Kim (25%) Ann Robinson Geraldine Rapino Geraldine Rapino

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Cleveland Clinton Clockville Cold Brook Constantia Delta/Verona Dolgeville/Oppenheim Earlville/Poolville East Hamilton East Schuyler Florence Georgetown Hamilton:Park/Waterville Herkimer Jordanville (Fed) Lairdsville Lassellsville (eff. 10.13.14) Lee Center/Point Rock Leonardsville Living Waters Parish (Oriskany Falls/Bouckville/Madison/Deansboro) Lowell Maynard Middleville/Newport Morning Star Mohawk Valley: Trinity New Creations Ministries Ava Boonville

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CenterPoint Hawkinsville (eff. 3.23.15) North Western Prospect: Park Remsen Steuben Talcottville Trenton South Lewis Parish (Turin/Constableville/Glenfield/Greig ) New Hartford

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New London

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Cindy Makarchuk Donald Kane Marilyn Baissa Henry B. Toner Stephen C. Maddox Jeffrey Hale Abigail Browka Genett Timlin David Carnie Susan Tew Walters Jack A. Ford Nancy Araujo Cindy Makarchuk Thomas VanHatten John Reams Michael Tollerton Carl Johnson Christine Ladd Moon Ho Kim Janet Gleason American Baptist Supplied Michael Smith Kristen Smith Jack A. Ford Debra Wollaber Richard Anderson

FL SY RE SY PL FE PE RE FE FE FL FL FL SY RL PL RE SY FE FE

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1 1 7 5 13 4 3 5 24 5 3 5 1 1 1 8 10 18 1 8

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Gary Spraker Joelle Faulks Fred Bailey Cindy Makarchuk Robert Lindsay Robert Wollaber Michael A. Smith Daniel Richter Daniel Richter Daniel Richter (50%) Denise Bowen Wayne Clemens Ray Clark Joan Dunn David Hedeen Patricia Hubman Joanne Haier William McLoughlin Carl Getz Roger J. Crout Bradley Chesebro Carol Jubenville Susan Holland

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New Woodstock (Federated) Ohio Oneida:First Oneida:St. Paul's Paines Hollow

Supplied by American Baptist

Genett Timlin Abigail Browka Brian Fellows Jack A. Ford Margaret Donaghy (50%) James Fletcher To Be Supplied Supplied by PC (USA) Jeffrey M. Stratton Janet Gleason Cory Jones Lynn R. Lockwood Carl Getz Robert Kolvik-Campbell Carl Johnson Laurie Percival Pauley Patricia Johnson Jose Rodriguez Janet L. Gleason Cory Jones Francis Loan Melissa McCarthy Marsha Madore David E. Carnie Susan Tew Walters Myrtle Delaney-Kipfer Cindy Makarchuk Supplied by UCC

Peterboro/Perryville Pratts Hollow/Stockbridge Richfield Springs, Church of Christ Uniting Rome:First St. Johnsville (eff. 1.1.15) (eff. 1.1.15) Salisbury Center/Stratford Sauquoit Valley Sherrill: Christ Church South Otselic Stittville/Floyd Taberg/Lee Utica:Asbury (New Faith Community Plant) Van Hornesville Vernon Vernon Center Vienna West Monroe Westmoreland West Schuyler West Winfield (Federated)

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1 2 2 3 3 2 8 14 4 1 1 1 14 3 15 26 4 4 7

MOUNTAIN VIEW DISTRICT

SUPERINTENDENT:

Nancy Adams

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Mark Flandreau (25%) Stephen R. Crowell Sr. Rebecca L. Worth To Be Supplied (25%) Stephen R. Crowell Sr. Pamela Carey Barre Butts Eleanor Collinsworth Donald G. Guiles Richard C. Hurd Eilene Susan Wenner Pamela Carey Rebecca L. Worth Bernard Possee Robert Briggs Alan J. Jones

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Addison Alfred Allentown (eff. 4.12.15) Andover Angelica Arkport Avoca (eff. 4.22.14) Bath:Centenary Beaver Dams Belmont/Scio Big Flats: Hillview Bishopville Bolivar: First (eff. 4.12.15) Breesport Burdett Campbell

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Canisteo Catlin Caton Chemung/Wilawana(PA) Cohocton Coopers Plains Corning: First Corning: Grace Elmira: New Beginnings Elmira: Riverside Elmira: Westside Elmira: Oakwood Erin/Sullivanville (eff. 9.29.14) Garwoods Greenwood Hammondsport Hicks Hornell Horseheads (eff 7.30.14) Italy Valley Jasper (United) Kanona Mitchellsville Montour Falls North Chemung North Cohocton Odessa-Catharine Painted Post Pine City: Pennsylvania Ave. Pine Valley Prattsburg Presho (eff. 6.14.15) Rathbone Risingville Short Track South Canisteo South Corning South Dansville Stannards Swain Troupsburg Tyrone Watkins Glen Webb Mills Wellsville: First Wheeler Whitesville Woodhull

Beverly Personius Welch To Be Supplied Chad Sayers To Be Supplied Cathy Fox Supplied by American Baptist Constance L. Seifert Eilene Susan Wenner Leanne Zeck Gail Wilson Vincent W. Howell Frederick Dyer II Kevin James Austin Gregory White Gary Wickard Paul Rowley Robert Benjamin Leonard Fuller Rhonda L. Kouterick Jeffery A. Seeley Kathy Dye Supplied by Presbyterian Alan J. Jones Barre Butts Sheila Price Bernard Possee Cathy Fox Sheila Price Supplied by the Presbytery William Vallet Frederick Dyer II Kathy Dye Sandy Brant Morris Gridley Jr. Veronica Seeley (50%) Marian F. Luce Gary Wickard

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Gregory T. White To Be Supplied (50%) Marian F. Luce Erick Potter Beth J. Kottemann Mark Flandreau

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Akron: First Alabama/Basom Alexander Amherst: Asbury Amherst: Christ Amherst: Trinity Arcade Attica: Trinity Barker: Faith Batavia: First (eff. 4.1.14) Boston: Churchill Memorial Bowmansville Buffalo: Central Park Buffalo: Cleveland Hill Buffalo:First Buffalo: Korean Buffalo: Lincoln Memorial Buffalo: Metropolitan Buffalo: Ontario Street (eff. 7.1.15 - 8.9.15) Buffalo: Primera Iglesia Buffalo: Seneca Street Buffalo: South Park Buffalo: University Clarence Clarence Center Colden Collins Center County Line Darien East Aurora: Baker Memorial Eden Elma Fillmore Chapel Four Corners Gowanda Grand Island: Trinity Hamburg Harris Hill Hartland Hope UMC of Niagara County

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David R. Wickins Ruthellen Hoyle Yohan Moon Cheryl A. Brown Darryl R. Barrow Larry R. Eastlack John Tyson Cynthia Beth Klopfer-McCune Sheila Paige Pamela S. Klotzbach Sandra Kramer Jeffrey Snyder Youngjae Jee Mary A. Kelly Jose Cotto Giovanna Claudio-Cotto Scott L. Johnson Youngjae Jee George F. Nicholas Angela Stewart Iola Aaron Kenneth Babcock Alberto Lanzot Brian T. Rotach Evelyn Woodring Jose Cotto Giovanna Claudio-Cotto Matthew Farrell James Barnes II Bruce F. Benson Frederick Holdridge Merrill Bender Cynthia Beth Klopfer-McCune David C. Derk Rebecca L. Naber Alan Howe Wayne Mort Anne Cole David G. Rood Chris R. Klimecko Sung Ho Lee Jay G. Roberts Katie A. Zettle Holly Coty Matthew Kofahl

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Davis A. Kubiak Karen S. Grinnell Robert D. Oyer Thomas M. Kraft Robert J. Franke Jean Edmister Lisa D. Taylor Sherry Mahar Daven Oskvig Bonnie LeValley Thomas LeBeau Holly Coty Duane Priset Beth Malone Alice Priset Anthony G. Hipes Christopher Wylie James Knapp Kim L. Smith Matthew Kofahl Gregory L. Crispell Karen (Kit) Snyder Richard Kempton Janet Hubbard Brian K. Scharf John Tyson Richard Heitzenrater Matthew T. Worley Robert J. Franke Davis Kubiak Kevin Costner Dorothea Schweitzer Dorothea Schweitzer David G. Rood Sheila Paige Renee Engels Renee Engels Richard W. Neal Alice Priset (75%) John Loeser

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Burke (eff. 7.7.15-7.7.16) (eff. 7.7.15 - 7.7.16) Canton Carthage/Second UMC of Champion Chasm Falls Chateaugay/Brainardsville Clayton/Depauville (eff. 1.1.15) Constable (eff. 9.1.14 ) Colton (eff. 10.1.14) Copenhagen United DePeyster/Kendrew Dexter/Brownville Galilee Gouverneur: First/North Gouverneur Great Bend: Woodworth Memorial Grindstone Island (Summer only) Harrisville/Natural Bridge Heuvelton Hogansburg Lake & River Parish (United Church of Cape Vincent/ Three Mile Bay/ Point Peninsula - summer only) Lake Ontario Parish Belleville/Henderson Ellisburg Lowville/Beaver Falls Madrid (United)/Louisville (UCC) Malone: Centenary Mannsville/Lorraine (eff. 12.1.14) Martinsburg Massena: First/Massena: Grace Naumburg: Beaver Valley/Barnes Corners Norfolk/ Brasher Falls Norwood Ogdensburg/Waddington Omar-Fishers Landing Orwell Owls Head Philadelphia/Evans Mills Potsdam Pulaski: Park Raymondville Redwood (eff. 1.1.15) SALT (Serving and Leading Together ) (eff. 8.1.14) Brushton (eff. 8.1.14) Moira Nicholville (eff. 8.1.14)

Rebekah Solar Rebekah Solar (75%) David B. Herrmann (75%) Helen M. Beck William Bond, Jr. Daniel Lincoln Joyce Woodcock Heather Stierheim Tracy L. Cook Gregory P. Stierheim Supplied by UCC David Piatt Donna Fitchette Daniel J. Bradley Lori Buno-Taylor To Be Supplied Brooke Newell David Hays To Be Supplied David O'Neil Anthony Bradseth Anthony Bradseth Constance Deno Christian Remick

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John H. Hill Matthew Rowe Maryellen Moore Barbara Ibarra Richard Howard R. Carol Coltrain Diane Diluzio Ronald E. Fralick Sylvia Barrett Pamela Mikel Hayes Caye Perotti Rebecca Parry Justin Hood Lyle Linder Mary Ann Linder Thomas Pullyblank

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(Para. 334.4, 344.4) Affiliate Members of Conference (DQ26) Tiffany Steinwert AF

(Para. 360) Honorable Location (DQ43) Name Edward F. Bachman Jane Bensley David W. Blackman Constance p. Bryan Kendall B. Burgess Garry L. Camolii Joel B. Chermonte Tracy Cook Richard J. Demers Gordon M. Drake Robert M. Eddy Dean S. Fleming Bruce A. Gray Earl E. Hall Deborah Hamlin Peter Hanson Kenneth B. Holems Francis Emner Kearns, Jr. Phyllis Leland

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Scott Manzer James R. McCune Sandra McGrady Robert A. Mitchell Dorothy A. Petrie Richard A. Phillips Andrew Russ Dale F. Schneeberger Ronald p. Schompert David W. Shipp Robert W. Smith Mary-Beth H. Taylor Hugh Templeton, Jr. Valerie Valentine John J. Waggy Jr. Brian Weeden Ira Wheatly David E. Wood Vinton Ziegler

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Claypool, Inell

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Koch, Richard

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Nadine Graham Ricketts, Mary

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Stowe, Megan

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Lighthouse Korean UMC of Philadelphia, Eastern PA Conference Interim 25% @ St. Paul UMC, South District, Central Texas Conf. First UMC, Brazil, Indiana; West District, Indiana Conference Houston: Christ UMC, Central South Dist., Texas Baltimore-Washington Conf. less than full time to: Smithsburg Charge: St. Paul's & Garfield UMC Saint Paul's UMC, St. Albans , VT, Vermont District, New England Conf.

(Para. 352) Sabbatical Leave (Q 51)

(Para. 354.2a) Leave of Absence Personal (Q50.a.1, 2) Bartz, Duane Kathy Kerr-Carpenter ** Brenda Howe William Rowe

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(Para. 354.2b) Leave of Absence Family Leave (Q50a.3,4) Dean A. Christian FE Allyson M. Ellis FE Robinson, Ellen W. FE (Para. 354.2c) Transitional Leave (Q50a.5)

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357 Medical Leave (Q52) Name James M. Brand Patricia L. Carpenter Rene Carrillo ** W. Alan Delamater ** Mary T. Drake Charles E. Hayes Steven A. Ingerson Donald M. Langreck Jessie M. Marafioti Maggie McCarey Susan Nowicki ** Debra Peacock Barbara Silk Laurie Smith ** Roger J. Smith Lorraine Zimmerman

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Charge Conference Malone UMC Syracuse: University CC Shenendehowa

Dolgeville CC CC: West Seneca: New Hope

Earlville CC CC:

Year 11/16/2008 1986 4/1/2007 4/6/2015 11/17/2014 5/1/2012 4/1/2008 1986 1996 2/1/2011 2002 6/1/2015 1993 9/28/2008 9/30/2014 1/28/2008

APPOINTMENTS TO EXTENSION MINISTRIES (Paragraphs 316.1, 343, 344) (Para. 344.1a, c) Within the connectional structure of United Methodism (Q77a) Nancy Adams

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Theodore Anderson

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Nola G. Anderson

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Naomi Annandale

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Aaron M. Bouwens K. Wayne Butler

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Douglas R. Childress Wendy J. Deichmann

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William Gottschalk-Fielding

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W. Lea Harding

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Robert Hill

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Kandice C. Joyce

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District Superintendent: Mountain View District District Superintendent, Genesee Valley District District Superintendent: Crossroads District Director of Research and Evaluation at Discipleship Ministries Director of Vital Congregations District Superintendent: Niagara Frontier District GBGM Missionary to Estonia President, United Theological Sem., Dayton, OH Director of Connectional Ministries: UNY/Executive Assistant to the Bishop Director of Pastoral Care, United Methodist Homes – Hilltop Campus (CC: First Endicott) Dean of Marsh Chapel, Prof. of Pastoral Theology, University Chaplain; Boston University Senior Assistant Director of Financial Assistance: Drew University, Madison, NJ 07940 CC: Shenendehowa UMC

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District Superintendent: Binghamton District Conference Superintendent of New Faith Communities District Superintendent: Finger Lakes District District Superintendent: Adirondack Chaplain Hilltop Campus , United Methodist Homes (60%)

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Ecumenical Chaplain @ Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University

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Sherri Rood

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Janice McClary Rowell

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District Superintendent: Cornerstone District District Superintendent: Oneonta District

Abel Roy

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Rebekah Sweet

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Richard Weihing

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Thomas V. Wolfe

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New Faith Communites: Patricia Cardin

District Superintendent: Mohawk District District Superintendent: Northern Flow District District Superintendent Albany District President of Illiff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, Denver Metro district of the Rocky Mountain Conference

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Sarah Jane Johnson UMC; New Faith Community: Urban Edge, Binghamton District New Faith Community: Southeast Asia NFC Plant, Syracuse (Crossroads Dist.) New Church Start: New World Ministries (Crossroads District) New Church Start: Lark Street Together (Albany District) 75% New Faith Community Development in Rochester area New Faith Community: "Living Well" in Penn Yan, NY Sophia Community New Faith Community: Buffalo South Park Co-Director of Hispanic-Latino Planting New Faith Community: Destiny USA Mall

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David D. Masland

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Jeffrey McDowell

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William Mudge

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Diane E. Prentice

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David E. Carnie

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Lamar W. Claypool

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Thomas Davis

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Dana Horrell Jackie Ann Rose Kraft

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Esther Lee

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Keith A. Manry

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Timothy Phelps

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Andrew Pollock

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Robert Searle

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Natalie Scholl

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Jennifer Streeter

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Cindy Toenniessen

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Chaplain at Erie County Medical Center Chief Chaplain Service, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN Pastoral Counselor, Brownell Center for Behavioral Health Chaplain, Travis County Sheriff Department, Texas Chaplain, Kaiser Permanente Home Health and Hospice of San Diego, CA Faithful Citizen Chaplain, Air National Guard Federal Bureau of Prisons Chaplain, Pittsburgh, PA US Air Force Chaplain, Captain, Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, MT Hospice Chautauqua County, Chaplain Halifax Health Systems/Hospice, Florida Annual Conf Chaplain at Canandaigua Veterans Administration Hospital Life Coach

CC: Elma UMC Canandaigua CC

CC: Ava Hilltop CC: St. Marks, South District Cal Pac Conf. CC: CC: Pendleton Center CC: Hudson Falls CC: Springville: First CC: Bemus Point CC: Holland CC: North Rose CC:

Chaplain Fairport Baptist Home, CC: Fairport NY (50%) Staff Chaplain at University of CC: Henrietta: Maryland Medical Center, Pastoral Faith Care Services

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Stephen R. Crowell, Sr.

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Christopher Evans

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James Fenimore

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Pamela Harris Victoria Hedlund

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Kent Higgins

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Margaret (Peg) Hutchins

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Augustus E. Jordan

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Laurel M. Jordan

FE/20

Dee Anne Lowman (eff. 10.6.14)

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Douglass R. McGaughey

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Stuart J. Mitchell III

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Robin Olson

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Elizabeth Quick

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Cynthia K. Stackpole

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Richard L. Stackpole

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Jon C. Stenberg

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John R. Tyson

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Meredith Vanderminden

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Cheryl Zandt Venzor

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Jane Wagner

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Duane F. Watson

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Chaplain at Community Hospice, Capital Region Run River Enterprises, Tully, NY (eff. 4.6.15) Pastoral Care Coordinator at Olean General Hospital Chaplain: United Christian Foundation, Amherst, MA Director of Community Formation. Asbury Theological Seminary Executive Director, Health and Counseling Services, Middlebury College Chaplain, Scott Center for Spiritual Religious Life Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT Program Development Associate at Capital Rection Theological Center Professor of Religious Studies: Willamette University, Salem, OR 97301

CC: Edinburg

(50%) Spiritual Life Coordinator at Boston University, Boston, MA Spiritual Life Partner St. John's Meadows, Rochester, NY Co-Managers at Cypress Woods Holiday Retirement Affiliate church: Kingwood UMC, Central North District, Texas AC Co-Managers at Cypress Woods Holiday Retirement Affiliate church: Kingwood UMC, Central North District, Texas AC Chaplain, Mary J Drexel Home, Philadelphia, PA Full Professor of Church History/ Director of UMC Studies at CRCDS Executive Director: The Entheos Center for Spirituality and Creativity Chaplain and Assistant to the Director of Pastoral Care, INOVA Alexandria Hospital Carthage United Community Church, UCC Professor of New Testament Studies, Department of Theology, Malone University, Canton OH

CC: Rochester: Asbury First CC: Apple Valley CC: Bath: Centenary

CC: Syracuse: CC: CC: Berlin UMC CC: Cicero Centenary CC Oneida: First

CC: CC: Berlin

President/CEO of PathStone CC Middlesex Corporation, Rochester, NY

CC: Bath: Centenary

Earlville CC CC: Arcade CC: Saratoga Springs CC: North Fenton CC: Seven Steeples

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FE/2

CC: Resident Chaplain in the CPE program at Albany Medical Center Hospital Chaplain, Halifax health Hospice CC: Team, Florida

Stephen Wiggers (eff. 11.17.14)

FE/2

Marilyn N. Wolfe

FE/2

Carl Phillip Young

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(Para. 331.1) Deacons serving beyond the local church (Q78) Insook Do FD

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Mahn-Hee Kang

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Amy Beth W. Jones

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Bruce Maxwell

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Susan Russell

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Jeffery A. Seeley (eff. 7.30.14)

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William Verity

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Vivian R. Waltz

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Chaplain/Counselor at Capital City Rescue Mission/New Faith Family Center for Homeless Women, Albany, NY Functional Literacy Ministry/Haiti & BECALM (Barnabas Ecumenical Compassion and Life Ministry J. Hodge Consulting, Sr. Consultant Korean Baptist Theological Seminary Drew University: Interim Director of Theological Lifelong learning; Interim Associate Director of the D-Min program and UMC Liaison Breezewood Trucker Traveler Ministry, PA State Council of Churches, Harrisburg, PA Asbury Camp & Retreat Center Guest Services Coordinator Director of Choral Activities; Instructor of Music & Speech Communications, Elmira College Dewitt Community Church, Organist/Accompanist Director: SSJ Sister Karen Klimczak Center for NonViolence

Albany

CC: Westfield

CC: Pennellville

CC:

Oswego First CC CC: Attica Trinity CC: Horseheads CC: CC: Hamburg

(Para. 416.6) Appointments to Attend School (Q79) (1314.3) Deaconess & Home Missionary Denise Walling

Educator for Mission Outreach and Evangelism, & Night Chaplain Ellis Hospital Albany District;

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Upper New York New Faith Communities June 2015…Actively Being Planted New Faith Community A Place to Begin Antwerp Restart Asian Student NFC Asian Student NFC Café Church Casa de Dios CenterPoint Coffee House NFC Common Grounds Covenant Manor NFC Dinner Church The Edge Encounter Faith and Harmony Fresh Start The Gathering Hands Up Community Chest Hispanic/Latino NFC Hispanic/Latino NFC Hispanic/Latino NFC Hispanic/Latino NFC International Reconciliation Japanese NFC Lark Street Together Lifetree Café The Living Well Modern Muse New World Ministries On the Road The Pillar The Road Senior Living Center NFC SPA (Spirit/Phys Active) Sophia Community Southeast Asian NFC Southeast Asian NFC Sudanese NFC The Way Thursday Night Umtoo Urban Edge Windsor Place YAM… Student NFC

Lead Planter(s) Penny Brink Lecelle Providence Yohang Chun Gee Hae Song Karyl Hopp Olga and Alexis Gonzalez Wayne Clemens Dan Chapmann Robert McCarthy Natalie Hansen Ben & Laurel O’Connor Brandin Grecco Kari Huber Alan McCormick Bill Vallet Teressa Sivers Terri White Hector Rivera David Morales Mariana Rodriguez Luis Rivera John Bizimana Dongki Kim Dee Lowman Sue Dunlap Jeff Childs/Sandi Perl Margaret Currier Aaron Limmo Theresa Melnyk Devin Lyles Rebecca Laird Anne O’Connor/Bob Jeffers Jenni Piatt Nancy O’Connor Raca Sean Chanthasone Sean Chanthasone Abraham Awuok Dau Al Johnson Debbie Earthrowl Sandra Kramer Patty Cardin E. Basset/R. Laird Team of People

Strategy/Target Group/Town Hotel Population, Albany Restart, Young Families College Students, Oswego College Students, Syracuse Church in a Diner, Troy Hispanic/Latino, Syracuse Storefront, Barneveld Music Focused, Mt. Vision Panera Bread, Watertown Senior Housing, Jamestown House Church Model, Lycoming Second Service, Mexico Camp Based NFC, Casowasco House/Dinner Church, Cortland Arnott Mall, 2nd Site, Elmira Second Service, Oneonta Mission Focused, Springwater Church in Church, Rochester House Church, Schenectady House Church, Troy South Park, Buffalo African Refugees, Albany Japanese/Chinese People, Brighton Missional Small Group Network, Albany Faith-Based Discussion Group, Elmira Mission Focused NFC, Penn Yan Artist Community, Albany African Refugees, Syracuse House Church Network, Binghamton Storefront, Multi-ethnic, Rochester Missional Small Group Network, Syracuse Senior Housing, Greece Outdoor Experience, Heuvelton Small Group Network, Rochester Kerenni, Binghamton Kerenni, Syracuse African Refugees, Rochester Mission Focused NFC, Schuylerville Evening Family Worship, Salem Storefront Mission, Batavia At Risk Youth/Families, Johnson City Apartment Complex, Cicero College Students, Johnson City

And, 19 others in various stages of planning prior to launch!

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CERTIFICATE OF CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS This certifies that the following pages contain a correct copy of the Proceedings, Reports and Statistics of the Fifth Regular Session of The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church held on May 27 - May 30, 2015 in Syracuse, NY. The Printed Yearbook is the official Journal.

Rev. Mark J. Webb Presiding Bishop

Rev. Jeffrey J. Hodge Conference Secretary

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Certificate of Ordination and Commissioning This is to certify that on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Syracuse, New York, pursuant to the order of the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church, I ordained and commissioned as:

Elders

Emily Barner Huyge, Douglas P. Mackey Jr., Edith Aletta Poland, Geraldine Edith Rapino, Carlos Manuel Rosa-Laguer, Gregory P. Stierheim, Heather Lynn Stierheim, Corey Anna Tarretto Turnpenny

Provisional Deacons

Rebecca Lynn Naber, Carrie Sturtevant Wolfe

Provisional Elders

Andy McClaren Anderson, Abigail Cady Browka, Gary Mark Kubitz, Penny Lee Lacy, Nancy O’Connor Raca, Chad Michael Sayers, Alison Elaine Schmied

Mark J.Webb Bishop of The United Methodist Church Done at Syracuse, New York May 30, 2015

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Ordained as Elders in Full Connection Upper New York Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, center with Crozier, poses with the 2015 Class of Elders. They are, from left, Carlos Rosa-Laguer, Geraldine Edith Rapino, Edith Aletta Poland, Corey Anna Tarreto Turnpenny, Gregory P. Stierheim, Emily Barner Huyge, Heather L. Stierheim, and Douglas P. Mackey Jr.

Ordained as Provisional Elders in Full Connection and Commissioned in the Ministry of Deacon Upper New York Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, center with Crozier, poses with the 2015 Class of Provisional Elders and those Commissioned in the Ministry of Deacon. They are, from left, Carrie Sturtevant Wolfe (Ministry of Deacon), Alison Elaine Schmied, Rebecca Lynn Naber (Ministry of Deacon), Nancy O’Connor Raca, Chad Michael Sayers, Andy McClaren Anderson, Gary Mark Kubitz, Penny Lee Lacy, Abigail Cady Browka.

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Conference Rules  The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for 2014  The Proposed Rules contained herein consist of the totality of Rules previously adopted by the Annual  Conference, as amended in accordance with the proposals of the Committee on Rules and the Commission on  Sessions to the Annual Conference meeting in Plenary Session in 2012  February 7, 2012  Changes and Updates to Conference Rules Proposed by Rules Committee, Jan. 27, 2012  Approved by Commission on Sessions, February 7, 2012  Approved by the Annual Conference, May 31, 2012  Subsequently for modified to conform with The Book of Discipline 2012  January 24, 2013  The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church  Organizational Rules  The organizational plan of The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church (as defined  in the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, approved on June  19, 2010, hereinafter referred to as The Plan of Union, with statements of Vision and Purpose contained therein)  will be as determined by the Annual Conference itself, in such a manner as (1) to be responsive to the Vision and  Purpose of the Annual Conference, (2) to be responsive to the Mission of The United Methodist Church, as most  recently adopted by The General Conference of The United Methodist Church, 2012, (3) to be compatible with The  Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012, hereinafter referred to as The Discipline or The Book of  Discipline, and (4) to be reflective of the Rules contained herein. Paragraph references contained herein are to The  Book of Discipline unless indicated otherwise.  The  primary  loci  for  ministry  and  mission  in  The  United  Methodist  Church  are  the  local  churches  and  the  communities  in  which  they  are  located.  The  annual  conference  has  responsibilities  for  sharing  and  assisting  the  ministry  and  mission  of  its  local  churches  by  equipping  for  ministry  and  by  providing  linkages  for  the  sharing  of  ministry  through  such  means  as  motivation,  encouragement,  facilitation,  coordination,  education,  training,  evaluation, and other forms of support. The annual conference also provides the challenge to global ministry (that  is,  connectional,  ecumenical,  and  secular  ministry  beyond  the  local  church  and  its  community),  and  the  link  between local ministry and global ministry. In order to fulfill its role with respect to its local churches, The United  Methodist Church, and the church universal, the annual conference will elect or otherwise select persons to serve  as  individuals  or  as  members  of  specific  groups,  with  understood  duties,  responsibilities,  and  accountabilities  to  the local churches and to the annual conference at large.   Elected Members and Ex Officio Members of Conference Agencies  In  what  follows,  there  will  be  distinctions  between  those  who  are  directly  elected  by  the  annual  conference  itself,  or  by  a  group  within  the  annual  conference  to  serve  as  an  individual,  or  as  a  member  of  a  group  (with  privileges of both voice and vote) as against those who serve (ex officio) by virtue of holding some other office or  position and serving with privileges of voice and vote, or with privilege of voice only.   Persons  who  serve  on  General  Church  Agencies  or  Jurisdictional  Agencies  shall  serve  on  the  corresponding  agencies of the annual conference, ex‐officio, with vote.    Terms of Office and Term Limits of Elected Members of Conference Agencies  For persons who are elected to serve as members of groups in “membership classes”, the term of office is from  the  moment  of  adjournment  of  the  Conference  Session  at  which  the  election  took  place  or  the  selection  was  announced, until the moment of adjournment of the regular Conference Session held in the year of the “class.”   Persons  will  normally  be  elected  to  classes  for  full‐length  terms,  exceptions  occurring  only  to  fill  vacancies  and  during the period of startup for the group concerned. Unless stated otherwise for specific groups, full‐length terms  shall be for four years, and the maximum term for persons serving in classes shall be two consecutive full‐length  terms.  Partial  length  terms  of  less  than  three  years  shall  not  be  counted  in  this  regard  for  elections  occurring 

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before 2012. Service “on a quadrennial basis” indicates full‐length terms beginning and ending in years when the  General Conference meets. Successive tenures on the same group must be separated by an absence of at least one  year.   Lay Members of Conference Agencies  Unless  stated  otherwise,  lay  persons  elected  to  serve  on  groups  or  individuals  within  The  Upper  New  York  Annual Conference shall be professing members of The United Methodist Church, except for youth members.  The Nomination Process and Diversity Recommendations  Unless  stated  otherwise  for  specific  groups,  nominations  shall  be  by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership Development, or from the floor of the Annual Conference; elections will be by the Annual Conference  itself meeting in plenary session. Membership of organizations within the annual conference shall, to as great an  extent as possible, conform and adhere to the recommendations contained in ¶610.5 of The Book of Discipline. It is  further  recommended  that,  as  much  as  possible,  there  be  balance  of  membership  from  among  the  respective  districts of the annual conference, a balance of representation from urban, suburban, and rural local churches, and  representation from small‐member and ethnic‐minority local churches.  Leadership of Conference Agencies  Unless  stated  otherwise  for  specific  groups,  groups  elected  by  the  Annual  Conference  will  be  expected  to  organize themselves at their first meetings of the year. This Organizational Meeting will include the election of a  chairperson  (unless  one  is  designated  through  the  nominations  process),  a  vice  chairperson,  and  a  (recording)  secretary from among the elected members. Once elected, these officers will continue in place until new officers  are elected. In the event that the slate of nominees (including continuing members) for a specific group includes  neither a continuing chairperson nor a continuing vice‐chairperson for that group, the Committee on Nominations  and  Leadership  Development  shall  designate  an  initial  convener  from  among  the  nominees  for  the  group.  This  person will convene the organizational meeting and preside until a chairperson is duly elected.    Scheduling of Conference Agency Meetings  A  schedule  of  meetings  for  each  group  will  be  proposed  and  approved  by  majority  vote  at  the  Organizational  Meeting of each group, or electronically as soon thereafter as possible. The nature and complexity of the work to  be completed shall drive the scheduling and frequency of meetings. Meetings of groups consisting of at least fifty  percent  lay  persons  shall  be  scheduled  on  evenings  and  weekends  whenever  possible  so  that  the  working  schedules of persons employed outside of the Church and school schedules of students may be accommodated.  Additionally,  and  for  the  purpose  of  minimizing  travel  costs  and  time,  meetings  will  be  held  using  conference  telephone  calling  or  other  appropriate  technologies  whenever  possible,  provided  that  the  specialized  needs  of  persons with handicapping conditions are accommodated. The quorum for the conduct of business at scheduled  meetings  shall  be  those  present  and  voting.  Persons  unable  to  attend  meetings  (due  to  personal  illness,  family  emergency,  work  or  school  schedule  conflicts,  work  emergency,  adverse  weather,  or  other  uncontrollable  circumstances  acceptable  to  the  Chairperson)  shall  be  expected,  whenever  possible,  to  request  an  excused  absence before the convening of the meeting concerned.  Elected members of groups who have two consecutive  unexcused absences from regularly scheduled meetings will be assumed as having resigned from the group, and  the Chairperson of the group will request the nomination and election of a replacement through the Chairperson  of the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development. Nothing contained herein shall limit the ability of  the  Chairperson  to  call  special  meetings  as  may  be  necessary,  but  a  majority  of  the  elected  voting  membership  must be present in order to conduct business at such called meetings.  Conference Agencies  Board of Trustees (¶2512)  The Board of Trustees of The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Plan  of  Union  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual Conference, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, and the Religious Corporations  Law  of  the  State  of  New  York.  The  classes  of  2011,  2012,  2013,  and  2014,  each  consisting  of  three  persons,  were  elected  in  2010  at  the  Uniting  Session  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference.  The 

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Board of Trustees shall consist of twelve persons, with three persons elected to each of four classes. The  normal, full length term of office (which applies to the Class of 2014 and later classes) shall be for four  years. In addition to the elected membership, the Treasurer/Director of Administrative Services, a District  Superintendent, and the Director of Connectional Ministries shall serve ex‐officio without vote.   Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development (¶610):  The  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development  shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance  with the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church and the Rules of the Upper  New York Annual Conference. The “complete report of nominations” submitted by this Committee to the  Annual Conference shall include not only the nominations for chairs and/or members of groups initiated  by this Committee, but also the nominations made by other groups or individuals in accordance with The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  and    these  Rules.  The  Committee  shall  solicit  suggestions  from  committees  on  nominations  and  leadership  development  of  local  churches,  and  from  local church lay leaders. The elected membership of this Committee shall consist of nine persons (ideally  three clergy‐persons, three laymen, and three laywomen) elected to quadrennial classes of 2016, 2020,  etc.  on  a  staggered  basis.  The  normal,  full  length  term  of  office  shall  be  for  four  years,  with  the  membership of the existing classes of 2013 and 2014 having their terms adjusted to 2016 or 2020. The  District Lay Leaders, or designee, shall serve ex‐officio, with vote if that person is the only person present  from  the  district,  concerned,  or  without  vote  otherwise.  The  Conference  Lay  Leader  (or  one  of  the  Associate Conference Lay Leaders), and the Chairperson of the Rules Committee shall serve ex‐officio with  vote. The Director of Connectional Ministries shall serve ex‐officio without vote.  Council on Finance and Administration (¶¶611‐618):  The Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) shall be elected and serve in accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Plan  of  Union  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  and  The  Book  of  Discipline of The United Methodist Church. In accordance with The Discipline, the Council on Finance and  Administration consists of between five and twenty‐one persons, a majority of whom must be laypersons.  The  membership  shall  include  representation  from  churches  of  less  than  two  hundred  members.  The  normal, full length term of office shall be for four years, which (in accordance with The Discipline) begins  and ends in the years of The General Conference   At the 2010, the Uniting Session of the Upper New York  Annual Conference elected nine persons (five lay persons and four clergy) to a Class of 2014 accordance  with the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference. In order to be fully compliant with The  Discipline, this class is, in reality, the Class of 2016. In 2012, the members of the Class of 2014 will be given  the option of having their terms of office extended to 2016, or resigning so that the Class of 2016 may be  properly constituted. Persons newly elected in 2011 (to fill vacancies) and 2012 will be elected to full term  membership  in  the  Class  of  2016.  In  addition  to  the  elected  membership,  the  Treasurer/Director  of  Administrative Services, the Bishop, a Cabinet Representative, and the Director of Connectional Ministries  shall  serve  ex‐officio  without  vote.  Persons  with  responsibilities  in  agencies  or  institutions  that  are  supported by Conference funds may not be voting members of this Council. The leader of this Council is  the President. This Council shall fill its own vacancies between sessions of the annual conference. 

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Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (¶635)  The Conference Board of Ordained Ministry shall be nominated by the Bishop and elected by the Annual  Conference to serve in accordance with the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual  Conference and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. The membership shall include: (1)  at least six ordained elders and deacons in full connection; (2) at least two associate members or full‐time  local pastors who have completed the Course of Study; and (3) sufficient lay persons to constitute at least  twenty percent of the total membership of the Board. The maximum size of the Board shall be forty‐eight  persons.  The  normal,  full  length  term  of  office  shall  be  for  four  years,  which  (in  accordance  with  The  Discipline) begins and ends in the years of The General Conference. One‐third of the membership of this  Board shall be retired from the Board in each year in which the General Conference meets.  Conference Committee on Administrative Review (¶636)  The  Conference  Committee  on  Administrative  Review  shall  be  nominated  by  the  Bishop,  elected  quadrennially by the clergy members in full connection at the Clergy Session of Annual Conference, and  serve in accordance with the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference  and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. It will consist of three clergy in full connection  and two alternates, none of whom shall be members, or immediate family members, of either the Cabinet  or  the  Board  of  Ordained  Ministry.  A  full  Committee  was  elected  to  the  Class  of  2012  at  the  Uniting  Session of The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.   Conference Committee on Investigation (¶2703)  The Conference Committee on Investigation shall be nominated by the Bishop, elected quadrennially by  the  Annual  Conference,  and  serve  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Plan  of  Union  of  The  Upper  New York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. A full Committee  was elected to the Class of 2012 at the Uniting Session of The Upper New York Annual Conference of The  United Methodist Church.    Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits (¶639)  The Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits shall be elected and serve in accordance with the  provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  The  Board  shall  consist  of  at  least  twelve  persons  including  at  least  four  clergy members, four laywomen, and four lay men, none of whom are indebted “to pension and benefit  funds, plans, and programs” of The United Methodist Church. The Classes of 2011, 2012, 2016, and 2018  were elected at the Uniting Session of The Upper New York Annual Conference. The normal, full length  term of office shall be for eight years, with persons being elected to classes of 2020, 2024, etc., with the  membership  of  the  existing  classes  of  2014  and  2018  having  their  terms  adjusted  to  2016  or  2020,  respectively  The maximum term of service shall be one full term. This Council shall fill its own vacancies  between  sessions  of  the  annual  conference.  In  addition  to  the  elected  members,  a  Cabinet  Representative,  the  Treasurer/Director  of  Administrative  Services,  the  Pensions  and  health  Benefits  Officer, and a Representative of the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits shall serve ex‐officio  without vote.   Conference Committee on Camping and Retreat Ministries  The Conference Committee on Camping and Retreat Ministries shall be elected and serve in accordance  with the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference. The classes of 2011,  2012, and 2013 were elected at the Uniting Session of The Upper New York Annual Conference in 2010.  The  normal,  full  length  term  of  office  (which  applies  to  the  Class  of  2013  and  classes  elected  to  later  years)  shall  be  for  three  years.  The  Treasurer/Director  of  Administrative  Services,  the  Director  of  Connectional Ministries, and the Director of Camping shall serve ex‐officio without vote.  Conference Committee on Episcopacy (¶637)  The Conference Committee on Episcopacy shall be elected by the Annual Conference or appointed by the  Bishop quadrennially to serve in accordance with the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New 

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York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. This Committee shall  consist of between seven and seventeen members, at least twenty percent of whom shall be appointed  by the Bishop, and not more than eighty percent of whom shall be elected by the Annual Conference. The  normal full length membership term shall be four years. The Classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 were elected  and/or  appointed  at  the  Uniting  Session  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  of  The  United  Methodist Church. In 2012, members of the Classes of 2013 and 2014 shall be invited to join the Class of  2016,  and  additional  persons  shall  be  elected  to  full  terms  in  the  Class  of  2016  or  the  Class  of  2020.  Classes will be elected quadrennially starting in 2012. Ex‐officio members with vote include the members  of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy   District Committees on District Superintendency (¶669)  In each district, there shall be a District Committee on the District Superintendency to serve in accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  Plan  of  Union  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  and  The  Book  of  Discipline of The United Methodist Church. These Committees shall consist of eleven members, including  the District Lay Leader, two persons appointed by the District Superintendant, and eight persons elected  by  the  District  Conference.  The  total  membership  of  these  Committees  shall  consist  of  at  least  three  clergy and at least seven laypersons (including at least three each of lay men and laywomen). The normal  full  length  membership  term  for  the  persons  elected  or  appointed  to  these  Committees  shall  be  four  years.  In  addition  to  the  District  Lay  Leaders,  Committees  of  varying  sizes  were  elected  by  the  Annual  Conference and/or appointed in 2011; these Committee members shall divide themselves into classes as  follows: no more than three in the Class of 2015, no more than three in the Class of 2014, no more than  two in the Class of 2013, and the remainder in the Class of 2012. Persons to fill the Class of 2016 and later  classes,  and  vacancies  in  earlier  classes,  will  be  determined  by  the  respective  District  Conferences  or  District Superintendents, as appropriate.   Conference Committee on Episcopal Residency (¶638.2)  The  Conference  Committee on Episcopal  Residency  shall serve  in accordance  with the  provisions  of  the  Plan  of  Union  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  and  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist Church. All members of this Committee serve ex‐officio by virtue of their other responsibilities.  Those  serving  with  vote  include  the  Chairperson  (or  designee)  of  the  Committee  on  Episcopacy,  the  President (or designee) of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, and the President (or  designee)  of  the  Conference  Board  of  Trustees.  In  addition,  the  Treasurer/Director  of  Administrative  Services, and Consultants with specific expertise will serve without vote. The Chairperson (or designee) of  the Committee on Episcopacy shall chair this Committee.  Conference Lay Leader and Associate Conference Lay Leaders (¶607)  The  Conference  Lay  Leader,  and  a  sufficient  number  of  Associate  Conference  Lay  Leaders  to  meet  the  needs  of  the  Annual  Conference,  shall  be  elected  on  a  quadrennial  basis  and  shall  serve  in  accordance  with the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. The normal full length term  of office shall be four years, with elections taking place at Sessions of the Annual Conference immediately  following the Sessions of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church or the occurrence of a  vacancy.  In  order  to  comply  with  the  minimum  term  of  office  as  stated  in  The  Book  of  Discipline,  incumbents who have served for less than a quadrennium at the time of a General Conference shall be  given the option of having their terms of office automatically extended through the next quadrennium, or  resigning. Nominations for these offices shall be by the lay membership of the Committee on Nominations  and Leadership Development in consultation with the incumbents of these offices.  Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries (¶631.6)  In accordance with The Book of Discipline, the Conference Lay Leader, in consultation with the Associate  Conference  Lay  Leaders,  the  District  Lay  Leaders,  and  the  incumbent,  shall  nominate  a  Conference  Director of Lay Servant Ministries, to serve on a quadrennial basis. 

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District Lay Leaders (¶660)  In accordance with The Book of Discipline, the leadership of each district shall provide a District Lay Leader  to serve the laity of the district and to be a liaison with the Conference Lay Leader on a quadrennial basis.  District Directors of Lay Servant Ministries (¶668.2)  In  accordance  with  The  Book  of  Discipline,  the  District  Lay  Leader,  in  consultation  with  the  Conference  Director of Lay Servant Ministries, the District Superintendent, and the incumbent, shall provide a District  Director of Lay Servant Ministries, to serve on a quadrennial basis.    Conference Leadership Team (¶610)  The Conference Leadership Team shall be elected and serve in accordance with the provisions of the Plan  of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist  Church.  This  team  will  serve  as  the  Executive  Body  of  the  Annual  Conference  between  Conference  sessions.  Its  membership  includes  the  Director  of  Connectional  Ministries  (who  serves  as  Convener),  seven  to nine members  nominated  by  the Bishop  with  voice  and  vote,  to  serve on  a  quadrennial basis,  and the Bishop with voice and without vote. This membership shall include at least one person from the  Conference Commission on Religion and Race.   Conference Commission on Communications (¶646)  The  Conference  Commission  on  Communications  shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance  with  the  provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline of  The United Methodist Church. The term of office shall be for three years. A full Committee of nine persons  was elected for an unspecified term at the Uniting Session of The Upper New York Annual Conference of  The United Methodist Church. The members of this Commission shall, by their own process, divide into  Classes  of  2013  and  2016,  as  evenly  as  possible.  There  shall  be  no  term  limit  to  service  on  this  Commission.  In  addition  to  those  elected  the  Director  of  Communications  and  the  Director  of  Connectional Ministries serve ex‐officio without vote.   Conference Commission on Sessions (¶605)  The Conference Committee on Sessions shall be served in accordance with the provisions of the Plan of  Union  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  and  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  All  members  of  this  Committee  serve  ex‐officio  with  vote  by  virtue  of  their  offices  and  other  responsibilities,  and  serve  during  their  tenure  of  these  offices.  Those  serving  include:  the  Bishop,  the  Executive  Assistant  to  the  Bishop,  the  Director  of  Connectional  Ministries,  the  Treasurer/Director  of  Administrative  Services,  the  Pensions  and  Health  Benefits  Officer,  the  Director  of  Communications,  the  Conference  Lay  Leader,  the  Conference  Secretary,  the  Chair  of  the  Board  of  Ordained  Ministry,  the  Coordinator of the Ordination Service, the Members of the Worship Team, the Dean of the Cabinet, the  Host District Superintendent, the Host District Lay Leader, the Chair of the Committee on Rules, the Chair  of the Committee on Resolutions and Petitions, the Conference President of United Methodist Women,  the  Conference  President  of  United  Methodist  Men,  and  the  President  of  the  Conference  Council  on  Youth  Ministries.  The  Bishop  may  chair  this  Commission,  or,  alternatively,  the  Bishop  may  designate  a  person of his or her choosing to chair this Commission. The Commission will be reformulated in 2012 and  quadrennially thereafter.   Conference Commission on Archives and History (¶641)  The  Conference  Commission  on  Archives  and  History  shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance  with  the  provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline of  The United Methodist Church. A total of nineteen persons were elected at the Adjourned Session of The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  in  2010.  The  normal  term  of  office  shall  be  for  four  years.  The  qualification for service on this agency is a passion for its ministry. New members may be nominated by  the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development and elected by any Session of the Annual  Conference.  Former  members  may  continue  to  serve  indefinitely  as  members  emeriti  with  voice  and  without vote. 

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Conference Committee on Rules  The Conference Committee on Rules, a Committee of the Conference Commission on Sessions, shall be  elected and serve in accordance with the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual  Conference.  It  is  charged  with  formulating  and  recommending  rules  of  governance  for  the  Annual  Conference.  Its  recommendations  require  a  two‐thirds  majority  vote  for  approval  by  the  Annual  Conference.  The  Chairperson  shall  be  nominated  by  the  Bishop,  with  other  officers  elected  by  the  Committee  as  needed,  and  with  up  to  five  at‐large  members  nominated  by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development.  The  Committee  elected  at  the  Adjourned  Session  of  The  Upper New York Annual Conference in 2010 will serve through 2012, with elections to occur in 2012 and  quadrennially thereafter. The normal full term for membership is four years. In addition to those elected,  the Director of Connectional Ministries (with staffing responsibilities), the Conference Lay Leader, and the  Conference Secretary will serve ex‐officio with vote.   Conference Committee on Resolutions and Petitions   The Conference Committee on Resolutions and Petitions, a Committee of the Conference Commission on  Sessions, shall be elected and serve in accordance with the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference.  It  is  charged  with  providing  a  framework  for  the  receiving,  numbering,  circulating, and orderly presenting of resolutions and petitions, and screening and editing proposals not  appearing  in  the  pre‐conference  materials  that  have  been  received  at  least  thirty  days  before  the  convening  of  the  Annual  Conference  Session.  The  Chairperson  shall  be  nominated  by  the  Bishop,  with  other officers elected by the Committee as needed, and with up to five at‐large members nominated by  the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development. The Committee elected at the Adjourned  Session  of  The  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  in  2010  will  serve  through  2012,  with  elections  to  occur in 2012 and quadrennially thereafter. The normal full term for membership is four years. In addition  to  those  elected,  the  Director  of  Connectional  Ministries  (with  staffing  responsibilities),  the  Conference  Lay  Leader  (or  an  Associate  Conference  Lay  Leader),  the  Conference  Secretary,  and  a  Cabinet  Representative will serve ex‐officio with vote.   Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation (¶625)  The  Conference  Commission  on  Equitable  Compensation  shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance  with  the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  This  Commission  will  consist  of  six  elected  laypersons  and  six  elected  clergy, including at least one layperson and one clergyperson from churches of fewer than two hundred  members. In addition to the elected members, this Commission shall include, ex officio with voice only,  one  District  Superintendent  appointed  by  the  Bishop,  the  Conference  Treasurer,  and  the  Conference  Benefits  Officer.  The  elected  membership  of  this  Committee  shall  consist  of  twelve  persons  (six  clergy‐ persons and six laypersons) elected to quadrennial classes of 2016, 2020, etc. on a staggered basis. The  normal, full length term of office shall be for four years, with the membership of the existing classes of  2013 and 2014 having their terms adjusted to 2016 or 2020.   Silver Lake Institute Trustees  Trustees  will  be  elected  by  the  annual  conference  in  accordance  with  the  Bylaws  of  the  Silver  Lake  Institute.  Connectional Table (¶610)  The Connectional Table is established in accordance with the provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper  New York Annual Conference and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, to perform the  duties defined therein. Its membership shall include: (1) the Conference Lay Leader, serving as convener,  (2)  the  chairpersons  of  mission  and  ministry  areas  of  the  Annual  Conference  as  identified  elsewhere  within  these  Rules  or  the  organizational  structure  of  the  Annual  Conference,  (3)  the  chairpersons  or  representatives of support and administrative ministry teams as identified elsewhere within these Rules  or the organizational structure of the Annual Conference, (4) the Management Team of the Upper New 

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York Annual  Conference,  (5)  the  members  of  Conference  Leadership  Team,  (6)  the  members  of  the  Appointive Cabinet, (7) the District Lay Leaders, and (8) necessary members of the support staff.  Executive Staff Team  The  Executive  Staff  Team,  successor  to  the  Management  Team,  is  established  in  accordance  with  the  provisions of the Plan of Union of The Upper New York Annual Conference, to perform the duties defined  therein.  It  will  implement  the  articulated  outcomes  of  the  Conference  Leadership  Team  and  the  Connectional  Table,  and  coordinate  the  day‐to‐day  management  of  resources  needed  to  enable  achievement of desired outcomes. Its membership shall include (1) the Bishop serving as convener, (2) a  District  Superintendent,  (3)  the  Treasurer  /  Director  of  Administrative  Services,  (4)  the  Director  of  Connectional  Ministries,  (5)  the  Benefits  Officer,  (6)  the  Executive  Assistant  to  the  Bishop,  and  (7)  the  Director of Communications. In addition, the following positions will be filled by, answer to, and relate to  the Executive Staff Team: (1) the Conference Statistician, and (2) the Conference Secretary..    Ministry Oversight Teams  Three Ministry Oversight Teams (MOTs) will have responsibilities for oversight in the following respective  areas  of  ministry:  (1)  Empowering  and  Increasing  Vital  Congregations,  (2)  Spiritual  Formation  and  Leadership  Development,  and  (3)  Reaching  Our  Neighbors.  Each  of  these  teams  will  consist  of  six  members as follows: (1) one Associate Conference Lay Leader selected by the Conference Lay Leader and  associates,  (2)  two  members  of  the  Conference  Leadership  Team  as  selected  by  the  Conference  Leadership  Team,  to  serve  as  co‐conveners,  and  (3)  three  at‐large  members  elected  by  the  Annual  Conference  upon  nomination  by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development.  These  teams  will  be  amenable  to  the  Conference  Leadership  Team,  and,  through  the  Conference  Leadership  Team will relate to the Connectional Table. The role of the MOTs will be to direct and resource conference  ministries: (1) they will receive and (as appropriate) approve proposals for ministry; (2) they will create,  empower,  terminate  (as  appropriate),  and  evaluate  (for  effectiveness)  the  Conference  Ministry  Action  Teams  (MATs)  necessary  to  implement  the  approved  ministries  and  to  accomplish  their  goals  and  objectives; and (3) they will allocate human and financial resources to approved ministries in accordance  with  priorities  established  by  the  Conference  Leadership  Team  and  funds  available  through  the  Conference Executive Staff Team and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration.  Ministry Action Team for Higher Education (related to ¶634)  The intent of this group is to provide, within the bounds of the Upper New York Annual Conference, for  certain of the functions described and suggested in The Book of Discipline, ¶634, specifically those  functions related to (1) the awarding and administrating of scholarships and grants for college students  not being overseen by the Board of Ordained Ministry, (2) the encouragement and support of Christian  campus ministries and fellowships, both denominational and ecumenical, at institutions of higher  education, and (3) the exploration and visioning for the future of ways and means through which the  Upper New York Annual Conference may be in ministry with students, faculty, and staff at institutions of  higher education. This Team shall be related to the Ministry Oversight Team on Spiritual Formation and  Leadership Development. It shall consist of six persons and shall serve on a quadrennial basis. The initial  team shall be nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development to the Class of  2016, shall be appointed on an interim basis through the Conference Session of 2012, and shall be elected  to its full term by the Annual Conference in 2012. Full classes of 2016, 2020, etc. shall be nominated and  elected thereafter, at annual conference sessions immediately following the General Conference or as  needed to fill vacancies, in such a manner as to maintain continuity and satisfy term limits. Ex‐officio  members with vote shall include elected members of the General Board of Higher Education ad Ministry.  Ex‐officio members without vote shall include representatives from the various supported campus  ministries. The Director of Connectional Ministries shall serve ex‐officio without vote, and shall provide  staff support. 

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Ministry Action Team for Global Ministries (related to ¶633)  The intent of this group is to provide for certain of the functions described and suggested in The Book of  Discipline, ¶633, specifically those functions related to (1) the maintenance of connectional relationships  between the Upper New York Annual Conference and the General Board of Global Ministries, and (2) the  exploration, development, and support of new partnerships between the Upper New York Annual  Conference, its Districts, and/or its local churches with mission projects beyond the bounds of the Upper  New York Annual Conference  This Team shall be related to the Ministry Oversight Team on Reaching Our  Neighbors. It shall consist of six persons and shall serve on a quadrennial basis. The initial team shall be  nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development to the Class of 2016, shall be  appointed on an interim basis through the Conference Session of 2012, and shall be elected to its full  term by the Annual Conference in 2012. Full classes of 2016, 2020, etc. shall be nominated and elected  thereafter, at annual conference sessions immediately following the General Conference or as needed to  fill vacancies, in such a manner as to maintain continuity and satisfy term limits. Ex‐officio members with  vote shall include the Mission Coordinator of Education and Interpretation of the Conference UMW, the  Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, and elected members of the General Board of Global  Ministries. The Director of Connectional Ministries shall serve ex‐officio without vote, and shall provide  staff support.  Ministry Action Team for Social Holiness (related to ¶629)  The intent of this group is to provide, within the bounds of the Upper New York Annual Conference, for  certain of the functions described and suggested in The Book of Discipline, ¶629, specifically those  functions related to ministries of justice, advocacy, mercy, love, and ministries related to the “Social  Principles” of The United Methodist Church (¶¶160‐166). This team shall be related to the Ministry  Oversight Team on Reaching Our Neighbors and function in concert with the various Conference advocacy  teams. This team shall consist of six persons and shall serve on a quadrennial basis. The initial team shall  be nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development to the Class of 2016, shall  be appointed on an interim basis through the Conference Session of 2012, and shall be elected to its full  term by the Annual Conference in 2012. Full classes of 2016, 2020, etc. shall be nominated and elected  thereafter, at annual conference sessions immediately following the General Conference or as needed to  fill vacancies, in such a manner as to maintain continuity and satisfy term limits. Ex‐officio members with  vote shall include representatives from the various Conference advocacy groups, and elected members of  the General Board of Church and Society. . Ex‐officio members without vote shall include representatives  from the various supported social action ministries. The Director of Connectional Ministries shall serve ex‐ officio without vote, and shall provide staff support.  Conference Commission on Religion and Race (¶643)  The Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR) shall be elected and serve in accordance with  the  provisions  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  This  Commission  will  be  nominated  by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development  and  elected  by  the  2011  Session  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference,  with  additional  persons  to  be  elected  in  the  same  manner in successive years.  The membership of this Commission shall include at least one person with  voice and vote on the Conference Leadership Team. There shall be at least one person on this Commission  serving  as  a  liaison  with  the  Conference  Committee  on  Native  American  Ministry.  The  qualification  for  service  on  this  Commission  is  a  passion  for  its  ministry.  In  addition  to  the  diversity  recommendations  contained  within  ¶610.5,  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church,  the  additional  diversity  recommendations  contained  within  ¶643.2  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church should be followed to as great an extent as possible. The normal term of office shall be for four  years. New members may be nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development  and elected by any Session of the Annual Conference. Former members may continue to serve indefinitely  as members emeriti with voice and without vote.  

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Conference Committee on Native American Ministry (¶654)  The  Conference  Committee  on  Native  American  Ministry  (CCONAM)  shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance with the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. This Committee  will  be  nominated  by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development  and  elected  by  the  2011  Session  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference,  with  additional  persons  to  be  elected  in  the  same manner in successive years.  The normal term of office shall be for four years. There shall be at least  one person on this Committee serving as a liaison with the Conference Commission on Religion and Race.  The  qualification  for  service  on  this  Committee  is  a  passion  for  this  ministry.  New  members  may  be  nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development and elected by any Session of  the  Annual  Conference.  Former  members  may  continue  to  serve  indefinitely  as  members  emeriti  with  voice and without vote.  Conference Committee on Disability Concerns (¶653)  The  Conference  Committee  on  Disability  Concerns  shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance  with  the  provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. This Committee will be nominated by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development  and  elected  by  the  2011  Session  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference,  with  additional  persons  to  be  elected  in  the  same  manner  in  successive  years.  The  normal  term  of  office  shall  be  for  four  years.  The  qualification  for  service  on  this  Committee is a passion for this ministry. The membership shall include persons with physical disabilities  and/or  mental  disabilities.  New  members  may  be  nominated  by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development  and  elected  by  any  Session  of  the  Annual  Conference.  Former  members  may  continue to serve indefinitely as members emeriti with voice and without vote.  Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (¶644)  The Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women shall be elected and serve in accordance  with  the  provisions  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  This  Commission  will  be  nominated  by  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development  and  elected  by  the  2011  Session  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference,  with  additional  persons  to  be  elected  in  the  same  manner in successive years. At least one member will be appointed by the Conference United Methodist  Women. The qualification for service on this Commission is a passion for this ministry. In addition to the  diversity  recommendations  contained  within  ¶610.5,  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church,  the  additional  diversity  recommendations  contained  within  ¶644.2  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  should be followed  to  as  great  an  extent  as  possible.  The  normal  term  of  office shall be for four years. New members may be nominated by the Committee on Nominations and  Leadership  Development  and  elected  by  any  Session  of  the  Annual  Conference.  Former  members  may  continue to serve indefinitely as members emeriti with voice and without vote.  Conference Council on Older Adult Ministries (¶651)  The  Conference  Council  on  Older  Adult  Ministries  shall  be  elected  and  serve  in  accordance  with  the  provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. This Council will be nominated by the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  and  elected  by  the  2011  Session  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference,  with  additional  persons  to  be  elected  in  the  same  manner  in  successive  years.  The  membership  shall  include  the  Conference  Lay  Leader  or  designee.  The  qualification  for  service  on  this  Council  is  a  passion  for  this  ministry.  In  addition  to  the  diversity  recommendations  contained  within  ¶610.5,  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church,  the  additional  diversity  recommendations  contained  within  ¶651.2  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  should be  followed  to  as great  an  extent as  possible.  The  normal  term  of  office  shall  be  for  four  years.  New members may be nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development and  elected by any Session of the Annual Conference. Former members may continue to serve indefinitely as  members emeriti with voice and without vote. 

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Committee on Sexual Ethics (¶¶341.5, 363, 605.9)  The Committee on Sexual Ethics shall be nominated by the Bishop and the Conference Leadership Team,  in  consultation  with  the  Committee  on  Nominations  and  Leadership  Development,  and  elected  by  the  Annual  Conference  to  serve  in  accordance  with  the  provisions  of  the  “Safe  Sanctuaries”  document  adopted  by  the  2011  Session  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference.  Members  will  be  elected  to  Classes of 2016 and 2020 and quadrennially thereafter. 

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Appendix I  Policies and Procedures  of the Upper New York Annual Conference  Regarding Reports and Other Legislative Items Petitions & Resolutions   Work of the Committee on Petitions & Resolutions  1.

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Effective Action.  The  original  policies  and  procedures  regarding  petitions  and  resolutions  were approved by the Upper New York Annual Conference meeting in session, 2011. The updates contained herein  shall  be  effective  starting  in  2013.  They  collectively  or  individually  shall  remain  in  effect  until changed by the Annual Conference in subsequent sessions. Changing  the  Policies  and  Procedures.  After  initial  approval  in  2011,  proposals  for  changes  in  the standing  policies  and  procedures  regarding  petitions  and  resolutions  will  be  submitted  by  the Committee  on  Petitions  and  Resolutions  to  the  Committee  on  Rules.  The  Committee  on  Rules  will consider such proposals for changes in policies and procedures (and may, itself, initiate recommended changes)  and  will  make  its  recommendations  to  the  Commission  on  Sessions  and  to  the  Annual Conference. Scope of These Policies and Procedures, and the Responsibilities of the Committee on Petitions and Resolutions.  The  Committee  on  Petitions  and  Resolutions  shall  be  responsible  for  all  aspects  of  the organizing  and  processing  of  Petitions,  Resolutions,  and  other  items  of  a  legislative  nature  through those  portions  of  the  Annual  Conference  Session  designated  for  “Holy  Conferencing”  by  the Commission on Sessions. This shall include items addressed to the Annual Conference itself for action and/or implementation, as well as those seeking action and/or implementation from elsewhere within the Church (connectional and ecumenical), or from society at large. Committee  Budget  and  Meetings  Committee  on  Petitions  and  Resolutions  financial  needs  shall  be included in the Annual Conference budgets and expenditures. When feasible, and at the discretion of the chair and the advice of the resident bishop, technological assistance in performing committee work will occur in place of face‐to‐face committee meetings. Definition:    “Petition”  A  “petition”  is  a  document  that  requests  a  specific  action  of  the  Annual Conference itself, the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church, or The General Conference of The United Methodist Church. When addressed to the Annual Conference or the Jurisdictional  Conference,  this  action  may  be  a  request  to  modify  the  Rules,  procedures,  and/or  the Polity of the Conference. When addressed to the General Conference, this action may be to modify (a portion of) The Book of Discipline; it may be to uphold (a portion of) The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist  Church;  or  it  may  be  to  modify  a  Rule  of  Order  of  The  General  Conference  of  The  United Methodist Church. A “modification” is an addition, a deletion, or other change. Definition:  “Resolution” A “resolution” is a document that states something that the Upper New York Annual Conference, itself, resolves to be a Conference position, a statement of understanding, or a call to  action.  When  sent  to  the  General  Conference,  the  action  may  be  to  modify  (through  addition, deletion,  or  other  change),  to  renew,  and/or  to  uphold  a  portion  of  The  Book  of  Resolutions  of  The United Methodist Church. Definition:  “Other Legislative Items” There may be items requiring legislative action that are neither Petitions nor Resolutions as described above. An example is the Conference Budget. Standardization and Publication of Format for Petitions to The General Conference Each petition will follow the format required by the General Conference. Additionally, for the information of the Annual Conference in session, there may be brief and separate additional written explanatory comments in a preface  to  the  petition.  The  Annual  Conference  secretary  will  place  the  format  on  the  Conference’s website as soon as he or she has received it from the General Conference secretary. Standardization and Publication of Format for Resolutions to The General Conference Each resolution will  follow  the  format  required  by  the  General  Conference  for  resolutions.  Additionally,  for  the information  of  the  Annual  Conference  in  session,  there  may  be  brief  and  separate  additional  written explanatory comments in a preface to the resolution. The Annual Conference secretary will place the format on the Conference’s website as soon as he or she has received it from the General Conference secretary.  Each  resolution  to  the  Annual  Conference  will  indicate  the  appropriate  Annual  Conference

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agency or office designated for implementing it and for future reporting on its status at the next Annual  Conference  session.  If  a  resolution  directs  the  Annual  Conference  secretary  to  write  a  letter,  the  resolution  shall  include  the  complete  title(s)  and  postal  address(es)  of  the  person(s)  to  receive  the  letter.   Items with Financial Impact A resolution that has financial impact shall be referred to the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CCFA) for its recommendation concerning the fundability of the resolution. This recommendation shall address such things as the appropriateness of expending funds for the implementation of this resolution; the availability of funds from within existing budgets for the implementation  of  this  proposed  resolution;  the  appropriateness  of  raising  new  funds  for  the implementation of this proposed resolution; etc.  The recommendation from CCFA will be attached as a permanent part of the original resolution; it shall be required before any action can be taken by any of the District Conferences or the Annual Conference. Identification  of  Originator Each petition and resolution from an individual shall include the name of the originating individual, her or his postal address, e‐mail address (if any), phone number(s), and local United Methodist church affiliation. If the petition or resolution is from a local church or a local church council, a Pastor or a Lay Member of the Annual Conference from that local church shall assume the role of the originator unless there is an explicit identification of a different originator. If the petition or resolution  is  from  a  district  or  a  district  conference,  the  District  Superintendent  or  the  District  Lay Leader  shall  assume  the  role  of  the  originator  unless  there  is  an  explicit  identification  of  a  different originator.  If  the  petition  or  resolution  is  from  a  district  agency  or  annual  conference  agency,  the chairperson of that agency or an explicitly identified designee of the chairperson shall assume the role of  the  originator.  If  the  petition  or  resolution  is  from  a  general  church  agency  or  a  denominationally recognized  caucus,  it  shall  include  the  explicit  identification  of  an  originator  with  complete  contact information.  Only  petitions  and  resolutions  submitted  from  within  the  Annual  Conference  shall  be considered. Assistance by the Committee The Committee on Petitions and Resolutions shall assist, as requested by them,  any  individuals,  local  churches,  districts,  agencies,  or  denominationally  recognized  caucuses, within  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference,  in  the  writing  of  petitions  or  resolutions.  The Committee  will  not  alter  the  intent  (content  or  substance)  of  petitions  and  resolutions  before submitting them to the session. Such assistance must be requested in a timely manner, well before the submission deadline. Submission  Deadline Petitions and resolutions for consideration by the Annual Conference in session shall  be  received  electronically  by  the  Chairperson  of  the  Committee  on  Petitions  and  Resolutions before 1 February. The Committee on Petitions and Resolutions will process these legislative items as described  elsewhere  herein for  distribution  by  the Director  of  Communications  for use  at  the  District and Annual Conferences. Identical  or  Similar  Petitions  or  Resolutions  Identical  or  similar  petitions  and/or  resolutions  may  be combined by the Committee on Petitions and Resolutions. The names of the originating petitions and resolutions shall be cited by the Committee. Distribution Petitions and resolutions that fulfill the format required by the Annual Conference shall be posted by the Committee on Petitions and Resolutions on the Annual Conference’s website by 1 April. Ownership Petitions and resolutions become the property of the Annual Conference when received by the Conference Secretary. Presenting, Debating, Amending, etc., of Petitions, Resolutions, and Other Legislative Items in Plenary Session  Each  petition,  resolution,  and  other  legislative  item  will  be  presented  to  the  session  by  the Petitions and Resolutions Committee chairperson (or her or his designee), at times designated by the Commission  on  Sessions’  Agenda  Committee  for  Holy  Conferencing.  The  Committee  on  Petitions  and Resolutions shall organize these presentations within the times designated for Holy Conferencing. After moving (and seconding if necessary) the legislative item, its originator or the designee of the originator shall  be  allowed  up  to  five  minutes  to  summarize  it.  The  process  of  debate  shall  include  up  to  three speakers  in  support  of  the  item  and  up  to  three  speakers  in  opposition  to  the  item,  speaking  in alternating order for not more than three minutes each, followed by a summary statement of no more than  three  minutes  by  the  originator.  With  the  exception  of  the  originator,  no  individual  may  speak,

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more than once to any specific item. This process of debate may be superseded for an entire session of  the  Annual  Conference  by  the  provisions  contained  within  the  Conference  Secretary’s  Organizational  Motion; it may also be superseded for the debate on a specific item through a motion to “Suspend the  Rules”, approved by a vote of two‐thirds of those present and voting. Legislative items originating from  agencies of the Annual Conference do not require seconds. In the case of a legislative item originating  from  more  than  one  source,  the  originator  of  the  first  legislative  item  received  by  the  Committee  on  Petitions  and  Resolutions  shall  be  considered  its  originator.  Legislative  items,  once  moved,  may  be  amended on the floor, in accordance with the Rules of The General Conference and Robert’s Rules of  Order.  Also,  in  accordance  with  the  Rules  of  The  General  Conference  and  Robert’s  Rules  of  Order,  substitute motions may be received. Amendments and the main motion shall require a simple majority  of those present and voting unless a super‐majority is required by Conference Rules. The originator also  shall be permitted to be the last speaker for one minute for each proposed amendment, as well as the  last  speaker  prior  to  the  final  vote  on  the  entire  petition  or  resolution.  Otherwise,  the  other  existing  rules of the Conference shall apply to the consideration of legislative item.  Presence  of  Originator No petition or resolution shall be considered by the session or a sub‐group of the  session  without  the  presence  of  the  originator  as  named  in  the  petition  or  resolution  –  or  the presence  of  a  person  designated  by  her  or  him.  If  the  originator  is  not  a  member  of  the  Annual Conference with privileges of voice and vote, the Chair of the Committee on Petitions and Resolutions shall  move  for  a  suspension  of  the  Rules  (requiring  a  two‐thirds  vote)  to  enable  the  originator  to address the Conference. If the Rules are not suspended, the Chair of the Committee on Petitions and Resolutions shall speak on behalf of the originator. Forwarding  of  Petitions  The  Secretary  of  the  Annual  Conference  shall  forward  to  the  appropriate General  Conference  or  the  Northeastern  Jurisdictional  Conference  officer,  all  petitions  of  the  Upper New  York  Annual  Conference,  per  the  instructions  of  the  General  Conference  or  Northeastern Jurisdictional  Conference  rules  and  secretaries.  The  exact  vote  count  will  not  be  forwarded,  unless required by the General or Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference rules that year. Forwarding of Letters The Secretary of the Annual Conference shall forward the will of the Conference to the person(s) indicated by the approved resolution (as amended). A copy of this letter also shall be sent  by  the  Conference  secretary  to:    the  originator(s)  of  the  resolution;  the  chairperson  of  the Committee  on  Petitions  and  Resolutions;  and  the  chairperson(s)  of  the  relevant  Annual  Conference agency(ies). These letters shall be sent as soon as possible, but one month of the resolution’s adoption by the Annual Conference. Annual  Conference  Agency  Implementing,  and  Reporting  of  Resolutions  The  chairperson  of  the appropriate Upper New York Annual Conference agency(ies) shall monitor the agency’s implementation of  the  resolutions.  The  chairperson  also  shall  make  a  report  to  the  next  annual  conference  session regarding  the  implementation  of  resolutions  approved  by  the  previous  session  and  the  observed results. Summary Items of all kinds (including reports with and without action items, resolutions, and petitions) to  be  placed  on  the  agenda  of  the  Annual  Conference  shall  be  submitted  to  the  Chairperson  of  the Committee  on  Petitions  and Resolutions  by  districts,  local  churches,  conference boards  and  agencies, district  boards  and  agencies,  individual  members  of  The  United  Methodist  Church,  and  others authorized to do so, in accordance with the schedule approved by the Commission on Sessions.

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Appendix II  Equalization Lay Members  I.  The  Constitution  (¶32  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  2012)  and  Discipline  (¶602.4  of  The  Book  of  Discipline 2012) of The United Methodist Church require that the number of Lay Members of each Annual  Conference be augmented, through the addition of “Equalization Lay Members” (with voice and vote) so  as to equal the number of Clergy Members in the Annual Conference concerned. The means for electing  these Equalization Lay Members is left to the discretion of each Annual Conference.  II. The Conference Secretary shall, at the close of each calendar year, determine the number of Equalization Lay Members to be needed at the following Session of the Annual Conference by calculating  the difference between the number of Clergy Members of the Annual Conference and the number of Lay  Members  to  be  elected  by  the  respective  Local  Charge  Conferences.  This  number  shall  be  reported,  promptly, to the Cabinet, the Chair of the Sessions Committee, and the Chair of the Rules Committee.  III. The Chair of the Rules Committee shall create a prioritized list of potential nominees to serve as  Equalization  Lay  Members.  Lay  persons  who  are  the  elected  members  from  their  Local  Charge  Conferences  will  not  be  included  on  this  list.  This  list,  with  reserves  if  it  exceeds  the  number  of  Equalization Lay Members needed as determined by the Conference Secretary, and reserves beyond that  number,  shall  be  published  and  distributed  by  the  Conference  Secretary  with  other  pre‐conference  materials, and incorporated by reference into the Conference Secretary’s Organizational Motion so that  these  nominees  to  serve  as  Equalization  Lay  Members  (and  Reserve  Equalization  Lay  Members)  can  be  duly  nominated  and  elected  as  a  first  order  of  business  of  the  Annual  Conference.  (Persons  who  are  beyond the number specified by the Conference Secretary who might otherwise be qualified to serve as  Equalization Lay Members shall be eligible to serve as Reserve Equalization Lay Members.)   IV. General Rules and Limitations A.  All  Lay  Members  of  the  Annual  Conference,  with  the  exception  of  youth,  must  be  Professing Members of The United Methodist Church. Persons who are not Professing Members  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  may  be  granted  voice  without  vote  at  Sessions  of  the  Annual  Conference. These persons shall not count toward the total number of Equalization Lay Members  to be elected.  B.  No  Lay  Person  shall  be  eligible  to  serve  simultaneously  both  as  an  Elected  Lay  Member (from a Local Charge Conference) and as Equalization Lay Member at the same Session  of the Annual Conference. Election from a Local Charge Conference shall have precedence over  election to serve as an Equalization Lay Member.  C.  No  Lay  Person  may  hold  more  than  one  Equalization  Lay  Membership  at  a  single  Session of the Annual Conference.  D. Clergy Members are ineligible to serve in any lay capacity.  V.  The  Prioritized  List  of  Potential  Nominees  to  serve  as  Equalization  Lay  Members  shall  be  as  follows:  A. Lay Persons, by virtue of their office, as specifically identified in ¶602.4 of The Book of  Discipline 2008, during their tenure of office. This list is limited by The Discipline, and includes  1. The Conference Lay Leader. 2. The District Lay Leaders 3. The Conference President (or co‐Presidents) of United Methodist Women. 4. The Conference President (or co‐Presidents) of United Methodist Men. 5. The President (or co‐Presidents) of the Conference Young Adults 6. The President (or co‐Presidents) of the Conference Youth Organization 7. The Conference Scouting Coordinator 8. The Chair (or co‐Chairs) of the Conference College Association 9. One  Young  Adult  from  each  District  between  the  ages  of  eighteen  and  thirty, inclusive,  as  selected  by  the  respective  District  Lay  Leader  in  consultation  with the Conference and District Young Adult Organizations.

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10. One Youth  from  each  District  between  the  ages  of  twelve  and  eighteen, inclusive,  as  selected  by  the  District  Lay  Leader  in  consultation  with  the Conference and District Youth Organizations. 11. Diaconal Ministers, as defined by ¶602.2 of The Book of Discipline 2008. 12. Deaconesses and Home Missioners as recognized by the General Board of Global Ministries,  defined  by  ¶1314  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  2008,  and  identified  by the Conference Secretary in accordance with ¶1314.3c of The Book of Discipline 2008.  Insofar as this list is disciplinary, it must be included in full, even if the number of persons listed  exceeds the Conference Secretary’s calculated total of the number of Equalization Lay Members  needed.  B.  Lay  Supply  Pastors  as  assigned  by  District  Superintendents,  during  the  tenure  of  their  assignment.  If  the  number  of  persons  qualifying  herein  exceeds  the  Conference  Secretary’s  calculated total number of Equalization Lay Members needed, the Cabinet will be consulted to  establish  priorities.  Those  who  cannot  be  accommodated  will  be  Alternate  Equalization  Lay  Members.  C.  Lay  Persons  in  positions  of  leadership  within  the  Annual  Conference,  during  their  tenure  of  office. This list includes:   1. The Associate Conference Lay Leaders. 2. The Associate District Lay Leaders 3. The Conference Director of Lay Speaking Ministries 4. The Conference Secretary of Global Ministries. 5  The President and Members of the Conference Trustees 6  The  President  and  Members  of  the  Conference  Council  on  Finance  and Administration 7. The Members of the Sessions Committee 8. The Chair and Members of the Conference Leadership Team. 9. The Chair and Members of the Connectional Table 10  The Conference Management Team  11. Lay Persons in roles of leadership of the various Conference Programs, Boards, Councils,  Commissions,  Agencies,  Teams,  etc.  as  defined  in  The  Book  of Discipline  2008,  created  by  action  of  the  Annual  Conference  or  the  Bishop, appearing on the Organizational Charts of the Annual Conference, identified in the  Conference  Rules,  and/or  composed  of  persons  nominated  by  the Committee  on  Leadership  Development  and  Nominations  and  elected  by  the Annual Conference. The determining question is that of the need of the person concerned to be present, with voice and vote, at formal meetings of the Annual Conference,  in  order  to  adequately  fulfill  and  discharge  the  duties  and responsibilities to which he or she has been elected or appointed. 12. Lay  Persons  in  roles  of  leadership  of  the  various  functioning  conference‐level Agencies  defined  in  The  Book  of  Discipline  2008  as  being  a  part  of  the organizational structure of the Annual Conference 13. The  most  recently  elected  Lay  Delegates  to  The  General  Conference  of  The United Methodist Church and/or the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church. 14. Lay  Members  of  Agencies,  Boards,  Councils,  Commissions,  Teams,  etc.  of  The General  Conference  or  the  Northeastern  Jurisdictional  Conference  of  The United Methodist Church. If  the  number  of  persons  qualifying  herein  exceeds  the  number  that  can  be  accommodated  (according  to  the  calculation  of  the  Conference  Secretary),  priorities  will  be  determined by the Chair of the Rules Committee in consultation with the Conference Lay Leader  on  the  basis  of  the  need  of  the  respective  candidates  to  be  present,  with  voice  and  vote,  at  formal  meetings  of  the  Annual  Conference  in  order  to  fulfill  and  discharge  their  duties  and 

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responsibilities to  the  Annual  Conference.  Those  who  cannot  be  so  accommodated  will  be  Alternate Equalization Lay Members.  D.  After the foregoing have been accommodated, the remaining Equalization Lay Memberships  (if  any)  will  be  divided  as  equally  as  possible  among  the  respective  districts  of  the  Annual  Conference, with the remainders of this division being shifted among the districts on an annual  basis. These Equalization Memberships will be awarded by the respective District Lay Leaders in  consultation  with  organizations  within  the  district.  Youth  (in  consultation  with  district  youth  leadership) should be given a priority for at least one‐third of these memberships, these youth  members shall be in excess of the disciplinary youth memberships mentioned above. Attention  should also be given to unrepresented local churches on multi‐point charges, to persons who are  able to bring wisdom and experience of value to the Annual Conference, and to the guidelines for  inclusivity found in ¶139 of The Book of Discipline 2008.  

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I. Effective Action.  These policies and procedures regarding elections to General and/or Jurisdictional Conferences by the  Upper New York Annual Conference shall be in effect upon approval by the Upper New York Annual  Conference meeting in session, 2015. They collectively or individually shall remain in effect until changed  by the Annual Conference in subsequent sessions.  II. Goals. The goals of these policies and procedures are to provide a simple, transparent, and equitable process,  together with adequate information, for the election of members of General and Jurisdictional  Conferences from the Annual Conference.  III. Changing the Policies and Procedures. After initial approval in 2011, proposals for changes in these Policies and Procedures regarding elections  to General and/or Jurisdictional Conferences will be submitted to the Committee on Rules. The  Committee will consider such proposals for changes in policies and procedures (and may, itself, initiate  recommended changes) and will make its recommendations to the Commission on Sessions and the  Annual Conference.   IV. The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008. The references regarding elections to the General and to Jurisdictional Conferences found in The Book of  Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008 (See Attachment A) and in subsequent editions thereof as  approved by The General Conference of The United Methodist Church will serve as the foundation pieces  for these policies and procedures of the Annual Conference and will not be abridged or amended in any  manner. Every person involved in any way in the election will become knowledgeable with the  Disciplinary provisions. The Committee on Rules shall, prior to the third year of each quadrennium,  incorporate into these Policies and Procedures those changes that have been implied and/or mandated  by actions of The General Conference and included in subsequent editions of The Book of Discipline.  V.  Election Process to Be Shared Quadrennially.  These Policies and Procedures (as revised) will be shared in appropriate Annual Conference publications  (e.g., website and conference newspaper) in the third year of each quadrennium, by the Committee on  Rules of the Commission on Sessions.  VI. Invitation to Submit. Laity and clergy who meet Disciplinary eligibility requirements and who wish to offer themselves as  candidates for election by the Annual Conference to General and Jurisdictional Conferences will complete  and submit the following information on the “Candidate Information Sheet” to the Committee on Rules  before a date consistent with the schedule established by the Commission on Sessions (See Attachment  B). The submission will be electronic and on the form provided on the Annual Conference website.  A.  Her or his name, postal address, telephone number(s), e‐mail address, year of initial  membership in The United Methodist Church, location of current local church membership, and  district  B.  A statement of ability to serve, if elected, including to participate actively in pre‐conference  meetings of the delegation throughout the previous year and, following the conferences, to  share regarding your service as a delegate.  C.  A listing of past and present responsibilities in The United Methodist Church (local church,  district, annual conference, jurisdictional, and/or general church).  D.  A statement (between 100—200 words and single‐spaced) regarding why he or she is offering  herself or himself as a candidate. Statements of excessive length will be truncated by the  Committee on Rules  VII. Posting of Candidates’ Data. The Committee on Rules, working in concert with the Annual Conference’s Director of Communications, 

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will have posted candidates’ data on the website, six weeks prior to the Session of the Annual Conference  at which the elections are to take place.  VIII. Campaigning. Prior to the elections and during the elections, the will of the Holy Spirit will be sought. Conference  members may engage in prayer, conversation, and holy conferencing. “Campaigning” by mailings,  buttons, or other promotional means, by, for, or against any person who has offered herself or himself as  a candidate is prohibited.   IX. Candidate Introductions. During the year in which elections are to take place, candidates shall be introduced on the following  occasions: at the Laity Session of the Annual Conference session for lay candidates, and at Clergy Session  of the Annual Conference session for clergy candidates. There shall be no campaigning during these  introductions. A “candidate” is a person who completed and submitted the Candidate Information Sheet  to the Committee on Rules. It is anticipated that at the laity and the clergy sessions, large screen  projections will be used.  X.  Balloting.  A.  Balloting will be by written or electronic ballot, as determined quadrennially by the  Commission on Sessions. Electronic ballots prepared in advance for the election of Lay  Delegates will include the names of all of the persons who have submitted “Candidate  Information Sheets” in accordance with the procedure described above, and will allow for the  addition of “write‐in” candidates. Electronic ballots prepared in advance for the election of  Clergy Delegates will include the names of all eligible clergy members of Conference, whether  or not they have submitted “Candidate Information Sheets.”  “Write‐in” candidates on ballots  for Clergy Delegates will be permitted only to correct errors of omission on the prepared  ballots.  B.  Prior to the first ballot being cast, the presiding bishop will remind the body of United  Methodism’s inclusivity. After balloting has begun, no one will speak, directly or by  implication, for or against any candidate for any reason, including, but not limited to, age,  giftedness, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, theology, or geography.  C.  Any person who did not submit the Candidate Information Sheet, by the date specified by the  Commission on Sessions, but receives twenty‐five (25) or more ballots cast for her or him on  the first ballot, shall be added (manually by lay members on Lay Delegate ballots) to future  ballots. He or she may prepare and place on the Conference registration table printed copies  of her or his responses to the “Candidate Information Sheet” that was not previously  submitted. He or she will be introduced before the second ballot, if present, or as soon as  possible.  D.  After all delegates to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences have been elected, an  additional ballot shall be cast. The clergy and the laypersons receiving the highest numbers  will be elected as alternates to the N.E.J, according to the numbers needed.  E.  If the scheduled time for final adjournment is within one hour without the necessary  delegates having been elected, a final ballot will be taken and those receiving the highest  number of votes will be elected, in order as delegates and alternates according to the  numbers needed.  F.  After the first ballot, any subsequent ballot that contains the name of a person who did not  complete and submit the Candidate Information Sheet, by the date specified by the  Commission on Sessions, or who did not fulfill “C”, above, will be invalid.  G.  Any ballot that contains more or fewer names than there are places to be filled on that ballot  will be invalid.  H.  Any ballot that contains the name of a person already elected will be invalid.  I.  Any ballot that is not marked, in the opinion of the head teller(s), according to the  instructions given by the presiding officer or secretary, will be invalid. 

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J. A majority of the valid ballots cast will be required to elect.  K.  In the event that a larger number of persons than there are places to be filled receive a  majority, then the person or persons receiving the highest number of votes will be declared  elected to the total number of places to be filled.  L.  A tie vote between two or more persons, when but one place remains to be filled, will be  disregarded and another ballot cast.  M. Unless otherwise stipulated above, the sessions’ standing rules otherwise shall apply.  XI. Delegation. A. The delegation will consist of all elected delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences  and the elected alternates.  B. At a time and place determined by the presiding bishop, the delegation will meet at the site  of the Annual Conference. The bishop will offer prayer, will introduce each member of the  delegation, and will offer whatever assistance he or she may wish.  C. The delegation leader for 2012‐16 will be the first lay person elected. In subsequent  quadrennia, the delegation leader will alternate between the first clergy person elected and  the first layperson elected. The delegation’s vice‐leader for 2012‐16 will be the first clergy  person elected. In subsequent quadrennia, the delegation’s vice‐leader will alternate  between the first layperson elected and the first clergy person elected.  D. The Annual Conference Council on Finance and Administration will provide for the financial  support of at least four delegation meetings during the year prior to the General Conference.  Dates will be determined by the delegation and places in concert with that board or agency.  E. Agenda of meetings of the delegation shall include worship; fellowship; attending to logistical  matters; and expert‐led discussions regarding selected General and Jurisdictional topics.  F. The delegation may ask a delegate who misses more than two consecutive, unexcused  meetings to withdraw as a member of the delegation.  G. The Annual Conference Council on Finance and Administration shall provide for at least one  laity alternate (next elected) and one clergy alternate (next elected) to attend the General  Conference session and the Jurisdictional conference session. This financial support will be  equivalent to what a delegate receives according to General Conference or Northeastern  Jurisdictional Conference rules. The on‐site alternates will facilitate the work of the  delegation and its members and will be seated as delegates, when appropriate.  Attachment A  From The Book of Discipline, 2012:   “Delegates shall be elected in a fair and open process by the annual conferences.” (Constitution, Section II, ¶  13, Article I, page 26)  “The persons first elected up to the number determined by the ratio for representation in the General  Conference shall be representatives in that body. Additional delegates shall be elected to complete the  number determined by the ratio for representation in the jurisdictional or central conference, which, together  with those first elected as above, shall be delegates in the jurisdictional or central conference. The additional  delegates to the jurisdictional or central conference shall in the order of their election be the reserve  delegates to the General Conference. The annual conference shall also elect reserve clergy and lay delegates  to the jurisdictional or central conference as it may deem desirable. These reserve clergy and lay delegates to  the jurisdictional or central conferences may act as reserve delegates to the General conference when it is  evident that not enough reserve delegates are in attendance at the General Conference.”  (Constitution,  Section VI, ¶34, p. 34)  “The clergy delegates to the General Conference and to the jurisdictional or central conference shall be  elected by and from the ordained ministerial members in full connection with the annual conference or  provisional annual conference.”  (Constitution, Section VI, ¶35)  See Judicial Council decisions 1, 308, 403, 473,  531, 534, and 875. 

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“The lay delegates to the General and jurisdictional or central conferences shall be elected by the lay members  of the annual conference or provisional annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates  shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding  their election, and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years  next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the  time of holding the General and jurisdictional or central conferences.”  (Constitution, Section VI, ¶36) 

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Attachment B  Candidate Information Sheet  If you wish to offer yourself as candidate for election to the General and Northeastern  Jurisdictional Conferences, please submit the information requested below and submit it electronically,  per the instructions on the Annual Conference’s website. Requirements for being elected and serving are  found in the current edition of The Book of Discipline.  Name _____________________________________________________  Postal address ______________________________________________  Phone number(s) ____________________________________________  E‐mail address ______________________________________________  Year of initial membership in The United Methodist Church ______________  Location of current local U.M.C. membership (laity) ___________________  Current U.M.C. district (laity and clergy) ___________________________  United Methodist churches in which you have participated actively in the past four years  (laity)____________________________________________  If elected, will you be able to participate actively in pre‐conference meetings of the Annual  Conference delegation throughout the previous year and, following the conferences, to share regarding  your service as a delegate? __________  List your past and present responsibilities in The United Methodist Church (local church, district,  annual conference, jurisdictional, and/or general church)  Share a statement (between 100—250 words and single‐spaced) regarding why you are offering  yourself as a candidate. 

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Appendix IV  Nomination of Candidates for Election to the Episcopacy 

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In accordance with the Constitution and The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church (¶¶46 and 405),  the responsibility for electing persons to The United Methodist Council of Bishops and the respective Jurisdictional  Colleges  of  Bishops  rests  with  the  Jurisdictional  Conferences.  The  respective  Annual  Conferences  may  nominate  candidates  for  election to the  episcopacy by  their  Jurisdictional  Conferences.  The  purpose  of  this Appendix  is  to  establish  a  procedure  whereby  the  members  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference,  and  the  Annual  Conference  itself,  may  participate  in  the  process  of  nominating  candidates  to  the  Northeastern  Jurisdictional  Conference. The Book of Discipline (¶405) specifically prohibits the binding of any delegate to vote for any specific  candidate seeking election to the episcopacy.  During the year preceding the convening of the Jurisdictional Conference, the most recently elected Delegates  to the Jurisdictional Conference shall serve as a “nominating committee” for the nomination of candidates to the  Annual Conference for nomination by the Annual Conference to the Jurisdictional Conference. The Jurisdictional  Delegation shall solicit the membership of the Annual Conference (including the members of the Delegation itself)  for recommendations and self‐recommendations of persons eligible for election to and service on the episcopacy  (¶¶402, 408). The Delegation, guided by The Book of Discipline (¶403) and using procedures of its own design, shall  discern the gifts and graces of each and every person so recommended, and shall recommend to the Session of the  Annual  Conference  immediately  preceding  the  convening  of  the  Jurisdictional  Conference  the  nomination  of  persons discerned by the Delegation to have the gifts and graces for episcopal service. The Annual Conference may  nominate none, any, and all of these persons recommended by the Delegation. The Annual Conference can also  consider persons nominated directly from the floor. Candidacy is not limited to clergy members of The Upper New  York Annual Conference; any person meeting disciplinary requirements (¶¶402 and 408.1) may be recommended.  As  a  part  of  the  solicitation  for  recommendations  from  the  membership  of  the  Annual  Conference,  the  Delegation  will  specify  the  nature  of  the  materials  to  be  included  in  the  recommendation.  These  shall  include  contact  information,  academic  preparation,  pastoral  appointments,  a  listing  of  past  and  present  church  responsibilities (both denominational and ecumenical), and reasons for the recommendation. There shall also be  included a brief statement (less than 200 words) as to why the person being recommended feels that he/she will,  in his/her own words, bring the kind of episcopal leadership that the Church needs at this point in time.  The Delegation shall distribute candidate recommendations for persons nominated by the Delegation through  registration packets at Annual Conference. Persons nominated on the floor may distribute comparable materials  when their names are submitted. 

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Appendix V  Procedure for the Nomination of Candidates   to be Elected to Certain General and Jurisdictional Agencies of The United Methodist Church  by the  Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference (¶705)  One of the functions of the quadrennial Jurisdictional Conference is the election of persons to serve on specific  agencies  of  the  General  Church  for  the  coming  quadrennium.  Nominations  for  these  positions  are  made  by  the  Jurisdictional Nominating Committee to the Jurisdictional Conference based upon a “pool” of nominees (including  both clergy and laity)approved by each of the respective annual conferences within the Jurisdictional Conference.  It  is  the  responsibility  of  the  Bishop  and  the  Jurisdictional  Delegation  to  present  the  pool  of  candidates  for  endorsement  by  the  annual  conference  session  immediately  preceding  the  meeting  of  the  Jurisdictional  Conference. The following procedure is to be used in guiding this process.  1.

All members of the General Conference Delegation are to be included in the pool

2.

At least fifteen and not more than forty‐five additional persons are to be included in the pool a. Persons  presently  serving  on  a  general  agency,  and  wishing  to  continue  serving  on  the  same  or  a different  agency  may  be  included  in  the  pool.  The  electability  of  these  persons  by  Jurisdictional Conference will be subject to a variety of term limits. b. Members of the Jurisdictional Delegation (including Reserves) not elected to the General Conference may be included as additional members of the pool. c. The  total pool  should  include  between  one  and  five persons  in  of  each  of  the  following categories: clergy  (including  at  least  one  clergy‐woman),  laywomen,  laymen,  youth  (ages  12‐16)  young  adults (ages  17‐28)  older  adults  (over  65),  and  persons  with  disabilities.  Each  name  presented  to  the Jurisdictional Nominating Committee should include an indication of all appropriate categories. d. If possible the total pool should include at least two persons from each of the following recognized ethnic  groups:  Asian  American,  African  American,  Hispanic  American,  Native  American,  and  Pacific Islander.

3.

Effective in  2016,  forms  for  nomination  and/or  self‐nomination  to  the  pool  will  be  distributed electronically  with  Conference  pre‐registration  forms  and  available  in  hard‐copy  at  pre‐conference briefings and district conferences. They must be turned in at the registration table at annual conference. A completed nomination form will include name and other contact information; category (item 2c above), ethnicity  if  appropriate  (item  2d  above);  three  preferences  as  to  the  agencies  on  which  the  applicant would like to serve, together with reasons for volunteering for such service; a listing of past services to their district, the annual conference, the jurisdictional conference, the general church, and/or ecumenical agencies; and a list of church memberships or pastoral appointments.

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2015-16 Clergy Support Policies of the Upper New York Annual Conference This policy document is composed of policies approved by multiple agencies of the Upper New York Conference. The agency responsible for each section or sub-section is noted in parentheses. I. Minimum Base Compensation

(Comm. On Equitable Compensation)

A standardized minimum base compensation is established for The Upper New York Annual Conference that requires the following: A. A minimum base salary, set according to credential level, for all full time clergy persons as follows: Base Full connection (elder & deacon): $39,200 Provisional: $37,800 Associate: $37,100 FT LP completed Course of Study or MDiv $36,400 FT Local Pastor: $35,000 (Less than full time appointments shall receive a base salary pro-rated according to the appointment.) B.

Plus an additional amount for years of service using the following schedule(s) based on the goal of attaining 1% of minimum salary per year of full time equivalent service up to 25 years: Full Provisional Associate FTLP w/MDiv FTLP per year of FTE service up to $276 $270 $268 $266 $260 19 years

C.

Plus an additional $500 for each additional church on the pastoral charge (over one), not adjusted for part time appointments.

D. No pastor’s salary can be decreased as a result of this policy, as long as they retain their current appointment. E.

All churches are strongly encouraged to offer a gross salary increase of no less than the percentage increase in Conference Average Compensation (.8% for 2016) in order to account for increases in the costs of living. Churches are encouraged to consider further raises based on exceptional service.

II. Clergy Housing Policy

(Comm. On Equitable Compensation)

In the United Methodist Church, housing is provided to clergy. While the parsonage remains the normative provision of housing, some parishes prefer to offer, and some clergy prefer to receive, a housing allowance instead. The complexities of contemporary economics, local church resources and pastoral households make it less likely that a “one size fits all� housing provision best meets the needs of every situation. Local churches and clergy both need to carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages, especially if considering a change from one to the other. A. Values and Considerations The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church believes that congregations and clergy benefit when clergy and their families live in buildings which are safe, clean, comfortable, and as commodious as the average home in their community. It is required that clergy housing will meet all applicable local and state residential codes. As faithful stewards of the earth and other limited resources, congregations and clergy are encouraged to make clergy housing as energy efficient as possible. In order to be as welcoming as possible, consideration should be given to making clergy housing accessible to residents or guests with mobility challenges.

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Local churches may prefer to provide a housing allowance for a variety of reasons: less property to maintain and repair, more predictable budget implications, and no “landlord” issues with their pastor. Likewise, clergy households may prefer a housing allowance for other reasons, such as: accumulation of equity, allowance for differing clergy household needs, ability to locate in a desired location, freedom to renovate and refurbish as desired, and no “tenant” relationship with parishioners. However, it is also to be acknowledged that tension may exist between the appointive/itinerant system of clergy deployment and the housing allowance system. Pastoral appointments are made on an annual basis at the will of the bishop. The financial advantage to long-term clergy home ownership may be at odds with a short-term need or desire for a pastoral transition. It must be understood by all that the provision of a housing allowance or parsonage shall not be a primary consideration by the bishop and cabinet for future appointments for the pastor. Further, a local church that has a parsonage available to the pastor is under no obligation to provide a housing allowance if that pastor prefers to live in a different location. B.

Parsonages 1.

Relationships and Responsibility

The parsonage is to be mutually respected by the pastor’s family as the property of the church and by the church as a place of privacy for the pastor’s family. (Book of Discipline of the UMC, ¶ 258.2.g.16) The chairperson of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the chairperson of the Board of Trustees or the chairperson of the Parsonage Committee, if one exists, and the pastor shall make an annual inspection and review of the church-owned parsonage to assure proper maintenance. (Book of Discipline of the UMC, ¶ 258.2.g.16, and ¶ 2532.4) The church shall provide a parsonage which addresses the values noted above and the standards listed below. Standard maintenance and repairs, and renovation of the parsonage are the responsibility of the church. The Trustees or Parsonage Committee shall arrange, supervise, and arrange payment for such tasks. Necessary work shall be scheduled in consultation with the pastor. The church and the pastor shall work together to develop a process to assure timely, good quality repairs and maintenance. • • • • • •

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Parsonages with a wood burning heat source must have a professional chimney inspection (and cleaning if necessary) at least every 2 years. The pastor shall furnish the house to suit his or her needs. The pastor is responsible for notifying the church about necessary repairs as the need arises. The pastor is responsible for the repair of damages exceeding normal wear and tear. The church, in consultation with the pastor, is responsible for lawn care and snow removal. The church shall pay for insurance, heat, electricity, garbage and trash removal, water and sewer, basic telephone service (landline or cell), and installation fees for cable or satellite television service if broadcast reception is inadequate. Churches that expect pastors to have access to the internet away from the church should pay for internet access at the parsonage. The pastor shall pay for personal toll calls and communication services beyond those provided by the church.

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congregation has a parsonage, the parsonage of residence shall be determined by the District Superintendent in consultation with the appointed pastor and the congregations. If a parsonage is occupied by a clergy couple serving different appointments, all congregations served shall share equitably and reasonably the costs and responsibilities of providing a parsonage. The parsonage of residence and shared cost responsibilities shall be determined by the District Superintendent in consultation with the appointed pastors and affected congregations. Adherence to this policy by both clergy and congregation is essential to the appointment covenant. Failure to adhere to this policy by either clergy or congregation may jeopardize current and future appointments. 2.

Parsonage Standards

Parsonages shall have at least 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry facilities, appropriate storage capacity, and provision for 2 parking spaces. All shall be in good repair and meet all applicable local and state health and safety codes. The parsonage shall be at least the size of the average home in its community. The church is responsible for providing a furnished office or study for the pastor. While it is preferable to locate this office in the church or another church building, if necessary it may be a separate, additional room in the parsonage. If the Pastor’s primary office is located in the parsonage, it must have its own, separate, outside entrance and unencumbered windows, in accordance with Safe Sanctuary policies. 3.

Rooms and Spaces a.

Bedrooms should be large enough to contain a bed, adequate storage for clothing (dresser and closet, or dresser and wardrobe), and a desk and chair or a reading area. It is preferable to have at least one fully accessible bedroom on the ground floor of the house

b.

Bathroom facilities shall include: a toilet and sink on each floor, a tub, a shower, a medicine cabinet, and storage space for linens and supplies in or near the main bathroom. It is preferable to have at least 2 complete bathrooms including a fully accessible, complete bathroom on the ground floor.

c.

The kitchen shall contain at least: a standard size stove and oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, built-in cabinets or pantry, a full-size sink, adequate counter space, and wall and floor finishes which can be kept clean.

d.

Living and dining rooms should be large enough to accommodate 4-6 residents plus guests. A combined living and dining room is acceptable if large enough to fully accommodate both functions.

e.

Laundry facilities shall be accessible from the interior of the house and include: an automatic washer and dryer, and storage for supplies. It is preferable to be able to conceal the laundry area and even better to have a separate laundry room with a sink and space to sort and fold. It is preferable to have these facilities fully accessible and on the ground floor.

f.

Parking shall be off-street, preferably in a garage located on the parsonage property.

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4.

Systems a.

Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling - The parsonage shall be equipped with central heating capable of maintaining a temperature of 68 degrees in all rooms. Windows shall be in good repair and operable to provide adequate ventilation. Full bathrooms should have adequate ventilation to prevent excessive moisture build-up. Adequate passive or mechanical air cooling should be provided.

b.

Electrical System - Wiring, outlets, and fixtures should be safe and adequate to meet the lighting and technology needs of a modern household.

c.

Water - Hot and cold, potable, running water shall be available in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry area in amounts suitable to the needs of a family. In areas with hard water, water softeners shall be installed and maintained. Leaks of any kind are not acceptable.

d.

Safety, Security, and Environment - Parsonages shall be equipped with properly maintained CO detectors and smoke alarms, and have fire extinguishers in kitchen, furnace room, near fireplaces, pellet stoves or wood stoves, and near bedrooms. Radon testing shall be done periodically and remedial measures taken if necessary. Visible mold and moldy odors shall not be present. Where necessary for the safety of children and/or vulnerable adults, yards and outside spaces shall be adequately enclosed. Entrance lights shall have switches by the door, be motion activated, and/or be operable remotely. All parsonages shall be equipped with secure locks/deadbolts. If there are further safety concerns, the pastor and the church may wish to explore installing an alarm system.

e.

Communications - The parsonage shall have a reliable telephone system, adequate TV connection and internet access.

f.

Interior finishes - Floors, walls, and fixtures shall be in good condition with coverings which are suitable for the function of the room and in good repair.

g.

Exterior - The roof, exterior walls, exterior doors, windows, and foundation of the parsonage shall be carefully maintained to keep out the elements pests, and to conserve energy. The house shall be adequately insulated. It is preferable to have energy efficient doors and windows that suit the architecture of the house as much as possible. i.

5.

Porches and decks shall be maintained to insure their safety. Exterior faces and spaces of the building(s) and yard shall be designed and maintained to be functional for the family, and to be a pleasant addition to the community.

Waivers and Exceptions

If the minimum standards described above cannot be met because of the age or historic character of the house, the charge must propose alternatives which afford an equivalent quality of life to that set by these standards. Any such changes must be approved by the District Superintendent. It is understood that such changes will not compromise the safety provisions of these standards, the overall functionality of the parsonage, or the mandate that it be kept in good repair. It should be noted that the accessibility preferences described above are mandated when purchasing or building a new parsonage. (Book of Discipline of the UMC, Âś 2543.3b)

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6.

Transition Protocols

Prior to a pastor’s move, but no more often than every 5 years, a certified building inspector shall inspect the parsonage so that the congregation can plan necessary maintenance and repairs. If a pastor is moving and the parsonage has had a professional inspection within the past 5 years, this pre-move inspection may be performed by the outgoing pastor, the chairperson of the SPRC, and the chairperson of the Board of Trustees and/or the chairperson of the Parsonage Committee or their designates. The outgoing pastor shall leave the parsonage clean and in good order. As soon as possible after a change in appointment is announced, the Trustees or Parsonage Committee shall inspect the parsonage for maintenance needs and damage caused by the outgoing residents, including damage caused by pets. If excessive damage is discovered it will be the responsibility of the outgoing pastor to repair, pay for repairs of, or replace the damaged item(s). When the pastor or family has allowed smoking within the parsonage, the cost of professional cleaning, and purchase of an air purifier if necessary, to remove smoke odor will be the responsibility of the outgoing pastor. The charge shall refurbish, repair and thoroughly clean the parsonage prior to a new pastor moving in. Damaged walls, ceilings, floors, windows, fixtures and appliances shall be repaired or replaced. Painted surfaces shall be cleaned or repainted. Carpets shall be thoroughly steam cleaned or replaced; replacement is required if the carpet is torn, excessively worn, or permanently stained. Windows shall be cleaned inside and out. In the event that such work requires that the incoming pastor must make temporary living arrangements, related expenses will be paid by the receiving church. It is recommended that a photographic record of house and yard, including each room’s condition and contents, be created and filed for reference and planning purposes. 7.

Treatment of Parsonage Value in Compensation Packages

The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits provides the following guidance: When a parsonage is provided, it will be valued at 25% of salary for benefit computation purposes. In a multi-church appointment, this factor is added to salary for all churches served by the pastor, regardless of which church owns the parsonage in which the clergy person lives.

C.

a.

If a clergy couple is serving separate churches and each church/charge has a parsonage available, each clergyperson’s entire compensation will include a parsonage value equal of 25% of salary regardless of where the clergy couple lives. [Note: only the fair rental value of the occupied parsonage is reported by the clergy couple as part of self-employment income]

b.

However, if a clergy couple is serving separate churches, and is living in a parsonage provided by one of the churches with no parsonage offered or available from the other church, only the clergyperson serving the church which provides the parsonage will have the parsonage value added to salary.

Housing Allowance

All full-time clergy appointed to a full-time charge or a Conference-responsible extension ministry shall be provided either a parsonage or a housing allowance. In the event that an appointment has already moved to providing a housing allowance for their pastor and a parsonage is no longer available the charge will negotiate an appropriate housing allowance with the incoming pastor. A housing allowance enjoyed by a pastor appointed to charge “A” will not necessarily translate into a housing allowance for that same pastor when s/he is appointed to charge “B.”

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Housing allowances shall exist in accordance with the following policy or successive policies as determined by future sessions of the Annual Conference: 1.

The housing allowance policy will be in effect from the time the charge moves from providing a physical parsonage to a housing allowance for the current pastor or an incoming pastor. Once the charge makes the transition to providing a housing allowance, that charge shall not be required to return to providing a physical parsonage. In the event that the charge wishes to do so, see item #4 below.

2.

Charges that elect to provide a housing allowance shall do so at a charge/church conference chaired by the District Superintendent after and only after following the steps outlined in item #3 below.

3.

A housing allowance agreement shall be drawn up by the local charge (the Staff/Parish Relations Committee and the Board of Trustees, in consultation with the District Superintendent, should be involved in this process as a joint effort). The agreement shall include the following: a.

For the purchase of a home (house, condo, etc.) by the pastor: i.

Costs associated with a typical annual mortgage, based upon a 20% down payment and 30 year mortgage, for a home that meets the size requirements of the Conference Parsonage Standards, to cover at minimum: monthly principle and interest costs and mortgage insurance.

ii.

Costs associated with utility expenses (heat, light, phone, basic cable, internet service if not provided in a separate church office), property taxes for a home that meets the size requirements of the Conference Parsonage Standards. This information will be provided by a reputable realtor or rental agent so a dollar range for housing may be set for the incoming pastor as s/he considers the appointment and seeks housing.

iii.

The housing allowance will be at minimum the sum of items i and ii above.

EXAMPLE: i. Purchase price of home = $140,000; 20% down - $28,000; 30 year mortgage of $112,000 @ 4.75% is $585 x 12 = $7,020 annually property and school taxes of $4,000 homeowners insurance of $600 ii. Average monthly utility expenses of gas, electric, and bundled phone/internet/tv = $345 x 12 = $4,140 Minimum housing allowance in this example is $15,760 iv.

Charges providing a housing allowance may assist the pastor in obtaining a loan or provide a grant for down payment if needed. Any such agreement for down payment shall become a part of the housing allowance agreement.

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The housing allowance agreement shall be signed by the pastor, the chair of Trustees, and the chair of S/PPRC.

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4.

b.

For the rental of a home (house, apartment, condo, etc.) by the pastor: The housing allowance shall be determined in accordance with item a. sub items i. through v. above. It should be noted that housing (either as an allowance or in physical form) shall be provided in accordance with parsonage standards. In the event that the appointed clergyperson chooses to expend less in a rental circumstance s/he shall be afforded the opportunity to save and invest the difference for the eventuality of providing housing for herself or himself in retirement. This provision provides for the near equivalent opportunity for the pastor to accumulate something akin to equity over the life of the housing allowance. By the same token, should the clergyperson choose to rent a home more costly than a home that meets the parsonage standards, the charge shall not be responsible for the additional costs associated with that choice.

c.

A charge may use the annual income and capital gain from the sale of a parsonage over the rate of inflation to help support the housing allowance.

d.

All current IRS regulations shall be met for both recording and reporting purposes.

A charge shall not be required to establish a parsonage after changing to a housing allowance. However, if a charge chooses to return to providing a parsonage, it shall do so only after: a.

A full and frank discussion with the clergyperson, the S/PPRC, and the local Board of Trustees.

b.

An agreement dissolving the housing allowance agreement has been signed by the pastor, the chair of S/PPRC and the chair of the Board of Trustees.

c.

A proposal for the purchase of a new parsonage has been completed in full accordance with the United Methodist Book of Discipline.

d.

The proposed parsonage is in full compliance with current Conference Parsonage Standards.

D. Housing Exclusion Pastors may utilize the favorable tax advantages of a housing exclusion, which does not increase the compensation package but does lower the pastor’s federal income tax liability. 1.

A Housing Allowance is money paid to the pastor for the purpose of housing in addition to base salary. A Housing Exclusion is the amount of a pastor’s base salary that he/she declares to be excluded from taxable income as housing related expenses. Housing is exempt from Federal Income taxes but is NOT exempt from self-employment tax.

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A pastor living in a parsonage may have a Housing Exclusion; a pastor living in his/her own home may take advantage of a Housing Exclusion in addition to the Housing Allowance. This can be accomplished by passing a resolution designating an amount greater than the housing allowance listed on the compensation package. a.

Section 107 of the IRC provides that: “In the case of a minister of the gospel, gross income does not include: 1) the rental value of a home furnished as part of compensation; or 2) the rental allowance paid as part of compensation, to the extent used to rent or provide a home and to the extent such allowance does not exceed the fair rental value of the home, including furnishings and appurtenances such as a garage, plus the cost of utilities.”

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3.

4.

5.

A “minister of the gospel” is defined as any duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of the church, who is performing substantially all of the religious duties of his/her church or denomination. The “fair rental value” is the annual amount for which a similar furnished home in a similar neighborhood could be rented, including utilities. This can be determined by formal or informal appraisal by a realtor, or by comparing actual rents advertised for similar homes in the community.

Below are some further guidelines regarding a Housing Exclusion: a.

The housing exclusion must be put in place by official church action before payment is made to the pastor.

b.

The housing exclusion recognized for tax purposes is limited to the lesser of : i. The amount declared by the church. ii. The actual amount spent to provide housing. iii. The fair rental value as described above.

c.

The housing exclusion may be paid in the same check as the pastor’s salary as long as it is identified on the stub accordingly. It may also be paid separately.

d.

Housing exclusion is not reported as part of gross income on the W-2.

e.

It is the pastor’s responsibility to account for the actual amount spent on housing expenses to the IRS (not the church) if requested.

f.

If the total expenses are less than the allowance paid, the pastor must declare the excess as an addition to gross income.

g.

If the total expenses are more than the pre-defined exclusion, they do not qualify for the exclusion.

h.

The housing exclusion may be used by the pastor to pay for most non-personal type expenses incurred in providing or running a home (see list below).

The following items are examples of expenses paid by the pastor that may qualify as Housing Exclusion items, as applicable, and keeping in mind the limits above: a. Housing Expenses such as: down payment on a home, mortgage payments, home equity loan payments (if they are for home related expenses), real estate taxes, property/renters insurance, utilities b.

Repairs and Maintenance: Structural repairs, remodeling, yard maintenance and improvements, lawn equipment and repairs, pest control, trash pickup, snow removal, tools, cleaning supplies

c.

Furniture and Decorating Accessories: Appliances, TV/VCR, stereo, furniture, drapes, pictures, rugs, linens, lamps, etc.

Sample Housing Allowance and/or Exclusion Resolution

WHEREAS Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 has provided that a minister of the Gospel may exclude from gross income the rental value of a home provided and any allowance to provide a home; and

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WHEREAS, the Rev. __________________________ is a duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed minister of the church, who is performing substantially all of the religious duties of the church; and WHEREAS, the _________________________________ Church has established a gross salary for the Rev. _________________________ in the amount of $_________ for the period from _____________ to _________________; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that: The use of the parsonage located at _____________________________, plus all utilities, and $_________ of the above noted gross salary be provided to Rev. __________________ to the extent it is used to provide a home, and be considered to be a Clergy Housing Exclusion and that said amount be excluded from reportable compensation under Section 107 of the IRC of 1986. OR $_________ of the above noted gross salary be provided to Rev. __________________ to the extent it is used to provide a home, and be considered to be a Clergy Housing Exclusion and that said amount excluded from reportable compensation under Section 107 of the IRC of 1986. III. Accountable Reimbursement Plans

(Comm. On Equitable Compensation)

A. Policies and Budgeted Amounts 1. 2. 3. 4. B.

All pastors appointed within the Upper New York Annual Conference are entitled to an Accountable Reimbursement Plan (ARP) for professional expenses incurred while performing pastoral duties. A minimum annual Accountable Reimbursement Plan (ARP) budget for a full time pastor shall be $3,500 for a single church appointment and $4,500 for a multi-church appointment. Pastoral appointments of ¾ time, ½ time or ¼ time shall budget and pay an ARP proportionally to this standard for full-time appointments. Congregations are encouraged to budget ARP above the required minimum in consideration of location-specific mileage needs and other factors.

Accountable Reimbursement Plan Procedures

An Accountable Reimbursement Plan (ARP) arrangement is established to reimburse business expenses and should satisfy three conditions: 1. 2. 3.

The expense must have a connection to services performed for the church or other connected entity. There must be an adequate accounting of the expense within a reasonable period of time; i.e. date, place, amount/mileage, business purpose provided at least quarterly. Any excess reimbursements or advances to the pastor must be returned to the church within a reasonable period of time; i.e. 120 days, and within 30 days for end of the year expenses.

Reimbursements are not considered to be income for the pastor, but professional costs as an expense of the church. Therefore, ARP reimbursement is not included in income reporting to the IRS. The amount budgeted is reported to the Conference as a component of the compensation package, but is not considered part of salary. A pastor’s salary may not be reduced to fund the Accountable Reimbursement Plan. To implement an ARP, there needs to be a written policy or resolution established annually in advance of payment and approved at Church/Charge Conference. Payment of funds may be done • as a reimbursement of qualified expense, • as payment direct to vendor, or • as an advance with subsequent documentation of expenses; or any combination of these methods.

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Pastors shall submit a voucher for reimbursement of professional expenses, providing receipts for expenditures and an accounting of mileage where applicable. The specific nature or names related to pastoral visitations shall not be disclosed. The church, in consultation with the pastor, may wish to designate certain items which it elects to have covered by this policy, such as travel, continuing education, books, subscriptions, work supplies, vestments, etc. There may be a cap or dollar amount on the total reimbursable business expenses that will be paid, for example: "The reimbursement amount shall be no more than __________ ." The church may also want to require pre-approvals by the treasurer or SPR/PPR chair of business expenses in excess of $ 500 (or any other amount deemed appropriate). The church may want to set a dollar amount for which receipts must be submitted such as purchases over $25.00. These additional requirements should be included in the policy. C.

Qualifed Expenses Pursuant to information provided by the General Council on Finance and Administration, an example of items that are reimbursable under an Accountable Reimbursement Plan includes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Trips to visit parishioners at hospitals, nursing homes, or the parishioner’s home Business-related meals and mileage Expenses related to meetings of a connectional nature (i.e. District events, conference-level meetings, etc. Expenses for Annual Conference sessions should be budgeted as a separate line item in the church budget for both clergy and lay members, not as part of the ARP.) Supplies for the church office A computer required for church work Vestments worn for worship Church-related books and periodicals Office furnishings and equipment Continuing education and seminars

D. Sample Accountable Reimbursement Policy This is a sample of an accountable reimbursement policy. The specifics of each policy should be reviewed by each church and minister considering their specific concerns. If legal or tax advice is required, the services of a competent professional advisor should be sought. The following resolution is hereby adopted by the church council of XXXXXXXXX Church. It will be effective for the calendar year____ and all future years unless specifically revoked or superseded. The church pastor (or other employee(s)) will be reimbursed for ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred in the performance of his or her responsibilities when he/she substantiates the amount, business purpose, date, and place of the expense. Confidentiality shall be maintained in the substantiation of pastoral visits and/or counseling. This substantiation must be provided to the chair of the pastor parish relations committee (or church treasurer) within ninety (90) days of incurring the expense. The individual must return to the church any amounts received in excess of the substantiated expenses within one hundred twenty (120) days of receipt. The church will not report any properly substantiated reimbursement payments as income on any Form W-2. __________________________ Chair, Church Council

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IV. Benefits

(Conf. Bd. Of Pension & Health Benefits)

A. Pension 1. Clergy All licensed, commissioned or ordained pastors under appointment to a United Methodist Church 50% or more are eligible to participate in the Clergy Retirement Security Program (CRSP). The eligible clergyperson will be enrolled unless a Waiver of Participation, notarized and filed on the prescribed form, is received in the Benefits Office. The charge shall pay the monthly CRSP Invoice. Clergy on Incapacity Leave and Sabbatical Leave continue to accrue credit toward the Defined Benefit component of CRSP, paid by the Annual Conference. Clergy on other forms of leave, appointed to attend school, or appointed to an extension ministry outside the responsibility of the Annual Conference do not accrue “years of service” toward this benefit. 2.

Lay Employees The Book of Discipline, ¶ 258.2g(12) states that the PPRC shall recommend 100% vested pension benefits of at least 3% of compensation for lay employees who work at least 1040 hours per year. The United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) is available to local churches for this purpose, or they may utilize other options.

B.

Death and Disability

The Comprehensive Protection Plan (CPP) provides death, long-term disability and other survivor benefits to eligible clergy. All full time clergy and elders or provisional members serving 75% appointed to a United Methodist Church are enrolled. Elders, Provisional Members, and Associate Members who serve less than 75% are eligible under the optional category. A clergyperson’s District Superintendent must be notified when applying for long term disability benefits and/or seeking Medical Leave status. Until and unless Medical Leave status is granted, the church to which the clergyperson is appointed remains responsible for salary and benefit costs for the pastor. 1. Short Term Disability The Conference carries short term disability and workers compensation coverage on all clergy appointed to local churches as well as lay employees of the church through the multi-peril insurance program. Premiums for this benefit are included in the church insurance invoice. While on short term disability, the church remains responsible for all salary and benefit costs associated with the pastor. C.

Health Insurance 1.

Active Clergy All full time clergy appointed to a local church or as Conference staff are entitled to health insurance and eligible to enroll in the Conference-sponsored health insurance plan. Regardless of enrollment, all charges that have a full time pastor will be billed the blended rate premium. This premium may be split between churches served by the full time pastor.

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Clergy enrolled and receiving a benefit will pay a Pastor’s Personal Contribution. The amount is set annually by the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits. Churches with clergy serving less than full time should include in their salary support packages a “health insurance allowance” in an amount that relates to the blended rate to enable the clergyperson to obtain health insurance or fund a Health Savings Account. 2.

Lay Employees Full time lay employees are also eligible to enroll in the health insurance program. The premium billed is based on coverage level; i.e. single, two person or family. The benefits are the same as for a clergyperson.

3.

Retired Clergy and Surviving Spouses The Upper New York Conference continues to support part of the cost of providing health insurance to retired clergy through the use of reserve funds and participant contributions. The remaining financial support for the cost of retiree health care is billed to all of the local churches in the conference on a proportional basis.

4.

Policies developed by the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits

This summary statement is provided to assist the clergy and employees of the Upper New York Annual Conference understand the eligibility guidelines and funding policies of the Health Care Program. The Health Care Program and its Policies are the responsibility of the Annual Conference and the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, and are subject to change. Eligibility guidelines are presented in summary; if there are any conflicts between the information in this summary and the terms of the Plan Document, the terms of the Plan Document shall control. Benefit information may be found at www.unyumc.org. Further information may also be obtained from the Benefits Office. a. ELIGIBILITY i. Full time Active Clergy at Local Churches or appointed to staff positions ii. Conference lay employees 30 hr / week iii. Clergy on leave, enrolled prior to leave iv. Retirees enrolled 5 years prior to retirement; or as of 1/1/2011 if retiring prior to 1/1/2016 v. All enrolled persons must be in Medicare A & B, if eligible, and are responsible for that premium vi. Spouses and surviving spouses of enrolled retired participants vii. New spouse of surviving spouse is NOT eligible viii. Dependents and surviving dependents of participants; children subject to age and status rules (up to age 26 regardless of student status) ix. Break in coverage may affect eligibility b. FUNDING x. Local churches are billed based on eligibility of clergy person, regardless of enrollment.

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xi. Blended premiums to local churches with eligible pastors; blended rate being the average of all eligible clergy. xii. Local church lay employees are billed 100% of actual premium; church contribution negotiated by employee. xiii. A portion of retiree medical costs are billed to all churches based on a proportional basis as a direct bill item; i.e. Retiree Premium. xiv. Conference Staff and DS costs paid through shared ministry budget; personal premium on same basis as active clergy. xv. All active participants - lay and clergy - pay a portion of their health insurance at a rate determined annually by CBOP. Can be on pre-tax basis. xvi. Short term disability; salary paying unit continues to pay health insurance xvii. Long term disability; Conference pays full premium for pastor and family for year 1, then on a declining schedule for family members year 2-5. Board can consider special circumstances. xviii. Persons on leave other than incapacity must pay 100% xix. Retirees: Conference obligation based on years of service: 3.33% of “fully funded HRA amount” per full time equivalent year of service up to $2,500 annually and 5 year vesting. $2,500 is the fully funded HRA amount. xx. Retirees under age 65: Conference will pay 3% of actual premium per year of service up to 30 years, however an additional amount of 5% of premium for each year under age 65, up to 15%, is added to the participant’s obligation. xxi. Retiree Health Insurance years of service include all full time UMC church appointments or conference staff; adjusted for part time. xxii. Conference lay employee retirees pay on the same basis as Clergy retirees xxiii. Surviving Spouses pay at same % as spouse xxiv. New spouses of retired participants pay 100% xxv. Premiums for legally dependent adult children determined by CBOP xxvi. Churches with clergy serving part time should include in their salary support packages a "health Insurance allowance" in an amount that relates to the blended rate to enable the clergy person to obtain health insurance or fund a Health Savings Account.

V. Time Off Policy

(Comm. On Equitable Compensation)

A. All church staff are entitled to two days off per week for personal time, family time and spiritual renewal, one of which would be a Sabbath day. B.

Full time Clergy are entitled to 4 weeks of vacation each year with 5 weeks for those with more than 20 years of full time equivalent service. The number of Sundays off will correspond at least one-to-one with the number of weeks of vacation.

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C.

Full time clergy shall have at least 2 weeks per year of Continuing Education/Spiritual Growth Leave (as per ¶351.1 & 351.2). Furthermore, once every quadrennial period (every four years) there should be one year where an additional month of Continuing Education/Spiritual Growth is undertaken.

D. Full time pastors are encouraged to give a week annually to a Conference camping ministry. E.

There will be no prescribed sick leave for clergy. Short and long term disability will be in place as needed.

F.

Vacation and paid time off for part time clergy is to be individually negotiated in consultation with the SPRC, pastor and District Superintendent, at the initial appointment and subsequently as needed.

G. Associate, provisional, or members in full connection may request family leave through the Board of Ordained Ministry per ¶354. H. Maternity or Paternity leave, not to exceed one fourth of a year, will be available and shall be granted to any local pastor, provisional member, associate member, or clergy member in full connection who so requests it per ¶356. VI. Other Considerations

(Conf. Bd. Of Pension & Health Benefits)

Pastors are strongly encouraged to participate in the Social Security system. The General and Conference Boards of Pension & Health Benefits have structured retirement, disability, and health benefit programs around the Social Security system. No grants will be provided by the conference to persons who have opted out of Social Security for the purpose of supplementing income or health benefits. VII. Pulpit Supply

(Comm. On Equitable Compensation)

The honorarium for pastor supply shall be $90 for one service and $75 for each additional service, plus mileage reimbursement at the current IRS rate. VIII. Clergy Moving Policy

(UNY Cabinet)

INTRODUCTION The Conference Moving Coordinator and District Moving Coordinators will be responsible for scheduling moves and securing professional movers to relocate pastors when an appointment change is made for full-time appointments, less than full time appointments where the pastor will live in a parsonage, or pastors retiring from a local church. These Moving Coordinators will function under the guidance of the Commission on Equitable Compensation. "Self-Moves" are not encouraged. However, in special circumstances, after consultation with the Pastor, S/PPRC, and District Superintendent(s), the pastor may elect to move via truck rental. In the case of a selfmove, a waiver of liability (on a prescribed form provided by the Conference Moving Coordinator) must be obtained from the pastor, and all persons assisting with the move. Self-Move arrangements must be coordinated through the appropriate Moving Coordinator. FINANCING THE MOVE With the exception of retirement moves, covered later in this document, funding for this program will be accomplished through a cost-sharing arrangement between the Conference and the local church/charge receiving a new appointment. This arrangement will cap the total moving expenses incurred by a receiving local church/charge at $2250. It will also allow this expense to be spread out over the course of five years through a

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conference-managed accrual system. Further, because the total number of contributing local churches/charges in a given year is greater than the number of local churches/charges receiving a new appointment, the program is intended to be self-sustaining (see Table #1). Table 1 A. B. C. D. E. F.

Ave. cost of Move # of Moves/year Total Cost to UNY/year Total # UNY Churches Contributing/year Total UNY Church Contributions/year (i.e. >500 churches x $450/year)

1.) 2.) 3.) 4.)

$4500 ~50 $225,000 500+

G. $225,000

Program specifics: H. Every year for five (5) consecutive years each local church/charge will remit $450 to the Conference Treasure to be held in escrow in a moving account to cover the local church/charge’s portion of the moving expense. This process will restart after a new appointment. I. Once a local church/charge has accrued a total of $2250 in this account, its moving account will be considered paid in full. When a new appointment is made, the incoming pastor’s moving expenses will be covered by the funds in the receiving local church/charge moving account along with any needed additional funds supplied by the Conference. J. In the event a local church/charge experiences a change of appointment prior to having accrued $2250 in its conference-held moving account, the move will still be funded under this program. In this case the amount accrued in the receiving local church/charge moving account will be expended and the receiving local church/charge will then be expected to remit $450/year beginning in the calendar year following the move, until the $2250 moving account total has been reached. For a professional move within the Conference boundaries, the Mover engaged by the Conference will submit an invoice directly to the Conference Treasurer. The Conference Treasurer will pay the Mover's total fee. If any additional or special charges are involved, the Conference Treasurer will request payment from the pastor to the Conference. For a self-move, the pastor must pay the bill up-front and then submit receipts to the Moving Coordinator for approval and reimbursement. NOTE: Federal law requires that all moving expenses for moves of less than 50 miles paid by the Conference for or to a pastor are considered compensation. The amount paid will be reported to the pastor and the Internal Revenue Service at the end of the tax year in which the payment is made. PASTORAL MOVES A. Clergy Moves: The Conference will pay the full cost of a pastor's move up to 16,000 pounds. The pastor(s) will be responsible for the cost of moving weight that exceeds those limits. The Conference will provide $250 for boxes and packing materials which may be provided by the mover or purchased by the pastor. The pastor is responsible for packing, except for those items the carrier is required to pack under insurance regulations (i.e. mirrors, mattresses, marble tops, etc.). B. Clergy Couples: The Conference will pay the full cost up to 20,000 pounds, and provide $350 for boxes and packing materials. C. Seminarians and Local Pastors entering their first appointment: The provisions in #1 apply, even if the seminarian is moving from outside the conference. D. Pastors moving from outside the geographical boundaries of the Conference: The Conference will pay for up to $4,500 or 16,000 pounds, whichever is less. The pastor will be responsible for charges in excess of these amounts.

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E. Pastors returning from Sabbatical Leave, Leave of Absence, Retirement, Extension Ministries, Medical Leave, or Honorable Location: The Cabinet will be empowered to negotiate the amount of reimbursement for the cost of the move. F. Surviving Spouses: The Conference will pay up to $4,500 for billed expenses for moving surviving spouses and/or immediate families when requiring them to vacate a parsonage. Each situation must involve consultation with the affected spouse and immediate family, the Cabinet, and the appropriate Moving Coordinator. G. Displaced Spouses: The Conference will pay up to $3,000 for billed expenses for moving spouses and immediate families displaced due to divorce or other legal action when requiring them to vacate a parsonage. Each situation must involve consultation with the affected spouse and immediate family, the Cabinet, and the appropriate Moving Coordinator. H. Moving out of the Conference: The Conference will not be responsible for the cost of moving an active pastor to an appointment or ministry outside the geographic bounds of the Conference. RETIREMENT MOVES A. The Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits will pay for one retirement move for clergy members – full-time or part-time -- who are retiring from a local church appointment or conference staff appointment, according to the approved schedule (see below). The retirement move shall occur one year prior to retirement or up to two years after retirement. Any variation from the schedule must be recommended by the District Superintendent and approved by the Conference Board. B.

The retiree is responsible for packing, except for those items the carrier is required to pack under insurance regulations (i.e. mirrors, mattresses, marble tops, etc.).

C.

The Mover engaged by the Conference will submit an invoice directly to the Conference Treasurer. The Conference Treasurer will pay full Mover's fee. Any amount over the grant amount or special charges, are the responsibility of the retiring pastor. The Conference Treasurer will advise the pastor of the amount of reimbursement due to the Conference.

D. For a self-move, the pastor must pay the bill up-front and then submit receipts to the Conference Treasurer for reimbursement. E. For each year of service in The United Methodist Church, the following amounts will be paid toward the retirement move: At time of retirement: Full time Three-quarter time Half time

$90 per year of service up to $3,000 $67.50 per year of service up to $2,250 $45 per year of service up to $1,500

IX. Pastor’s Compensation Arrearage Policy

(AC2015 CEC Report)

A. In the event that the local church treasurer becomes aware that the church will be unable to provide to the pastor full payment of a regularly scheduled payroll, accountable reimbursements or housing allowance installment, or to remit full payment for any items deducted or withheld from a pastor’s base compensation, the church treasurer shall immediately notify both verbally (within 24 hours) and in writing

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(within 3 days) the pastor, the lay leader, the lay member of annual conference and the chairs of S/PPRC, finance, trustees and the administrative/church council of the impending arrearage. Upon receipt of such notice, the chair of S/PPRC and/or the pastor shall immediately (within three days) notify the district superintendent of the impending arrearage. It is the pastor's responsibility to keep copies of all such written notifications, and to provide additional written confirmation to the district superintendent when an arrearage has taken place. Failure to document salary-related arrearages may result in a loss of compensation. B. Upon receipt of notice of a pending arrearage, the chair of S/PPRC shall immediately (within 72 hours) schedule and hold a meeting of the pastor, lay leader and chairs of finance, trustees and the administrative/church council to discuss the financial situation and seek remedies to prevent an arrearage from occurring. Such remedies might include: 1. Drawing from invested funds 2. An emergency appeal for special giving from the congregation According to the Book of Discipline œ624, such remedies cannot include a reduction in the pastor’s compensation until the beginning of the next conference year. C. If, after consultation among the lay leader, pastor, and chairs of S/PPRC, finance, trustees and the administrative/church council, it becomes apparent that the church may be facing a long-term financial crisis, the chair of S/PPRC shall notify in writing the pastor and district superintendent that: 1. An Equitable Compensation Subsidy Grant may be necessary to maintain compensation for the remainder of the conference year and/or, 2. A change in pastoral compensation or appointment may be necessary. D. If the local church becomes delinquent in the pastor’s compensation (i.e. more than 30 days delinquent), then the district superintendent shall notify the Commission on Equitable Compensation, which on its own initiative may do any or all of the following, but not limited to: 1. Sending a representative from CEC to meet with the local church and pastor to seek resolution of the issue; 2. Developing with the local church a payment plan so that the pastor receives full payment of compensation by the end of the conference year. The district superintendent shall be a participant in this process. E. If the local church is already receiving a subsidy grant from the CEC, the CEC may also: 1. Determine if all subsidy grant funds allocated to the church were used to pay the pastor's salary. 2. Examine the original subsidy grant application to determine if the amount requested to meet minimum compensation was reduced 3. Require an outside audit of all church funds in compliance with GCFA guidelines (www.gcfa.org). 4. Notify the district superintendent of its findings and recommendations in writing. F.

Paragraph 2542.1 of the Discipline makes clear that no real property on which a church building or parsonage is located shall be mortgaged to pay for the current or budgeted expenses of a local church (including arrearages), nor shall the principal proceeds of a sale of any such property be so used. This provision shall apply alike to unincorporated and incorporated local churches.

G. Regardless of any assistance received from the Annual Conference, it remains the responsibility of the local church to provide minimum compensation for its appointed clergy (Para. 624).

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H. It is the responsibility of the pastor to provide evidence of an arrearage by providing documentation to the District Superintendent, Commission on Equitable Compensation and any other conference agency. This evidence should include treasurer's reports, charge conference reports of adopted salary and compensation, check stubs, W-2 forms, and any other pertinent documents. I.

The limitations for filing a claim for funds from the annual conference (i.e. notification to the district superintendent of the arrearage) for any salary arrearage is one year from the date of the initial arrearage. Once an appointment ends, the pastor no longer has claim on the local church for compensation funds (Âś 342.4).

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The district superintendent shall provide a report of the matter and actions taken which will be placed in the permanent files of the church and the pastor.

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Appendix VI  The Consent Calendar  The Consent Calendar will be in effect starting   with the 2013 Session of the Annual Conference  I.  Definition and Purpose  The Consent Calendar is an omnibus motion for the approval of reports being placed before the  Annual Conference meeting in plenary session. The Consent Calendar consists of, and is limited to reports  that do not include action items or debatable recommendations of any kind. The purpose of the Consent  Calendar is to enable approval of all reports contained therein when the Consent Calendar itself is moved  as a part of the Secretary’s Organizational Motion and approved by a simple majority of those present and  voting.   II. Exclusions The  following  reports  shall  be  ineligible  for  processing  through  the  Consent  Calendar:  reports  containing action items or recommendations of any kind, the Episcopal Address, the Cabinet Report, the  Conference Lay Leader’s Report, the Nominations Committee Report, and the Rules Committee Report.   III. Procedure: A.  Creation and Publication of the Consent Calendar  All  reports  satisfying  the  requirements  for  approval  via  the  Consent‐Calendar  process  will  automatically be placed on the Consent Calendar, by the person designated as the receiver of  materials to be submitted for approval or action by the Annual Conference, upon his or her  receiving  of  such  reports.  The  Consent  Calendar  itself,  consisting  of  a  listing,  by  title  and  submitter, of all reports placed thereon, will be included in the Pre‐Conference Booklet, along  with the texts of the concerned reports. The Consent Calendar will be made available, in this  form,  to  all  members  of  the  Conference,  no  later  than  the  convening  of  Pre‐Conference  Meetings.  B.  Motion to Approve All Reports Contained on the Consent Calendar  The Secretary’s Organizational Motion shall include the approval of all reports contained on  the Consent Calendar, as printed in the Pre‐Conference Booklet.   C.  Deletion of Items from the Consent Calendar.  As  a  part  of  the  discussion  on  the  Organizational  Motion,  a  motion  to  amend  the  Consent  Calendar,  by  deletion  of  a  specific  report,  shall  be  in  order.  This  motion  shall  be  received  without second and be undebatable; it shall require an affirmative vote of one‐third of those  present and voting in order to prevail.   Reports  deleted  from  the  Consent  Calendar  shall  be  placed  upon  the  agenda  as  individual  items  to  be  considered  at  a  later  time.  In  the  event  that  time  expires  prior  to  the  consideration  of  reports  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar,  the  Closing  Motion  shall  include the approval of all remaining reports previously removed from the Consent Calendar.   

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This is the Sixth Session of the Upper New York Conference held on May 27-May 30, 2015 at the Syracuse OnCenter in Syracuse, N.Y.

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The session shall be governed by the rules of General Conference of The United Methodist Church. Roberts Rules of Order 11th edition shall govern all procedural questions where the rules of General Conference cannot be applied.

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Holy Conferencing affirms our covenant with God and one another. At anytime during the proceedings the Bishop may call for a moment of discernment and prayer before a vote is taken.

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The printed agenda available on the website shall be the official agenda for the Annual Conference. Questions about the agenda shall be the official agenda may be directed to the Executive Assistant to the Bishop.

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All reports without recommendations shall be placed on the consent calendar. The Bishop’s Address to the Conference, the Report of the Conference Lay Leader and the Superintendents’ Report are automatically exempt from this rule. Further, upon proper motion from the floor, any report may be lifted from the consent calendar and placed on the agenda by a one-third vote of the Conference.

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The roll call of attendance shall be taken from credential cards presented at the time of registration.

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Lay members are those specified by the 2012 Book of Discipline, ¶32., Article I. Selection of Lay Equalization Members, as required in ¶32, Article I. was determined according to the Rules for Determining and Selecting Lay members to the Annual Conference, adopted by the Committee on Sessions on February 14, 2011.

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Clergy entitled to vote are those specified by the 2012 Book of Discipline, ¶602, subject to the limitations contained in the same paragraph.

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The voting area of the Conference [“Bar of the Conference”] shall be the floor area of the Convention Center or as designated by the Bishop. Guest and non-members may be seated in the designated visitor seating area. Persons standing or seated outside the bar of the Conference shall have no voice on legislative matters or balloting.

10. Securing the Floor: Conference members wishing to speak to the Conference shall raise their colored placard at their seat and wait to be recognized by the Bishop. When recognized they shall move to the nearest microphone. Please state your name, and your church (laity) or appointment (clergy). 11. In order to ensure the accuracy of the minutes and faithfulness to the intention of the mover, motions and amendments from the floor must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the Conference on a form provided for this purpose. A copy of the written motion or amendment will be provided by the author to the Secretary after the amendment has been made. No motion or

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amendment will be voted on unless it is provided in writing. In order to facilitate this, as a motion or amendment is made, members of the conference staff or volunteers will provide the speaker with the proper form documenting the motion or amendment. The documented motion or amendment will be taken to the conference secretary by the conference staff or volunteer. A copy will be provided to the author as soon as possible. 12. No person shall speak more than once upon the same question and shall be limited to not more than three minutes. The maker of the resolution or the chairperson of the agency submitting the resolution shall have up to three minutes to open and three minutes to close debate. 13. The Journal editor shall have sole authority to edit, condense, organize and print the Upper New York Conference Journal/Yearbook. All material from this session must be submitted in writing by no later than July 1, 2015. 14. The director of communications shall be responsible for reporting the general periodicals of The United Methodist Church and secular news media. All references for printing by the Conference official publication shall be subject to editing and condensing by the editor. 15. No material may be distributed within the bar of the annual conference sessions without prior review of the Agenda Committee of the UNY Sessions team: Christine Doran, Vicki Putney and Bill Gottschalk-Fielding. 16. As part of the “Circle Conversation” process, all resolutions and petitions that refer to human sexuality will be discussed in conversation circles and voted on without further discussion, debate, or provision for amendment, tabling or referral. A single ballot listing all resolutions and petitions referring to human sexuality will be provided for members to indicate whether to “adopt” or “not adopt” each individual resolution or petition. For this process the Bishop will declare the “Bar of the Conference.”

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Consent Calendar Accessibility Concerns Team Africa 360 - Imagine No Malaria Report Africa University Task Force Africa University Endowed Scholarship Fund Task Force Committee on Camp & Retreat Ministries Communications Report Conference Leadership Team Episcopacy, Committee on Equitable Compensation, Commission on Finance and Administration, Council on Global Ministries Team Haiti Parnership Hispanic Ministries Task Force Laity Report, Board of Lay Servant Ministries Native American Ministries (CONAM), Committee on New Faith Communities Team Ordained Ministry, (BOM), Board of Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel, UNY Task Force on Peace with Justice Grant Program Pension and Health Benefits, Board of Religion & Race (CORR), Commission on Reaching Our Neighbors Ministry Oversight Team in Action Second Half of Life Ministries Sexual Ethics Committee Social Holiness Team Spiritual Leadership Ministry Oversight Team Status and Role of Women (COSROW), Commission on the Trustees, Board of United Methodist Men United Methodist Women Violet’s Garden/Garden for Young Disciples – Advance # Volunteers-in-Mission (UMVIM) Youth Ministries (CCYM), Conference Council on Young Adult Ministries Reports – Connected Organizations Albany United Methodist Society Boston University School of Theology Chautauqua Institution Erie County Medical Center Corp Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Genesee Area Campus Ministries Geneseo Wesley Foundation Global Structure Task Force, Northeastern Jurisdiction Higher Education & Ministry, General Board of

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Iliff School of Theology Methodist Theological School in Ohio Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, Inc (RISSE) United Theological Seminary Wesley Theolocial Seminary

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Proposed 2016 Ministry Share Budget  The  UNY  Conference  Council  on  Finance  and  Administration  is  proud  to  present  our  Proposed  2016  Ministry  Share  Budget  for  consideration  and  adoption  by  the  Annual  Conference  session.  The  preparation  of  the  budget  began  in  the  fall  of  2014  with  the  distribution  of  budget  worksheets  and  compensation information to the various Conference ministry teams. Each team drafted and submitted  a  preliminary  budget  request  for  their  area.  Conference  staff  worked  with  the  teams  to  compile  the  requests for review by Conference CFA and executive staff. CFA met with several team leaders to review  requests  and  ensure  our  plan  for  2016  was  clear  and  in  alignment  with  the  Conference  mission  and  strategies: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping our local  churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church.    CFA  and  the  Conference  Finance  Ministry  Team  would  like  to  acknowledge  and  thank  all  our  team  leaders and staff for their dedicated efforts to create our 2016 Ministry Share plan.  Our  2016  Ministry  Share  Budget  represents  our  primary  operating  plan  for  the  Conference  ministry  activities  and  participation  in  the  global  initiatives  of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  The  2016  budget  totals $10,079,236 compared to the 2015 budget of $10,340,438, a decrease of $261,202 (a reduction of  2.5  percent).  The  actual  expenditures  under  the  plan  are  dependent  on  the  level  of  Ministry  Share  payments by churches throughout the year.   Our priority for the 2016 plan was to focus Conference efforts to support and develop Clergy and Lay  leaders  throughout  the  Conference.  Initial  2016  budget  requests  were  significantly  higher  than  in  the  2015 budget. Conference teams reviewed priorities and securitized costs to better align our work and  reduce  the  financial  impact  on  our  churches.  Costs  were  lowered  by  re‐aligning  and  reducing  staff,  reducing Conference grants, and cutting discretionary costs.  Approximately  60  percent  of  the  2016  budget  covers  our  fixed  costs  with  the  balance  available  to  support General Church apportionments, variable costs, and grant funding contingent on actual receipts  of  Ministry  Share  payments.  The  budget  does  assume  the  relocation  of  the  Conference  Center  office  with commensurate costs. As in past years, the Conference will develop a spending plan to monitor and  control costs as 2016 unfolds.    General Connectional Ministries represent the Conference's apportionment determined by the General  Church  to  fund  the  broader  initiatives  of  the  denomination.  The  Conference's  ability  to  pay  these  apportionments is directly dependent on the level of Ministry Share payments by our churches. These  apportionments are approximately 21 percent of our 2016 budget.    Connectional Ministries encompass the direct work of staff and team volunteers to:    

Identify, train, deploy, and support leaders throughout the Conference Empower, resource, support, build, and connect with our congregations and members Connect, support, and aid our Conference neighbors in need

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Ministerial Support's primary focus is to identify, recruit, train, credential, deploy, and support clergy to  serve in our churches and congregations. The work of the Episcopal Office, the Cabinet, and our District  Offices are funded under Ministerial Support.  Administrative  Ministries  include  the  Conference‐level  activities  to  manage  the  operations  of  the  Conference  to  enable  and  support  the  work  of  our  staff  and  teams  as  they  carry  out  our  mission  and  strategies.  General Budget explanations and descriptions:   Staff  costs  in  the  Conference  are  expected  to  decrease  resulting  from  the  elimination  of  one senior  staff  position,  some  positions  changing  from  full‐time  to  part‐time  and  a  shift  of  staff within the operations.  Staff  compensation  includes  a  pay  increase  of  0.8  percent.  Senior  staff  will  receive  no  pay increase in 2016.  Medical insurance costs incorporate an estimated 5 percent increase over 2015 rates.  Payroll taxes and employee benefits are at levels commensurate with compensation levels.  Lease  and  property  costs  are  budgeted  consistent  with  current  levels  except  for  Conference office costs in 2015 under a lease arrangement changing to an ownership situation at an overall cost increase of approximately $60,000 in 2016. Line Item Budget explanations and descriptions as labeled:  A. General Church apportionments are based on the actual amounts assessed for 2016.   B. These reductions represent the Conference's realignment of resources in order to concentrate  on leadership support and development.  C. General  cost  reductions  in  these  areas  resulted  from  review  of  current  practices  and  a  realignment of various budget line items.  D. The increase is related to training and personnel costs based on current activities.  E. Lower  rent  and  operating  costs  are  anticipated  when  these  teams  relocate  to  the  new  Conference Center.  F. The 2016 budget includes specific grants payable only to the extent that church Ministry Share  payments meet expected budget levels.  G. Conference support for the Syracuse University Chaplaincy were under budgeted in 2015.  H. Camp & Retreat Ministries operates in six locations across the Conference, with a total budget  of  $3.5  million.  CRM  revenue  and  expenses  are  expected  to  remain  stable  at  2015  levels.  The  small  increase  allocation  of  Ministry  Shares  for  2016  represents  personnel  cost  changes  and  alignment of other anticipated costs. 

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I.

The reduction of the Annual Conference session’s costs reflects the need for one less meeting  day and not needing electronic voting equipment for the 2016 conference compared to 2015. 

J.

Equitable Compensation has been reduced as a result of revisions to the method and criteria for  making grants.    The Episcopal Office reflects a reduction in personnel costs resulting from the elimination of a  senior staff position.     Communications personnel costs were reduced to reflect the shift of a full‐time position to two  part‐time jobs.    Budget changes for the Benefits and Treasurer teams represent staff realignment.    As anticipated with the plan to relocate the Conference Center offices to an owed property by  2016, these costs have been reconfigured to include personnel costs for property staff and the  other costs of ownership. These costs replace the lease costs currently incurred by the  Conference for rented space. 

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  Position 

Senior staff compensation levels by position for 2016:  Salary & Housing Allowance 

Director of Connectional Ministries/A2B 

$104,244

District Superintendent (13 total) 

97,638

Treasurer

104,244

Benefits Officer 

104,244

Director of Communications 

94,647

Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries 

86,584

Director of Information Technologies 

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Recommendations of The Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits:

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1. The 2016 Past Service Annuity Rate for pension payment to retired clergy of the Upper New York Conference is to be set at $612 per qualified service year prior to 1982. This is an increase of 2% over the 2015 rate in accordance with the Board’s long term funding plan. 2. The Housing/Rental Exclusion Resolution which designates 100% of United Methodist pension, severance or disability income as housing exclusion in accordance with IRS Code section 107 is approved for the year January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

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HOUSING/RENTAL ALLOWANCE RESOLUTION for 2016

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WHEREAS the religious denomination known as The United Methodist Church (THE “Church”), of which this Conference is a part, has in the past functioned and continues to function through Ministers of the Gospel (within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code section 107) who were or are duly ordained, commissioned, or licensed ministers of the Church (“Clergypersons”); and,

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WHEREAS the practice of the Church and of this Conference was and is to provide active Clergypersons with a parsonage or a rental/housing allowance as part of their gross compensation; and,

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WHEREAS pensions or other amounts paid to active, retired, terminated, and disabled Clergypersons are considered to be deferred compensation and are paid to active, retired, terminated, and disabled Clergypersons in consideration of previous active service; and,

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WHEREAS the Internal Revenue Service has recognized that the Conference (or its predecessors) as an appropriate organization to designate a rental/housing allowance for Clergypersons who are or were members of this Conference and are eligible to receive such deferred compensation;

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NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

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1. That an amount equal to 100% of the pension, severance, or disability payments received from plans authorized under The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church (the “Discipline”), which includes all such payments from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (“GBOPHB”), during the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, by each active, retired, terminated, or disabled Clergyperson who is or was a member of the Conference, or its predecessors, be and is hereby designated as a rental/housing allowance for each such Clergyperson; and

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2. That the pension, severance, or disability payments to which this rental/housing allowance designation applies shall be any pension, severance, or disability payments from plans, annuities, or funds authorized under the Discipline, including such payments from the GBOPHB and from a commercial annuity company that provides an annuity arising from benefits accrued under a GBOPHB plan, annuity, or fund authorized under the Discipline, that result from any service a Clergyperson rendered to this Conference or that an active, a retired, a terminated, or a disabled Clergyperson of this Conference rendered to any local church, annual conference of the Church, general agency of the Church, other institution of the Church, former denomination that is now a

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part of the Church, or any other employer that employed the Clergyperson to perform services related to the ministry of the Church, or its predecessors, and that elected to make contributions to, or accrue a benefit under, such a plan, annuity, or fund for such an active, a retired, a terminated, or a disabled Clergyperson’s pension, severance, or disability plan benefit as part of his or her gross compensation.

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NOTE: The rental/housing allowance that may be excluded from a Clergyperson's gross income in any year for federal (and, in most cases, state) income tax purposes is limited under Internal Revenue Code section 107(2), and regulations thereunder, to the lesser of: 1) the amount of the rental/housing allowance designated by the Clergyperson's employer or other appropriate body of the Church (such as this Conference in the foregoing resolutions) for such year; 2) the amount actually expended by the Clergyperson to rent or provide a home in such year; or, 3) the fair rental value of the home, including furnishings and appurtenances (such as a garage), plus the cost of utilities in such year. Each Clergyperson or former Clergyperson is urged to consult with his or her own tax advisor to determine what deferred compensation is eligible to be claimed as a housing allowance exclusion.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FROM COMMISSION ON EQUITABLE COMPENSATION I.

The UNY Commission on Equitable Compensation recommends the following actions related to Minimum Base Compensation (revisions are in bold or strikeout): A. A minimum base salary, set according to credential level, of $35,000 for all full time clergy persons as follows: B. Plus a credential increment based on status as follows: Increment Base Full connection: 10% ($3,500) $38,500 $39,200 Provisional: 8% ($2,800) $37,800 Associate: 6% ($2,100) $37,100 FT LP completed Course of Study or MDiv 4% ($1,400) $36,400 FT Local Pastor: none ( -0- ) $35,000 (Less than full time appointments shall receive a base salary pro-rated according to the appointment.) B. Plus an additional amount for years of service using the following schedule(s) based on the goal of attaining 1% of minimum salary per year of full time equivalent service up to 25 years: Full Provisional Associate FTLP w/MDiv FTLP per year of FTE service up to $237 $235 $234 $233 $230 17 years

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C. Plus an additional $500 for each additional church on the pastoral charge (over one), not adjusted for part time appointments. D. No pastor’s salary can be decreased as a result of this policy, as long as they retain their current appointment. E. All churches are strongly encouraged to offer a gross salary increase of no less than the percentage increase in Conference Average Compensation (2.1% for 2015 .8% for 2016) in order to account for increases in the costs of living. Churches are encouraged to consider further raises based on exceptional service. II.

The UNY Commission on Equitable Compensation recommends the following actions related to Clergy Housing Policy (revisions are in bold or strikeout): In the United Methodist Church, housing is provided to clergy. While the parsonage remains the normative provision of housing, some parishes prefer to offer, and some clergy prefer to receive, a housing allowance instead. The complexities of contemporary economics, local church resources and pastoral households make it less likely that a “one size fits all” housing provision best meets the needs of every situation. Local churches and clergy both need to carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages, especially if considering a change from one to the other. A. Values and Considerations The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church believes that congregations and clergy benefit when clergy and their families live in buildings which are safe, clean, comfortable, and as commodious as the average home in their community. It is assumed required that clergy housing will meet all applicable local and state residential codes. As faithful

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stewards of the earth and other limited resources, congregations and clergy are encouraged to make clergy housing as energy efficient as possible. In order to be as welcoming as possible, consideration should be given to making clergy housing accessible to residents or guests with mobility challenges. Local churches may prefer to provide a housing allowance for a variety of reasons: less property to maintain and repair, more predictable budget implications, and no “landlord” issues with their pastor. Likewise, clergy households may prefer a housing allowance for other reasons, such as: accumulation of equity, allowance for differing clergy household needs, ability to locate in a desired location, freedom to renovate and refurbish as desired, and no “tenant” relationship with parishioners. However, it is also to be acknowledged that tension may exist between the appointive/itinerant system of clergy deployment and the housing allowance system. Pastoral appointments are made on an annual basis at the will of the bishop. The financial advantage to long-term clergy home ownership may be at odds with a short-term need or desire for a pastoral transition. It must be understood by all that the provision of a housing allowance or parsonage shall not be a primary consideration by the bishop and cabinet for future appointments for the pastor. Further, a local church that has a parsonage available to the pastor is under no obligation to provide a housing allowance if that pastor prefers to live in a different location. B. Parsonages 1. Relationships and Responsibility The parsonage is to be mutually respected by the pastor’s family as the property of the church and by the church as a place of privacy for the pastor’s family. (Book of Discipline of the UMC, par. 258.2.g.16) The chairperson of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, the chairperson of the Board of Trustees or the chairperson of the Parsonage Committee, if one exists, and the pastor shall make an annual inspection and review of the church-owned parsonage to assure proper maintenance. (Book of Discipline of the UMC, paragraph 258.2.g.16, and paragraph 2532.4) The church shall provide a parsonage which addresses the values noted above and the standards listed below. Standard maintenance and repairs, and renovation of the parsonage are the responsibility of the church. The Trustees or Parsonage Committee shall arrange, supervise, and arrange payment for such tasks. Necessary work shall be scheduled in consultation with the pastor. The church and the pastor shall work together to develop a process to assure timely, good quality repairs and maintenance. • • • • •

Parsonages with a wood burning heat source must have a professional chimney inspection (and cleaning if necessary) at least every 2 years. The pastor shall furnish the house to suit his or her needs. The pastor is responsible for notifying the church about necessary repairs as the need arises. The pastor is responsible for the repair of damages exceeding normal wear and tear. The church, in consultation with the pastor, is responsible for lawn care and snow removal.

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The church shall pay for insurance, heat, electricity, garbage and trash removal, water and sewer, basic telephone service (landline and/or cell), and installation fees for cable or satellite television service if broadcast reception is inadequate. Churches that expect pastors to have access to the internet away from the church should pay for internet access at the parsonage. The pastor shall pay for personal toll calls and communication services beyond those provided by the church.

If a pastor is appointed to serve more than one local congregation, all the congregations shall share equitably the costs and other responsibilities of providing a parsonage. If both more than one congregations have has a parsonage, the parsonage of residence shall be determined by the District Superintendent in consultation with the appointed pastor and the congregations. If a parsonage is occupied by a clergy couple serving different appointments, all congregations served shall share equitably and reasonably the costs and responsibilities of providing a parsonage. The parsonage of residence and shared cost responsibilities shall be determined by the District Superintendent in consultation with the appointed pastors and affected congregations. Adherence to this policy by both clergy and congregation is essential to the appointment covenant. Failure to adhere to this policy by either clergy or congregation may jeopardize current and future appointments. 2. Parsonage Standards Parsonages shall have at least 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry facilities, appropriate storage capacity, and provision for 2 parking spaces. All shall be in good repair and meet all applicable local and state health and safety codes. The parsonage shall be at least the size of the average home in its community. The church is responsible for providing a furnished office or study for the pastor. While it is preferable to locate this office in the church or another church building, if necessary it may be a separate, additional room in the parsonage. If the Pastor’s primary office is located in the parsonage, it must have its own, separate, outside entrance and unencumbered windows, in accordance with Safe Sanctuary policies. 3. Rooms and Spaces a. Bedrooms should be large enough to contain a bed, adequate storage for clothing (dresser and closet, or dresser and wardrobe), and a desk and chair or a reading area. It is preferable to have at least one fully accessible bedroom on the ground floor of the house b. Bathroom facilities shall include: a toilet and sink on each floor, a tub, a shower, a medicine cabinet, and storage space for linens and supplies in or near the main bathroom. It is preferable to have at least 2 complete bathrooms including a fully accessible, complete bathroom on the ground floor.

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c. The kitchen shall contain at least: a standard size stove and oven, a refrigerator with freezer, a dishwasher, built-in cabinets or pantry, a full-size sink, adequate counter space, and wall and floor finishes which can be kept clean. d. Living and dining rooms should be large enough to accommodate 4-6 residents plus guests. A combined living and dining room is acceptable if large enough to fully accommodate both functions. e. Laundry facilities shall be accessible from the interior of the house and include: an automatic washer and dryer, and storage for supplies. It is preferable to be able to conceal the laundry area and even better to have a separate laundry room with a sink and space to sort and fold. It is preferable to have these facilities fully accessible and on the ground floor. f.

Parking shall be off-street, preferably in a garage located on the parsonage property.

4. Systems a. Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling - The parsonage shall be equipped with central heating capable of maintaining a temperature of 68 degrees in all rooms. Windows shall be in good repair and operable to provide adequate ventilation. Full bathrooms should have adequate ventilation to prevent excessive moisture buildup. Adequate passive or mechanical air cooling should be provided. b. Electrical System - Wiring, outlets, and fixtures should be safe and adequate to meet the lighting and technology needs of a modern household. c. Water - Hot and cold, potable, running water shall be available in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry area in amounts suitable to the needs of a family. In areas with hard water, water softeners shall be installed and maintained. Leaks of any kind are not acceptable. d. Safety, Security, and Environment - Parsonages shall be equipped with properly maintained CO detectors and smoke alarms, and have fire extinguishers in kitchen, furnace room, near fireplaces, pellet stoves or wood stoves, and near bedrooms. Radon testing shall be done periodically and remedial measures taken if necessary. Visible mold and moldy odors shall not be present. Where necessary for the safety of children and/or vulnerable adults, yards and outside spaces shall be adequately enclosed. Entrance lights shall have switches by the door, be motion activated, and/or be operable remotely. All parsonages shall be equipped with secure locks/deadbolts. If there are further safety concerns, the pastor and the church may wish to explore installing an alarm system. e. Communications - The parsonage shall have a reliable telephone system, adequate TV connection and internet access. f.

Interior finishes - Floors, walls, and fixtures shall be in good condition with coverings which are suitable for the function of the room and in good repair.

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g. Exterior - The roof, exterior walls, exterior doors, windows, and foundation of the parsonage shall be carefully maintained to keep out the elements pests, and to conserve energy. The house shall be adequately insulated. It is preferable to have energy efficient doors and windows that suit the architecture of the house as much as possible. i.

Porches and decks shall be maintained to insure their safety. Exterior faces and spaces of the building(s) and yard shall be designed and maintained to be functional for the family, and to be a pleasant addition to the community.

5. Waivers and Exceptions If the minimum standards described above cannot be met because of the age or historic character of the house, the charge must propose alternatives which afford an equivalent quality of life to that set by these standards. Any such changes must be approved by the District Superintendent. It is understood that such changes will not compromise the safety provisions of these standards, the overall functionality of the parsonage, or the mandate that it be kept in good repair. It should be noted that the accessibility preferences described above are mandated when purchasing or building a new parsonage. (Book of Discipline of the UMC, par. 2543.3b) 6. Transition Protocols Prior to a pastor’s move, but no more often than every 5 years, a certified building inspector shall inspect the parsonage so that the congregation can plan necessary maintenance and repairs. If a pastor is moving and the parsonage has had a professional inspection within the past 5 years, this pre-move inspection may be performed by the outgoing pastor, the chairperson of the SPRC, and the chairperson of the Board of Trustees and/or the chairperson of the Parsonage Committee or their designates. The outgoing pastor shall leave the parsonage reasonably clean and in good order. As soon as possible after a change in appointment is announced, the Trustees or Parsonage Committee shall inspect the parsonage for maintenance needs and damage caused by the outgoing residents, including damage caused by pets. In either case, If excessive damage is discovered, caused by the outgoing residents, including that caused by pets, shall be identified and it will be the responsibility of the outgoing pastor to repair or pay for repairs of the damage. When the pastor or family has allowed smoking within the parsonage, the cost of professional cleaning, and purchase of an air purifier if necessary, to remove smoke odor will be the responsibility of the outgoing pastor. The charge shall refurbish, repair and thoroughly clean the parsonage prior to a new pastor moving in. Damaged walls, ceilings, floors, windows, fixtures and appliances shall be repaired or replaced. Painted surfaces shall be cleaned or repainted. Carpets shall be thoroughly steam cleaned or replaced; replacement is required if the carpet is torn, excessively worn, or permanently stained. Windows shall be cleaned inside and out. In the event that such work requires that the incoming pastor must make temporary living arrangements, related expenses will be paid by the receiving church.

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It is recommended that a photographic record of house and yard, including each room’s condition and contents, be created and filed for reference and planning purposes. 7. Treatment of Parsonage Value in Compensation Packages The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits provides the following guidance: When a parsonage is provided, the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits requires that it will be valued at 25% of salary for benefit computation purposes. In a multi-church appointment, this factor is added to salary for all churches served by the pastor, regardless of which church owns the parsonage in which the clergy person lives. a. If a clergy couple is serving separate churches and each church/charge has a parsonage available, each clergyperson’s entire compensation will include a parsonage value equal of 25% of salary regardless of where the clergy couple lives. [Note: only the fair rental value of the occupied parsonage is reported by the clergy couple as part of self-employment income] b. However, if a clergy couple is serving separate churches, and is living in a parsonage provided by one of the churches with no parsonage offered or available from the other church, only the clergyperson serving the church which provides the parsonage will have the parsonage value added to salary. [The remainder of the Clergy Support Policies are unchanged.]

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Arrearage Policy - UNY Annual Conference

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1. In the event that the local church treasurer becomes aware that the church will be unable to provide to the pastor full payment of a regularly scheduled payroll, accountable reimbursements or housing allowance installment, or to remit full payment for regular payroll deduction payments such as health insurance co-pay or personal pension plan, the church treasurer shall immediately notify both verbally (within 24 hours) and in writing (within 3 days) the pastor, the lay leader, the lay member of annual conference and the chairs of S/PPRC, finance, trustees and the administrative/church council of the impending arrearage. Upon receipt of such notice, the chair of S/PPRC and/or the pastor shall immediately (within three days) notify the district superintendent of the impending arrearage. It is the pastor's responsibility to keep copies of all such written notifications, and to provide additional written confirmation to the district superintendent when an arrearage has taken place. Failure to document salary- related arrearages may result in a loss of compensation.

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2. Upon receipt of notice of a pending arrearage, the chair of S/PPRC shall immediately (within 72 hours) schedule and hold a meeting of the pastor, lay leader and chairs of finance, trustees and the administrative/church council to discuss the financial situation and seek remedies to prevent an arrearage from occurring. Such remedies might include:

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3. If, after consultation among the lay leader, pastor, and chairs of S/PPRC, finance, trustees and the administrative/church council, it becomes apparent that the church may be facing a long-term financial crisis, the chair of S/PPRC shall notify in writing the pastor and district superintendent that:

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5. If the local church is already receiving a subsidy grant from the CEC, the CEC may also:

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Drawing from invested funds An emergency appeal for special giving from the congregation

According to the Book of Discipline œ624, such remedies cannot include a reduction in the pastor’s compensation until the beginning of the next conference year.

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An Equitable Compensation Subsidy Grant may be necessary to maintain compensation for the remainder of the conference year and/or, A change in pastoral compensation or appointment may be necessary at the beginning of the following conference year.

4. If the local church becomes delinquent in the pastor’s compensation (i.e. more than 30 days delinquent), then the district superintendent shall notify the Commission on Equitable Compensation, which on its own initiative may do any or all of the following, but not limited to: a. b.

Sending a representative from CEC to meet with the local church and pastor to seek resolution of the issue; Developing with the local church a payment plan so that the pastor receives full payment of compensation by the end of the conference year.

The district superintendent shall be a participant in this process.

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Determine if all subsidy grant funds allocated to the church were used to pay the pastor's salary. Examine the original subsidy grant application to determine if the amount requested to meet minimum compensation was reduced Require an outside audit of all church funds in compliance with GCFA guidelines (www.gcfa.org).

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6. Paragraph 2542.1 of the Discipline makes clear that no real property on which a church building or parsonage is located shall be mortgaged to pay for the current or budgeted expenses of a local church (including arrearages), nor shall the principal proceeds of a sale of any such property be so used. This provision shall apply alike to unincorporated and incorporated local churches.

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7. Regardless of any assistance received from the Annual Conference, it remains the responsibility of the local church to provide at least minimum compensation for its appointed clergy (Âś624).

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8. It is the responsibility of the pastor to provide evidence of an arrearage by providing documentation to the District Superintendent, Commission on Equitable Compensation and any other conference agency. This evidence should include treasurer's reports, charge conference reports of adopted salary and compensation, check stubs, W-2 forms, and any other pertinent documents.

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9. The statute of limitations for filing a claim for funds from the annual conference (i.e. notification to the district superintendent of the arrearage) for any salary arrearage is one year from the date of the initial arrearage. Once an appointment ends, the pastor no longer has claim on the local church for compensation funds (Âś342.4).

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Notify the district superintendent of its findings and recommendations in writing.

10. The district superintendent shall provide a report of the matter and actions taken which will be placed in the permanent files of the church and the pastor.

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RecommendationsfromtheGlobalMinistries–ConferenceAdvanceSpecials Whereas it is the responsibility of the Annual Conference session to approve ministries as Conference Advance Specials, which gives these ministries permission to request support from churches in the Conference, Therefore be it resolved that the 2015-2016 list of Conference Advance Specials be approved. UpperNewYorkConference 2015Ͳ16ConferenceAdvanceSpecials Albany United Methodist Society (AUMS)

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Anti-Poverty Initiative (University UMC: Syracuse)

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Beechwood Continuing Care/Pastoral Care

Code #3124

Brown Memorial UMC: Syracuse

Code #3109

Buffalo/Niagara Network of Religious Communities

Code #3125

Campership Fund

Code #3705

Campus Church ConneXion Buffalo

Code #3126

Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Inc.

Code #3130

The Children’s Center for the Common Good

Code #3114

Children’s Home

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Emmanuel Faith Community

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Emmaus Refugee and Immigrant Family Support Services

Code #3134

Epworth Hall

Code #3136

Faithful Citizen

Code #3128

Folts Center Inc.

Code #3412

Friends of Zimbabwe

Code #3142

Gary Bergh Scholarship (Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine and Israel) Code #3144 Gateway-Longview, Inc.

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Genesee Area Campus Ministries

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Geneseo Wesley Foundation

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Haiti Partnership

Code #3148

Interfaith Caregivers, Inc.

Code #3150

InterFaith Works of Central New York

Code #3200

Kamina Friends

Code #3152

Lao United Methodist Church & Mission

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Mutambara Mission Centre Water Project

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Native American Mission, Onondaga Nation UMC

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Native American Outreach/Transportation Program

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The Neighborhood Center, Inc.

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New York State Council of Churches

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Niagara Frontier City Missions

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Protestant Cooperative Ministry at Cornell

Code #3303

Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center

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Seneca Street UMC: Buffalo

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Southern Sudan Health Projects

Code #3117

Syracuse Westside Urban Mission

Code #3110

UMCOR Kits Shipment Dollars

Code #3708

United Methodist Homes’ Chaplaincy Program

Code #3166

Violet’sGarden: (The Bishop Violet Fisher Grants for Children’s and Youth Ministries) Code #3075 VIVE La Casa, Inc.

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Volunteers In Mission – Northeastern Jurisdiction

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Volunteers In Mission Scholarship Fund

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Conference Team: Conference Board of Trustees Title: “Defense and Indemnification of Conference Trustees and Officers WHEREAS, the Conference is led by the Resident Bishop and administratively organized into various boards and agencies in accordance with The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church in order to effectively carry out its denominational mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; and WHEREAS, the Conference encourages meaningful participation of a broad and diverse group of individuals in fiduciary service as trustees, officers and representatives of boards and agencies, all of whom are called upon to implement the vision of the Conference, through prayerful discernment, judgment and discretion; and WHEREAS, the Conference desires to encourage, protect and care for those who are called to serve as trustees, officers and representatives of boards and agencies; it is therefore THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that to the fullest extent permitted by law, the Conference will indemnify its trustees, officers and members of all other Conference boards and agencies created and organized pursuant to Paragraphs 601 through 672 of The Discipline (such individuals hereinafter collectively referred to as “Conference Fiduciaries”) from criminal and civil liability, including the payment of defense costs, and will maintain adequate insurance to provide this defense and indemnification; and THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Conference Fiduciaries shall not be personally liable to the Conference for monetary damages because of their breach of duty as trustees, officers or other representative capacity unless such liability is based upon a judgment or other final adjudication adverse to the Conference Fiduciary that establishes: (i) that the act or omission of the subject individual was in bad faith, or involved intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of the law; (ii) that the Conference Fiduciary personally gained a financial profit or other advantage to which the trustee or officer was not legally entitled; or (iii) that the act or omission of the Conference Fiduciary knowingly violated the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law; and THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law or other statute is amended to authorize further limitation, or elimination of liability of Conference Fiduciaries the limitation, or elimination, of personal liability established by this Resolution shall be further expanded to the fullest extent permitted by the amended law.

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Abandoned Churches  

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The following church has been abandoned since the last Annual Conference session:   Delphi Falls UMC – Crossroads District.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church  Session Resolutions Relating to the   Discontinuation of a Local Church – Broadway United Methodist Church  Whereas,  the  Broadway  United  Methodist  Church  of  Rensselaer  was  organized  on  April  20,  1875  and  faithfully served its community in ministry for over 139 years; and  Whereas,  the  Rev.  Richard  Weihing  the  Albany  District Superintendent,  comprehensively  assessed  Broadway  United  Methodist  Church  of  Rensselaer’s  past,  present,  and  potential  ministry,  after  prayerfully and extensively meeting with, listening to, and guiding the congregation; and  Whereas, the district superintendent determined that Broadway UMC no longer serves the purpose for  which  it  was  organized  and  recommended  that  it  be  discontinued  pursuant  to  the  provisions  of  The  Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; and  Whereas,  in  relation  to  the  proposed  discontinuation,  the  district  superintendent  recommended  that  control  and  possession  of  all  real  and  personal  property  of  Broadway  UMC  vest  in  the  Conference  Trustees, and that the membership of the churchbe transferred to other United Methodist churches as  the individual members select; and  Whereas,  Upper  New  York  Area  Resident  Bishop  Mark  J.  Webb,  a  majority  of  the  district  superintendents, and the Albany District Board of Church Location and Building received and consented  to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations;     Therefore be it resolved, that Broadway United Methodist Church of Rensselaer is discontinued; and   Be it further resolved, that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust  by  Broadway  United  Methodist  Church  is  hereby  vested  in  the  Conference  Trustees,  and  that  the  Conference  Trustees  are  authorized  to  sell  and  convey  the  real  estate  in  accordance  with  market  conditions; and    Be  it  further  resolved,  that  following  the  sale  of  the  real  estate,  the  balance  of  the  assets  formerly  of  Broadway  United  Methodist  Church,  including  the  net  sale  proceeds,  shall  be  transferred  to  and  administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and  Be it further resolved, that the membership of Broadway United Methodist Church is hereby transferred  to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church   Session Resolutions Relating to the  Discontinuation of a Local Church – Buckton United Methodist Church  Whereas,  Buckton  United  Methodist  Church  was  organized  on  Dec.  5,  1871  and  faithfully  served  its  community in ministry for over 143 years; and  Whereas, the Rev. Rebekah Sweet the Northern Flow District Superintendent, comprehensively assessed  Buckton  UMC’s  past,  present,  and  potential  ministry,  after  prayerfully  and  extensively  meeting  with,  listening to, and guiding the congregation; and  Whereas,  the  district superintendent  determined  that  Buckton  UMC  no  longer  serves  the  purpose  for  which  it  was  organized  and  recommended  that  it  be  discontinued  pursuant  to  the  provisions  of  The  Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; and  Whereas,  in  relation  to  the  proposed  discontinuation,  the  district  superintendent  recommended  that  control  and  possession  of  all  real  and  personal  property  of  Buckton  UMC  vest  in  the  Conference  Trustees,  and  that  the  membership  of  Buckton  United  Methodist  Church  be  transferred  to  other  United Methodist churches as the individual members select; and  Whereas,  Upper  New  York  Area  Resident  Bishop  Mark  J.  Webb,  a  majority  of  the  district  superintendents,  and  the  Northen  Flow  District  Board  of  Church  Location  and  Building  received  and  consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations;     Therefore be it resolved, that Buckton United Methodist Church is discontinued; and     Be it further resolved, that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust  by  Buckton  UMC  is  hereby  vested  in  the  Conference  Trustees,  and  that  the  Conference  Trustees  are  authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and     Be  it  further  resolved  that  following  the  sale  of  the  real  estate,  the  balance  of  the  assets  formerly  of  Buckton UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance  with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and   Be  it  further  resolved  that  the  membership  of  Buckton  UMC  is  hereby  transferred  to  other  United  Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Session Resolutions Relating to the Discontinuation of a Local Church – Coventry United Methodist Church WHEREAS, Rev. Jan M. Rowell the Oneonta District Superintendent, comprehensively assessed the Coventry United Methodist Church’s past, present and potential ministry, after prayerfully and extensively meeting with, listening to and guiding the congregation; WHEREAS, the district superintendent determined that the Coventry United Methodist Church no longer serves the purpose for which it was organized and recommended that it be discontinued pursuant to the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; WHEREAS, in relation to the proposed discontinuation, the district Superintendent recommended that control and possession of all real and personal property of the Coventry United Methodist Church be sold to a newly incorporating independent congregation at the site, or as may be necessary in the discretion of the Annual Conference trustees and the remaining financial assets be added to the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference trustees, and that the membership of the Coventry United Methodist Church be withdrawn from The United Methodist church as members intend to form a new independent congregation as the individual members select. WHEREAS, Bishop Mark J. Webb, a majority of the district superintendents, and the Oneonta District Board of Church Location and Building received and consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations; further

IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Coventry United Methodist Church is discontinued; and it is

RESOLVED that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Coventry United Methodist Church be sold to a newly incorporating independent congregation and the remaining financial assets be added to the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference is hereby vested in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the Annual Conference trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate; and it is further RESOLVED that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Coventry United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and it is further RESOLVED that the membership of the Coventry United Methodist Church is hereby withdrawn from The United Methodist church.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Session Resolutions Relating to the Discontinuation of a Local Church – Erieville United Methodist Church WHEREAS, Rev. Darryl Barrow the Crossroads District Superintendent, comprehensively assessed the Erieville United Methodist Church’s past, present and potential ministry, after prayerfully and extensively meeting with, listening to and guiding the congregation; WHEREAS, the district superintendent determined that the Erieville United Methodist Church no longer serves the purpose for which it was organized and recommended that it be discontinued pursuant to the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; WHEREAS, in relation to the proposed discontinuation, the district superintendent recommended that control and possession of all real and personal property of the Erieville United Methodist Church vest in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the membership of the Erieville United Methodist Church be transferred to the Nelson United Methodist Church or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select; and WHEREAS, Bishop Mark J. Webb, a majority of the district superintendents, and the Crossroads District Board of Church Location and Building received and consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations; IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Erieville United Methodist Church is discontinued; and it is further RESOLVED that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Erieville United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the Annual Conference trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and it is further RESOLVED that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Erieville United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and it is further RESOLVEDDthat the membership of the Erieville United Methodist Church is hereby transferred to the Nelson United Methodist Church, or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Session Resolutions Relating to the Discontinuation of a Local Church – Fowlerville United Methodist Church WHEREAS, Rev. Ted Anderson the Genesee Valley District Superintendent, comprehensively assessed the Fowlerville United Methodist Church’s past, present and potential ministry, after prayerfully and extensively meeting with, listening to and guiding the congregation; WHEREAS, the district superintendent determined that the Fowlerville United Methodist Church no longer serves the purpose for which it was organized and recommended that it be discontinued pursuant to the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; WHEREAS, in relation to the proposed discontinuation, the district superintendent recommended that control and possession of all real and personal property of the Fowlerville United Methodist Church vest in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the membership of the Fowlerville United Methodist Church be transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select; and WHEREAS, Bishop Mark J. Webb, a majority of the district superintendents, and the Genesee Valley District Board of Church Location and Building received and consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations; IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Fowlerville United Methodist Church is discontinued; and it is further RESOLVED, that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Fowlerville United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the Annual Conference trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and it is further RESOLVED, that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Fowlerville United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and it is further RESOLVED, that the membership of the Fowlerville United Methodist Church is hereby transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Session Resolutions Relating to the Discontinuation of a Local Church – Granby Center WHEREAS, the Granby Center United Methodist Church was organized in March 22, 1855, and faithfully served its community in ministry for over 160 years; WHEREAS, Rev. Darryl Barrow the Crossroads District Superintendent, comprehensively assessed the Granby Center United Methodist Church’s past, present and potential ministry, after prayerfully and extensively meeting with, listening to and guiding the congregation; WHEREAS, the district superintendent determined that the Granby Center United Methodist Church no longer serves the purpose for which it was organized and recommended that it be discontinued pursuant to the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; WHEREAS, in relation to the proposed discontinuation, the district superintendent recommended that control and possession of all real and personal property of the Granby Center United Methodist Church vest in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the membership of the Granby Center United Methodist Church be transferred to the Hannibal United Methodist Church or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select; and WHEREAS Bishop Mark J. Webb, a majority of the district superintendents, and the Crossroads District Board of Church Location and Building received and consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations; IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Granby Center United Methodist Church is discontinued; and it is further RESOLVED that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Granby Center United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the Annual Conference trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and it is further RESOLVED that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Granby Center United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and it is further RESOLVED that the membership of the Granby Center United Methodist Church is hereby transferred to the Hannibal United Methodist Church, or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference  of The United Methodist Church  Session Resolutions Relating to the  Discontinuation of a Local Church – Hagaman United Methodist Church  Whereas,  Hagaman  United  Methodist  Church  was  organized  on  Oct.  7,  1885  and  faithfully  served  its  community in ministry for over 129 years; and  Whereas,  theRev.  Richard  Weihing  the  Albany  District Superintendent,  comprehensively  assessed  Hagaman  UMC’s  past,  present  and  potential  ministry,  after  prayerfully  and  extensively  meeting  with,  listening to and guiding the congregation; and  Whereas, the district superintendent determined that Hagaman  UMCno longer serves the purpose for  which  it  was  organized  and  recommended  that  it  be  discontinued  pursuant  to  the  provisions  of  The  Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; and  Whereas,  in  relation  to  the  proposed  discontinuation,  the  district  superintendent  recommended  that  control  and  possession  of  all  real  and  personal  property  of  Hagaman  UMC  vest  in  the  Conference  Trustees,  and  that  the  membership  of  Hagaman  UMC  be  transferred  to  other  United Methodist  churches as the individual members select; and  Whereas,  Upper  New  York  Area  Resident  Bishop  Mark  J.  Webb,  a  majority  of  the  district  superintendents, and the Albany District Board of Church Location and Building received and consented  to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations;   Therefore be it resolved that Hagaman United Methodist Church is discontinued; and   Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust  by  Hagaman  UMC  is  hereby  vested  in  the  Conference  Trustees,  and  that  the  Conference  Trustees  are  authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and   Be  it  further  resolved  that  following  the  sale  of  the  real  estate,  the  balance  of  the  assets  formerly  of  Hagaman UMC, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance  with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and  Be  it  further  resolved,  that  the  membership  of  Hagaman  UMC  is  hereby  transferred  to  other  United  Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church  Session Resolutions Relating to the   Discontinuation of a Local Church – North Gainesville United Methodist Church  Whereas,  North  Gainesville  United  Methodist  Church  was  organized  on  Feb.  12,  1844  and  faithfully  served its community in ministry for over 170 years; and  Whereas, the Rev. Ted Anderson the Genesee Valley District Superintendent, comprehensively assessed  North Gainesville UMC’s past, present, and potential ministry, after prayerfully and extensively meeting  with, listening to, and guiding the congregation; and  Whereas,  the  district superintendent  determined  that  North  Gainesville  UMC  no  longer  serves  the  purpose for which it was organized and recommended that it be discontinued pursuant to the provisions  of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; and  Whereas,  in  relation  to  the  proposed  discontinuation,  the  district  superintendent  recommended  that  control and possession of all real and personal property of North Gainesville UMC vest in the Conference  Trustees, and that the membership of the North Gainesville United Methodist Church be transferred to  other United Methodist churches as the individual members select; and  Whereas,  Upper  New  York  Area  Resident  Bishop  Mark  J.  Webb,  a  majority  of  the  district  superintendents,  and  the  Genesee  Valley  District  Board  of  Church  Location  and  Building  received  and  consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations;   Therefore be it resolved that North Gainesville UMC is discontinued; and   Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust  by  North  Gainesville  UMC  is  hereby  vested  in  the  Conference  Trustees,  and  that  the  Conference  Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and   Be  it  further  resolved  that  following  the  sale  of  the  real  estate,  the  balance  of  the  assets  formerly  of  North  Gainesville  UMC,  including  the  net  sale  proceeds,  shall  be  transferred  to  and  administered  in  accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference; and   Be  it  futher  resolved,  that  the  membership  of  North  Gainesville  UMC  is  hereby  transferred  to  other  United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church  Session Resolutions Relating to the  Discontinuation of a Local Church – Solvay United Methodist Church  Whereas, Solvay United Methodist Church was organized in 1892 and faithfully served its community in  ministry for over 122 years;   Whereas,  the  Rev.  Darryl  Barrow  the  Crossroads  District Superintendent,  comprehensively  assessed  Solvay  UMC’s  past,  present  and  potential  ministry,  after  prayerfully  and  extensively  meeting  with,  listening to, and guiding the congregation;   Whereas,  the  district superintendent  determined  that  Solvay  UMC  no  longer  serves  the  purpose  for  which  it  was  organized  and  recommended  that  it  be  discontinued  pursuant  to  the  provisions  of  The  Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church;   Whereas,  in  relation  to  the  proposed  discontinuation,  the  district  superintendent  recommended  that  control and possession of all real and personal property of Solvay UMC vest in the Conference Trustees  and  that  the  church  building  be  initially  leased  to  Casa  de  Dios, a  new  faith  community  in  The  United  Methodist  Church,  for  $1  per  year  for  a  term  not  to  exceed  four  years,  and  that  the  membership  of  Solvay  UMC  be  transferred  to  the  Syracuse:  Christ  Community  United Methodist  Church  or  other  United Methodist churches as the individual members select; and  Whereas,,  Upper  New  York  Area  Resident  Bishop  Mark  J.  Webb,  a  majority  of  the  district  superintendents,  and  the  Crossroads  District  Board  of  Church  Location  and  Building  received  and  consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations;   Therefore be it resolved that Solvay United Methodist Church is discontinued; and   Be it further resolved that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust  by  Solvay  UMC  is  hereby  vested  in  the  Conference  Trustees,  and  that  the  Conference  Trustees  are  authorized to lease the church building to Casa de Dios, an newly incorporated faith community in The  United Methodist Church, on the terms recommended by the Crossroads district superintendent; and   Be it further resolved that the Conference Trustees are further authorized, and not in limitation to their  authority to lease the church building to Casa de Dios, to convey the former Solvay UMC real property to  the  newly  incorporated  faith  community  for  no monetary  consideration,  upon  consultation  with  and  consent of the new faith community’s district superintendent; and   Be it further resolved that, as necessary due to unforeseen circumstances, the Conference Trustees are  authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and    Be  it  further  that  the  membership  of  Solvay  UMC  is  hereby  transferred  to  the  Syracuse:  Christ  Community  United Methodist  Church,  or  other  United  Methodist  churches  as  the  individual  members  select.Resolutions and Petitions (General Conference) 

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Session Resolutions Relating to the Discontinuation of a Local Church – Syracuse Rockefeller United Methodist Church WHEREAS, the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church was organized in September 21, 1903 and faithfully served its community in ministry for over 112 years; WHEREAS, Rev. Darryl Barrow the Crossroads District Superintendent comprehensively assessed the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church’s past, present and potential ministry, after prayerfully and extensively meeting with, listening to and guiding the congregation; WHEREAS, the district superintendent determined that the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church no longer serves the purpose for which it was organized and recommended that it be discontinued pursuant to the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; WHEREAS, in relation to the proposed discontinuation, the district superintendent recommended that control and possession of all real and personal property of the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church vest in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the membership of the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church be transferred to the Manlius United Methodist Church or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select; and WHEREAS, Bishop Mark J. Webb, a majority of the districts superintendents, and the Crossroads District Board of Church Location and Building received and consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations; IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church is discontinued; and it is further RESOLVED, that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference trustees, and that the Annual Conference trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions; and it is further RESOLVED, that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and it is further RESOLVED, that the membership of the Syracuse: Rockefeller United Methodist Church is hereby transferred to the Manlius United Methodist Church, or other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.

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Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church Session Resolutions Relating to the Discontinuation of a Local Church – Union Valley United Methodist Church WHEREAS, Rev. Jan M. Rowell the Oneonta District Superintendent, comprehensively assessed the Union Valley United Methodist Church’s past, present and potential ministry, after prayerfully and extensively meeting with, listening to and guiding the congregation; WHEREAS, the District Superintendent determined that the Union Valley United Methodist Church no longer serves the purpose for which it was organized and recommended that it be discontinued pursuant to the provisions of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church; WHEREAS, in relation to the proposed discontinuation, the district superintendent recommended that control and possession of all real and personal property of the Union Valley United Methodist Church be sold to a newly incorporating independent congregation at the site, or to another party as may be necessary in the discretion of the Annual Conference trustees and the remaining financial assets be added to the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference trustees, and that the membership of the Union Valley United Methodist Church be withdrawn from The United Methodist Church as members intend to form a new independent congregation as the individual members select. WHEREAS, Bishop Mark J. Webb, a majority of the district superintendents, and the Oneonta District board of church location and building received and consented to the district superintendent’s discontinuation recommendations; IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Union Valley United Methodist Church is discontinued; and it is further RESOLVED that control and possession of all real and personal property formerly held in trust by the Union Valley United Methodist Church is hereby vested in the Annual Conference trustees; and it is further RESOLVED that the Annual Conference trustees shall, as recommended by the district superintendent, first consider selling the real estate to a newly incorporating independent congregation, and it is further RESOLVED that the Annual Conference trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in their discretion; and it is further RESOLVED that following the sale of the real estate, the balance of the assets formerly of the Union Valley United Methodist Church, including the net proceeds of the sale to the newly incorporating independent congregation or another party, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Annual Conference; and it is further RESOLVED that the membership of the Union Valley United Methodist Church is hereby withdrawn from The United Methodist Church.

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GC2016.1 – Potential Consensus Among Faith Communities Regarding Income  Inequality  Total Number of Pages:  2    The Book of Discipline  General Conference Committee/Agency:  Council of Bishops   Financial Implications: No    Rationale:  Inequality  in  income  in  the  United  States  has  persistently  increased  over  the  last  50  years.    A  recent  study concluded that the wealth gap between the richest Americans and the rest of us is more extreme  than  at  any  time  since  the  1930s  (R.  Smith,  More  cost  than  we  see  to  fast  food,  Albany  Times  Union,  Nov.  29,  2014).  This  is  actually  two  trends:  low‐to‐middle  skill  wages  have  not  kept  up  with  inflation,  while  compensation  for  executives  and  high‐skill  workers  has  skyrocketed.  Executive  compensation  in  1965 was 24 times greater than that of the average worker; in 2007, it was 275 times greater (C. Tucker,  Hard work should be rewarded, Albany Times Union, March 22, 2009), and in 2013, 331 times greater (K.  Vanden  Heuvel,  editor  The  Nation  Stand  v.  2  #1,  2015,  pg.  10  [Am.  Civil  Lib.  Union]).  Median  compensation  of  large‐company  CEOs  was  75  times  greater  than  the  average  pay  of  non‐supervisory  production  workers  in  1980,  but  344  times  greater  in  2008  (J.  Cook  and  others,  Tipping  the  Balance?,  American  Federation  of  State,  County,  and  Municipal  Employees,  AFL‐CIO,  2011).  Surely  today’s  executives  are  not  10  to  15  times  wiser  or  more  influential  than  their  predecessors  in  the  1960s.  In  2014,  employees  at  McDonald’s  fast‐food  restaurants  organized  demonstrations  seeking  a  minimum  wage of $15 per hour – but even if they achieve this goal, it would take a full‐time employee a year to  earn what the corporate CEO is paid per HOUR, assuming he works a 60‐hour week (R. Smith, More cost  than we see to fast food, Albany Times Union, Nov. 29, 2014).     Whereas, the Bible includes many passages that condemn hoarding of wealth and taking advantage of  the  poor  (Deut.  24:14‐15,  Isaiah  3:14‐15,  Ezekiel  22:23‐29,  Amos  5:11‐12,  Matt.  19:21,  Luke  12:15‐21,  16:13‐14, etc.), Amos (5:21‐24) was shocked at the growing inequality between rich and poor under King  Jeroboam II in Israel and proclaimed that until this social injustice was replaced by righteousness, God  would ignore their hymns and ceremonies and reject their offerings [J.D. Crossan, The Greatest Prayer  (book), 2001], and     Whereas,  a  comprehensive  critique  of  the  U.S.  economic  system,  co‐authored  by  an  economist  and  a  theologian, H.E. Daly and  J.B. Cobb, affirms that limited inequality is consistent with biblical teachings  and the essential role of community in sustaining human life, but unlimited inequality would deny the  very  concept  of  community,  and  complete  equality  would  deny  real  differences  in  human  abilities  andthe  need  of  community  for  various  skills  [H.E.  Daly  and  J.B.  Cobb,  For  the  Common  Good  (book),  Beacon Press, 1994, pg. 331], and   

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Whereas, the  United  Methodist  Social  Principles  states,  “We  support  measures  that  would  reduce  the  concentration  of  wealth  in  the  hands  of  the  few.  We  support  efforts  to  revise  tax  structures  and  to  eliminate government programs that now benefit the wealthy at the expense of other persons,” and    Whereas,  John  Wesley  wrote  that  the  acquisition  of  wealth  and  possessions  in  general  leads  to  the  destruction  of  faith  and  holiness  [Jennings,  Good  News  for  the  Poor:  John  Wesley’s  Evangelical  Economics (book), 1990], and     Whereas, these and other teachings have inspired many Christians to contribute to society according to  their  abilities  and  opportunities  without  seeking  or  accepting  compensation  beyond  their  needs,  but  have  not  as  yet,  overcome  a  culture  that  teaches  Americans  their  worthiness  is  proportional  to  how  much they earn, spend, and possess, and    Whereas, we believe that a statement in which all or most religious communities in the United States  speak with one voice in opposition to the continuing increase in income inequality would help stimulate  remedial actions.    Therefore,  be  it  resolved  the  General  Conference  request  the  Council  of  Bishops  initiate  contact  with  their counterparts in other Christian denominations and non‐Christian faith communities, with the hope  of drafting a joint proclamation supported by many faith communities that would call for measures to  reduce  inequality  in  earned  income  and  make  American  society  more  egalitarian  without  stifling  individual creativity; and    Be it further  resolved that the General  Conference direct the  General Board of Church and  Society, in  consultation with others as appropriate, to consider whether it is feasible to propose ethical guidelines  for minimum and maximum annual employee compensation, to be submitted for consideration to the  next  General  Conference.  We  suppose  that  such  guidelines  might  be  expressed  as  ratios  to  national,  regional, or company statistics; that  they would not apply  to individual entrepreneurs or  to corporate  profits  and  would  allow  for  averaging  fluctuations  in  compensation  over  multiple  years.  Perhaps  alternative options could be offered to facilitate debate.      Dated: Feb. 3, 2015    Russell Patton Jr., Chair of Social Concerns Commission of Church of the  Submitted by:     Covenant UMC  Mailing Address:   Church of the Covenant UMC       PO Box 306          Averill Park, N.Y. 12018  Phone number:  Telephone: (518) 674‐3664  Fax:   (518) 674‐1074    E‐mail address:   coc3in1@nycap.rr.com¶ 

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GC2016‐2 – Fruits of Repentance:  An End to the Celebration of Columbus Day  Total Number of pages: 3 

United Methodist Social Principles within The Book of Discipline ¶¶162 & 162a  General Church Budget Implications: No  General Conference Committee/Agency:      "Bear fruits worthy of repentance!"  ‐John the Baptist, Matt. 3:8    Rationale:  The Upper New York Annual Conference session accepts the challenge of the 2012 General Conference  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  to  engage  in  an  Act  of  Repentance  and  Healing  Relationships  with  Indigenous Persons. Turning away from our frequent refusal to listen to history from the perspective of  Native peoples, we understand that repentance is a choice to grow in the way we see ourselves. We call  the 2016 General Conference to continue leading in a spirit of repentance by exploring a change in how  we tell and celebrate the story of the Americas.      Currently many countries, including the United States, recognize and celebrate Christopher Columbus as  the  man  who  “discovered”  the  Americas.  Not  only  did  Columbus  not  discover  the  Americas  –  lands  humanity inhabited for thousands of years before people of European descent arrived – but the cross  cultural contact he initiated was deliberately destructive of our shared human destiny. The fact that the  genocidal  legacy  of  Columbus  is  celebrated  rather  than  lamented  allows  a  sinful  pattern  of  exploitive  behavior  to  become  culturally  normative  for  many  people.  As  our  Church  leads  the  world  in  the  establishment of the Kingdom of God, it is our privilege to demonstrate repentance and announce God’s  desire for relationships founded on respect, dignity, and love.    Whereas,  Christopher  Columbus  failed  to  treat  the  Native  peoples  of  the  Americas  with  respect  (see  attached addendum); and    Whereas, he engaged in human trafficking (see attached addendum); and    Whereas,  he  used  his  influence  to  establish  a  culture  of  sexual  exploitation  of  children  and  minors  of  Native American descent by adults of European descent (see attached addendum); and    Whereas,  he  established  systems  of  forced  labor  resulting  in  the  destruction  of  cultures  and  untold  suffering for millions of individuals (see attached addendum); and    Whereas,  he  engaged  in  brutal  collective  corporal  punishment,  the  deliberate  repression  of  Native  American  cultural  expression,  and  other  acts  we  now  correctly  name  as  genocide  (see  attached  addendum); and    Whereas,  he  established  a  culture  of  exploitation  of  the  earth  that  continues  to  dishonor  and  often  destroy God’s living creation (see attached addendum).    Therefore be it resolved that "Columbus Day" will no longer be recognized by the people of The United  Methodist  Church.  United  Methodist  annual  conferences,  agencies,  schools,  universities,  and  local 

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churches in  lands  that  officially  celebrate  “Columbus  Day”  will  either  not  observe  this  holiday  or  will  initiate organizational conversations designed to rename and re‐purpose this holiday in accordance with  our United Methodist Social Principles (See The Book of Discipline ¶162 & 162a), and    Be  it  further  resolved  that  the  General  Board  of  Discipleship  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  will  provide and  distribute to  our local churches in  North America a liturgy designed to enact  the spiritual  dimensions  of  our  choice  to  cease  participating  in  the  celebration  of  Columbus.  Our  repentance,  petitions for God’s forgiveness, and return to God’s Word for visions of the relationships God desires will  take place in worship on the Sunday closest to the second Monday in October, and       Be it further resolved that United Methodist annual conferences, boards, agencies, and local churches in  lands affected by the legacy of Columbus are encouraged and directed to invest our relational influence  at  regional,  local,  and  personal  levels  towards  the  initiation  of  conversations  intended  to  awaken  the  conscience of God’s people to the benefits of turning away from the legacy of Columbus. The General  Board  on  Church  and  Society  is  directed  to  give  leadership  to  our  effort  to  bring  about  the  repeal  of  “Columbus Day” as a national holiday in the United States of America.    Dated:  Feb. 12, 2015    Submitted by:    Rev. Harold Wheat      Upper  New  York  Social  Holiness  Team  and  Upper  New  York  Committee  on  Native American Ministries  Mailing address:    PO Box 193      Dryden, N.Y. 13053  Phone number:    (607) 844‐9681  Email:    haroldwheat@gmail.com  Clergy in full connection of Upper New York Conference, serving the Dryden United Methodist Church.

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ADDENDUM: From The Journal of Christopher Columbus (1st voyage): “These people are very simple as regards the  use of arms, as your Highnesses will see from the seven that I caused to be taken, to bring home, and  learn our language and return; unless your Highnesses should order them all to be brought to Castile, or  to be kept as captives on the same island; for with fifty men they can all be subjugated and made to do  what is required of them."    From A Brief History of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolome de las Casas 1542:  "The least felicitous of them [the Caribbean Islands] were more fertile and beautiful than the gardens of  the  King  of  Seville.  They  have  the  healthiest  lands  in  the  world,  where  lived  more  than  five  hundred  thousand  souls;  they  are  now  deserted,  inhabited  by  not  a  single  living  creature.  All  the  people  were  slain or died after being taken into captivity and brought to the Island of Hispaniola to be sold as slaves.    Christians, with their horses and swords and pikes, began to carry out massacres and strange cruelties  against  them.  They  attacked  the  towns  and  spared  neither  the  children  nor  the  aged  nor  pregnant  women  nor  women  in  childbed,  not  only  stabbing  them  and  dismembering  them  but  cutting  them  to  pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house. They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the  sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a single stroke of  the pike. They took infants from their mothers' breasts, snatching them by the legs and pitching them  headfirst against the crags or snatched them by the arms and threw them into the rivers, roaring with  laughter ... as the babies fell into the water ...    Their  reason  for  killing  and  destroying  such  an  infinite  number  of  souls  is  that  the  Christians  have  an  ultimate aim, which is to acquire gold, and to swell themselves with riches in a very brief time and thus  rise to a high estate disproportionate to their merits.     After the wars and the killings had ended, when usually there survived only some boys, some women,  and children, these survivors were distributed among the Christians to be slaves. The repartimiento or  distribution was made according to the rank and importance of the Christian to whom the Indians were  allocated, one of them being given thirty, another forty, still another, one or two hundred, and besides  the rank of the Christian  there was also to be considered in what favor he stood with the tyrant they  called Governor [Christopher Columbus]."   

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GC2016.3 – Same Sex Marriage  Total Number of Pages:  1    The Book of Discipline  General Conference Committee/Agency: Council of Bishops   Financial Implications: No    Rationale:  Allows  United  Methodist  pastors  and  congregations  to  honor  their  biblically‐based  and  informed  conscience,  tradition,  experience,  and  reason  regarding  same‐sex  marriage.  Change  the  statements  regarding forbidden same‐sex marriage and homosexuality as being incompatible with scripture to state  that elders, local pastors, and local churches can conduct same‐sex marriages, or not, based upon that  pastor’s and that congregation’s conscience.      Whereas, The United Methodist Church is divided around the issue of same sex marriage on the basis of  Biblical authority and interpretation and conscience and agreement is not in view; and    Whereas,  The  United  Methodist  Church  under  other  names  excluded  African‐Americans  from  geographical  and  integrated  conferences  and  woman  from  the  clergy  and  later  changed  The  Book  of  Discipline to include them; and    Whereas, communication about this issue is uncommon and often polarizing.    Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  United  Methodist  elders,  licensed  local  pastors,  and  United  Methodist  churches may choose to conduct or allow to be conducted on their premises same‐sex marriage; and    Be it further resolved, that United Methodist ordained, consecrated, and licensed clergy may be married  to same or opposite sex partners, have all the rights of such marriage, and conduct their lives without  discrimination; and    Be  it  further  resovled  that  each  conference  will  provide  an  ongoing,  annual  forum  to  educate  congregations, clergy, and lay servants about the issues around gay marriage and have dialogue around  the issue; and    Be  it  futher  resolved  that  each  conference  will  have  a  diversity  officer  and  team  assigned  to  promote  diversity,  including  racial,  ethnic,  nationality,  gender,  sexual‐orientation,  gender  identity,  age,  and  difference in ability within each annual conference.    Dated:  Jan. 29, 2016  Submitted by: Rev. Dr. Wilfredo J. Baez  Mailing address:   1637 Rita Road, Vestal, N.Y. 13850  Phone number:   (607) 484‐9903  Email:   revwillbaez@gmail.com  UNY local church membership: Tabernacle UMC, Binghamton

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GC2016.4 – A Faithful Compromise: Providing Jurisdictional and Central Conference Authority to Resolve the Dilemma Regarding the Ordination of Self‐ Avowed Practicing Homosexuals  Total # of Pages: 2    The Book of Discipline ¶¶27, 31, 101, 161F, 162J, 304.3, 2702.1 and 2702.4  Conference Committee/Agency: Jurisdictional and Central Conferences   Financial Implications: No  Global Implications: No    Whereas,  deep  divisions  are  evident  in  The  United  Methodist  Church  community  with  respect  to  the  question of whether to permit the ordination of self‐avowed practicing homosexuals; and    Whereas, the unity of The United Methodist Church is threatened by such divisions; and    Whereas, many effective and faithful potential clergypersons, homosexual, and otherwise, are choosing  to enter other denominations as a direct result of the current United Methodist prohibition against the  ordination of self‐avowed practicing homosexuals; and     Whereas,  people  of  faith  can  and  do  legitimately  disagree  concerning  the  proper  interpretation  and  meaning of the theological and biblical bases underlying the statement currently found in The Book of  Discipline  that,  “The  practice  of  homosexuality  is  incompatible  with  Christian  teaching”[BOD  ¶161(F)];  and    Whereas,  throughout  the  United  States  and  in  many  parts  of  the central  conferences,  recognized  civil  liberty permits the practice of homosexuality; and  Whereas,  throughout  The  Book  of  Discipline  the  Church  makes  clear  that  civil  liberties  are  to  be  respected, stating, “All persons, regardless of … sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and  civil  rights  ensured  …  ”  [BOD  ¶161(F)]  and  “Certain  basic  human  rights  and  civil  liberties  are  due  all  persons. We are committed to supporting those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual  orientation.” [BOD ¶162(J)]; and    Whereas, by permitting homosexuals to be ordained so long as they are not “self‐avowed” (as that term  is currently defined) or “practicing” The Book of Discipline:     Contradicts its own assumption “ … that sexuality is God’s good gift to all persons.” [BOD ¶161(F)]   Encourages  homosexual  clergy  to  be  dishonest  as  to  their  sexual  orientation  and  their  sexual  practices;   Is inconsistent with the Church’s stated goal of granting equal rights regardless of sexual orientation  [see  BOD  ¶162(J)]  and  implies  that  clergy  are  not  entitled  to  the  same  equal  rights  as  other  members of the Church; and    Whereas,  central  conferences  are  currently  permitted  to  adapt  particular  sections  of  The  Book  of  Discipline “…to more fruitfully accomplish our mission in various contexts” [BOD ¶101]; and 

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Whereas, jurisdictional conferences are the equivalent bodies within the United States and should have  the same right to adapt The Book of Discipline to more faithfully accomplish their mission within their  contexts; and    Whereas, Section IV. Article V [¶27] and Section V. Article IV. [¶31] of our constitution currently give to  the  General  Conference  the  right  to  confer  powers  and  duties  to  the  jurisdictional  and  central  conferences.   Therefore be it resolved that ¶304.3 of The Book of Discipline is amended to read, “While persons set  apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the  pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world. The  practice  of  homosexuality  is  incompatible  with  Christian  teaching.  Therefore  Self‐avowed  practicing  homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The  United Methodist Church, except in jurisdictions or central conferences that have determined that self‐ avowed practicing homosexuals may be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to  serve in The United Methodist Church.”  And  be  it  further  resolved  that  the  language  in  ¶2702.1,  (a)  and  (b)  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  be  amended  as,  “A  bishop,  clergy  member  of  an  annual  conference  (BOD  ¶370),  local  pastor,  clergy  on  honorable  or  administrative  location,  or  diaconal  minister  may  be  tried  when  charged  (subject  to  the  statute of limitations in BOD ¶2702.4) with one or more the following offenses: (a) immorality including  but not limited to: not being celibate in singleness or not faithful in marriage; (b) practices declared by  The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings, including but not limited to:  being  a  self‐avowed  practicing  homosexual  in  jurisdictions  or  central  conferences  that  have  not  determined,  pursuant  to  BOD  ¶304.3,  that  self‐avowed  practicing  homosexuals  may  be  certified  as  candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church; or conducting  ceremonies which celebrate homosexual unions; or performing same‐sex wedding ceremonies; … ”     Dated:  Feb. 13, 2015  Submitted by:  

The Reconciling Team at Asbury First United Methodist Church  c/o Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Cady II  Mailing address:     1050 East Avenue  Rochester, N.Y. 14607  Phone number:    585‐271‐1050  Fax number:    585‐271‐3743  Email:    scady@asburyfirst.org  UNY Local Church Membership: Pastor, Asbury First UMC

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GC2016.5 – A Faithful Compromise: Providing Jurisdictional and Central Conference Authority to Resolve the Dilemma Regarding Same‐Sex Marriage  Total # of Pages: 2    The Book of Discipline ¶¶27, 31, 101, 161F, 162J, 341.6 and 2702.1(b)  Conference Committee/Agency: Jurisdictional and Central Conferences   Financial Implications: No  Global Implications: No    Whereas,  deep  divisions  are  evident  in  The  United  Methodist  Church  community  with  respect  to  the  question of whether ministers should be permitted to conduct ceremonies that celebrate homosexual  unions and same‐sex weddings or whether such ceremonies should be permitted in church facilities; and    Whereas,  such  deep  divisions  are  clearly  demonstrated  by  the  ever  increasing  number  of  incidents  of  ecclesial disobedience with respect to this issue resulting in public trials and diversion of resources from  the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; and    Whereas, the unity of The United Methodist Church is threatened by such divisions; and  Whereas,  same‐sex  marriage  is  now  legal  in  more  than  35  states  in  the  U.S.  and  in  many  cases  that  legality  was  brought  about  by  decisions  of  federal  courts  determining  that  any  ban  on  same‐sex  marriage denies a fundamental right to all same‐sex couples who seek to marry; and the fundamental  civil  liberty  to  marry  regardless  of  sexual  orientation  is  so  fundamental  that  it  cannot  be  denied  by  a  vote of the people in the state; and    Whereas, same‐sex marriage is also legal in a number of the countries within the central conferences;  and     Whereas, throughout The Book of Discipline the Church makes clear that:     “All  persons,  regardless  of  …  sexual  orientation,  are  entitled  to  have  their  human  and  civil  rights  ensured … ” [¶161(F)]   “We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving and loving one another,  as  Christ  has  loved  and  accepted  us.  We  implore  families  and  churches  not  to  reject  or  condemn  lesbian and gay members and friends.” [¶161 (F)]   “Certain basic human rights and civil liberties are due all persons. We are committed to supporting  those rights and liberties for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation.” [¶162 (J)]; and    Whereas,  people  of  faith  can  and  do  legitimately  disagree  concerning  the  proper  interpretation  and  meaning of the theological and biblical bases underlying the proper stance with regard to this issue as  set forth in The Book of Discipline; and    Whereas,  central  conferences  are  currently  permitted  to  adapt  particular  sections  of  The  Book  of  Discipline “…to more fruitfully accomplish our mission in various contexts.” [¶101]; and

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Whereas, jurisdictional conferences are the equivalent bodies within the United States and should have  the same right to adapt The Book of Discipline to more faithfully accomplish their mission within their  contexts; and    Whereas, Section IV. Article V [¶27] and Section V. Article IV. [¶31] of our constitution currently give to  the  General  Conference  the  right  to  confer  powers  and  duties  to  the  jurisdictional  and  central  conferences.   Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  ¶341.6  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  be  amended  to  read  in  its  entirety  as,  “Ceremonies that celebrate homosexual unions shall not be conducted by our ministers and shall not be  conducted in our churches,. except in jurisdictions or central conferences which have determined that  the  celebration  of  homosexual  unions  and/or  performance  of  same‐sex  wedding  ceremonies  may  be  conducted by ministers in that jurisdiction or  central conference and/or may occur in  churches within  that jurisdiction or central conference.  “Notwithstanding  the  foregoing,  an  individual  minister  shall  not  be  required  to  celebrate  homosexual unions or perform same‐sex wedding ceremonies merely because the minister is serving a  church located in a jurisdiction or central conference that has permitted the celebration of homosexual  unions  or  the  performance  of  same‐sex  wedding  ceremonies  by  ministers  within  that  jurisdiction  or  central conference.”  And be it further resolved that the language in ¶2702.1(b) of The Book of Discipline be amended to read  “practices  declared  by  The  United  Methodist  Church  to  be  incompatible  with  Christian  teachings,  including  but  not  limited  to:  being  a  self‐avowed  practicing  homosexual;  or  conducting  ceremonies  which  celebrate  homosexual  unions;  or  performing  same‐sex  wedding  ceremonies  in  jurisdictions  or  central conferences that have not determined, pursuant to ¶341.6, that the celebration of homosexual  unions and/or the performance of same‐sex wedding ceremonies may be conducted by ministers and/or  in churches in that jurisdiction or central conference.”   Dated:  Feb. 13, 2015  Submitted by: 

The Reconciling Team at Asbury First United Methodist Church  c/o Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Cady II  Mailing address:   1050 East Avenue  Rochester, N.Y. 14607  Phone number:   (585) 271‐1050  Fax number:    (585) 271‐3743  Email:    scady@asburyfirst.org  UNY Local Church Membership: Pastor, Asbury First UMC

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GC2016.6 – Human Sexuality  Total Number of Pages:  3    The Book of Discipline ¶104, ¶105, ¶161F, ¶304.3, ¶310.2d, ¶613.1, ¶806.9, ¶2702  General Conference Committee/Agency:  General Board of Church and Society  Financial Implications: No    Whereas,  in  ¶104,  General  Rules  of  The  United  Methodist  Church,  The  Nature,  Design,  and  General  Rules of Our United States, 2. First of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2012, John  Wesley instructs us to do “no harm,” and further, Secondly that we should “do good,” especially to them  that are of the household of faith or groaning to be”; and    Whereas, we have witnessed the harm done to those who are not heterosexual, and to those who love  them, by some members of our community in response to ¶161F, ¶2702, ¶613.19, ¶806.9, ¶304.3, and  ¶310.2d of The Book of Discipline; and  Whereas, in ¶105, our theological task is described as “both critical and constructive. It is critical in that  we  test  various  expressions  of  faith  by  asking:  Are  they  true?  Appropriate?  Clear?    Cogent?  Credible?  Are they based on love?” Further, it is “constructive in that every generation must appropriate creatively  the wisdom of the past and seek God in their midst in order to think afresh about God, revelation, sin,  redemption, worship, the church, freedom, justice, moral responsibility, and other significant theological  concerns. Our summons is to understand and receive the gospel promises in our troubled and uncertain  times;” and    Whereas, in ¶105, we are also directed to be guided in this task by Scripture, read within the believing  community, interpreted in the context of the whole, drawing upon “the careful historical, literary, and  textual studies of recent years.” Further, while acknowledging the primacy of Scripture,... our attempts  to grasp its meaning always involve tradition, experience, and reason;” and    Whereas, in ¶105, we also are advised that “Our experience interacts with Scripture. We read Scripture  in  light  of  the  conditions  and  events  that  help  shape  who  we  are,  and  we  interpret  our  experience  in  terms of Scripture;” and    Whereas, in ¶105, we are additionally advised to “…ask questions of faith and seek to understand God’s  action  and  will”  and,  further,  to  “…relate  our  witness  to  the  full  range  human  knowledge,  experience  and service;” and     Whereas, there, across the connection the United Methodist denomination has always recognized that  we may not all have identical interpretations of scripture, and yet we often agree to disagree on those  varying interpretations; and 

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Whereas, across  our  global  Church,  we  live  with  a  variety  of  cultural  perspectives  relative  to  human  sexuality and sexual orientation; and, accordingly,    Whereas,  we  are  not  of  one  mind  with  regard  to  expressions  of  human  sexuality  and  gender  identification or the God‐given nature of the differences regarding sexuality; and     Whereas,  there  is  a  need  to  give  careful  consideration  to  the  many  scientific  advances  in  the  understanding of human sexuality since 1972,    Therefore be it resolved that BOD ¶161F be amended to read “Although all persons are sexual beings  whether or not they are married, sexual relations are affirmed only with the covenant of monogamous,  heterosexual marriage within a covenantal relationship.”  Be it further resolved that BOD ¶161F reads, “We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth,  created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human  fulfillment,  as  well  as  the  spiritual  and  emotional  care  of  a  fellowship  that  enables  reconciling  relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone 

the practice  of  homosexuality  and  considers  this  practice  incompatible  with  Christian  teaching.We  affirm  that  God’s  grace  is  available  to  all.  We  will  seek  to  live  together  in  Christian 

community, welcoming,  forgiving,  and  loving  one  another,  as  Christ  has  loved  and  accepted  us.  We  implore  families  and  churches  not  to  reject  or  condemn  lesbian  and  gay  members  and  friends  to  welcome all who come earnestly seeking a home in a Christian community.  We commit ourselves to be  in ministry for and with all persons.” and   

Be it  further  resolved  that  BOD  ¶2702  be  amended  to  read  “A  bishop,  clergy  member  of  an  Annual  Conference  (BOD  ¶370),  local  pastor,  clergy  on  honorable  or  administrative  location,  or  diaconal  minister may be tried when charged (subject to the statute of limitations in BOD ¶2702.4)* with one or  more  of  the  following  offenses:  (a)  immorality  including  but  not  limited  to,  not  being  celibate  in  singleness or not faithful in a heterosexual marriage covenantal relationship; (b) practices declared by  The United Methodist Church to be incompatible with Christian teachings, including but not limited to:  being  a  self‐avowed  practicing  homosexual;  or  conducting  ceremonies  which  celebrate  homosexual  unions; or performing same‐sex wedding ceremonies**; (c) (b) crime; (d) (c) dis‐obedience to the order  and  discipline  of  the  United  Methodist  Church;  (e)  (d)  dissemination  of  doctrines  contrary  to  the  established standards of doctrine of The United Methodist Church; (f) (e) relationships and/or behavior  that  undermines  the  ministry  of  another  pastor;  (g)  (f)  child  abuse;  (h)  (g)  sexual  abuse;  (i)  (h)  sexual  misconduct or (j) (i) harassment, including, but not limited to racial and/or sexual harassment; or (k) (j)  racial or gender discrimination.” and     Be it further resolved that BOD ¶613.19 be deleted in its entirety; and     Be it further resolved that BOD ¶806.9 be deleted in its entirety; and    Be it further resolved that BOD ¶304.3 be amended to read, “While persons set apart by the church for  ordained  ministry  are  subject  to  all  the  frailties  of  the  human  condition  and  the  pressures  of  society,  they  are  required  to  maintain  the  highest  standards  of  holy  living  in  the  world.  The  practice  of  homosexuality  is  incompatible  with  Christian  teaching.  Therefore,  self‐avowed  practicing  homosexuals 

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are not  to  be  certified  as  candidates,  ordained  as  ministers,  or  appointed  to  serve  in  The  United  Methodist Church.2” , and     Be it further resolved that BOD ¶310.2d be amended to read “agree for the sake of the mission of Jesus  Christ in the world and the most effective witness of the gospel, and in consideration of their influence  as clergy, to make a complete dedication of themselves to the highest ideals of the Christian life as set  forth  in  BOD  ¶103‐105;  160‐166.  To  this  end  that  shall  agree  to  exercise  responsible  self‐control  by  personal  habits  conducive  to  bodily  health,  mental  and  emotional  maturity,  fidelity  in  marriage  covenantal  relationship  and  celibacy  in  singleness,  social  responsibility,  and  growth  in  grace  and  the  knowledge and love of God.3 Where possible, the local church is encouraged to assist candidates with  the expenses of candidacy.”    Dated:  Feb. 17, 2015    Submitted by:  Mary Jane Russell  Mailing address:  1 Fox Run Lane #630    Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127‐3173  Phone number:  (716) 646‐6376  Email:  wjmjrussell@gmail.com  UNY Local Church Membership: Professing member of Orchard Park UMC   

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GC2016.7 – Prayer And Support For Members Of The Armed Forces And  Veterans  Number of Pages: 2   

The Book of Resolutions #5061; The Book of Discipline ¶510.2(a)  General Conference Committee/Agency: General Board of Church and Society 

General Church Budget Implications: No 

Global Implications: No   

Rationale: In  ¶510.2(a)  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  it  states,  “Resolutions  are  official  expressions  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  for  eight  years  following  their  adoption,  after  which  time  they  shall  be  deemed  to  have expired unless readopted.” Because of this statement Resolution #5061 would expire in 2016.    The  2008  General  Conference  expressed  its  concern  for  members  of  the  military  and  veterans  by  adopting  Resolution  #5061  Prayer  and  Support  for  Member  of  the  Armed  Forces  and  Veterans  as  published in The Book of Resolutions and reads as follows:    “Whereas, our Social Principles state that war is incompatible with the teachings and  example of Christ (BOD ¶165C); and  Whereas, the pervasiveness of violence and the threat of violence in social ordering on  the  local,  national,  and  international  levels  present  conscientious  Christians  with  profound challenges in living out the Church’s rejection of war and violence; and  Whereas, reflecting these challenges, our Social Principles state that we “support and  extend  the  ministry  of  the  Church  to  those  persons  who  conscientiously  oppose  all  war, or any particular war, and who therefore refuse to serve in the armed forces or to  cooperate  with  systems  of  military  conscription,”  and  that  we  “also  support  and  extend the Church’s ministry to those persons who conscientiously choose to serve in  the armed forces or to accept alternative service” (¶164I, 2008 Book of Discipline); and  Whereas, United Methodist men and women have served in various capacities in the  armed forces and need the acceptance and pastoral ministry of the Church, regardless  of the Church’s view of the wisdom or moral justification of the military operations into  which national political leadership sent them; and                                        Whereas,  the  hardships  and  risks  faced  by  members  of  the  armed  forces  and  the  separations  inherent  in  military  service  impact  their  families  and  especially  their  children; and  Whereas,  many  of  those  who  serve  in  the  military  return  with  physical  or  emotional  injuries,  some  of  which  may  persist  throughout  life  or  first  become  apparent  many  years after their return from service; and  Whereas,  expenditures  for  medical  and  readjustment  services  and  the  needs  of  military families should be recognized as a cost of war and an obligation of society as a  whole; and  Whereas,  many  military  veterans  return  with  experiences  which  could  be  an  asset  in  the ministries of the Church, for example, insights arising from the direct experience of  military  life  and  war,  the  perspective  gained  from  having  faced  one’s  own  mortality,  and an understanding of disciplined commitment to a  team of people who depend on  one another; 

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Therefore be  it  resolved  that  the  2008  General  Conference  of  the  United  Methodist  Church honors, supports, and upholds in our prayers those men and women who serve  in  our  armed  services  and,  in  addition,  honors  and  supports  those  United  Methodist  clergy who serve as chaplains; and  Be it further resolved that the Church commits itself to extend its pastoral ministry to  members of the armed forces and their families during their time of service and after  their return; and  Be it further resolved that we call upon national governments to fully provide medical  care  and  other  benefits  that  promote  the  welfare  of  military  veterans  and  their  reintegration into civilian society; and  Be  it  further  resolved  that  we  call  upon  our  churches  to  extend  a  welcome  home  to  persons  who  return  from  service  in  the  armed  forces,  to  respect  their  stories  and  interpretations  of  their  experiences,  and  to  value  and  encourage  expression  of  their  potential contributions to the ministry of our churches; and  Be it further resolved that we call upon our churches and members to pray for persons  serving in the armed forces and their families, to pray for persons whom circumstances  have caused  us to relate to as enemies, to pray for other persons for whom war has  caused suffering, and to pray for peace.”    Whereas,  ¶510.2(a),  2012  Book  of  Discipline,  provides  that  resolutions  of  the  General  Conference  are  official expressions of The United Methodist Church for eight years following their adoption, after which  time they shall be deemed to have expired unless readopted; and    Whereas, the need to pray for and support members of the armed forces and veterans and to value the  potential contributions of veterans in our churches is ongoing.    Therefore be it resolved that the 2016 General Conference readopt Resolution #5061.     Dated:  Feb. 15, 2015Submitted by:    Bruce McDaniel  Mailing address:   1709 Blossom Road, Rochester, N.Y. 14610  Phone number:   (585) 482‐5314  Email:   bruceimcdaniel@earthlink.net  UNY membership:   Member of Covenant United Methodist Church, Rochester 

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GC2016.8 – Disaffiliation for Reason Of Conscience   Total # of Pages: 3    The Book of Discipline Paragraphs: New ¶¶361.3‐4, 2548‐2552 and   Financial Implications:  None  Global Implications: Yes    Rationale:  Despite efforts to preserve unity in the Church, irreconcilable differences persist regarding the issue of  homosexuality.  There  are  people  of  honest  and  good  conscience  on  both  sides.  The  Church  needs  to  value  the  consciences  of  our  people  and  provide  an  honorable  way  for  those  whose  consciences  are  violated to disaffiliate without the loss of property and in a ministry‐affirming way. For forty years the  General Conference has consistently maintained that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with  Christian  teaching.  In  spite  of  this,  there  are  local  churches  and  ordained  ministers  for  whom  the  position  taken  by  General  Conference  violates  their  conscience.  In  addition  and  contrary  to  these  General  Conference  decisions  there  are  conferences,  Bishops,  and  churches  who  are  openly  violating  church  law  and  causing  a  battle  of  conscience  with  other  United  Methodist  churches  and  members.  Irreconcilable  differences  persist,  diverting  time  and  energy  from  our  central  mission  of  making  disciples.     Whereas,  The  United  Methodist  Church  General  Conferences  have  through  40  years  of  holy  conferencing repeatedly upheld its position on homosexuality – a position which has settled repeatedly  on  a  traditional  view  of  marriage  and  sexuality  while  simultaneously  striving  to  be  a  welcoming  and  loving church to those who may disagree; and    Whereas,  The  United  Methodist  Church  understands  that  other  denominations,  churches,  clergy,  and  members may believe differently; and    Whereas, throughout Christian history different denominations of the Christian faith have developed as  a means to organize and worship differently within the Body of Christ; and    Whereas, we have strived to be in ministry with those that disagree with The United Methodist Church’s  positions, we have chosen to follow our beliefs and doctrine for our Christian denomination; and    Whereas,  our  faith  calls  us  to  be  unified  in  heart,  mind  and  spirit  with  the  teaching  of  our  Lord  and  Savior Jesus Christ; and    Whereas,  we  realize  not  all  Christians  agree  with  our  positions  but  we  pray  that  they  will  accept  and  respect our right and our choice to believe as we do; and    Whereas, we do not want to cause any further harm to or between people of good conscience on both  sides of the issue; and    Whereas, members on both sides of the issue love their churches and their pastors and do not want to  lose them; and   

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Whereas, both  sides  of  the  debate  would  like  to  part  amicably  instead  of  being  forced  into  a  bitter  battle; and    Whereas, churches have assets and pastors have pensions; and    Whereas,  The  United  Methodist  Church  is  just  one  denomination  within  the  Body  of  Christ  –  it  is  a  church  that  would  prefer  an  amicable  separation  where  Christian  brothers  and  sisters  of  good  conscience,  on  either  side,  can  receive  their  inheritance  and  choose  their  own  path  forward  with  our  blessings, our love, and our prayers for happiness and success.    Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  session  petitions  the  General  Conference that the following paragraphs be added to The Book of Discipline;    Add a new ¶2548 as follows:  ¶2548. Surrender of Charter of Local Church and Disaffiliation For Reasons Of Conscience – Because of  the current deep conflict over the church’s position on the practice of homosexuality and the blessing of  homosexual unions, a local church may, after at least 90 days of study, surrender its charter from The  United Methodist Church and disaffiliate upon the affirmative vote of two‐thirds (66.7%) of the church's  professing members present and voting at a duly called church conference affirming the local church's  declaration that for reasons of conscience, witness, or mission it can better serve Christ and his kingdom  by  not  being  affiliated  with  The  United  Methodist  Church  and  its  annual  conference.  Upon  such  surrender  and  disaffiliation,  the  local  church  shall  be  released  from  the  provisions  of  BOD  ¶2501  and  shall  retain  full  rights  to  its  property  and  funds,  provided  that  any  debts  upon  such  property  and  any  other debts payable by that local church are assumed by that local church. In order to be released from  the  trust  clause  and  maintain  its  property,  the  local  church  must  repay  to  the  annual  conference  any  money invested by the conference in that local church through grants or loans during the previous five  years.  The  amount  to  be  repaid  shall  include  any  payments  made  to  the  local  church’s  clergy  by  the  annual conference, such as salary support, but shall not include subsidies to provide health insurance.  Furthermore, the local church shall pay to the annual conference its current year’s apportionments in  full and an additional sum equal to two times the current year’s apportionments. In the event of such  proposed  disaffiliation,  officials  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  shall  facilitate  the  orderly  and  timely  administration of this process.  Renumber following paragraphs from existing BOD ¶2548‐2552., and     Be it further resolved that a subparagraph be added to BOD ¶361:    ¶361.3. Withdrawal for Reasons of Conscience – Any clergy member in good standing   a)  serving  a  local  church  which  votes  to  surrender  its  charter  and  disaffiliate  under  BOD  ¶2548,  or  b)  wishing to withdraw because of irreconcilable conflict for reasons of conscience with the provisions of  The United Methodist Church The Book of Discipline on the practice of homosexuality and the blessing  of  homosexual  unions,  shall  be  granted  withdrawal  from  the  annual  conference  upon  surrender  of  certifications  of  ordination  and/or  conference  membership  and  a  written  request  to  withdraw.  The  withdrawing clergy person shall be entitled to the full pension credit they have earned up to the time of  withdrawal.    Renumber following sub‐paragraphs from existing BOD ¶361.3‐4.   

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Dated:  Feb. 16, 2015  Submitted by:    Rev. Merrill S. Bender   Mailing address:   8955 Lower Lake Rd. Barker, N.Y. 14012  Phone number:    716‐795‐3875  Email:    merrill2012@gmail.com  UNY local church membership: County Line United Methodist Church, Lyndonville, N.Y. 

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GC2016.9 – Cross Referencing The Book of Discipline with The Book of  Resolution  Total Number of Pages:  2    The Book of Discipline:  ¶510.2a  General Church Budget Implications: No   General Conference Committee/Agency: The United Methodist Publishing House  Global Implications: Will change the formatting for all future publications of The Book of Discipline    Rationale:  This petition is to help make both The Book of Discipline and The Book of Resolutions easier to use by  readers and researchers; and, will help United Methodists better understand the interconnectedness of  these two important books of our United Methodist polity and faith.    Whereas, The Book of Discipline “is the most current statement of how United Methodists agree to live  their lives together. It reflects our understanding of the Church and articulates the mission of The United  Methodist Church: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Discipline  defines what is expected of its laity and clergy as they seek to be effective witnesses in the world as a  part of the whole body of Christ.” (Episcopal Greetings, The Book of Discipline); and     Whereas, The Book of Resolutions contains:     “Official policy statements for guiding all the work and ministry of The United Methodist Church  on approximately 200 subjects   Educational resources for The United Methodist Church on important issues affecting the lives  of people and all God’s creation   Guides  and  models  for  helping  United  Methodist  members  and  groups  relate  a  lively  biblical  faith to action in daily life   Resource  materials  for  persons  preparing  public  statements  about  United  Methodist  concerns  on current social issues” (User’s Guide,The Book of Resolutions); and    Whereas,  making  these  resources  available  are  done  so  at  cost  by  the  United  Methodist  Publishing  House; and    Whereas,  making  these  resources  as  accessible  and  as  easy  to  use  as  possible  will  help  United  Methodists to become more familiar with the Wesleyan way of life and prepared to both become and  “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”     Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  the  following  sentences  be  inserted  in  BOD  ¶510.2a  of  the  United  Methodist The Book of Discipline:  a) “All  valid  resolutions  of  the  General  Conference  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  shall  be  published  in  each  edition  of  The  Book  of  Resolutions.  There  shall  be  a  complete  subject  index  and index of Scripture passages to all valid resolutions of the General Conference of The United  Methodist Church in each edition of The Book of Resolutions. Every resolution that corresponds  to  a  paragraph  in  The  Book  of  Discipline  shall  be  listed  by  number  and  title  at  the  end  of  the  corresponding Disciplinary subsection to which it relates. In the case of electronic publications,  such as, but not limited to, e‐books and online versions, the references to resolutions within The 

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Book of  Discipline  should  act  as  hyperlinks  to  the  text  of  those  resolutions.  Resolutions  are  official  expressions  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  for  eight  years  following  their  adoption,  after  which  time  they  shall  be  deemed  to  have  expired  unless  readopted.  Those  that  have  expired  shall  not  be  printed  in  subsequent  editions  of  The  Book  of  Resolutions.  The  Book  of  Resolutions shall be made available on the official website of The United Methodist Church”.    Dated: Feb. 17, 2015    Submitted by:    Rev. Steven C. Clunn  Mailing address:   307 Yoakum Parkway #225    Alexandria, VA  22304  Phone number:   (518) 878‐6737  Email:   sclunn@yahoo.com  UNY local church membership: Extension Ministry appointment to the Methodist Federation for Social  Action   

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GC2016.10 – Reconciliation  Total # of Pages: 3    The Book of Discipline ¶4, 161F, 214 – 242, 304.3, 370 and 2702.1  Conference Committee/Agency: Jurisdictional and Central Conferences   Financial Implications: No, other than incidental administrative expenses  Global Implications: No    Rationale:  Amend The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church to bring it into greater consistency with  God’s love for us, as expressed in the Bible and experienced by our receipt of His grace; to help us in our  struggle to love God with the completeness called for in the Bible; and to strengthen our love for each  other and our neighbors as a response to the love and grace that we continually receive from God.    Whereas, the Scriptures teach us that our first obligation as Christians is to love the Lord our God with  all our heart and soul and might (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:29; Luke 10:27); and    Whereas, the Scriptures provide us with the explanation for this obligation, that “God is love” (1 John  4:8); and    Whereas,  the  Scriptures  make  it  clear  that  we  cannot  love  God  unless  we  “love  our  neighbors  as  [we  love] ourselves” (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:38; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27, 29‐37; 1 John 4:20‐21); and    Whereas, the Scriptures teach us that we are all the same in God’s sight (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians  5:6; 6:15); and    Whereas,  the  Scriptures  admonish  us  not  to  be  judgmental  of  each  other  (Matthew  7:1‐2;  Luke  6:37)  because judgment belongs to God (Ezekiel 20:35‐36; Romans 2:1‐5,  16); and    Whereas, in The Constitution [of The United Methodist Church], Division One, ¶4 Article IV, The United  Methodist Church has declared itself to be a part of “the church universal, which is one Body in Christ;”  and    Whereas, in accordance with The Constitution [of The United Methodist Church] Division One, ¶4 Article  IV,  and  in  accordance  ¶214‐242  of  The  Book  of  Discipline,  all  baptized  persons  are  invited  into  the  membership  of,  and  participation  in,  the  mission  and  ministries  of  The  United  Methodist  Church;  to  receive  the  blessings  and  graces  which  God  provides  through  His  Church;  and  to  enter  into  the  discipleship “of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world;” and    Whereas,  in  ¶161F,  304.3,  and  2702.1  of  The  Book  of  Discipline,  there  are  judgmental  statements  concerning  certain  specific  conducts  and/or  practices,  judging  (contrary  to  the  cited  Scriptures),  identifying,  and  describing  these  conducts  and/or  practices  as  being  “incompatible  with  Christian  teachings;” and    Whereas,  in  violation  of  The  Constitution  and  other  parts  of  The  Book  of  Discipline,    members  of  The  United Methodist Church who are said, thought, and/or judged to be  involved in the conducts and/or  practices identified in ¶ 161F, 304.3, and 2702.1 as  being “incompatible with Christian teachings,” are 

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relegated to  “second  class    membership”  by  being  denied  and  proscribed  from  ordination  into  the  ministry of, and  from marriage to persons of their choice in, the church of which they are members;  Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  the  judgmental  phrase  “incompatible  with  Christian  teachings”  and  all  verbiage immediately related thereto, ¶161F of The Book of Discipline; be deleted as follows, “Human  Sexuality  ‐  We  affirm  that  sexuality  is  God’s  good  gift  to  all  persons.  We  call  everyone  to  responsible  stewardship of this sacred gift.    Although  all  persons  are  sexual  beings  whether  or  not  they  are  married,  sexual  relations  are  affirmed  only with the covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage.     We  deplore  all  forms  of  commercialization,  abuse,  and  exploitation  of  sex.  We  call  for  strict  global  enforcement  of  laws  prohibiting  the  sexual  exploitation  of  children  and  for  adequate  protection,  guidance, and counseling for abused children. All persons, regardless of age, gender, marital status, or  sexual orientation, are entitled to have their human and civil rights ensured and to be protected against  violence.  The  Church  should  support  the  family  in  providing  age‐appropriate  education  regarding  sexuality to children, youth, and adults.      “…We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons  need  the  ministry  of  the  Church  in  their  struggles  for  human  fulfillment,  as  well  as  the  spiritual  and  emotional  care  of  a  fellowship  that  enables  reconciling  relationships  with  God,  with  others,  and  with  self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this  practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all.”, and    Be  it  further  resolved  that  the  judgmental  phrase  “incompatible  with  Christian  teachings,”  and  all  verbiage immediately related thereto, be deleted from ¶304.3 of The Book of Discipline; “While persons  set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and  the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world.  The  practice  of  homosexuality  is  incompatible  with  Christian  teaching.  Therefore  self‐avowed  practicinghomosexuals  are  not  to  be  certified  as  candidates,  ordained  as  ministers,  or  appointed  to  serve in The United Methodist Church; and     Be  it  further  resolved  that  ¶2702.1  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  be  amended  to  read  “A  bishop,  clergy  member of conference (¶ 370), local pastor, clergy on honorable or administrative location, or diaconal  minister may be tried when charged (subject to the statute of limitations in ¶ 2702.4) with none or more  of the following offenses: (a) immorality including but not limited to, not being celibate in singleness or  not  faithful  in  a  heterosexual  marriage;  (b)  practices  declared  by  The  United  Methodist  Church  to  be  incompatible  with  Christian  teachings,  including  but  not  limited  to  being  a  self‐avowed  avowed  practicing  homosexual;  or  conducting  ceremonies  which  celebrate  homosexual  unions;  or  performing  same  sex  wedding  ceremonies;  (c)  (b)  crime;  (d)  (c)  disobedience  to  the  order  and  discipline  of  The  United  Methodist  Church;  (e)  (d)  dissemination  of  doctrines  contrary  to  the  established  standards  of  doctrine  of  The  United  Methodist  Church;  (f)  (e)  relationships  and/or  behavior  that  undermines  the  ministry  of  another  pastor;  (g)  (f)  child  abuse;  (h)  (g)  sexual  abuse;  (i)  (h)  sexual  misconduct;  or  (j)  (i)  harassment,  including,  but  not  limited  to  racial  and/or  sexual  harassment;  or  (k)  (j)  racial  or  gender  discrimination.”    Dated:  Jan. 27, 2015   

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Submitted by:    Jim Gratton, Chair, Leadership Council of the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church  Mailing address:   216 Fiske Road,       West Chazy, N.Y. 12992  Phone number:    (518) 493‐2918  Email:    gratton216@gmail.com    Kay Washbourne, chair, Lay Member to UNYAC  Vivian Melin, Local Church Reconciling Ministries  7645 state Route 9  3415 state Route 9  Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901  Peru, N.Y. 12972  Phone number: (518) 563‐2387  Phone number: (518) 563‐1242  Email: khwashbourne@gmail.com  Email: vmelin@aol.com 

Rev. Philip Richards, Pastor  Plattsburgh United Methodist Church  127 Beekman St.  Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901  Phone number: (518) 563‐2992  Fax: (518) 563‐9826  Email: chadmin@plattsburghumc.org  

Julius Archibald, Professing member  Plattsburgh United Methodist Church  90 Park Ave.  Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901  Phone number: (518) 561‐4395  Fax: (518) 561‐4395  Email: archibja@plattsburgh.edu 

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GC2016.11 – Removing Hurtful Language  Total # of Pages: 1    The Book of Discipline ¶161F   Conference Committee/Agency:   Financial Implications: No  Global Implications: No    Whereas,  to  date,  no  peer  reviewed  protocols  are  endorsed  by  which  one  can  change  sexual  orientation; and    Whereas, to date, no scholar has provided a method hermeneutic by which the Bible can be taught as      wrong about slavery,     wrong about the rights of women,     wrong about a heliocentric universe,    wrong about the age of the earth,    wrong about multiple marriage,    wrong about evolution,    wrong about the cause of leprosy,    and wrong about eating shrimp … but right about homosexuality; and    Whereas, human acts causing no harm to any person, including one’s self, family, community, faith, or  vocation can hardly be called sinful; and    Whereas, gay people who have been rejected experience real and lasting harm (verified by many peer  reviewed medical and psychological journals); and     Whereas, there is increasing agreement that being gay is not incompatible with Christian teaching; and    Whereas, our church stands, and grievously so, at the brink of breaking asunder over a matter unlikely  to be resolved anytime soon.     Therefore be it resolved that The Book of Discipline delete the following words from ¶161F, “The United  Methodist  Church  does  not  condone  the  practice  of  homosexuality  and  considers  this  practice  incompatible with Christian teaching.”     Dated:  Feb. 15, 2015    Submitted by:    Rev. Stephen Heiss  Mailing address:   226 Stevens Rd.     Binghamton N.Y.  13903  Phone number:  (607) 427‐9756  Email:   stephenheiss@gmail.com  UNY local church membership: clergy retired, Tabernacle United Methodist Church 

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GC2016.12 – Licensed Pastors Right to be Elected as Clergy Delegates of General  Conference, Jurisdictional Conference and Central Conference and Vote on the  Constitution   Number of Pages:  2      The Book of Discipline ¶32, 35, 162, 164.B, 316, 327, 333, 340.2, 344.4, 370, 502, 586.4, 602.1 and 634.1  Conference Committee/Agency: Annual Conferences  Financial Implications:   No    Whereas,  the  General  Conference  and  The  Book  of  Discipline  are  the  means  of  the  United  Methodist  political system and ¶164.B of The Book of Discipline supports political responsibility, reminding us that,  “The strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens.” and    Whereas, we view The United Methodist Church as being an active society and affirm that local pastors  are  deserving  of  a  voice  within  their  society,  according  to  BOD  ¶162,  which  states,  “The  rights  and  privileges  of  a  society  bestows  upon  or  withholds  from  those  who  comprise  it  indicate  the  relative  esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons are  equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person's value is  recognized, maintained and strengthened.” and     Whereas, 379 out of 666 (or 56.9 percent) active clergy of the Upper New York Clergy are local licensed  pastors  (2013  statistics  from  General  Council  of  Finance  and  Administration)  and  the  number  of  local  licensed  pastors  continues  to  grow  within  the  connection  (we  have  46,049  active  clergy  with  30,877  non‐elders  or  67  percent  are  local  pastors  according  to  GCFA  2013),  and  within  the  connection  these  pastors serve 60 percent of our local churches, and    Whereas, according to BOD ¶316, all licensed pastors are to perform the same responsibilities as those  listed  in  BOD  ¶340.2,  where  it  states,  “Licensed  pastors  share  with  the  elders  the  responsibilities  and  duties of a pastor for this fourfold ministry, within the context of their appointment,” therefore having  to adhere and abide by The Book of Discipline; and     Whereas, BOD ¶164.A states, “We hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the  people to free and fair elections … ”, as well as, “The form and the leaders of all governments should be  determined  by  exercise  of  the  right  to  vote  guarantee  to  all  adult  citizens.”  And  since  the  General  Conference is the governing body of the United Methodist Church and since not all members are given  the right to be a delegate at General Conference; and    Whereas, BOD ¶502 states, “The voting membership of the General Conference shall consist of: a) An  equal  number  of  clergy  and  lay  delegates  elected  by  the  annual  conferences  as  provided  in  the  Discipline.” and Clergy has been defined in ¶602.1 as “The clergy membership of an annual conference  (BOD  ¶370)  shall  consist  of  deacons  and  elders  in  full  connection  (BOD  ¶333),  provisional  members  (BOD ¶327), associate members, and affiliate members (BOD ¶344.4, 586.4) and local pastors under full‐ time and part‐time appointment to a pastoral charge (BOD ¶317). (See also, BOD ¶32.)” and    Therefore be it resolved that BOD ¶602.1.b should be changed to read “Provisional clergy members shall  have  the  right  to  vote  in  the  annual  conference  on  all  matters  except  including  constitutional 

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amendments, election  of  clergy  delegates  to  the  general  and  jurisdictional  or  central  conferences  and  except for matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy.”, and    Be  it  further  resolved  that  BOD  ¶602.1.c  should  be  changed  to  read  “Associate  and  affiliate  clergy  members  shall  have  the  right  to  vote  in  the  annual  conference  on  all  matters  except  including  constitutional  amendments,  election  of  clergy  delegates  to  the  general  and  jurisdictional  or  central  conferences, and except matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy…” and    Be  it  further  resolved  that  BOD  ¶602.1.d  be  changed  to  read,  “Full‐time  and  part‐time  local  pastors  under  appointment  to  a  pastoral  charge  shall  have  the  right  to  vote  in  the  annual  conference  on  all  matters  except  including  constitutional  amendments;  election  of  delegates  to  the  general  and  jurisdictional  or  central  conferences  and  except  in  matters  of  ordination,  character,  and  conference  relations of clergy as long as the local pastors have met two criteria: they have, by either of two options  as  determined  by  the  annual  conference,  completed  the  constitutionally  specified  level  of  education;  and  they  have  been  appointed  by  the  bishop  and  served  for  two  consecutive  years,  immediately  preceding  the  election,  during  which  time  no  withdrawal  of  the  appointed  status  has  occurred.  When  local pastors are members of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, they have the right to vote at  clergy session on matters of ordination, character, and conference relations of clergy (¶ 634.1), and    Be it further resolved that BOD ¶35. Article IV be changed to read, “The clergy delegates to the General  Conference and to the jurisdictional or central conference shall be elected from the clergy members in  full  connection,  provisional  clergy  members,  associate  and  affiliate  clergy  members,  and  full‐time  and  part‐time  local  pastors  who  have  completed  their  educational  requirements  and  have  served  at  least  two years prior to election appointed by the bishop, and shall be elected by the clergy members of the  annual  conference  or  provisional  annual  conference  who  are  deacons  and  elders  in  full  connection,  associate  members,  and  those  provisional  members  who  have  completed  all  of  their  educational  requirements  and  local  pastors  who  have  completed  course  of  study  or  an  M.  Div.  degree  and  have  served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election.    Dated: Feb. 16, 2015    Submitted by:   Melissa M. K. McCarthy  Mailing address:   3939 Arquint Road, Vernon Center, N.Y. 13477  Phone number:   (518) 231‐0693  Email:   mmkmccarthy@gmail.com  UNY local church membership: Local pastor serving Vernon Center United Methodist Church    Submitted by:   Gary Kubitz  Mailing address:   36 Spring St., Afton, N.Y. 13730  Phone number:   (607) 639‐2692  Email:   kubi514@yahoo.com  UNY local church membership: Local pastor serving Afton UMC and Bainbridge UMC    Submitted by:  Martha Fischer  Mailing address:  74 West Main Street, Mohawk, N.Y. 13407  Phone number:  (315) 219‐5098  UNY local church membership:  Retired elder Living Waters Parish   

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GC2016.13 – Divest from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett Packard  after years of corporate engagement  Total Number of Pages:  3    The Book of Discipline ¶717   General Conference Committee/Agency:  Committee on Finance and Administration  Financial Implications: No    Whereas, United Methodists have engaged Caterpillar for 10 years, Motorola Solutions for nine years,  and  Hewlett  Packard  for  seven  years,  and  have  asked  them  to  end  their  involvement  with  Israel’s  occupation  of  Palestinian  land  (https://www.kairosresponse.org/uploads/UM  CorpEngagement  2004‐ 11.pdf); and    Whereas, every United Methodist General Conference for more than 40 years has endorsed calls for just  and lasting peace in Israel/Palestine and an end to all military sales to the region; and    Whereas, The United Methodist Book of Discipline states: "The boards and agencies are to give careful  consideration  to  shareholder  advocacy,  including  advocacy  of  corporate  disinvestment."  (The  Book  of  Discipline, ¶717); and    Whereas,  ongoing  military  occupation  and  expanding  Israeli  settlements  on  Palestinian  lands  have  deepened a system that dehumanizes Palestinians and Israelis; and    Whereas,  more  than  3,000  Palestinian  Christians  have  implored  Christians  everywhere  to  put  actions  behind their words to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land; and     Whereas,  The  United  Methodist  Church  has  been  specifically  asked  by  Palestinian  Christian  leaders  to  oppose human rights violations (http://kairospalestine.ps/content/kairos‐document);  (https://www.kairosresponse.org/Palest Christns Ltr Apr2012.html); and    Whereas,  Caterpillar  provides  Israel  with  militarized  bulldozers  and  earth‐moving  equipment,  that  are  used  to  uproot  olive  groves,  demolish  Palestinian  homes,  construct  settlements,  and  build  segregated  roads and the separation barrier on occupied land; and    Whereas,  Motorola  Solutions  provides  surveillance  systems  for  Israeli  settlements,  military  bases,  and  the separation wall, as well as communication devices for the Israeli military; and     Whereas, Hewlett Packard provides data storage for settlements, manages information technology for  the Israeli Navy, and provides biometric monitoring of checkpoints inside the West Bank; and    Whereas,  there  has  been  no  meaningful  progress  with  the  companies  and  no  indication  of  any  willingness to change their involvement in Israel’s occupation; and    Whereas,  three  United  Methodist  conferences  –  New  York,  Northern  Illinois,  and  West  Ohio  –  have  divested  their  stock  in  companies  invested  in  the  occupation  of  the  West  Bank  and  have  suffered  no  losses to their portfolios or accusations of fiduciary impropriety; and   

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Whereas, numerous  other  conferences  have  passed  divestment  resolutions,  including:  Baltimore‐ Washington, California‐Pacific, California‐Nevada, Detroit, Minnesota, New England, Pacific Northwest,  Rocky Mountain, Upper New York (R2013.2), and Virginia; and    Whereas,  other  denominations  such  as  the  Presbyterian  Church  USA,  Society  of  Friends  (Quakers),  Mennonite  Central  Committee,  and  some  United  Church  of  Christ  conferences  have  passed  similar  divestment resolutions and have divested without suffering financial harm;     Whereas,  in  2014  the  Luxembourg  national  pension  fund  FDC  announced  it  was  barring  Motorola  Solutions from its investments because of its involvement with human rights violations in the occupied  territories;    Whereas,  Caterpillar  has  refused  a  request  from  the  United  Methodist  General  Board  of  Pension  and  Health  Benefits  to  sign  the  “UN  Guiding  Principles  on  Business  and  Human  Rights”  also  known  as  the  "Ruggie Principles;" and     Whereas, General Conference 2012 called on all United Methodist boards and agencies “to prayerfully  consider” divestment from companies that refuse to sign these principles; and     Whereas, we categorically denounce all forms of anti‐Semitism, whether directed toward Arabs or Jews,  and  any  and  all  attempts  to  diminish  the  historical  suffering  of  the  Jewish  people  or  the  Palestinian  people, and we seek justice for both Israelis and Palestinians; and     Whereas,  divestment  is  aimed  not  at  Israel  itself,  but  at  ending  the  occupation  of  land  beyond  its  internationally recognized borders; and    Whereas,  we  denounce  violence  and  terror  tactics  by  all  parties  in  the  Middle  East  conflict  and  commend non‐violent means of achieving peace; and    Whereas, all UMC mission personnel who have served in the occupied territories since the 1990s  support divestment from these three companies.  (https://www.kairosresponse.org/UMC_Missionaries_Divestment.html).     There  for  be  it  resolved  that  General  Conference  directs  all  boards  and  agencies  of  The  United  Methodist Church to take action to divest promptly from Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions, and Hewlett  Packard  and  continues  to  exclude  these  companies  until  they  end  their  involvement  with  the  Israeli  occupation.    Dated: Jan. 29, 2015    Submitted by:  The Upper New York Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel    Co‐chair:  Leah Mae Carlisle  Mailing address:   437 Lachenauer Dr.    Watertown, N.Y. 13601    Phone number:  (315) 782‐5611        Email:    leahtomc@verizon.net  UNY Local Church Membership: Asbury UMC, Watertown   

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Co‐chair: Linda Bergh        Mailing address:   116 Edna Road    Syracuse, N.Y. 13205  Phone number:  (315) 492‐8507  Email:    lindagarybergh@gmail.com  UNY Local Church Membership:  Belleview Heights UMC, Syracuse    Co‐chair:  Karen Peterson  Mailing address:   116 Greenridge Dr.    Horseheads, N.Y. 14845  Phone number:  (607) 739‐3141  Email:    dpeterson1@stny.rr.com  UNY Local Church Membership: Horseheads UMC, Horseheads    Endorsed  by  members  of  the  Upper  New  York  Conference  Task  Force  on  Peace  with  Justice  in  Palestine/Israel    Hudda Aswad  Thomas D. Carlisle  Elaine Chorley  Rev. Gary Doupe  Linda Fiske  Rev. Dr. Thom White Wolf Fassett  George Homanich  Judy Homanich  Rev. Alan Kinney  Arlene Lundquest  Rev. Duane Priset  Dianne Roe  Christine Root  Rev. Merle Showers  Susanne Wilkowski    Beth Woolever    Endorsed by the Upper New York Conference Social Holiness Team    Chair:  The Rev. Alan Kinney, Chair  Mailing address:  943 Palmer Ave.    Schenectady, N.Y. 12309 ‐6216  Phone number:  (518) 374‐4306  Email:    akinney3@twcny.rr.com  UNY Local Church Membership: Eastern Parkway UMC   

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GC2016.14 – Establishing a Screen to Remove and Avoid Investments in Illegal  Settlements on Occupied Land  Total Number of Pages:  3    The Book of Discipline ¶717, 165D  General Conference Committee/Agency:  GC Board of Church and Society  Financial Implications: No    Whereas, the occupying power in a foreign territory is prohibited from moving its own population onto  land that is occupied (Article 49, Geneva Convention IV); and     Whereas, segregated communities established by the occupying power on occupied land in violation of  the Geneva Conventions are commonly referred to as “illegal settlements;” and    Whereas, a business operating in an illegal settlement pays taxes to the settlement and strengthens its  economic base, takes advantage of land unlawfully seized from others and is complicit in the occupying  power’s violations of human rights and international law; and    Whereas,  the  UN  Global  Compact  calls  on  companies  to  “make  sure  they  are  not  complicit  in  human  rights abuses” (unglobalcompact.org); and    Whereas,  the  United  Methodist  General  Conference  2012  encouraged  companies  “to  honor  and  promote  human  rights  and  the  dignity  of  human  life  consistent  with  the  10  principles  of  the  United  Nations Global Compact” (http://www.umc.org/what‐we‐believe/investment‐ethics); and     Whereas,  The  Book  of  Discipline  of  the  United  Methodist  Church  2012  discourages  investment  in  companies  “that  appear  likely,  directly  or  indirectly,  to  support  the  racial  discrimination,  violation  of  human rights...” (¶717); and    Whereas, both the Hague Conventions of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention  forbid exploitation  of the natural resources of an occupied people; and    Whereas,  settlement  companies  often  exploit  resources  in  occupied  territories  by  mining,  diverting  water, and polluting agricultural land; and    Whereas, the United Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits is a founding signatory of  the  UN  Principles  for  Responsible  Investment,  through  which  signatories  agree  to  consider  environmental and social, as well as governance issues in investment decisions. (www.unpri.org); and    Whereas, our Social Principles declare, “We denounce as immoral an ordering of life that perpetuates  injustice and impedes the pursuit of peace.” (UMC Social Principles, "The World Community” ¶165.D);  and     Whereas,  the  presence  of  illegal  settlements  on  occupied  land  perpetuates  injustice  and  impedes  the    pursuit of peace. 

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Therefore be  it  resolved  that  the  General  Conference  directs  all  General  Boards  and  Agencies  of  The  United Methodist Church to apply a screen that excludes investment in companies with involvement in  illegal settlements by:     1. Having a physical presence or a subsidiary in an illegal settlement, or  2. Providing support services to an illegal settlement, or  3. Contributing to the financing or building of illegal settlements; and    Be  it  further  resolved  that  a  physical  presence  is  defined  as  having  a  factory,  processing  center,  sales  outlet,  subsidiary,  or  warehouse  in  a  settlement;  support  services  include  data  storage,  electronic  security, waste removal, and other activities that help sustain the settlement; and financing or building  includes providing or underwriting loans or providing materials, supervision or labor for the construction  of settlements.    Dated: Feb. 5, 2015    Submitted by: The Upper New York Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel    Co‐chair:  Leah Mae Carlisle  Mailing address:   437 Lachenauer Drive    Watertown, N.Y. 13601    Phone number:  (315) 782‐5611        Email:    leahtomc@verizon.net  UNY Local Church Membership: Asbury UMC, Watertown                   Co‐chair:  Linda Bergh        Mailing address:   116 Edna Road    Syracuse, N.Y. 13205  Phone number:  (315) 492‐8507  Email:    lindagarybergh@gmail.com  UNY Local Church Membership: Belleview Heights UMC, Syracuse    Co‐chair:  Karen Peterson  Mailing address:   116 Greenridge Drive    Horseheads, N.Y. 14845  Phone number:  (607) 739‐3141  Email:    dpeterson1@stny.rr.com  UNY Local Church Membership: Horseheads UMC, Horseheads    Endorsed  by  members  of  the  Upper  New  York  Conference  Task  Force  on  Peace  with  Justice  in  Palestine/Israel    Hudda Aswad  Thomas D. Carlisle  Elaine Chorley  Rev. Gary Doupe  Linda Fiske  Rev. Dr. Thom White Wolf Fassett   

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George Homanich  Judy Homanich  Rev. Alan Kinney  Arlene Lundquest  Rev. Duane Priset  Dianne Roe  Christine Root  Rev. Merle Showers  Susanne Wilkowski    Beth Woolever    February 12, 2015   Endorsed by the Upper New York Conference Social Holiness Team    Chair:  The Rev. Alan Kinney, Chair  Mailing address:  943 Palmer Ave.    Schenectady, N.Y. 12309 ‐6216  Phone number:  (518) 374‐4306  Email:    akinney3@twcny.rr.com  UNY Local Church Membership: Eastern Parkway UMC 

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GC2016.15 – Opposition to Torture  Number of Pages: 2   

2008 [2012] Book of Resolutions #6120 [6148], Book of Discipline ¶510.2(a)  General Conference Committee/Agency:  General Board on Church and Society 

General Church Budget Implications: No 

Global Implications: No   

Rationale: In  ¶510.2(a)  of  The  Book  of  Discipline  it  states,  “Resolutions  are  official  expressions  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  for  eight  years  following  their  adoption,  after  which  time  they  shall  be  deemed  to  have expired unless readopted.” Because of this statement, Resolution #6148 would expire in 2016.    Whereas, recent revelations in the press and at congressional hearings show that torture is still taking  place; and    Whereas,  the  2008  General  Conference,  in  Resolution  #6120  [reprinted  as  #6148  in  the  2012  Book  of  Resolutions] says, “Among the most significant of human rights is the right to security of person, which  includes the right not to be tortured.” and    Whereas, the Resolution #6120 further states:    Our commitment to human rights is grounded in the conviction that each and every human life  is sacred. This theme wends its way throughout our Scriptures, in the creation stories as well as  in  Jesus’  teaching  and  ministry.  Among  the  most  significant  of  human  rights  is  the  right  to  security of person, which includes the right not to be tortured.     Yet around the world today, there are countless number persons suffering shocking and morally  intolerable treatment at the hands of those acting, all too often, on behalf of their governments.  Such  torture  violates  the  basic  dignity  of  the  human  person  that  all  religions,  in  their  highest  ideals, hold dear. It degrades everyone involved; policy makers, perpetrators, and victims.     Therefore, The United Methodist Church:  1.  Opposes the use of torture and all forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading interrogations by  all agencies, employees, or agents of all governments anywhere in the worl;   2.  Supports the application of the Geneva Conventions to all enemy soldiers and the humane  treatment  with  due  process  for  all  combatants  held  by  both  government  and  non‐ goverment forces anywhere in the world;  3.  Supports principles as contained in documents such as the Bill of Rights of the Constitution  of  the  United  States  that  call  for  judicial  review  and  legislative  oversight  over  executive  branch  operations  relating  to  counter  terrorism  and  domestic  surveillance  programs,  both  classified and publicly acknowledged, and similar documents in other countries; and   4.  Endorses  legislative  and  judicial  remedies  for  the  use  of  torture  and  illegal  detention  by  agencies  of  all  governments,  such  as  appointment  of  special  counsels,  open  hearings,  appropriate investigation, and legislation outlawing the use of “extraordinary rendition” and  extraterritorial prison facilities.   

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As in  the  case  of  conscientious  objectors,  the  United  Methodist  Church  expresses  support  for  the  principled  refusal  on  grounds  of  conscience  by  military  intelligence,  and  other  personnel  who are asked to participate in coercive and/or covert detention of prisoners.     The  United  Methodist  Church’s  Board  of  Church  and  Society  and  all  other  church  boards  and  agencies  are  authorized  to  express  support  for  the  protection  of  the  right  of  privacy  for  all  citizens against unwarranted intrusion by their government or private entities.     The United Methodist Church encourages all United Methodists;  1.  to  be  attentive  to  issues  of  human  rights  related  policy  and  practice  of  their  own  governments;  2.  to  continue  to  advocate  for  human  rights  in  the  many  paces  around  the  world  where  those rights are in jeopardy;  3.  to  seek  ways  to  assist  victims  of  human  rights  abuse  and  to    prevent  further  abuse  of  others; and to pray for all victims of such abuse and for those who persecute them.”     and    Whereas, we continue to deplore the use of torture;     Therefore be it resolved that Resolution #6120 (“Opposition to Torture”) as published in the 2008 Book  of  Resolutions  be  readopted  as  the  official  position  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  regarding  our  opposition to torture.    Dated: Feb. 13, 2015    Submitted by:      Kenneth Bollerud    Mailing address:     Saratoga UMC      175 Fifth Ave.      Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  12866  Phone number:     (518) 584‐1192  Email:     Office@Saratogaumc.org  UNY membership:   Chair, Church and Society Work Area   

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GC2016.16 – Removing Prejudice Against Ministerial Candidates with  Disabilities   Number of Pages: 1    The Book of Discipline ¶324.8  General Conference Committee/Agency:    General Church Budget Implications: None  Global Implications: Speaks to ongoing prejudice against candidates with disabilities    Rationale:  The current clause opens the door to prejudging disabled provisional members as unfit for ministry. The  health  examination  includes  matters  irrelevant  to  effective  ministry.  Jesus  upheld  disabled  persons  as  “clean.” John Wesley designed Methodism as an inclusive, not exclusive body of Christ with all and for  all; so must we.    Whereas, the current health requirement for candidates is ambiguously worded and does not take into  consideration the health issues as related to an ongoing disability.    Therefore be it resolved that ¶324.8 of The Book of Discipline be revised as follows: Each candidate shall  present a satisfactory certificate of good health by a physician on the prescribed form. If a provisional  candidate  has  one  or  more  irremovable  disabilities,  those  conditions  shall  have  no  bearing  on  the  question  of  endorsing  the  candidate  as  an  ordained  elder  in  The  United  Methodist  Church,  with  the  decision  based  solely  on  the  candidate  having  met  the  professional  standards  and  is  effective  as  a  provisional member in ministry. Disabilities are not to be construed as unfavorable health factors when  a person with a disability is capable of meeting the professional standards and is able to render effective  service as a provisional member.       Dated:  Feb. 17, 2015    Submitted by:   Rev. Steven C. Clunn  Mailing address:   307 Yoakum Parkway #225     Alexandria, VA  22304  Phone number:  (518) 878‐6737  Email:   sclunn@yahoo.com  UNY membership: Extension Ministry appointment to the Methodist Federation for Social Action

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GC2016.17 – Non‐Discrimination In UMC Employee Disability Benefits   Total Number of Pages:  1    The Book of Discipline ¶806  General Conference Committee/Agency: None  General Church Budget Implications: Nominal  Global Implications:  Speaks to ongoing prejudice against candidates with disabilities    Rationale:  Disability  insurance  which  restricts  benefits  for  “nervous‐mental  conditions”  –  common  practice  –  unjustly discriminates against some employees compared to others, violates Social Principle ¶162X and  is  counter  to  the  principles  of  Resolution  3303,  Ministry  in  Mental  Illness.  General  Council  on  Finance  and Administration is the appropriate agency to enforce non‐use of United Methodist Church funds for  such insurance.    Whereas,  the  current  financial  responsibilities  of  the  GCFA  does  not  adequately  cover  the  impact  mental‐nervous conditions in relation to disability coverage.    Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  a  new  paragraph  ¶806.8  be  added  and  all  sequential  paragraphs  be  reorder. The new paragraph ¶806.8 shall read:     It shall be responsible for ensuring that no United Methodist board, agency, or other entity shall  provide to their own agency, other agencies, or to annual conferences’ disability compensation  insurance for clergy or laity which offers different levels of protection based on whether or not  the diagnosis is for a mental‐nervous condition.        Dated:  Feb. 17, 2015    Submitted by:    Reverend Steven C. Clunn  Mailing address:   307 Yoakum Parkway, #225    Alexandria, VA  22304  Phone number:   (518) 878‐6737  Email:   sclunn@yahoo.com  UNY membership:   Extension Ministry appointment to the Methodist Federation for Social Action

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GC2016.18 – Not Optional, But Required Additional Member of Joint Committee  on Clergy Medical Leave  Total Number of Pages:  1    The Book of Discipline ¶652  General Conference Committee/Agency:    General Church Budget Implications: No  Global Implications: None    Rationale:  Since each annual conference is required to establish a procedure for clergy medical leave, an  active or  retired  ordained  person  with  a  disability  must  not  be  an  optional,  but  a  required  part  of  the  decision  making body to ensure a fair and just course of action.     Whereas, the current requirements for membership, when establishing a conference joint committee on  medical leave, are inadequate in terms of dealing with persons with disabilities.     Therefore be it resolved that BOD ¶652 should be revised to read:   Each  annual  conference  shall  establish  a  procedure  by  which  it  will  manage  clergy  medical  leave.  The  annual  conference  may  establish  a  joint  committee  on  clergy  medical  leave.  If  the  annual  conference  establishes  such  a  committee,  it  should  shall  be  composed  of  at  least  two  representatives  each  from  the  Board  of  Ordained  Ministry  and  the  conference  board  of  pensions,  who  may  be  elected  by  those  boards  at  the  establishment  of  the  committee  at  the  beginning  of  each  quadrennium  and  at  other  times  when  vacancies  occur,  and  one  active  or  retired  minister  with  one  or  more  disabilities  named  by  the  Conference  Committee  on  Disabilities, or – if there is no Conference Committee on Disabilities – then by the bishop, all of  whom  shall  be  elected  either  annually  or  the  beginning  of  each  quadrennium,  and  when  a  vacancy occurs. Further, a district superintendent shall be appointed from time to time to the  committee by the bishop to represent the cabinet. The joint committee shall be encouraged to  include  in  its  composition  a  person  with  a  disability,  preferably  someone  under  appointment.   Unless  and  until  other  members  are  elected,  the  chairperson  and  registrar  of  the  Board  of  Ordained Ministry, the chairperson and secretary of the Conference Board of Pensions, and the  chairperson  of  the  Conference  Disability  Committee  or  others  designated  by  them,  shall  be  authorized to represent their respective boards and the disability committee in organizing itself  either annually or at the beginning of each quadrennium by the election of a chairperson and a  secretary.  If  the  annual  conference  does  not  establish  a  joint  committee,  the  annual  conference’s  established  policy  and  process  for  managing  clergy  medical  leave  nonetheless  should  involve  the  Board  of  Ordained  Ministry,  the  Conference  Board  of  Pensions,  the  Conference Committee on Disabilities, and representation from the cabinet.     Dated:  Feb. 17, 2015  Submitted by:      Rev. Steven C. Clunn  Mailing address:     307 Yoakum Parkway, #225      Alexandria, VA  22304  Phone number:     (518) 878‐6737  Email:     sclunn@yahoo.com  UNY membership:     Extension Ministry appointment to the Methodist Federation for Social Action

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GC2016.19 – Non‐Discrimination in Disability Compensation  Number of Pages: 1    The Book of Discipline ¶ New  General Conference Committee/Agency: General Board of Church and Society   General Church Budget Implications: No  Global Implications: Yes    Rationale:  Long  term  disability  insurance  protects  employees  around  the  world  by  providing  continuing  compensation in lieu of salary when an accident or illness prevents an employee from continuing his or  her  service  to  the  employer.  Ideally,  such  insurance  provides  for  compensation  based  purely  on  the  existence  of  a  disability  that  prevents  continuing  employment  and  continues  for  the  duration  of  that  disability.     Whereas,  in  many  countries  such  insurance  is  often  subject  to  a  limitation  for  disabilities  based  on  “mental and nervous conditions.”  The primary reason offered for such acts of discrimination between  disabilities is the comparative difficulty of validating disabilities whose evidence relies on self‐reporting.  Other reasons may include the belief that mental and nervous conditions are more likely temporary in  nature  and  therefore  a  time  limitation,  typically  two  years,  is  appropriate.  The  limitation  therefore  places  the  administrative  needs  of  insurers  over  the  well‐being  of  the  persons  they  are  committed  to  insure. In the United States, courts have held that discrimination in disability insurance is not addressed  by non‐discrimination provisions of either the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Affordable Care Act.  In the United States, disability insurance is generally regulated at the state level.                    Therefore be it resolved that The United Methodist Church affirms its long standing support for persons  with mental illness and their families. Jesus Christ made no distinctions in his healing ministry between  persons with physical disabilities and those which we might today call mental illnesses. We call upon the  General  Board  of  Church  and  Society  to  advocate  globally  on  behalf  of  non‐discriminatory  long‐term  disability insurance for workers, and to support and encourage the work of Annual Conference Boards of  Church and Society in such advocacy at state and regional legislative bodies.     Dated: Feb. 17, 2015    Submitted by:    Rev. Steven C. Clunn  Mailing address:   307 Yoakum Parkway #225    Alexandria, VA  22304  Phone number:   (518) 878‐6737  Email:   sclunn@yahoo.com  UNY membership:   Extension Ministry appointment to the Methodist Federation for Social Action

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GC2016.20 – Ensure Accessibility of Conference Meetings  Number of Pages: 1    The Book of Discipline ¶610.4  General Conference Committee/Agency:    General Church Budget Implications: No  Global Implications: Yes    Rationale:  The Upper New York Conference already has a strong policy in regards to holding Conference, district,  board, and committee meetings and events at facilities that are accessible and we are now seeking to  advocate for similar practices across our United Methodist connection.      Whereas, the involvement of persons with disabilities in Conference activities, meetings and leadership  is often incumbent upon those activities taking place at facilities that are accessible.    Therefore be it resolved  that ¶610.4 of The Book of Discipline be revised to  read: Whenever possible,  Every  effort  shall  be  made  to  ensure  that  all  meetings  scheduled  by  the  annual  conference  and  its  districts,  boards,  or  committees  should  will  be  held  in  places  that  are  accessible  to  persons  with  disabilities even if this means scheduling meetings outside church‐related facilities.    Dated:  Feb. 17, 2015    Submitted by:    Rev. Steven C. Clunn  Mailing address:   307 Yoakum Parkway #225    Alexandria, VA  22304  Phone number:   (518) 878‐6737  Email:   sclunn@yahoo.com  UNY membership:   Extension Ministry appointment to the Methodist Federation for Social Action

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GC2016.21 – Do Not Invest in Petroleum, Coal, or Natural Gas  Number of Pages: 1    The Book of Resolutions #4071  Conference Committee/Agency:   Financial Implications: No    Whereas,  United  Methodists  serve  on  the  front  lines  of  extreme  weather  events  that  will  increase  in  frequency  and  severity  with  climate  change.  Limiting  climate  change  requires  that  most  fossil  fuel  reserves  stay  underground.  Continued  investment  in  fossil  fuels  undermines  The  United  Methodist  Church’s ministries with young people and vulnerable people.    Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  in  The  Book  of  Resolutions  section  4071,  Socially  Responsible  Investing  Strategies,  a  bullet  be  added  after  “operating  or  managing…”  the  production  of  petroleum,  coal,  or  natural gas, then continue with bullet “antipersonnel weapons…”.     Dated:  Feb. 15, 2015    Submitted by:   Rev. Corey Turnpenny  Mailing address:   PO Box 739, Whitney Point NY 13862  Phone number:  (570) 417‐7693  Email:   pastorcoreyt@gmail.com  UNY local church membership: Member of the Upper New York Annual Conference appointed to  Whitney Point UMC    List of other signees:  Stephanie Henry  4 Vinal St, Apt 6, Brighton, MA 02135  stephjdhenry@gmail.com  (315) 729‐5214  Professing member of Fayetteville UMC, Fayetteville, NY    Bryant Clark  25 Academy St., Windsor NY 13865  (570) 368‐3662  bryclark@bu.edu  Professing member of Fairview UMC, Binghamton, NY 13904    Ian Urriola  5325 Westbard Ave., Apt. 515   Bethesda, MD 20816  (585) 705‐9334  iurriola1992@gmail.com  Member of Asbury First UMC, Rochester, NY    Members of Fossil Free UMC, http://www.fossilfreeumc.org/, calling for less use of fossil fuels

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GC2016.22 – Create Petroleum and Natural Gas Investment Screens  Number of Pages: 2    The Book of Resolutions New, #1001.2, 4071.1‐2 Book of Discipline ¶160.D  General Conference Committee/Agency: General Board of Pensions and Health   Benefits (GBOPHB)  General Church Budget Implications: No  Global Implications: No 

Whereas, the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBOPHB) manages more than $21 billion in  assets on behalf of United Methodist clergy, staff, agencies, churches, and other institutions; and    Whereas,  The  United  Methodist  Church  has  acknowledged  the  risks  of  fossil  fuel  dependence  for  the  last 35 years through its Energy Policy Statement in The Book of Resolutions #1001.2; and    Whereas,  the  investment  policy  goals  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  as  outlined  in  The  Book  of  Resolutions  #4071.1‐2  include  investing  in  corporations,  companies,  institutions,  or  funds  making  a  positive  contribution  to  the  realization  of  the  goals  outlined  in  the  Social  Principles  and  The  Book  of  Resolutions, and exclude investing in companies that violate church values; and    Whereas,  the  Social  Principles  ¶160.D  state  that  climate  change  will  bring  “…severe  environmental,  economic, and social implications,” which will “…disproportionately affect individuals and nations least  responsible for the emissions;” and    Whereas, the GBOPHB maintains significant holdings in petroleum and natural gas companies; and    Whereas,  while  shareholder  advocacy  can  be  effective  in  pressuring  industries  to  change  practices,  it  cannot  change  petroleum  and  natural  gas  companies’  core  business  model,  which  is  to  produce  petroleum and natural gas; and    Whereas,  fossil  fuel  companies  are  spending  up  to  $600  billion  each  year  to  seek  additional  reserves  while governments worldwide spend another $600 billion each year subsidizing their consumption; and     Whereas,  the  processes  and  byproducts  related  to  the  extraction  of  petroleum  and  natural  gas  are  damaging  to  the  health  of  people  who  work  in  these  industries  as  well  as  those  who  live  on  or  near  extraction sites; and    Whereas, the extraction and burning of petroleum and natural gas exacerbates climate change; and    Whereas, limiting the warming of the earth to 2 degrees Celsius, the internationally agreed upon limit  for human survival, requires that the vast majority of the world’s fossil fuels be left in the ground; and    Whereas,  avoiding  the  worst  impacts  of  climate  change  urgently  requires  a  transition  to  sustainable  energy; and    Whereas, United Methodists live and serve on the front lines of disasters like Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon  Haiyan, prolonged droughts, devastating floods, massive wildfires, and other extreme weather events,  which will increase in frequency and severity with climate change; and 

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Whereas, continued  investment  in  petroleum  and  natural  gas  companies  undermines  The  United  Methodist Church’s ministries to the most vulnerable among us – including those who are hungry, sick  and/or living in poverty; and    Whereas,  continued  investment  in  petroleum  and  natural  gas  companies  signals  a  grave  disregard  for  the lives of young people;     Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  the  General  Conference  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  petitions  the  General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church to adopt the following  policy: Investments shall not knowingly be made in any company or entity whose core business activity  involves  the  production  of  petroleum  or  natural  gas.  Core  business  activity  refers  to  a  company's  primary, or central focus of activity and is an essential element in the company's economic success. A  "core business" is one that accounts for 10 percent or more of a company's revenue derived from the  objectionable products and/or services.      Dated:  Feb. 15, 2016  Submitted by:    Rev. Corey Turnpenny  Mailing address:   PO Box 739, Whitney Point N.Y. 13862  Phone number:  (570) 417‐7693  Email:   pastorcoreyt@gmail.com  UNY  local  church  membership:  Member  of  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  appointed  to  Whitney Point UMC    List of all other signees:   Stephanie Henry  4 Vinal St, Apt 6, Brighton, MA 02135    stephjdhenry@gmail.com  (315) 729‐5214  Fayetteville UMC, Fayetteville, NY    Bryant Clark  25 Academy St., Windsor NY 13865  (570) 368‐3662  bryclark@bu.edu  Fairview UMC, Binghamton, NY    Ian Urriola  5325 Westbard Ave., Apt. 515   Bethesda, MD 20816  585‐705‐9334  iurriola1992@gmail.com  Asbury First UMC, Rochester, NY     Members of Fossil Free UMC, http://www.fossilfreeumc.org/, calling for less use of fossil fuels

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GC2016.23 – Avoid Investment in the Production of Petroleum, Coal, and  Natural Gas  Number of Pages: 2   

The Book of Discipline: ¶717  The Book of Resolutions New   General Conference Committee/Agency: General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits (GBOPHB)  General Church Budget Implications:  No 

Global Implications:  No 

Whereas,  United  Methodists  serve  on  the  front  lines  of  extreme  weather  events  that  will  increase  in  frequency  and  severity  with  climate  change.  Limiting  climate  change  requires  that  most  fossil  fuel  reserves  stay  underground.  Continued  investment  in  fossil  fuels  undermines  The  United  Methodist  Church’s ministries with young people and vulnerable people.    Therefore be it resolved that The Book of Discipline ¶717 be amended as follows:   It  shall  be  the  policy  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  that  all  general  boards  and  agencies,  including the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, and all administrative agencies and  institutions,  including  hospitals,  homes,  educational  institutions,  annual  conferences,  foundations, and local churches, shall, in the investment of money, make a conscious effort to  invest in institutions, companies, corporations, or funds whose practices are consistent with the  goals  outlined  in  the  Social  Principles;  and  shall  endeavor  to  avoid  investments  that  appear  likely,  directly  or  indirectly,  to  support  racial  discrimination,  violation  of  human  rights,  sweatshop or forced labor, gambling, or the production of petroleum, coal, natural gas, nuclear  armaments, alcoholic beverages or tobacco, or companies dealing in pornography. The boards  and  agencies  are  to  give  careful  consideration  to  shareholder  advocacy,  including  advocacy  of  corporate disinvestment.     Dated:  Feb. 15, 2015    Submitted by:   Rev. Corey Turnpenny  Mailing address:   PO Box 739 Whitney Point N.Y. 13862  Phone number:  (570) 417‐7693  Email:   pastorcoreyt@gmail.com  UNY  local  church  membership:  Clergy  member  of  the  Upper  New  York  Conference  appointed  to  Whitney Point UMC    List of all other signees:  Stephanie Henry  4 Vinal St, Apt 6   Brighton, Mass. 02135  stephjdhenry@gmail.com  Phone number: (315) 729‐5214  Member of Fayetteville UMC, Fayetteville, N.Y.   

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Bryant Clark  25 Academy St.   Windsor N.Y. 13865  (570) 368‐3662  bryclark@bu.edu  Member of Fairview UMC, Binghamton, N.Y. 13904    Ian Urriola  5325 Westbard Ave. Apt. 515   Bethesda, Md. 20816  (585) 705‐9334  iurriola1992@gmail.com  Member of Asbury First UMC, Rochester, N.Y.    Members of Fossil Free UMC, http://www.fossilfreeumc.org/, calling for less use of fossil fuels     

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UNYAC2015.1 – Resolution Concerning the General Conference and  Homosexuality  Total Number of Pages:  1    Whereas,  according  to  The  Social  Principles  of  the  United  Methodist  Church,  ¶161F  “The  United  Methodist  Church  does  not  condone  the  practice  of  homosexuality  and  considers  this  practice  incompatible with Christian teaching.” and    Whereas, two "agree to disagree" proposals were soundly defeated during separate votes by the nearly  1,000 delegates gathered for The United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Fla.,  therefore keeping the current discriminatory disciplinary language; and    Whereas,  one  defeated  2012  proposal  would  have  changed  The  Book  of  Discipline  simply  to  say  that  gays  and  lesbians  are  "people  of  sacred  worth"  and  that  church  members  “differ  about  whether  homosexual practices (are) contrary to the will of God;” and    Whereas, at least 15 regional Conferences have rejected the denomination’s stance on homosexuality;  and    Whereas, 35 states now allow gay marriage, and The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church  ¶340 2a.3a states that the decision to perform the ceremony shall be the right and responsibility of the  pastor “in accordance with the laws of the state and the rules of the United Methodist Church.”and     Whereas, “one of the top reasons 59 percent of young adults with a Christian background have left the  church is because they perceive the church to be too exclusive, particularly regarding their LGBT friends”  (Kinnaman, David, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church...and Rethinking Faith); and    Whereas,  many  United  Methodists  in  the  United  States,  as  well  as  persons  from  other  countries,  acknowledge  that  the  Church  is  divided  on  this  issue,  but  feel  that  current  discriminatory  disciplinary  language  is  harmful  not  only  to  the  groups  that  it  attacks,  but  to  the  future  of  the  church,  as  such  language is alienating to both present and future members; and    Whereas,  a  resolution  very  similar  to  this  one  was  presented  and  passed  by  the  North  Carolina  Conference in 2013,     Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  the  Upper  New  York  Annual  Conference  session  of  2015,  gathered  in  Syracuse  implores  its  delegates  to  the  2016  General  Conference  to  change  the  language  used  in  The  Social  Principles  and  to  affirm  the  place  of  LGBT  (Lesbian,  Gay,  Bisexual,  and  Transgender)  members  within the Church, including access both to marriage and to ordination.    Dated:  Feb. 3, 2015  Submitted by:  Rev. Dr. Robert Allan Hill, Dean, Marsh Chapel; Professor, New Testament and  Pastoral Theology; Chaplain to the University, Office of Religious Life  Mailing address:  Boston University  Phone number:  (617) 358‐3394    Email:  rahill@bu.edu 

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UNYAC2015.2 – Change to the Rules of Order   Number of Pages: 2    Conference Committee/Agency: Rules of Order Committee  Conference Church Budget Implications: None     Rationale:  The rights of persons with minority or alternate views should be protected in order that the membership  of the Conference has full information prior to voting.    Whereas, the Upper New York Conference has the authority to determine Rules of Order by which its  sessions will be governed; and    Whereas, Robert’s Rules provide for the “Calling of the question” with no debate and sometimes with  many persons still seeking to be recognized, as experienced in the Special Session on Oct. 18, 2014; and    Whereas,  our  Conference  and  denomination  have  become  winner  take  all,  even  when  the  majority  is  small; and    Whereas, we have mirrored our United States Congress in becoming polarized to such a degree there is  little opportunity for compromise, never mind consensus; and    Whereas,  we  have  addressed  conflicts  with  behind  the  scene  alliance  building  that  has  emphasized  difference rather than commonality; and    Whereas, Conference conflict resolution trainings have called for win‐win solutions rather than win‐lose  solutions; and    Whereas,  simply  voting  and  determining  the  outcome  does  not  indicate  the  whole  voice  of  the  Conference but the “winning” voice; and    Whereas, Jesus has prayed for us, his disciples, that we shall be one; and    Whereas, John Wesley has called for unity is essentials and charity in differences.    Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  the  Upper  New  York  Conference  hereby  revises  its  Rules  of  Order  to  require a two‐thirds majority to end debate when 25 or more persons are still seeking to be recognized,  and if, after an hour’s real debate time has elapsed, and the question is called, a simple majority may  vote to close debate.    Dated:  Jan. 15, 2015  Submitted by:  Nelson Price       Mailing Address:   6305 Hamlet Crest    Jamesville, NY 13078  Phone number:  (315) 446‐7656  Email:  nprice@twcny.rr.com  UNY local church membership: professing member, University UMC, Syracuse 

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Submitted by:  Ted Finlayson‐Schueler  Mailing Address:  118 Shirley Road,   Syracuse, N.Y. 13224  Phone number:  (315) 446‐6333  Fax number:  (315) 703‐1871  Email:  SchoolbusTed@Safetyrules.net  UNY local church membership: professing member, University UMC, Syracuse    Names are listed alphabetically    The Rev. Dr. Wilfredo Juan Baez   The Rev. Robert F. Long  1637 Rita Rd.  833 Oregon Avenue,  Vestal N.Y. 13850  Niskayuna, N.Y. 12309  Phone number: (607) 484‐9903  Phone number: (518) 372‐1083   Email: revwillbaez@gmail.com  Fax (518) 374‐6060   Tabernacle UMC, Binghamton  c/o First UMC, Schenectady    Email: Bikealong@nycap.rr.com  Rev. Sara E. Baron  First UMC of Schenectady  First UMC, Schenectady  603 State St.   Schenectady, N.Y. 12305  James Morgan  http://fumcschenectady.org/  416J4 Old Homestead Rd.  https://www.facebook.com/FUMCSchenectady  Syracuse, N.Y. 13215    Email: Morg33@twcny.rr.com  Linda Bergh  Phone number: (315) 488‐4772  116 Edna Road  Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse  Syracuse, N.Y.  13205  Phone number: (315) 492‐8507  Alice Nash  Email: Lindagarybergh@gmail.com  17 Haigh Ave  Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse  Schenectady, N.Y. 12304    Phone number: (518) 225‐3886  Rev. Craig French  Email: photogirl12@gmail.com  117 Whitestone Drive  First UMC Schenectady, Schenectady  Syracuse, N.Y. 13215  Phone number: (315) 476‐1834  Shirley Readdean  Email: craigfrench@twcny.rr.com  2232 Turner Ave.   Schenectady, N.Y. 12306  University UMC, Syracuse  Phone: (518) 372‐7065    Rev. Chris Kinnell  Email: whirrly@earthlink.net  181 Parkside Ave.  First UMC Schenectady, Schenectady  Syracuse, N.Y. 13207  Phone number: (315) 385‐7592  Mary Jane Russell  Email: pastorcsk@msn.com  1 Fox Run Lane Unit 630  Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse  Orchard Park, N.Y.  14127‐3173  Phone number: (716) 646‐6376  Email: wjmjrussell@gmail.com  Orchard Park UMC, Orchard Park 

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Rev. Dr. William J. C. Russell (ret.)  1 Fox Run Lane #630  Orchard Park, N.Y.  14127‐3173  Phone number: (716) 912‐8054  Orchard Park UMC, Orchard Park    Susan Paul  607 Walberta Road  Syracuse, N.Y. 13219  Email: LSQP655@verizon.net  Phone number: (315) 488‐3422  Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse     

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UNYAC2015.3 – Support a Fair Minimum Wage for New York State Number of Pages: 1

The Book of Resolutions #4135.IV.2

Conference Committee/Agency: Social Holiness Conference Church Budget Implications: No

Financial Implications: No

Rationale: To communicate to the governor and members of the legislative districts covered within our Conference concerning the state’s fair minimum wage. Whereas, The United Methodist Church supports efforts to raise the minimum wage to a living wage and index it to inflation, according to its 2008 [2012] Book of Resolutions (Resolution 4135, “Rights of Workers”); and Whereas, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour (which is $290 per 40 hour week or $15,080 per year), and the New York State minimum wage is $8.75 per hour (or $350 per 40 hour week or $18,200 per year); and Whereas, the governor’s budget proposes $10.50 per hour across the state (which is $420 per 40 hour week or $21,840 per year) and $11.50 per hour in New York City (which is $460 per 40 hour week or $23,920 per year); and Whereas, the purpose of a minimum wage is to allow a family of three to live on that wage; and Whereas, the 2014-2015 Federal Income Guidelines (Effective through June 30, 2015) suggest the following as minimum: Gross Income Household Size Annual Weekly 1 $21,590 $416 2 $29,101 $560 3 $36,612 $705 Therefore be it resolved that this session of Upper New York State Annual Conference join with the Labor-Religion coalition, Hunger Action Network of New York State and other organizations in calling for a minimum of $15.00 per hour indexed to inflation and elimination of sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. Dated: Feb. 13, 2015 Submitted by: Kenneth Bollerud, Chair Church and Society Work Area Mailing Address: Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church 175 Fifth Ave,. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Phone number: (518) 584-3720 Email: Office@saratogaumc.org

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UNYAC2015.4 – Locations for Annual Conference Sessions Number of Pages: 2 The Book of Discipline: Conference Committee/Agency: Bishop, Exec. Staff Team, and Annual Conference Sessions Planning Team Financial Implications: Limited Whereas, the Upper New York (UNY) Conference is composed of 915 individual congregations, within 12 districts, themselves within 49 of the 62 counties within New York state (every county above the Catskills within New York state); and Whereas UNY Conference is seeking to create a vital identity which represents the full spectrum of the geography, cultures, and values of the former conferences; and Whereas, solidarity with every portion of the Conference leads to establishing a maturing UNY Conference identity; and Whereas, reciprocity of hospitality is a significant factor in creating and maintaining a maturing relationship within all communities, including conferences; and Whereas, being present in differing geographical regions within the Conference boundaries opens the way for more complete bonding and ownership of Conference by those within fuller geographical extents of the Conference; and Whereas, there are several major population regions within UNY Conference that are well-suited to hosting the UNY Annual Conference sessions. Therefore be it resolved that beginning with the UNY Annual Conference session 2017, UNY Annual Conference sessions will be held in odd years in Syracuse and in even years within the Albany, Buffalo, or Rochester regions [i.e.: Syracuse/Albany/Syracuse/Buffalo or Rochester (or other regions if it is proven possible)]. Dated: Feb. 16, 2015 Submitted by: Virgia Phoenix Mailing Address: 175 South Swan Street, #3J Albany, NY 12210 Phone number: (518) 463-6489 Fax number: (518) 374-6060 c/o First UMC, Schenectady Email: vphoenix12@aol.com UNY local church membership: professing member, First UMC Schenectady Bob Long 833 Oregon Avenue, Niskayuna, N.Y., 12309-6423 Phone number: (518) 372-1083;

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Email: s.baron@gmail.com UNY local church membership: UNY elder appointed to Schenectady UMC Shirley Drake Byers PO Box 33 Broadalbin, N.Y. 12025-0033 Phone number: (518) 883-8156 Email: sdcjbyers1@nycap.rr.com UNY local church membership: professing member, Broadalbin UMC

George Herrick PO Box 326 East Greenbush N.Y. 12061-0326; Phone number: (518) 477-9693 Fax number: (518) 477-4336 c/o East Greenbush UMC Email: geoedherr@hotmail.com UNY local church membership: professing member, E Greenbush UMC, E Greenbush, N.Y.

Nancy Pullen 3 Drawbridge Road Albany, N.Y. 12203 Phone number: (518) 45602104 Email: npullen@nycap.rr.com UNY local church membership: professing member, McKownville UMC

Shirley Readdean 2232 Turner Avenue Schenectady, N.Y. 12306 Phone number: (518) 372-7065 Fax number: (518) 374-6060 c/o Schenectady UMC Email: whirrly@earthlink.net UNY local church membership: professing member, Schenectady UMC, serving as Albany District Lay Leader

Mildred Howarth 13 Longview Drive Clifton Park, N.Y. 12065 Phone number: (518) 371-6322 Email: mildredh@mindspring.com UNY local church membership: professing member, Jonesville UMC

David Suits 5 Willoughby Drive Colonie, N.Y. 12205 Phone number: (518) 869-9436 Fax number: (518) 869-2917 Email: suits.dave@gmail.com UNY local church membership: professing member, Pine Grove UMC, Albany, N.Y. Rev. Sarah Baron 603 State Street Schenectady, N.Y. 12305 Phone number: (518) 374-4403 Fax number: (518) 374-6060

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UNYAC2015.5 – New Faith Community Lay Representation at Annual Conference Number of Pages: 2 The Book of Discipline : ¶32, 602.4 Conference Committee/Agency: Bishop, Executive Staff Team and Annual Conference Sessions Team Financial Implications: limited Whereas, both Jesus and John Wesley prioritized preaching and teaching among the people in order to reach new people with the Gospel; and Whereas, The United Methodist Church seeks to reach unchurched people for the sake of the Gospel; and Whereas, one way of reaching unchurched people is to provide worship, service, and Christian fellowship opportunities in non-traditional settings through New Faith Communities; and Whereas, the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church has set a goal of establishing 100 New Faith Communities (NFCs) by 2020; and Whereas, as of February 2015, already more than 40 such NFCs are in existence in the Upper New York Conference; and Whereas, NFCs are a small but growing segment of UMC churches, reaching hundreds of previously unchurched individuals; and Whereas, polity matters affecting the members of NFCs are discussed and determined at Annual Conference session; and Whereas, the Constitution (¶32 of The Book of Discipline 2012) and Discipline (¶602.4 of The Book of Discipline 2012) of The United Methodist Church require that the number of lay members of each Annual Conference session be augmented, through the addition of “equalization lay members” (with voice and vote) so as to equal the number of clergy members in the Annual Conference session concerned; and Whereas, the means for electing these equalization lay members is left to the discretion of each Annual Conference session. Therefore be it resolved that the Rules for the Upper New York Annual Conference session of The United Methodist Church regarding equalization lay members shall be amended: V. The prioritized list of potential nominees to serve as equalization lay members shall be as follows: B. One lay person from each New Faith Community in good standing who is a professing member either of the existing chartered congregation(s) in partnership with the New Faith Community or received into membership under provisions outlined in ¶259.3 of The 2012 Book of Discipline. The list of New Faith Communities in good standing will

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UNYAC2015.6 – Income Inequality Total Number of Pages: 2 General Conference Committee/Agency: Conference Committee on Social Holiness, Conference Trustees Financial Implications: No Rationale: Inequality in income in the United States has persistently increased over the last 50 years. A recent study concluded that the wealth gap between the richest Americans and the rest of us is more extreme than at any time since the 1930s (R. Smith, More cost than we see to fast food, Albany Times Union, Nov. 29, 2014). This trend is actually two trends: low-to-middle skill wages have not even kept up with inflation, while compensation for executives and high-skill workers has skyrocketed. Executive compensation in 1965 was 24 times greater than that of the average worker; in 2007 it was 275 times greater (C. Tucker, Hard work should be rewarded, Albany Times Union, Mar. 22, 2009), and in 2013 , 331 times greater [K. Vanden Heuvel, The Nation Stand v. 2 #1, 2015, pg. 10 (Am. Civil Lib. Union)]. Median compensation of large-company CEOs was 75 times greater than the average pay of nonsupervisory production workers in 1980, but 344 times greater in 2008 (J. Cook and others, Tipping the Balance? American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, 2011”). Surely today’s executives are not 10 to 15 times wiser or more influential than their predecessors in the 1960s. In 2014, employees at McDonald’s fast-food restaurants organized demonstrations seeking a minimum wage of $15 per hour – but even if they achieve this goal, it would take a full-time employee a year to earn what the corporate CEO is paid per hour, assuming he works a 60-hour week (R. Smith, More cost than we see to fast food, Albany Times Union, Nov. 29, 2014); and Whereas, the Bible includes many passages that condemn hoarding of wealth and taking advantage of the poor (Deut. 24:14-15, Isaiah 3:14-15, Ezekiel 22:23-29, Amos 5:11-12, Matt. 19:21, Luke 12:15-21, 16:13-14, etc.), Amos (5:21-24) was shocked at the growing inequality between rich and poor under King Jeroboam II in Israel and proclaimed that until this social injustice was replaced by righteousness, God would ignore their hymns and ceremonies and reject their offerings. (J.D. Crossan, The Greatest Prayer (book), 2001); and Whereas, a comprehensive critique of the U.S. economic system, co-authored by an economist and a theologian, H.E. Daly and J.B. Cobb, affirms that limited inequality is consistent with biblical teachings and the essential role of community in sustaining human life, but unlimited inequality would deny the very concept of community, and complete equality would deny real differences in human abilities and the need of community for various skills (H.E. Daly and J.B. Cobb, For the Common Good (book), Beacon Press, 1994, pg. 331); and Whereas, The Book of Discipline ¶163 of the Social Principles states, “We support measures that would reduce the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few. We further support efforts to revise tax structures and to eliminate governmental support programs that now benefit the wealthy at the expense of other persons;” and Whereas, John Wesley wrote that the acquisition of wealth and possessions in general leads to the destruction of faith and holiness (Jennings, Good News for the Poor: John Wesley’s Evangelical Economics (book), 1990), and

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Whereas, these and other teachings have inspired many Christians to contribute to society according to their abilities and opportunities without seeking or accepting compensation beyond their needs, but have not yet, overcome a culture that teaches Americans that their worthiness is proportional to how much they earn, spend, and possess; and Whereas, we believe it is high time for the church and individual members to prophetically insist that government and corporations take practical steps to reduce inequality in earned income; and Whereas, we support state and federal legislation to raise minimum wages for full-time employees to levels more closely approximating a living wage and to ensure that part-time employees receive proportional supplemental benefits (for example, a half-time employee should be entitled to an allowance usable only for health insurance equal to half of whatever health benefit a full-time employee receives). We further support federal legislation that would extend to all corporations the provision of the Affordable Care Act that prohibits deduction as a business expense on corporate tax returns of annual compensation to any executive in excess of $500,000. Therefore be it resolved hat the Conference Committee on Social Holiness be directed to prepare and send letters on behalf of Upper New York Conference to state and federal legislators who represent districts within the Conference boundaries, conveying our support for such legislation, with appropriate rationales; and Be it further resolved that the Conference Board of Trustees, local church boards of trustees, and church members who hold corporate stock be encouraged to vote their proxies against executive pay plans that far exceed human needs and to write to boards of directors of any mutual funds they own urging similar action. Dated: Feb. 3, 2015 Submitted by:

Russell Patton Jr. Chair, Social Concerns Commission of Church of the Covenant, UMC Mailing Address: Church of the Covenant, UMC PO Box 306 Averill Park, NY 12018 Phone number: (518) 674-3664 Fax number: (518) 674-1074 E-mail: coc3in1@nycap.rr.com

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UNYAC2015.7 – Creation of Bridging Team Number of Pages: 1 Conference Committee/Agency: Episcopal Office, Sessions Committee, Conference Leadership Team Conference Church Budget Implications: No Rationale: Create a Bridging Team that seeks to bridge gaps in understanding and create win-win solutions around divisive issues. Whereas, our Conference and denomination have become winner take all, even when the majority is small; and Whereas, we have mirrored our United States Congress in becoming polarized to such a degree there is little opportunity for compromise, never mind consensus; and Whereas, we have addressed conflicts with behind the scene alliance building that has emphasized difference rather than commonality; and Whereas, Conference conflict resolution trainings have called for win-win solutions rather than win-lose solutions; and Whereas, simply voting and determining the outcome does not indicate the whole voice of the Conference but the “winning” voice; and Whereas, Jesus has prayed for us, his disciples, that we shall be one; and Whereas, John Wesley has called for unity is essentials and charity in differences. Therefore be it resolved that the Conference Leadership Team will create a bridge team that would seek to create civil discussion around divisive issues such as authority of the Bible, human sexuality, marriage, ordination, and Israel-Palestine (implement the Fall of 2015). Dated: Jan. 29, 2015 Submitted by: Rev. Dr. Wilfredo J. Baez Mailing address: 1637 Rita Rd., Vestal, N.Y. 13905 Phone number: (607) 484-9903 Email: revwillbaez@gmail.com UNY local church membership: Tabernacle UMC, Binghamton

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UNYAC2015.8 – Creation of a Voting Process and Process of Reporting Outcome of Votes Number of Pages: 1

The Book of Resolutions/The Book of Discipline

Conference Committee/Agency: Episcopal Office, Sessions Committee, Conference Leadership Team Conference Church Budget Implications: No Rationale: Create a voting process and process of reporting the outcome of votes that describes a true description of where the Conference stands on issues – for instance, “that we are divided 55 percent for and 45 percent against.” Whereas, our Conference and denomination have become winner take all, even when the majority is small; and Whereas, we have mirrored our United States Congress in becoming polarized to such a degree there is little opportunity for compromise, never mind consensus; and Whereas, we have addressed conflicts with behind the scene alliance building that has emphasized difference rather than commonality; and Whereas Conference conflict resolution trainings have called for win-win solutions rather than win-lose solutions; and Whereas, simply voting and determining the outcome does not indicate the whole voice of the Conference but the “winning” voice; and Whereas, Jesus has prayed for us, his disciples, that we shall be one; and Whereas, John Wesley has called for unity is essentials and charity in differences. Therefore be it resolved that the Conference obtain counts of votes for and against divisive issues and announce the percentage of votes for and against and a narrative reflecting the voice for and voice against, thus providing a true representation of what the Conference is saying (implement at the 2015 Annual Conference session); Dated: Jan. 29, 2015 Submitted by: Rev. Dr. Wilfredo J. Baez Electronic Signature: Wilfredo J. Baez Mailing address: 1637 Rita Rd., Vestal, NY Phone number: (607) 484-9903 Email: revwillbaez@gmail.com UNY local church membership: Tabernacle UMC, Binghamton

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UNYAC2015.9 – Resolution to Support the Turtle Island Trust and the People of Ganienkeh Number of Pages: 2 2012 Book of Resolutions #3334 Conference Committee/Agency: Conference Secretary Conference Church Budget Implications: No Whereas, it has been "resolved that being justified by faith, we will honor as sacred those practices that: call us back to the sacredness of Native people, affirm as beautiful their identity among the world's peoples; lead us into right relationship with our Creator, creation, and those around us; and call us into holy living. We call upon the world, the church, The United Methodist Church, and the people of the United Methodist Church to receive the gifts of Native people as people of God." (#3334); and Whereas, it has been "resolved, that The United Methodist Church begin a process of healing relationships with indigenous persons to continue through the quadrennium and beyond that necessarily includes such activities as study guides and resources; self-examination, discovering the ongoing impact of historic traumas; confessing our own participation in the continuing effects of that trauma, building relationships with indigenous persons wherever we, the Church, are; building those relationships through listening and being present with indigenous persons, working beside indigenous persons to seek solutions to current problems ‌ " (#3324); and Whereas, it has been "further resolved, that the General Conference recommends that local churches develop similar statements of confession as a way of fostering a deep sense of community with Native Americans and encourages the members of our church to stand in solidarity on these important issues and to provide mediation when appropriate for ongoing negotiations with state and federal agencies regarding these matters." (#3322); and Whereas, the people of Ganienkeh and the Turtle Island Trust have made possible, for hundreds of visitors of all ages, life-enhancing learning, and relationship-building experiences. In their minds the Ganienkehagas are there forever. It is our hope to provide this for many generations to come; and Whereas, the Turtle Island Trust, through the efforts of its trustees, has been a vehicle for peace on all sides; and Whereas, the "Act of Repentance" requires that the Church will never again remain silent when it is called to speak. Therfore be it resolved that The Upper New York Conference, representing over 900 churches, with 168,000 members, in light of our Act of Repentance journey, support the people of Ganienkeh Territory and the Turtle Island Trust in their ongoing efforts to establish peace with justice. This Annual Conference session, in light of the urgency of this present historic moment, asks Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and the Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, to exercise the leadership required to ensure peace and justice for all by honoring the Turtle Island Trust Agreement. This agreement, which came into being in 1977 through the efforts of then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo, established the Turtle Island Trust as a tax-exempt charitable land trust through which the people of New York and of Ganienkeh Territory resolved their differences in peace and with dignity for all; and

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Be it futher resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent, by the Conference secretary, to the governor and attorney general of New York state. Submit to: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of the State of New York NYS Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224

Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman Office of the Attorney General The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224

Dated: Feb. 12, 2015 The Advocacy for Peace with Justice Sub-Committee of the Committee on Native American Ministries Submitted by: Rev. Dr. Donald Washburn Mailing Address: PO Box 20 Galway, N.Y. 12074 Phone number: (518) 883-8968 Email: dwashburn3@nycap.rr.com UNY local church membership: Clergy Member Upper New York Conference: Burnt Hills UMC Submitted by: Brooke Conklin Mailing Address: 23 Bog Meadow Run Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866 Phone number: (518) 584-3379 Email: bjconklin@aol.com UNY local church membership: Professing Member of Saratoga UMC Submitted by: Mary Alice Nyhan Mailing Address: 14 Beechwood Drive Burnt Hills, N.Y. 12027 Phone number: (518) 399-6507 Email: Manyhan122@gmail.com UNY local church membership: Professing Member of Burnt Hills UMC

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UNYAC2015.10 – Fruits Of Repentance: An End to the Celebration of Columbus Day Number of Pages: 2

The Book of Discipline: ¶162 & 162a

Conference Committee/Agency: Conference Church Budget Implications: No "Bear fruits worthy of repentance!" - John the Baptist Rationale: The Upper New York Conference accepts the challenge of the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church to engage in an Act of Repentance and Healing Relationships with Indigenous Persons. Turning away from our frequent refusal to listen to history from the perspective of Native peoples, we understand that repentance is a choice to grow in the way we see ourselves. We live in a spirit of repentance as we explore a change in how we tell and celebrate the story of the Americas. Whereas, Christopher Columbus failed to treat the Native peoples of the Americas with respect; and Whereas, he engaged in human trafficking; and Whereas, he used his influence to establish a culture of sexual exploitation of children and minors of Native American descent by adults of European descent; and Whereas, he established systems of forced labor resulting in the destruction of cultures and untold suffering for millions of individuals; and Whereas, he engaged in brutal collective corporal punishment, the deliberate repression of Native American cultural expression, and other acts we now correctly name as genocide; and Whereas, he established a culture of exploitation of the earth that continues to dishonor and often destroy God’s living creation. Therefore be it resolved that "Columbus Day" will no longer be recognized by the people of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our Conference offices and local churches will either not observe this holiday or will initiate organizational conversations designed to rename and repurpose this holiday in accordance with our United Methodist Social Principles (The Book of Discipline ¶¶162 & 162a), and Be it further resolved that the Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church designates our Conference Leadership Team in consultation with our Committee on Native American Ministries to to provide and distribute to our local churches a liturgy designed to enact the spiritual dimensions of our choice to cease participating in the celebration of Columbus. Our repentance, petitions for God’s forgiveness, and return to God’s Word for visions of the relationships God desires will take place in worship on the Sunday closest to the second Monday in October, and

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Be it further resolved that the Upper New York Annual Conference, its committees, districts, and local churches are encouraged and directed to invest our relational influence at regional, local and personal levels towards the initiation of conversations intended to awaken the conscience of God’s people to the benefits of turning away from the legacy of Columbus. Dated: Feb. 12, 2015 Submitted by: Mailing Address:

Rev. Harold Wheat and UNYAC Social Holiness Team PO Box 193 Dryden, NY 13053 Phone number: (607) 844-9681 Email: haroldwheat@gmail.com UNY local church membership: an elder in full connection serving under appointment in the Dryden United Methodist Church. Endorsed by: The Upper New York Committee on Native American Ministries

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UNYAC2015.11 – Study the Location of the Conference Headquarters in a Local Church Building Number of Pages: 2 Conference Committee/Agency: Conference Trustees Conference Church Budget Implications: Conference Headquarters cost to house conference and area staffs Rationale: The Conference can become a model, following the General Board of Global Ministries, in moving from commercial office space to offices in an inner-city local church, property the Conference already owns. Whereas, the directors of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) voted Oct. 3, 2014, on a far reaching plan to move its U.S. headquarters from New York City to Atlantaby 2016; and Whereas, the Atlanta office will be in a downtown, inner-city United Methodist Church, a location where GBGM believes it can more adequately fulfill its goals “to make disciples of Jesus Christ, strengthen churches and communities, alleviate human suffering, and foster justice, peace and freedom;” and Whereas, the Board plans to purchase the building from the local congregation to house its U.S. offices and to allow the congregation to continue to worship and minister there; and Whereas, the planned purchase by the Upper New York Conference of new office space for the staffs of the Bishop and the Conference has failed to materialize; and Whereas, the Upper New York Conference offices currently are housed in a local church, University United Methodist Church, in the heart of Syracuse; and Whereas, investing in property already owned by the Conference would place the resources of the Conference in service to the Church rather than in commercial real estate; and Whereas, the Church is located in a vibrant university/medical neighborhood with students, medical and university staffs, and the poor living and working in a diverse ethnic and racial community,;and Whereas, the neighborhood affords many conveniences such as over 20 restaurants and five hotels within six blocks, a post office, art and theater nearby; and Whereas, the upgrading of infrastructure and remodeling of a building the Conference already owns would likely be much less than proposed figures for purchasing and retrofitting commercial property; and Whereas, the Conference has the opportunity to become a leader in modelling a cutting edge approach to mission and ministry through the development of a unified conference and mission center; and Whereas, such a step would provide a significant boost to the Cabinet’s plan for revitalizing and restructuring United Methodist presence and witness in the City of Syracuse; and

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Whereas, the plan for revitalizing Methodism in the city of Syracuse is significantly tied to the repurposing of church buildings; Therefore be it resolved that the Conference Trustees be instructed to meet with University Church Trustees to explore all options, including the formal ownership and management of the building by the Conference with appropriate studies of the costs of infrastructure upgrades and remodeling, signage, parking, reception area; and Be it further resolved that the Conference Trustees consider not only economic and convenience factors but also such issues as good stewardship of church resources, the image of the Church in moving to the suburbs, the example of spending large sums for spacious and comfortable office space when our commitment is to serve our neighborhoods and the poor; and Be it further resolved that a report be presented to members of the Conference, detailing the study and its outcome(s), including a missional rationale for the resulting decisions. Dated: Feb. 16, 2015 Submitted by: Nelson Price Mailing Address: 6305 Hamlet Crest Jamesville, N.Y. 13078 Phone number: (315) 446-7656 Email: nprice@twcny.rr.com UNY local church membership: professing member University UMC, Syracuse Submitted by: Michael Nevin Mailing Address: 6018 Singletree Lane Jamesville, N.Y. 13078 Phone number: (315) 498-5565 Email: mnevin1@twcny.rr.com UNY local church membership: professing member Erwin First UMC, Syracuse

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UNYAC2015.12 – Health Insurance for All Clergy and Local Pastors Number of Pages: 1 Conference Committee/Agency: Board of Pensions Conference Church Budget Implications: Yes Whereas, I Corinthians 9:13-14 states, “Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel” (NIV); and Whereas, currently part-time clergy and local pastors do not have access to health insurance through the Conference; and Whereas, the 2014 provisions of the Affordable Care Act requires all persons in the United States to have health insurance; and Whereas, the Affordable Care Act requires any employer with 50 or more full time employees to provide affordably priced health insurance to employees. This includes employees who work 30 hours per week. Thereforw be it resolved that the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits explore the option of providing health insurance for all part time clergy and local pastor; and Be it further resolved that the Conference Board of Pensions and Health Benefits put in place health insurance coverage required to place the Conference in compliance with the letter and the spirit of this federal law. Dated: Feb. 17, 2015 Submitted by: Mary Michael Mailing address: PO BOX 532 Whitney Point, N.Y. 13862 Phone number: (607) 205-5649 Email: mmichael0101@yahoo.com UNY local church membership: professing member, Whitney Point UMC, Whitney Point

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UNYAC2015.13 – Property Insurance Number of Pages: 2

The Book of Resolutions/The Book of Discipline: ¶2527, 2533.2, and 2550.7

Conference Committee/Agency: Conference Board of Trustees Conference Church Budget Implications: Possibly

Rationale: The mandatory property insurance program, maintained by the Conference Board of Trustees has not been, and is not now, responsive to the changing insurance industry climate and needs of all local churches in our Conference. Whereas, the United Methodist Book of Discipline in ¶2527 gives each local church the authority and power in matters relating to the real and personal property of the local church; and Whereas, the United Methodist Book of Discipline in ¶2533.2 places the responsibility to review annually the adequacy of the property, liability, and crime insurance coverage on church-owned property, buildings, and equipment, with the local church Board of Trustees; and Whereas, the United Methodist Book of Discipline ¶2550.7 charges the local church Board of Trustees to report to the Charge Conference the results of its review and any recommendations it deems necessary; and Whereas, the authority to complete these tasks has been undermined by the Conference’s mandatory Conference-wide insurance program; and Whereas, that insurance program was implemented by the New ACT group to “take advantage of the economies of scale” as a result of buying insurance in quantity and yet, that same plan, has not produced those desired results for many churches in our Conference; and Whereas, the Conference Board of Trustees has been slow to react to changes in the insurance industry and environment, including the implementation of possible options that the Conference Board of Trustees has agreed to make available to Conference churches desiring a reduction in their insurance premium costs; and Whereas, local churches continue to experience higher insurance costs with very little option to control those same costs; and Whereas, the Plan of Union document adopted on June 19, 2010 states, “the Plan of Union provides the practical outline for how [the union] will be done in accordance with our polity and the 2008 Book of Discipline. It is designed to be organic; providing a framework for the unification, while permitting change as we further discern God’s will for how our Annual Conference will grow into the future;” and Whereas, it would now seem in the best interest of the local churches of the Conference to be able make independent decisions regarding their property insurance;

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Therefore be it resolved that, effective immediately, the Conference sponsored property insurance program be a recommended rather than mandatory option for the local churches of the Conference, allowing each local church Board of Trustees and Charge Conference to fulfill their responsibilities according to The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline by securing insurance as best fits their needs, as the duly elected and empowered leaders of each local church. Dated: Feb. 13, 2015 Submitted by: Pastor Jack Keating Mailing Address: PO Box 879 5395 Orangeport Rd. Brewerton, N.Y. 13029 Phone number: (315) 668-3999 Fax number: (315) 668-1788 Email: pastorjackk@gmail.com UNY local church membership: Licensed Local Pastor serving Brewerton United Methodist Church, Brewerton, N.Y.

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UNYAC2015.14 – Protecting Seneca Lake Number of Pages: 2

The Book of Discipline: ¶160A, 163H, 163I, 164F

Conference Committee/Agency: Social Holiness Conference Church Budget Implications: No

Rationale: Houston based Crestwood Midstream plans to store highly pressurized natural gas (methane) and liquefied petroleum gases (butane and propane, also known as LPG) in abandoned salt mines near Seneca Lake, the largest body of fresh water wholly contained within New York state. Seneca serves as a source of drinking water for 100,000 people. Whereas, old unlined salt caverns are dangerous vessels for the storage of flammable gases (as was illustrated in Hutchison, Kansas when salt cavern-stored natural gas leaked through subterranean fissures and fractures and caused deadly explosions seven miles away) and can also be structurally unstable (as was illustrated by the 1994 collapse of a salt cavern in Livingston County, N.Y., in a calamity that included sinkholes, methane contaminated basements, and a permanently poisoned drinking water aquifer); and Whereas, Seneca Lake caverns are vulnerable to roof collapses that could allow pressurized gases to escape, as is evidenced by the 400,000-ton roof collapse that has already occurred in a Seneca Lake salt cavern now slated by Crestwood for natural gas storage; and Whereas, the Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC), over the strenuous objections of citizens and independent geologists, nevertheless approved Crestwood's natural gas storage expansion plan in May 2014; and Whereas on Aug. 11, 2014, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) called a temporary halt to Crestwood's plans to stockpile LPG in the Seneca Lake salt caverns by announcing a special issues conference to investigate ongoing health, safety, and environmental concerns of lakeside storage here; and Whereas, one day later, on Aug. 12, Crestwood outrageously announced a plan to commence construction of a compressor station to pressurize natural gas for underground storage in salt caverns; and Whereas, dozens of Schuyler County health care professionals have called for a halt to both natural gas and LPG storage in these salt caverns on the grounds that they raise unacceptable risks of catastrophic accidents, injuries; and contaminate water and air; and Whereas, the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church ¶160A supports and encourages social policies and measures "designed to maintain and restore natural ecosystems;" and urges "all municipalities and other governmental organizations to develop processes for determining sustainability of water resources and to determine the environmental, economic, and social consequences of privatization of water resources prior to the licensing and approval thereof,” and

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Whereas, ¶163H which advocates for the survival of family farms, which have been threatened by "increasing concentration of all phases of agriculture into the hands of a limited number of transnational corporations" raising "global questions of justice that cry out for vigilance and action;" and Whereas, ¶163I calls for corporate responsibility including "the communities in which they do business, and for the earth, which supports them" and for the "public's right to know what impact these corporations have in these various arenas…” and Whereas, ¶164F recognizes "the right of individuals to dissent when acting under the constraint of conscience and, after having exhausted all legal recourse, to resist or disobey laws that they deem to be unjust…” Therefore be it resolved that the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church supports the movement to protect Seneca Lake by continuing to advocate within the political system to prevent gas storage in the salt caverns nearby; and Be it further resolved that the United Methodist Church encourage individuals who are called to do so, to join with others to engage in peaceful, nonviolent acts of protest, up to and including civil disobedience, until additional storage of LPG and methane in Seneca Lake salt caverns is halted; and Be it further resolved that the Conference secretary forward a copy of this motion, upon passage, to Crestwood Midstream, Houston, Texas, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the NYS DEC, and the appropriate legislative and judicial bodies of Schuyler County. Dated: Feb. 15, 2015 Submitted by: Dianne Roe Mailing Address: 90 West Market Street Corning, NY 14830 Phone number: (607) 654-3450 Email: VineAndFig@aol.com UNY local church membership: professing member, First UMC, Corning

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UNYAC2015.15 – Revise Rules of Fair Presentation of Proposed Actions Number of Pages: 3 Conference Committee/Agency: Sessions Committee Conference Church Budget Implications: Rationale: There needs to be fair allocation of platform time and resources for proponents and opponents to present their cases to the Annual Conference session in order for members to have full information prior to voting. Whereas The United Methodist Church’s polity follows the federal model of legislative (Annual Conference session), judicial (Judicial Council), and executive (Bishop and staff) branches to define roles and ensure justice; and Whereas, the General Conference ensures fair presentation of issues by providing for majority and minority reports; and Whereas, the special session of the Upper New York Conference held Oct. 18, 2014 experienced an unfair presentation of pro and con issues related to the purchase of new Conference headquarters; and Whereas, the Trustee proposal was posted on the conference website but no opposing or alternative proposals were posted; and Whereas, no petitions were invited for presentation to the special session which may have proposed alternative plans; and Whereas, the Trustees used multiple speakers and PowerPoint to present its proposal, statistical studies, and financial data, taking the Conference to 15 minutes of the announced adjournment time; and Whereas, groups and persons with alternative or opposing points-of-view had no opportunity to present a planned, coherent position with equal time and the ability to use visual charts and data; and Whereas, Conference members were limited to three-minute speeches raising issues with the proposal, with the random luck of being recognized by the chair; and Whereas, questions or issues raised from the floor were responded to by spokespersons of the proposal with no opportunity for rebuttal or further questioning, a helter-skelter presentation of alternate views and concerns; and Whereas, this is not a short-coming unique to the special session, but is a systemic flaw in conducting the Conference’s business in Annual Conference sessions. Therefore be it resolved that the Upper New York Conference instructs its Sessions Committee to design a fair and equitable process for presentation of issues and actions coming before a session of the Conference so that members can make informed decisions on what is before them; and

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Be it further resolved that the Sessions Committee is instructed to provide for platform time equal to the primary proposal and to make available visual media if it is available to the primary proposal; and Be it further resolved that prior to a vote on the issue, both the primary and secondary spokespersons will have a set time to respond. Dated: Jan. 15, 2015 Submitted by: Nelson Price Mailing Address: 6305 Hamlet Crest Jamesville, NY 13078 Phone number: (315) 446-7656 Email: nprice@twcny.rr.com UNY local church membership: professing member, University UMC, Syracuse Submitted by: Ted Finlayson-Schueler Mailing Address: 118 Shirley Road Syracuse, NY 13224 Phone number: (315) 446-6333 Fax number: (315) 703-1871 Email: SchoolbusTed@Safetyrules.net UNY local church membership: professing member, University UMC, Syracuse Names are listed alphabetically The Rev. Dr. Wilfredo Juan Baez 1637 Rita Rd. Vestal N.Y. 13850 Phone numer: (607) 484-9903 Email: revwillbaez@gmail.com Tabernacle UMC, Binghamton

Rev. Chris Kinnell 181 Parkside Ave., Syracuse, N.Y. 13207 Phone number: (315) 385-7592 Email: pastorcsk@msn.com Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse The Rev. Robert F. Long 833 Oregon Avenue, Niskayuna, N.Y. 12309 Phone number: (518) 372-1083 Fax number: (518) 374-6060 c/o First UMC, Schenectady Email: Bikealong@nycap.rr.com First UMC, Schenectady

Rev. Sara E. Baron First UMC, Schenectady 603 State St. Schenectady, N.Y. 12305 http://fumcschenectady.org/

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Linda Bergh 116 Edna Road, Syracuse, N.Y. 13205 Phone number: (315) 492-8507 Email: Lindagarybergh@gmail.com Professing member Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

James Morgan 416J4 Old Homestead Rd. Syracuse, N.Y. 13215 Phone number: (315) 488-4772 Email: Morg33@twcny.rr.com Professing member Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

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Alice Nash 17 Haigh Ave Schenectady, N.Y. 12304 Phone number: (518) 225-3886 Email: photogirl12@gmail.com Professing member First UMC Schenectady, Schenectady Shirley Readdean 2232 Turner Ave. Schenectady, N.Y. 12306 Phone number: (518) 372-7065 Email: whirrly@earthlink.net Professing member First UMC Schenectady, Schenectady Mary Jane Russell 1 Fox Run Lane Unit 630 Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127-3173 Phone number: (716) 646-6376 Email: wjmjrussell@gmail.com Professing member Orchard Pk UMC, Orchard Pk Rev. Dr. William J. C. Russell (ret.) 1 Fox Run Lane #630 Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127-3173 Phone number: (716) 912-8054 Professing member Orchard Pk UMC, Orchard Pk Susan Paul 607 Walberta Road Syracuse, N.Y. 13219 Email: LSQP655@verizon.net Phone number: (315) 488-3422 Professing member Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse Gary Tyler 120 Sutton Drive Syracuse, N.Y. 13219 Email: gwtyler@icloud.com Phone number: (315) 487-5579 Professing member Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse Marge Tyler 120 Sutton Drive, Syracuse, N.Y. 13219 gwtyler@icloud.com (315) 487-5579 Professing member Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

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UNYAC2015.16 – To Create an Open and Fair Communications System Number of Pages: 3 Conference Committee/Agency: Conference Communications Director Conference Church Budget Implications: No Rationale: Prior to consideration of an issue by the Annual Conference session, there needs to be an opportunity for open and fair discussion and conversation in Conference media by members of the Conference and local churches. Whereas, the Conference communications media were closed to all dissenting or concerned persons prior to the special session of the Upper New York Conference held Oct. 18, 2014 wishing to share their points-of-view with Upper New York Conference members (re: the Trustee proposal to purchase a building for a new conference center); and Whereas, the Trustee proposal was posted on the conference website but no opposing views were allowed; and Whereas, a request was made and turned down to post alternative proposals for a Conference headquarters; and Whereas, there was no forum of diverse views in the Conference Weekly Digest or Advocate ; and Whereas, distribution of documents proposing alternatives to the Trustee proposal were not allowed in the OnCenter where the Special Session was held; Therefore be it resolved that the Communications Director of the Upper New York Conference is directed to create space on all Conference media for the presentation of diverse points-of-view on issues and actions coming before the Conference, including the editions of the Advocate, the website, blogs, and news reporting, with a report to the 2016 Annual Conference session on actions he has taken. Dated: Jan. 15, 2015 Submitted by: Nelson Price Mailing Address: 6305 Hamlet Crest, Jamesville, N.Y. 13078 Phone number: (315) 446-7656 Email: nprice@twcny.rr.com UNY local church membership: professing member, University UMC, Syracuse Submitted by: Ted Finlayson-Schueler Mailing Address: 118 Shirley Road, Syracuse, N.Y. 13224 Phone number: (315) 446-6333 Fax number: (315) 703-1871 Email: SchoolbusTed@Safetyrules.net UNY local church membership: professing member, University UMC, Syracuse

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Names are listed alphabetically The Rev. Dr. Wilfredo Juan Baez 1637 Rita Rd. Vestal N.Y. 13850 Phone number: (607) 484-9903 Email: revwillbaez@gmail.com Tabernacle UMC, Binghamton

James Morgan 416J4 Old Homestead Rd. Syracuse, N.Y. 13215 Email: Morg33@twcny.rr.com Phone number: (315) 488-4772 Professing member, Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

Rev. Sara E. Baron First United Methodist Church of Schenectady 603 State St. Schenectady, N.Y. 12305 http://fumcschenectady.org/ https://www.facebook.com/FUMCSchenectady

Alice Nash 17 Haigh Ave Schenectady, N.Y. 12304 Phone number: (518) 225-3886 Email: photogirl12@gmail.com Professing member, First UMC Schenectady, Schenectady

Linda Bergh 116 Edna Road Syracuse, N.Y. 13205 Phone number: (315) 492-8507 Email: Lindagarybergh@gmail.com Professing member, Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

Shirley Readdean 2232 Turner Ave. Schenectady, N.Y. 12306 Phone number: (518) 372-7065 Email: whirrly@earthlink.net Professing member, First UMC Schenectady, Schenectady

Rev. Craig French 117 Whitestone Drive Syracuse, N.Y. 13215 Phone number: (315) 476-1834 Email: craigfrench@twcny.rr.com University UMC, Syracuse

Mary Jane Russell 1 Fox Run Lane Unit 630 Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127-3173 Phone number: (716) 646-6376 Email: wjmjrussell@gmail.com Professing member, Orchard Park UMC, Orchard Park

Rev. Chris Kinnell 181 Parkside Ave. Syracuse, N.Y. 13207 Phone number: (315) 385-7592 Email: pastorcsk@msn.com Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

Rev. Dr. William J. C. Russell (ret.) 1 Fox Run Lane #630 Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127-3173 Phone number: (716) 912-8054 Orchard Park UMC, Orchard Park

The Rev. Robert F. Long 833 Oregon Avenue, Niskayuna, N.Y. 12309 Phone number: (518) 372-1083 Fax (518) 374-6060 c/o First UMC, Schenectady Email: Bikealong@nycap.rr.com First UMC, Schenectady

Susan Paul 607 Walberta Road Syracuse, N.Y. 13219 Email: LSQP655@verizon.net Phone number: (315) 488-3422 Professing member, Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

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Gary Tyler 120 Sutton Drive Syracuse, N.Y. 13219 Email: gwtyler@icloud.com Phone number: (315) 487-5579 Professing member, Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse Marge Tyler 120 Sutton Drive Syracuse, N.Y. 13219 Email: gwtyler@icloud.com Phone number: (315) 487-5579 Professing member, Bellevue Heights UMC, Syracuse

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UNYAC2015.17 – Formation of Upper New York Conference United Methodist  Historical Society    Reference: The Book of Discipline ¶641.2 

Rationale: Financial  implications:  Start‐up  costs  will  be  paid  by  the  Conference  Commission  on  Archives  and  History.     Whereas, ¶641.2 of  The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church states that the conference  commission  on  archives  and  history  may  “organize  a  conference  historical  society  and  encourage  membership therein for the purpose of promoting interest in the study and preservation of the history of  the conference and its antecedents;” and    Whereas,  such  Conference‐wide  Methodist  historical  society  would  aid  the  work  of  Upper  New  York  Commission on Archives and History and would provide an additional way for Conference members to  connect to the Upper New York Conference. The Upper New York Conference Commission on Archives  and History formed a committee to draft bylaws for such a historical society.    Therefore  be  it  resolved  that  the  Upper  New  York  Conference  endorse  this  endeavor  and  support  formation of an Upper New York Conference United Methodist Historical Society.    Be it further resolved that it is agreed that the Upper New York Commission on Archives and History be  authorized to organize and administer the society for a maximum of two years until officers are elected.    Dated: January 20, 2015  Submitted by:   Karen Staulters for the Upper New York Commission on Archives and History  Mailing address:   5 Vichy Drive, Ballston Spa, N.Y. 12020  Phone number:   (518) 587‐1295  Email:   jkstaul@aol.com  Conference Commission on Archives and History 

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Our team’s accomplishments for 2014 were few but mighty!    First, we were able to recruit volunteers to enter the data from our Accessibility Audits so we now have  an  (almost)  complete  spreadsheet  that  shows,  at  a  glance,  which  of  our  Conference’s  facilities  are  accessible for district and Conference  events. We  will be making these spreadsheets available to each  district office. We would like to thank all our data‐entry volunteers!  We were invited to work with the Upper New York Sessions Committee to help ensure that our Annual  Conference  sessions  are  as  accessible  as  possible.  The  introduction  of  electronic  voting  machines  this  year  provided  a  special  area  of  concern.  We  discussed  ways  to  make  sure  that  any  delegate  with  physical  challenges  would  be  able  to  register  their  votes  via  these  machines  with  confidence  and  confidentiality. We are grateful that UNY takes accessibility seriously, and we look forward to providing  assistance, support, and guidance wherever possible in the future.  The  best  part  of  our  work  this  past  year  was  the  recovery  of  funds  that  had  been  earmarked  for  accessibility  projects  in  the  former  Wyoming  Conference,  but  had  been  mislabeled  in  the  process  of  forming  the  Upper  New  York  Conference.  Through  the  dedication  and  investigative  skills  of  our  Conference Treasurer Kevin Domanico, we were able to track down the $9,870 designated reserve that  was paid into UNY from the Wyoming Conference Health and Welfare Committee in 2010. This money is  now  available  for  no‐interest,  short‐term  loans  for  local  church  accessibility  projects.  The  first  beneficiary  of  these  funds  was  the  Cobleskill  United  Methodist  Church,  which  received  a  three‐year  $3,000 loan for its large‐scale accessibility project.    Our future goals include:   creating  an  online  accessibility  audit  that  can  be  completed  or  updated  by  any  church  at  any time;  working with the BOM and dCOMs to develop ways of working with candidates for ministry who have disabilities;  finding ways to solicit financial support for our accessibility loan project, and perhaps develop a grant project as well.   Like other teams and committees, our ability to hold meetings has been hampered by the geography of  our  Conference.  Although  we  have  not  held  a  formal  meeting  since  the  last  session  of  Annual  Conference, we have been able to carry out our work by email.    Our  team  members  include:  Brian  Elliot,  Stephen  Maddox,  Anola  Archibald,  Sabine  Ingerson,  the  Rev.  Douglas  Hess,  the  Rev.  Melissa  McCarthy,  Brenda  Kelly,  Frederick  Holdridge,  the  Rev.  Naomi  Babcock,  the Rev. Kenneth Babcock, and Jennifer Gleason.    Respectfully submitted,  Rev. Nancy Hale, chairperson

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Africa 360 – Imagine No Malaria Report – Advance #3021190    At the 2014 Annual Conference, the Upper New York Conference voted to  raise  $1  million  for  Imagine  No  Malaria  as  part  of  Africa  360.  That  $1  million  equates  to  100,000  lives,  which  is  roughly  equivalent  to  saving  enough  lives  to  fill  BOTH  Ralph  Wilson  Stadium  (Buffalo  Bills)  and  the  Carrier  Dome  at  Syracuse  University  (Basketball),  all  saved  from  a  preventable, treatable disease.     Malaria  claims  nearly  600,000  lives  every  year,  with  78%  of  those  being  children  under  the  age  of  5.  But  Malaria  is  preventable,  treatable  and  beatable  –  together,  the  United  Methodist Church can make malaria a memory.    Across the world,  amazing  progress  has  been made over the  past  decade  in the  fight  to  eradicate  malaria.  According to the 2014 World Malaria Report released by the World Health Organization, mortality rates have  decreased  by  47%  since  2000.  That’s  670  fewer  cases  and  4.3  fewer  malaria  deaths;  the  rate  of  death  has  been cut in half from one death every 30 seconds to one death every 60 seconds. While that might not seem  like  progress;  for  every  prayer  we  say  for  a  child  that  dies,  another  child  has  been  given  life  –  and  that  number  will only  increase  through  the  efforts  of  this  Conference! The  dramatic  reduction  in  deaths  is only  possible because of efforts of Conferences like Upper New York; the United Methodist Church continues to  be on the forefront of the fight against malaria.    There is hope; the upward trend of lives saved is set to continue long into the future;  Imagine No Malaria  worldwide  is  only  $10  million  short  of  its  $75  million  goal  to  dramatically  reduce  the  deaths  in  Africa.  The  grants that have been distributed encourage sustainability and local sourcing, as well as local volunteers and  health boards to continue applying for funds from many different foundations.    Churches  around  the  conference  have  already  stepped  up,  set  goals,  and  thought  creatively  about  how  to  raise awareness about  Imagine No Malaria in their communities and their churches. Brockport UMC hosted  a boys‐versus‐girls can drive to raise $1,000 for  Africa 360 (the boys won!), Park United Methodist Church in  Hamilton made colorful mosquitoes and “cleared the net” as a Lenten offering, and countless other churches  across  the  conference  are  stepping  out  creatively  to  help  the  world  Imagine  No  Malaria.  This  Annual  Conference,  districts  and  local  churches’  progress  toward  the  goal  of  100,000  lives  will  be  highlighted  and  celebrated – it will be time to celebrate the progress made, think of new creative ways to communicate the  message  of  Imagine  No  Malaria,  and  gather  energy  to  continue  through  the  remainder  of  this  mission  initiative and beyond.    If  your  church  hasn’t  been  involved  yet,  and  you  need  more  information  and  resources,  contact  Field  Coordinator Laurel O’Connor at ImagineNoMalaria@unyumc.org or visit the page on the UNYUMC website.    Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson Stadium Capacity: 73,079: http://www.buffalobills.com/tickets/stadium/facts‐and‐ figures.html  Carrier Dome, Syracuse University Capacity (Basketball): 34,616 ‐ http://www.cuse.com/facilities/carrier‐ dome.aspx  Malaria statistics from World Health Organization report: http://www.umc.org/news‐and‐media/who‐ reports‐dramatic‐decrease‐in‐malaria‐deaths  Imagine No Malaria goal information: http://www.imaginenomalaria.org    Submitted by: Laurel O’Connor, Field Coordinator   

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Africa University Task Force – Advance #3021028  Africa University is grateful to the leadership and local congregations of the Upper New York Conference  for their investment in the Africa University Fund (AUF) apportionment in 2014. Thank you for investing  59 percent of the asking to the AUF and for your ongoing support for the "Give Faithfully. Give Hope. Be  a  Global  Neighbor”  campaign  –  the  Conference’s  effort  to  endow  scholarships  for  students  at  Africa  University.  Student  enrollment:  Full‐time  student  enrollment  at  Africa  University  held  steady  in  2014  with  1,478  young  men  and  women  from  25  African  countries.  Female  students were a record 53.4 percent of the total enrollment – a fact that is worth  celebrating  in  a  context  where  women  consistently  lag  behind  men  in  access  to  higher education.     Graduation:  In  June  2014,  480  young  people  were  awarded  degrees  from  Africa  University  at  the  20th  graduation ceremony, bringing the total number of alumni to just under 5,300. Without your support, a  college education would have been unattainable for the majority of these students.  Training  and  research:  Africa  University  remains  a  sought‐after  partner  in  addressing  critical  skills  and  capacity  gaps  in  sub‐Saharan  Africa.  A  collaboration  with  the  Raoul  Wallenberg  Institute  in  Sweden  supports a new master’s degree program in Human Rights, Peace, and Development. Africa University is  also preparing to launch its first PhD program, which links issues of Peace, Leadership, Governance, and  Development, and targets policymakers.    Leadership  and  service:  Africa  University  graduates  are  answering  the  call  to  serve,  heal,  and  uplift  communities.  Currently,  more  than  a  dozen  graduates  are  serving  as  Global  Mission  Fellows  and  missionaries  in  Africa,  Europe,  and  Latin  America.  Your  gifts  are  transforming  individuals  and  communities and bringing new people into relationship with Jesus Christ.   For  every  individual  who  has  been  touched  by  the  ministry  that  is  Africa  University,  there  are  many  others – tens of thousands, in fact – who are awaiting the miracle of an answered prayer. Upper New  York’s 2014 shortfall in the asking to the AUF, which was $14,522.61, is almost equivalent to one year’s  fees for three students at Africa University. Sadly, it represents an unrealized opportunity to equip three  young people for meaningful citizenship and service. As you gather for the 2015 session of the  Upper  New York Annual Conference, we urge you to set a goal of 100 percent support for the Africa University  Fund and other shared ministries. By continuing to invest, you keep Africa University in the forefront of  disciple‐making, leadership formation, and positive change in Africa.     Upper New York, your investment in Africa University is vital. Please remain steadfast in your efforts to  invest 100 percent of your asking in the AUF. Thank you for what you have already done and for what  you will do in the future. May God bless and keep you always in abundance.    Submitted by:  James H. Salley,  Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement  Africa University Development Office, P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203‐0007  Tel: (615) 340‐7438 • Email: audevoffice@gbhem.org • www.support‐africauniversity.org  Changing Africa: Learning here. Living here. Leading here. Serving God. All the time. Everywhere.

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Africa University Endowed Scholarship Fund Task Force    Give Faithfully, Give Hope, Be A Global Neighbor    A Miracle: Africa University – a United Methodist Related Institution – 21 years and counting. Twenty‐ one  years  and  nearly  6,000  graduates  from  29  nations  of  Africa  –  learning,  living,  healing,  leading  throughout Africa and in other continents of the world.   A  Miracle:  As  we  celebrate  the  graduates  who  have  received  scholarships  from  previously  endowed  funds,  we  look  forward  to  celebrating  with  the  recipients  of  the  2014  Upper  New  York  Conference  designated Bishop Marcus Matthews and Barbara Matthews Scholarship and the Dr. Julius Archibald,  Jr. and Anola Loree Archibald Scholarship. Ponder the Miracle: these two scholarships will provide two  years  of  education  each  year  forever  more.  Now  it  is  two  years  of  education,  in  10  years  these  two  endowed  scholarships  will  have  provided  20  years  of  education.  Multiply  that  by  our  goal  of  at  least  eight endowed scholarships per year – in 10 years that will be 80 years of education.  Celebrating an Annual Conference tradition, 2014 Walkers and Bikers were greeted with balloons and  singing at the Africa University Under the Acacia Tree display as they rode/walked into the lobby at the  OnCenter.  They  had  told  the  AU  story  and  collected  scholarship  monies  on  their  way.  In  2015,  the  tradition will continue with some expanded activities. Come, See, and Celebrate. To Walk/Run/Ride in  2015 contact the Rev. Robert Long by email at BikeAlong2@nycap.rr.com.  Under the Acacia Tree – an Africa University VBS resource developed by Upper New York  pastors the  Rev. Robert Kolvik‐Campbell, the Rev. Rebecca Parry, and the Rev. Judith Johnson‐Siebold – continues to  be  used  in  Upper  New  York’s  churches  and  in  churches  across  the  United  Methodist  connection.  Rev.  Parry  will  incorporate  the  Africa  University/Imagine  No  Malaria  (INM)  relationship  in  the  “Jesus  as  Healer” session. Did you  know that the AU Faculty of Health Sciences provides training in prevention,  diagnosis, and treatment of malaria for INM selected persons from African villages?   A Miracle: Graduates of Africa University make a difference. Taking their professional knowledge and  experiences into villages, cities and the country‐side; bringing healing practices and teaching community  practitioners; sharing new ways of productive agricultural practice and animal husbandry; being God’s  love in action; developing ways of enhancing educational opportunities at every level of need; providing  leadership  in  peace,  leadership  and  governance;  becoming  mediators  in  conflict;  and  always  living,  leading, training, and encouraging community leaders.  Last  year  you  were  introduced  to  the  United  Methodist  Women  book  Why  Africa  Matters  by  Cedric  Mayson.  This  year,  every  member  of  every  church  is  asked  to  respond  to  the  challenge  to  make  a  difference in Africa. AU speakers are waiting to be asked to share their enthusiasm for The Miracle of  AU, The Miracle of providing scholarships and years of education for African students who will learn at  Africa University, live in Africa, and lead in Africa.     Contact Shirley Drake Byers via email at sdcjbyers1@nycap.rr.com if you want an Africa University  speaker, or if you want to share your enthusiasm for the AU Miracle as an AU speaker.

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Archives and History, Commission on  This year, the Commission on Archives and History has been maintaining three archival locations. One in  Buffalo, which holds records from the former Western New York Conference, one in Syracuse that hold  records from the former North Central New York Conference, and one in Saratoga Springs, which holds  the New York portions of the former Troy and Wyoming conferences. The Saratoga Springs building was  sold and the Conference will be paying rent to store the archives there. It is great news that the plans for  a potential future Conference Center call for the archives to be all housed under one roof. This is a great  thing for researchers and other Conference personnel to have it all in one location. It would be a money‐ saving move as well, as we would no longer be paying rent for the three spaces. The commission is very  much  looking  forward  to  the  move.  It  is  also  noted  that  both  the  Syracuse  and  the  Saratoga  Springs  archival locations received many boxes of records from recently closed churches over the past year.  The  pastor  grave  marking  program,  under  the  direction  of  Ken  Summers,  is  now  up  and  running  smoothly.  Each  district  office  has  a  supply  of  three  markers,  and  they  are  replenished  as  needed.  Summers was able to secure an agreement with a foundry in Pennsylvania that will make our markers  for us.  One of the challenges this year has been in answering research requests, as we are without an archivist  in both the Buffalo and Syracuse archival locations. Karen Staulters has been trying to do what she can  to answer these. She is still maintaining the Saratoga Springs collection.  The  commission  had  eight  members  attend  the  annual  Northeastern  Jurisdiction  Commission  on  Archives in History meeting located in Madison, N.J., hosted by the Greater New Jersey Conference. This  was held May 6‐8, 2014. The conference honored the ministries of Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury in  colonial New Jersey. There was a bus tour that took the group to numerous Methodist historical sites as  well as to Washington’s headquarters. The commission members met with other NEJ members that had  historical societies to brainstorm and share information.    A subcommittee was formed to pursue the creation of a historical society for Upper New York and they  have  been  preparing  documents  and  a  resolution  to  be  presented  at  the  2015  Annual  Conference  session.     This  year’s  Annual  Conference  session  display  featured  the  burial  places  of  deceased  bishops  buried  within the Upper New York area from all the previous conference areas.    It  is  also  noted  that  the  commission  purchased  the  Hannibal  Circuit  Book  of  the  Methodist  Episcopal  Church, which was in the Oswego area, to be part of our collection.    We are looking forward to preparing and moving all the archival materials to a new Conference Center.  Once all is moved and organized, we can work on getting the whole collection catalogued. The former  Troy Conference materials are already done and they are in electronic format. The hope is to be able to  get the whole collection catalogued electronically to make researching easier for all.

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Members of  the  committee  are  the  Rev.  James  Barnes,  Karen  Staulters,  the  Rev.  Marcia  Wickert,  Ken  and Marge Summers, Adam Barnes, the Rev. Jacob Denny, Merle and Catharine Doud, Joyce Ellis, Marcia  Focht,  Margaret  and  Lee  Flanders,  Jim  Lesch,  the  Rev.  Betsye  Mowry,  Nancy  Rutenber,  Richard  Ward,  and Gilbert Smith (emeritus member).    Respectfully submitted by:  Rev. James Barnes II, Co‐Chair  Karen Staulters, Co‐ Chair  

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Camp & Retreat Ministries, Committee on  This past year has been a challenging and dynamic time for Camp & Retreat Ministries. We were blessed with  successfully providing an immersive, supportive, spiritual opportunity for hundreds of God’s children – young  and old alike. We worked more efficiently and were more focused than ever. We synthesized our efforts and  began to truly feel that we are a united program, provided throughout Upstate New York. We continue to be  blessed by devoted, enthusiastic and effective staff, both professional and volunteer.   The  long  awaited  evaluation  of  our  financial  position  has  begun,  with  the  Conference  providing  a  more  realistic  fiscal  assessment  of  both  the  individual  sites  and  our  collective  position.  Simultaneously,  we  have  undertaken the serious work of strategically planning the future work of our Conference’s Camp & Retreat  Ministries.  Perhaps  the  greatest  challenge  this  year  has  been  the  juxtaposition  of  those  two  efforts,  as  we  have  been  forced  to  make  programmatic  decisions  based  on  newfound  financial  realities,  before  we  have  completed  the  strategic planning process.  Simply  put,  this  means  that  despite  what  the  strategic  plan  may  eventually  indicate  is  the  most  appropriate  path,  we  have  been  forced  to  start  walking  in  a  direction  that  addresses financial concerns.  We  now  know  that  some  of  the  sites  carried  structural  deficits  into  the  formation  of  the  new  Conference.  Some  were  subsidized  by  their  former  conferences  and  so  the  new  Upper  New  York  Conference  inherited  activities that were supported by structures that were not self‐supporting. Since the Conference’s formation,  this information was hidden within a morass of accounts and diverse accounting practices. New clarity in our  financial condition required CRM to make immediate decisions. We initiated efficiencies in the provision of  programs  and  services,  consolidated  staffing  responsibilities  and  reworked  our  approach  to  struggling  programs. We have been prayerful and innovative in that process, but it has not been easy.  By  making  difficult  decisions  to  increase  efficiency,  we  have  pared  down  the  deficits  identified  by  the  Conference fiscal staff. One of the revelations has been that the Conference has actually been subsidizing the  Camp  &  Retreat  Ministry  at  a  greater  rate  than  previously  identified.  To  address  this,  we  implemented  a  three‐fold plan  that  reduces  our  expenses,  shifts  some  current  fiscal  responsibilities  to  a  more appropriate  area of Conference accounting, and finally, requests that the Conference allocate future resources at a level  that  is  realistically  aligned  with  current  need.  Simply  put,  the  Conference  has  been  paying  for  things  that  were not previously identified by the Conference accounting procedures and so the amount authorized was  systematically being overspent. We eagerly await the final strategic planning report, so that we can begin to  assimilate the fiscal plan with our future approach to programming.     Through  a  variety  of  opportunities,  we  have  recruited,  trained  and  equipped  more  than  100  young  adults  again  this  conference  year  as  they  worked  in  immersion  settings  on  our  sites.  They  gained  skills  and  knowledge that will take them into the future. These young adults develop self‐awareness, confidence, and a  collaborative spirit to grow in their faith.  This year, we were blessed to launch the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) with 12 young adults participating – an  initiative made at the 2012 General Conference through the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry  (GBHEM).  We  have  journeyed  with  these  young  adults  as  they  have  built  relationships  with  lay  and  clergy  mentors from around the Upper New York Conference discerning their call to ministry. One of the YCI young  adults will be attending seminary in fall 2015.     CRM participated in UNY’s Road T.R.I.P.s, sharing effective tools and practices for local congregations to use  in reaching children and youth in their communities.

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In 2015 we will focus on health of the mind, body and soul. New programs such as PUSH (Promoting Unity,  Servanthood, & Health), to be held at Sky Lake and Findley, will help campers improve their spiritual health  along  with  their  physical  level  of  health  and  fitness.  Fit4Life  at  Findley  will  give  participants  the  tools needed to make lifelong changes and attain vibrant health in their   body, soul, spirit and  relationships.    Each week of summer camp a new faith community is formed on the grounds of our camp and retreat centers. The  children, youth and even adults experience Christ in a new way and deepen their faith in creative and life changing  worship settings,  Bible  studies  and through  the  arts. Children  and youth  remain  connected  via  social media  and  return to re‐engage with this faith group during Camp Echo, SOLID youth group retreats, and winter retreats.    We have worked to develop new retreat opportunities focusing on the Conference mission and vision to resource  lay and clergy leaders in their ministry settings across the Conference.     We are focused on critical areas of mission.    Engaging in ministry with the poor   Christ calls us to be in ministry with the poor and marginalized. Our emphasis is on “with” … standing with those  who  are  regarded  as  “the  least  of  these,”  listening  to  them,  understanding  their  needs  and  aspirations,  and  working  with  them  to  achieve  their  goals.  Summer  camp  scholarships  will  be  extended  to  campers  from  the  Syracuse  Housing  Authority,  Warren  County  Cooperative  Extension,  the  Rescue  Mission,  and  other  low  income  families across New York state.  Improving global health  In 2015 we will be growing a deeper partnership with the Upper New York Conference’s Imagine No Malaria and  Africa 360 initiatives that make up the Africa 360 campaign.    Engaging in local mission opportunities  Asbury’s  “Reach  Out”  community  mission  experience,  Casowasco’s  “Mission  Possible”  summer  program  and  Findley’s “Amazing Tour” summer program will engage campers in hands‐on local mission projects serving people  in need.    We have spent a great deal of time evaluating our retreat and summer programs at all six centers and continue to  rethink how we do camp and retreat ministry for the 21st century for the transformation of the world.    Camp and Retreat Ministries continue to be our Conference’s most dynamic and transformational program. These  programs change lives and not only ensure the lifeblood of the Church, but expand the work of Christ’s disciples  into a new generation. For the Conference’s support of that work, we are truly grateful.    Yours in Christ,   David A. Little, Chairperson Michael D. Huber, Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries

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Communications Report    The last year has been a time of exciting change and growth for the Communications Ministry Area in  the Upper New York Conference.     In early 2015 the new Conference website launched after a great deal of research and preparation. The  new website is dynamic, meaning it adjusts to be optimally viewed on whichever device is accessing it.  Regardless of whether you are viewing it on a large monitor or a smart phone, the website will be easy  to read and look good.    One  of  the  key  pieces  of  research  that  went  into  the  creation  of  the  new  website  was  a  survey  of  members  of  the  Upper  New  York  Conference.  The  results  were  clear  that  the  most  important  change  needed was ease of navigation and the most valued use of the website was sharing our story. The new  website was designed with these top goals in mind and has been very well received.    The year also saw a major shift for the Advocate. In listening to the members of the Conference it was  clear  that  end‐users  struggled  to  know  how  the  Advocate  should  be  used  and  it  often  went  under‐ utilized. This spring, the decision was made to change the format drastically and transform the Advocate  into a ministry magazine.     The Advocate is now printed on a glossy paperstock to make the most out of photos and tell the story in  vivid and exciting ways. Each issue has a theme to pull it together, and a push has been made to include  new  voices  from  around  the  Conference.  Most  importantly,  the  stories  are  now  ministry  based  and  inspirational, not just news oriented.     The Advocate is designed to be shared with church visitors, and to inspire and excite church members.  There are practical tips from stories of successful ministry from around the Conference. The goal is for  local  churches  to  intentionally  give  away  copies  of  the  magazine  and  be  able  to  say  with  confidence,  “This is who we are as United Methodists in Upper New York.”   To help churches fill a gap in communication that could have resulted from having less frequent issues of  the  Advocate,  a  new  bulletin  insert  that  we’ve  named  the  Bridge,  was  launched.  This  new  communications tool is more information based and comes out every other week. It features highlights  of important news and information from around the Conference. Once churches are alerted that a PDF  has been posted to the Conference website they can simply download it and print whatever they need  for distribution on Sunday mornings. The information in the Bridge is similar to what runs in the Weekly  Digest, but is preassembled in a simple to print format.     The  Weekly  Digest  also  saw  some  changes  over  the  past  year,  not  the  least  of  which  was  the  name  change. It had previously been known as the E‐Advocate; however, because it had no real connection to  the Advocate there was some confusion. The change was made for clarity. In listening to feedback about  the  Weekly  Digest,  it  was  also  decided  to  publish  it  on  Wednesdays  instead  of  Thursdays.  It  became  clear  that  many  churches  use  this  valuable  tool  to  help  them  put  together  their  own  newsletters  or  bulletin insets and that it would be helpful to the layout and design of those local church materials to  receive the Weekly Digest earlier in the week. This change was simply to enhance the value of the tool.   It has been a great year seeing a lot of research and hard work yield exciting results, but the coming year  is  also  sure  to  be  exciting.  Conference  Communications  will  be  refocusing  on  how  to  best  use  social 

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media, and  is  working  with  the  FACT  (Financial  Advisory  Consulting  Team)  process  to  create  a  comprehensive communications plan. The Conference has come a long way in how the story is told, but  there is still much to do!    Submitted by Stephen J. Hustedt, Director of Communications   and Phillip Phaneuf, Conference Communications Commission Chair 

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Conference Leadership Team  The  Conference  Leadership  Team  is  charged  with  helping  the  Upper  New  York  Conference  remain  faithful  to  its  mission  and  vision,  and  to  be  the  group  that  makes  time‐sensitive  decisions  between  sessions  of  the  Annual  Conference.  In  2014,  the  Conference  Leadership  Team  welcomed  several  new  members:  the  Rev.  Laura  Percival  Pauley,  Bethany  Printup‐Davis,  the  Rev.  John  Martin,  and  the  Rev.  Sherri  Rood.  It  met  as  a  team  and  with  the  Extended  Cabinet  three  times  in  2014.  Representative  Conference Leadership Team members also joined several other Conference gatherings and endeavors,  including  gatherings  of  Finance  and  Administrative  Team  leaders,  the  FACT  (Financial  Advisory  Consulting Team) process – a holistic financial review process designed to assist the Conference achieve  both  vitality  and  sustainability,  and  the  new  Conference  Center  building  proposal  presented  at  the  Special Session of Annual Conference this past October.     As anticipated, the main ongoing work undertaken by the Conference Leadership Team in 2014 was to  revise  and  refine  the  “Mission  Map,”  a  strategic  planning  document  guiding  the  ministry  of  the  Conference through the year 2020. The Mission Map affirms the purpose of the Conference as “to make  disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry  and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church; all to the glory of God.” To fulfill this  purpose, the Mission Map identifies five primary tasks of the Conference:  1. Recruit,  train,  equip,  and  deploy  transformational  clergy  and  lay  leadership  so  that  our congregations will joyfully and faithfully live out the vision of the Conference. 2. Resource  our  local  churches  with  effective  tools  and  practices  for  effective  disciple‐making  in the 21st century, and re‐forming the church for vitality, relevance and fruitfulness. 3. Nurture  a  planting  culture  where  people  are  recognizing  the  movement  of  the  Spirit  in  their neighborhoods  to  plant  new  communities  of  faith;  and,  provide  the  training,  support,  and resources needed for people to plant new, sustainable communities of faith. 4. Align resources to support the purpose of the Conference and the mission of the local church and implement a system of accountability for mission and ministry at all levels. 5. Communicate  how  we  share  a  common  mission  as  United  Methodist  Christians  in  the  21st century. As the Conference Leadership Team continued to examine these five tasks, it became more and more  clear that, although all five tasks contribute to the success of our Conference mission, the first task of  increasing leadership capacity is most important. Growing leaders grow congregations which transform  neighborhoods  and  communities.  In  the  year  ahead,  the  Conference  Leadership  Team  will  be  seeking  ways to better align all Conference resources – financial, human and spiritual – around the primary task  of increasing leadership capacity.   The  Conference  Leadership  Team  has  had  a  very  full  and  satisfying  year.  The  team  thanks  the  Conference for the privilege of service and invites interested persons to be in touch to share hopes and  concerns.     Team  members  for  2014‐2015  include:  Blenda  Smith,  Mary  Howard,  Janet  Rothfuss,  Nathan  Trost,  Bethany  Printup‐Davis,  the  Rev.  Robert  Sherburne,  the  Rev.  Laura  Percival  Pauley,  and  the  Rev.  John  Martin. 

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Ex‐officio: • Appointive Cabinet Representatives: the Rev. William Mudge and the Rev. Sherri Rood  • Conference Lay Leader: Scott Johnson   Commission on Religion and Race Representative: Barbara Heise   Director of Connectional Ministries: the Rev. William Gottschalk‐Fielding   Resident Bishop: Bishop Mark J. Webb  • Director of Communications: Stephen J. Hustedt 

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Episcopacy, Committee on  The  Conference  Committee  on  Episcopacy  (COE)  over  the  course  of  this  conference  year  has  worked  with  the  Episcopacy  Residence  Committee  to  ensure  the  upkeep  of  the  Episcopal  residence.  We  have  met with Bishop Mark J. Webb, worked to support his ministry in the Upper New York Conference, and  his  commitments  to  the  General  Church.  We  have  implemented  a  new  evaluation  process  that  the  Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy (NEJ COE) has required all Conferences in the NEJ to  use as a tool to evaluate the ministry of our assigned Bishop. The committee has worked with Bishop  Webb,  the  NEJ  COE,  and  our  Communications  Ministry  Area  to  help  make  the  process  as  effective  as  possible. We are still making changes as we live into this new process to help perfect it in a way that it  will be as useful as possible to Bishop Webb, the COE, and the NEJ COE. However, as we have started to  live into this process, it has shown that it will be a helpful tool for both Bishop Webb and the Committee  as  we  prepare  to  fill  out  our  final  evaluation  for  the  quadrennium  this  fall  that  we  submit  to  the  NEJ  COE.  This  final  evaluation  helps  the  Jurisdictional  committee  prepare  for  their  work  at  Jurisdictional  Conference. This process has involved receiving information from leadership across the Upper New York  Conference who work directly with Bishop Webb, it requires the committee to meet quarterly to assess  the information we have received, and involves working with the Appointive Cabinet and other Bishops  to evaluate those areas of Bishop Webb’s ministry that only they would be able to speak to. Throughout  the year we have also helped to show hospitality and care to Bishop Webb and his family on behalf of  our Conference.   In the year to come, we plan to support Bishop Webb and his continued ministry in the Upper New York  Conference,  the  General  Church,  and  fulfill  our  responsibilities  as  explained  in  the  2012  Book  of  Discipline.  We  will  complete  and  submit  the  evaluation  data  to  the  NEJ  COE,  and  continue  to  work  to  perfect the process with them. We ask that you would join us in holding our Resident Bishop, Mark J.  Webb, and his family in prayer throughout the coming conference year as we join in ministry together.    Respectfully submitted by,  Rev. Rebecca L. Laird,  Chair, Upper New York Episcopacy Committee

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Equitable Compensation Report for 2014-2015 The Commission on Equitable Compensation has had an interesting year. We are pleased to announce that the amount of money that has been awarded to assist churches in maintaining full-time appointments continues to decrease. However, there is a down side to this trend as some churches which were full-time are no longer able to maintain that level of pastoral service even with assistance. Compensation grants covering two periods were awarded in 2014. For the period covering July through December 2014, the CEC awarded just over $90,000 to twenty-one churches. Grants awarded for the first six months of 2015 totaled $118,500 distributed among twenty churches. The Cabinet also used $12,000 in order to facilitate the making of full-time appointments for the 2014-15 appointment year. At the 2014 Annual Conference, the CEC was asked to look at compensation/housing issues relating to clergy couples. We have investigated those issues and suggested changes to our current Clergy Support Policies. While our suggestions may not address every possible situation, they should provide additional guidance in dealing with all situations. As we continued to review our Conference’s minimum compensation levels, we came to believe that the differences between the various levels of credentialing did not adequately reflect the investment in education required of our elders. This year’s recommendations include an increase in the base compensation minimum for elders as well as continuing to increase the years of service increment and the cap on that increment for all credential levels. We also ask you to keep your eyes open for more information from the Communications Office on the goals and work of the CEC (if it has not already been distributed). In concluding, I would like to thank the members of the CEC who have given their time and dedication to our work over the past year: The Rev. Sung Ho Lee Al Kidd Lynn Blake The Rev. Bill Pattison Vicki Putney The Rev. Patience Kisakye

Terry Wilbert The Rev. Ray Noell Mitchell Smith The Rev. Carmen Perry The Rev. Lauren Swanson Nancy Rhodes

A special thanks goes to Debi Marshall in the Conference office for all she does. Grace and Peace, The Rev. Wilson S. Jones, Chair Commission on Equitable Compensation

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Finance and Administration, Council on    First, I would like to offer a sincere and gracious “Thank You” to all the members of CF&A for their service and  ministry  and  to  Kevin  Domanico,  our  Conference  Treasurer  and  the  financial  staff  for  their  continued  excellent work for the Upper New York Annual Conference.     Over the past year CF&A has embraced a broader role beyond that of developing fiscally responsible financial  policies for the ministry shares budget and other finances of UNYAC to include developing new ways to tell  the  “story”  behind  ministry  shares  and  living  into  CF&A’s  vision  of  building  stronger  collaborative  relationships with other leadership teams of UNYAC.  We have begun breaking down silos, as opportunities to work together are identified which strengthen the  connections  that  bind  us  into  one  body  in  Christ.  Part  of  this  work  has  begun  through  sub‐teams  whose  members  work  closely  with  Conference  Trustees,  FACT  Team,  Human  Resources  and  Benefits,  Communications,  Operations,  Camps,  Leadership  Team,  Executive  Staff,  and  Cabinet  to  coordinate  efforts  across the Conference.    We now have excellent financial reporting tools to aid in monitoring receipts and disbursements of ministry  share funds on  a  monthly  basis.  This allows  for  real‐time  assessment  of how  adequately our  ministries are  being funded.  CF&A,  in  appreciation  of  your  efforts,  convey  blessings  and  “well  done”  to  all  churches  that  faithfully  participated in our connectional ministry through 100% payment of their ministry shares. CF&A also conveys  blessings and sincere appreciation to the many churches that had to make difficult financial decisions over  the past year and supported their ministry shares as best they were able. Thanks be to God for all you have  done.  Report  on  2014  Ministry  Shares  ‐  Our  total  2014  ministry  share  request  amounted  to  $10,323,781.  Approximately 62% of our churches paid their ministry shares in full. That’s 564 churches out of 904. While  we are extremely thankful, we are aware there is more stewardship work to be done across the connection.  Nearly 130 of our churches paid little or no ministry shares for 2014. The total ministry shares received for  2014  amounted  to  $7,926,651.  Unfortunately  this  meant  that  after  fixed  costs,  many  ministries  were  only  able to spend 53% of the funds approved for their ministry in the 2014 budget. The Conference was also only  able to pay 59% of its General Church apportionments..    We understand that sometimes circumstances prevent 100% participation. We also believe that lack of clear  understanding of what is funded by your ministry shares may lead to less than 100% participation. We firmly  believe that when the people of God see and understand the needs they respond.   One  of  CF&A’s  goals  is  to  provide  you  with  more  and  concise  explanations  of  what  your  ministry  shares  support. The hope is this will provide clarity to what ministry shares represent for us in living out our purpose  as  United  Methodist  Christians.  As  an  initial  response  to  this  need  a  sub‐team  working  closely  with  Conference  Communications  created  a  Story  of  Ministry  Shares  Brochure  which  was  distributed  at  District  level to local churches and is available for viewing by all on the Conference website. We will continue efforts  to develop additional resources for the local church at the District level and on the website to help answer  your questions and support local churches in their effort to fully fund ministries.

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2016 Ministry Share Budget ‐ CF&A has worked hard to be good stewards of the financial resources of The  Upper New York Annual Conference. Many hours of prayerful consideration and collaborative cost controlling  efforts  with  Conference  ministry  teams  and  the  Executive  Staff  have  resulted  in  a  proposed  2016  Annual  Conference  Ministry  Share  budget  of  $10,079,236.  This  represents  a  decrease  from  the  2015  budget  of  $261,202 or 2.5%.     In an effort to reflect the Conference’s  developing priorities, the 2016 budget categorized funds into fixed,  General Church Apportionments, discretionary and contingent costs. A spending plan was developed based  on these categories and historical ministry share payment levels.     

Fixed Costs primarily represent personnel expenses and fixed operating costs of $6,074,000 or 60% of the budget, General Church Apportionments were set at approximately 75% for a total of $1,716,000, Discretionary  costs  of  $1,609,000  would  be  funded  after  fixed  and  GC  Apportionment  goals  were met, Contingent  costs  represent  Conference  grants  and  ministry  support.  These  budgeted  costs  of $680,000 would only be paid after the first 3 budget categories are fulfilled.

Our actual expenditures for 2016 will depend on the actual levels of Ministry Shares paid by our Churches. If  2016 Ministry Share payments amount to $8,598,000, the conference will be able to meet categories 1 and 2  and  fund  50%  discretionary  cost.  Compared  to  payments  in  2014,  we  would  need  to  receive  additional  ministry shares of approximately $600,000. This represents a quarter of the 2014 $2,500,000 unpaid ministry  shares. Lower levels of receipts will result in lower levels of expenditures.    We believe this  is  the  most  accurate  representation  of finances  needed  for  ministry in  UNYAC  and beyond  our borders. To provide this support, we need everyone’s best effort to provide these needed funds. We can  and must do better than past history demonstrates.  Presentation  of  the  2010  Conference  Audited  Financial  Statements  –  The  2010  Conference  Audit  Report  may be found at the end of the workbook. CF&A, Conference staff and our auditors, Bowers & Co, CPA’s have  labored  diligently  to  prepare  the  first  audit  report  for  the  Upper  New  York  Conference.  The  report  is  the  consolidation of all the assets, liabilities and net assets of the four former conferences and six camps from  diverse  accounting  systems.  The  complexity  of  the  consolidation  and  limited  system  resources  prevented  earlier completion of the report.    The  report  shows  Total  Assets  of  just  over  $60,000,000  composed  of  cash,  receivables,  investments  and  property spread over the principal funds of the Conference. The Statement of activities shows an increase in  net assets of $6,533,000.   The ministry  of CF&A  across the  Annual  Conference  is  to  faithfully  and prayerfully strengthen  our  financial  resources  through  fervent  prayer,  good  policy,  and  faithful  stewardship  practices  thus  to  provide  for  the  financial support of our ministries here in UNYAC and around the world. These ministry opportunities are the  future of our church locally and at large. This will not be easy, but we do not labor alone. We are connected  as  United  Methodists  and  as  Christians.  We  are  God’s  people  called  to  share  in  keeping  with  the  Jesus’  models  witnessed  in  the  early  church  community.  As  together  we  seek  to  discern  the  word  of  hope  God  speaks to us as Christ’s church and God’s beloved children, may we all be strengthened in the knowledge that  the Lord will provide.     Yours In Christ’s Service,  Rev. Lawrence G. Lake, President, Council on Finance and Administration

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Global Ministries Team  Mission projects: This year we are updating all of our Conference Advance Specials (CAS) and developed  the application process for ministries to become CAS’s. A new list will be brought before the Conference  session  for  approval.  We  are  looking  at  the  creative  ways  we  can  help  promote  these  mission  opportunities  to  churches  and  individuals  across  the  conference.  Please  come  and  see  information  at  our display tables at conference.    We also are lifting up for support several General Board of Global Ministries Advance projects such as:    Society of St. Andrew          #801600  Helping to feed hungry people by gleaning fields after harvests  http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/801600     Stop Hunger Now         #982795   Packaging dehydrated meals to distribute to schools, orphanages and disaster areas  http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/982795    *(NY) Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, Inc. (R.I.S.S.E.)        #3021057  Helping refugees in the Capital Region   http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/3021057     (USA) Native American Comprehensive Plan          #982615  Provide leadership development to Native Americans within The UMC; work with existing  congregations.  http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/982615  Haiti Children Project    #3020507  Partnering with the Haiti Methodist Church to provide a clean, safe home for homeless children  http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/3020507     (Haiti) Hot Lunch Program         #418790   Providing daily, hot, nutritious meals for children at Methodist schools  http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/418790   (Palestine) Wi'am Community Empowerment and Conflict Resolution  #14910A  Advancing a culture of peace and acceptance while promoting nonviolent resolution to conflict  http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/14910A  *(Africa) Kamina Friends Enterprise Facilitation and Economic Development    #3020510  Building economic growth and capacity, and promoting male and female entrepreneurs in Africa  http://www.umcmission.org/Give‐to‐Mission/Search‐for‐Projects/Projects/3020510   *These are also Upper New York Conference Advance specials. 

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Missionaries: At  this  year’s  session  of  Annual  Conference  we  hope  to  have  a  couple  of  missionaries  present for people to meet and talk with, including:    Olga Gonzalez‐Santiago serving at the Syracuse Westside Urban Mission  http://www.umcmission.org/Explore‐Our‐Work/Missionaries‐in‐Service/Missionary‐Profiles/Gonzalez‐ Santiago‐Olga    Sarah Mudge, US‐2 Missionary serving Tacoma community House in Tacoma Washington   http://www.umcmission.org/Explore‐Our‐Work/Missionaries‐in‐Service/Missionary‐Profiles/Mudge‐‐ Sarah    Team  members:  The  Rev.  Jeffrey  Childs,  chair;  the  Rev.  Joe  Auslander,  John  Conklin,  CSGM;  Phyllis  Doane; Olga Gonzalez‐Santiago; Tracy Jackson‐Adams; the Rev. Robert Long; Alice Trost; the Rev. Marti  Swords‐Horrell;  and  ex‐officio  members:  the  Rev.  Bill  Gottschalk‐Fielding,  Director  of  Connectional  Ministries; the Rev. Darryl Barrow, Upper New York Cabinet.    Respectfully submitted,  Rev. Jeffrey Childs, chair

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Haiti Parnership  In 2014 the Haiti Partnership had many wonderful and connectional  opportunities.  Our  commitment  to  the  mission  work  of  our  Haiti  Partnership  and  the  churches  who  support  us  make  us  even  more  aware  of  how  important  our  cooperative  efforts  are  as  they  continue  to  grow  and  nurture.  Four  of  our  teams  went  to  Mahot,  Haiti to help the community there continue work on the rebuilding  of its church. We made great progress and the project will soon be  completed.  Mahot  is  in  the  southern  Haitian  district  of  Les  Cayes,  close to the ocean in the south. Our teams stayed on the local school property and relished the faith and  the hard working people of the Mahot community. They marveled at the complete care and protection  of the Mahot area and learned so much from their work there.  The Haiti Partnership also had one team go to the island of La Gonave and stay in the city of Anse‐A‐ Galet at the Methodist Church there. That church is in the final stages of completion and much of the  work was done by skilled Haitian masons. This team had many amazing experiences, including meeting  with  a  ladies  group  from  the  local  Methodist  Church  asking  for  the  Americans  to  pray  for  the  Haitian  ladies in their struggles to be good mothers and to be able to provide for their families.     In  each  of  these  teams,  there  were  new  Volunteers‐in‐Mission  to  Haiti.  Each  had  life  changing  experiences and each was taught amazing things by their mission trip to Haiti.    We thank the Upper New York Conference for its continued support and faith in our work. Together we  are changing lives. We appreciate the opportunity to be able to represent the people of New York in our  mission work in Haiti.    Jodi Crimmel,  Haiti Partnership Chair 

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Hispanic Ministries Task Force   The Upper New York Conference Hispanic Ministries Task Force developed out of the dream of several  pastors  working  with  the  Conference  Director  of  Connectional  Ministries.  After  the  historic  merger  of  the  four  conferences,  the  dream  of  an  Hispanic  Ministries  Task  Force  became  a  reality  with  the  hope  that the Hispanic/Latino United Methodist churches would become an integral part of the Upper New  York Conference vision to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We are  aligned with the General Commission on Religion and Race in keeping with the mandate to continue to  stand for racial justice in our Church. The Upper New York Hispanic Ministries Task Force is also working  closely  with  the  Episcopal  Office,  Director  of  New  Faith  Communities,  Director  of  Vital  Congregations,  and the Director of Connectional Ministries to plant vital Hispanic/Latino churches in Upper New York.  We  stand  in  solidarity  with  the  racial/ethnic  groups  that  face  inequalities  and  injustices  in  the  Church  and  throughout  the  world.  The  General  Conference  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  has  charged  the  annual conferences with “Building the Beloved Community.” To make this charge central to our hearts,  we,  the  Hispanic  Ministries  Task  Force  of  UNY,  will  work  closely  with  the  Hispanic  National  Plan  and  Unity and Diversity in order to lead the way in fulfilling this challenge.    We want to celebrate the work that has been accomplished by the committee in Upper New York during  2014. The committee representing the  Upper New York Conference met  together and began planning  for the work before us. We have worked on and completed:         

Hispanic/Latino Strategic Plan Course for church planting Course on coaching Met with the Bishop and Cabinet members to discuss the vision Targeted strategic areas for church plants Developed a job description for a director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries Submitted a name for the Conference position Developed a calendar for common ministries for Hispanic/Latino churches

We have  planned  evangelistic  and  holistic  trainings  events  for  the  Hispanic/Latino  churches.  We  have  plans  to  initiate  the  opening  of  at  least  three  new  Hispanic/Latino  churches  in  the  near  future.  The  committee  understands  that  if  our  UNY  Conference  does  not  see  the  undergirding  of  Hispanic/Latino  churches as a priority, our future as a Church grows dim. As a Conference we need to take seriously the  mission and vision of the Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  These disciples include members of Hispanic/Latino cultural groups, who are the fastest growing cultural  group in the UNY Conference.   “We  are  simply  seeking  to  bring  into  full  realization  the  Christian  Dream  –  a  dream  yet  unfulfilled.  You  were  called  to  travel  on  the  same  road  together  and  in  the  same  direction,  so  stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one Faith, one Baptism, one  God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you  are and think and do permeates out of Oneness. In Christ’s family there can be no division into  Jew and non‐Jew, slave and free, female and male, (Black, White, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native  American,  or  Hispanic/Latino).  Among  us  you  are  all  equal.  That  is,  we  are  all  in  a  common  relationship with Jesus Christ.” (Excerpts from Ephesians, The Message) 

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Our dream is a dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege, position, and property widely distributed;  a  dream  of  a  Church  where  no  longer  it  is  argued  that  the  color  of  a  person’s  skin  determines  the  content of his character; a dream of a Church where every person will respect the dignity and worth of  the human personality. This is the dream. When it is realized, the jangling discords of our Church will be  transformed  into  a  beautiful  United  Methodist  symphony,  and  people  everywhere  will  know  that  The  United Methodist Church is truly a Church of the free and the brave.” (Adopted from the speech given by  the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, in July 1962, Washington, D.C.; italics added)   Sisters and brothers, I see a Church where the ugliness of racial injustice is transformed into the beauty  of God’s Holiness. I see a Church that is empowered by the unity of the Spirit; I see a Church that is full  of love one for another; I see a Church of baptized believers making disciples in the name of the Risen  One,  Jesus  the  Christ;  I  see  a  vital  Church,  an  alive  Church,  a  vibrant  Church  where  believers  are  measured by how much they love the Lord and worship Him; I see a United Methodist Church driven by  faith,  hope,  and  love  building  the  Church  into  the  beloved  community;  I  see  a  Church  not  dying,  not  surviving but living out the truth of the Gospel; I see a Church confronting the evils of society and the  powers that be and bringing a message of hope and redemption to a lost world. As members of the UNY  Conference, in the spirit of unity, we as Hispanic/Latino’s shall overcome and we shall overwhelm with  our love for Christ and for one another.    Many blessings,  Rev. Dr. Alberto Lanzot  For Peace and Justice 

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Laity Report, Board of  God  continues  to  do  amazing  things  through  the  people  called  Methodist  across  the  Upper  New  York  Conference.  The  Upper  New  York  Conference  Board  of  Laity  has  been  hard  at  work  equipping  and  empowering  laity  in  leadership  ministries  to  live  into  the  call  of  God  on  their  lives.  In  2015  the  board  focused  much  of  its  work  on  sharing  best  practices  regarding  the  dimensions  of  lay  leadership  in  vital  congregations. In meetings across the state we emphasized the critical nature of having a vital personal  faith as the core for all ministry in the Church. It is also critical that we make training and assessing the  effectiveness of ministry roles a purposeful act. We shared the importance of making space for the call  on  other  disciples  ensuring  by  allowing  others  to  serve.  We  have  also  discussed  the  importance  of  engaging  as  many  sisters  and  brothers  as  possible  so  that  they  may  act  on  the  call  of  God  on  their  hearts.    In addition to this we have spent many hours working on helping laity in leadership be effective partners  with  clergy.  The  dynamic  partnership  between  clergy  and  laity  is  a  distinctive  feature  of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  Recognizing  the  distinctive  calls  on  our  life,  but  the  act  that  these  calls  are  interdependent and God is glorified by how we all work together this way.   There is much fruit to discuss. Laity are serving well in several ministries and taking bold steps in faith to  help make disciple of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Some exciting examples include:  Mount Vision UMC with a Coffee House‐style event which now includes and encourages small groups to  break out and use the kitchen area ("Kitchen Talk") of the fellowship space for spiritual and faith related  conversation, and the McDonough UMC has had dreams for awhile about offering a community meal in  its  rural,  isolated  community,  and  has  been  successful  in  beginning  that  ministry.  The  Pendleton  UMC  came  to  serve  Thanksgiving  dinner  at  the  Seneca  Street  Church  when  it  looked  like  the  dinner  would  have  to  be  cancelled.  Many  churches  at  their  charge  conferences  brought  in  food  to  help  those  in  Lackawanna to provide essentials when the store shelves were emptied. Many other churches reached  out to laity and clergy alike to assist with clearing the snow when travel bans were lifted for neighbors.  As  we  look  to  the  2015‐2016  church  year,  we  look  forward  to  continuing  the  work  of  equipping  and  empowering transformative leaders. Part of this work will be integrating lay perspectives on the list of  core competencies for clergy shared at this Annual Conference session. We will also develop a parallel  list of core competencies for lay leaders, which will provide greater consistency at future trainings. We  also  will  continue  to  reach  as  many  brothers  and  sisters  with  these  messages  about  effective  lay  leadership so that our faith communities continue to carry the good news and love of Jesus Christ to the  world.  

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Lay Servant Ministries  Lay  Servant  Ministries  is  the  laity  led  and  Discipline‐supported  lay  ministry  program  of  The  United  Methodist  Church.  It  offers  all  laity  the  opportunity  to  search  out,  discern,  and  further  their  personal  understanding, as well as grow through educational courses on specific topics of interest that ultimately  help lead laity into deeper and stronger service within their called ministry.    The  Lay  Servant  Ministry  program  is  designed  to  raise  up,  support,  educate,  and  inspire  laity  of  The  United  Methodist  Church  to  discern  their  specific  ministry  gifts  of  leading,  teaching,  caring,  and  communicating.  The  Conference  Lay  Servant  Ministries  director  and  all  12  district  directors/co‐director  teams  are  dedicated  to  serving  the  laity  members  of  the  Upper  New  York  Conference  as  they  go  out  in  ministry  across  our  Conference  and  throughout  the  world.  Each  and  every  lay  member  is  valued,  and  their  ministries are vital to the mission of Jesus Christ. Our hope is to enable all lay people to use their gifts in  service.  As we have moved forward with the implementation of the 2012 Discipline changes, we are pleased to  share that  there has been a noted increase in the understanding of the process and requirements for  being a Certified Lay Servant, along with the specifics regarding the extra entitlement of Lay Speaker. In  fact,  during  2014,  we,  the  Conference  LSM  team,  were  able  to  “affirm”  the  first  three  Certified  Lay  Servant‐Lay  Speakers  of  the  Upper  New  York  Conference:  James  Baxter  and  Joyce  Royal‐Palm  of  the  Albany  District,  and  Ken  Guilfoyle  of  the  Mohawk  District.  We  know  there  are  others  currently  in  the  process  of  completing  the  requirements  and  look  forward  to  affirming  more  servants  called  to  that  specific branch of ministry in 2015.     The  laity  of  our  Conference  continues  to  inspire  me;  your  commitment  to  Christ‐like  service  is  immeasurable and infectious. Your fervor is encouraging, and your passion is astounding. It is an honor  and a privilege to serve with each and every one of you, as we all answer our individual calls of service  and ministry.    As  we  continue  to  grow  together  within  the  Lay  Servant  Ministries,  do  not  hesitate  to  contact  your  district lay servant ministry directors, their teams, your district superintendent, or me (your Conference  director of lay servant ministries) with your questions, concerns, ideas, and assistance. It is going to take  all of us to move forward and make a difference in Jesus’ name.    Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving with you!    “Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we shall not lose heart!!” (2  Corinthians 4:1)    Submitted by: Carmen FS Vianese, UNY Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries   vianese4@frontiernet.net or (585) 468‐5935 

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2014/2015 UNY Annual Conference LSM Team  Carmen FS Vianese – Conference Director/Team Chair    District Directors:  Adirondack – Maxine Willis  Albany – Jerry Oliver  Binghamton – Co‐Directors Jan Laughlin & Melody Patterson  Cornerstone – Ernest Warren  Crossroads – Susan M. Ranous  Finger Lakes – Lucina Hallagan  Genesee Valley – Deborah Clyde  Mohawk – Co‐Directors Mary Cheney & Ken Guilfoyle  Mountain View – District Lay Leader Joel Stauring  Niagara Frontier – Co‐Directors Barb Saltarella & James Brown  Northern Flow – Jenni Piatt, newly replaced by John M. Frary  Oneonta – Co‐Directors Maxine Christman and Richard Christman

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Native American Ministries (CONAM), Committee on  This past year has been a very active year for the Committee on Native American Ministries.  We took  our role  as educators and advocates very seriously as we developed, prepared for, and presented 14  Learning  Sessions  reaching  out  to  the  12  districts  in  the  Conference.  The  purpose  of  the  Learning  Sessions  was  to  train  and  educate  about  Native  American  history  and  present  realities,  from  the  perspective of Native peoples, focusing on the complex connection of The United Methodist Church to  that history and to relationships today.  Of the 915 churches in our Conference, only 215 churches sent  representation  to  the  Learning  Sessions.  Many  were  local  church  representative,  pastors  and  other  church leaders.  The Learning Sessions were part of the Conference’s preparation for Upper New York’s  Act  of  Repentance  and  Healing  of  Relationships  with  Indigenous  Persons  to  be  held  during  the  2015  session of Annual Conference.  In  addition  to  the  Learning  Sessions,  CONAM  reached  out  to  our  Conference  membership  through  presentations at United Methodist Women’s gatherings, a Casowasco retreat for commissioned elders,  and  workshops  and  presentations  to  the  body  during  the  2014  session  of Annual  Conference.  A few  local  church  representatives  have  held  their  own  study  groups  using  materials  from  the  Learning  Sessions. We worked hard to update and communicate with local church  representatives to CONAM  through a mass email system to approximately 450 people. CONAM  leaders traveled to Baltimore  to  share the UNY CONAM Learning Session presentation with members of the Northeastern Jurisdiction  CONAM at its annual meeting in October 2014.  Native  American  Ministries  Sunday  continues  to  be  an  important  focus  for  CONAM,  providing  an  opportunity to celebrate the gifts of Native Americans, share our message with local congregations, and  obtain support and funding for our ministry.  Contributions from Native American Ministries Sunday are  utilized in many ways. We continue to support the three Native American  United Methodist Churches  on  native  territories,  both  with  financial  gifts  and  with  prayer.  We  oversee  the  Native  American  Transportation  Program  on  the  Onondaga  Nation Territory,  which  is  a  long  standing  part  of  our  UNY  Conference ministry. We encourage all churches to designate  a local church representative to CONAM  to  assist  in  celebrating  Native American  Ministry  Sunday.  We  continue  to  hear  the  good  news  from  local  church  representatives  as  numerous  local  churches  are  celebrating  Native American  Ministries  Sunday, some for the first time.  Native American  Ministries  Sunday  funds  are  spent  in  many  ways.  We  also  reach  out  to  traditional  groups in urban settings through programs that support the effort to be in community and  learn more  of  traditional  teachings.  Our  youngest  CONAM  member,  Bethany  Printup‐Davis  ( Tuscarora)  has  attended several national trainings, thanks to NAMS funds, in preparation for  her decision to enter the  seminary this fall.  Four Corners UMC on the Cattaraugus Territory has recently repaired the roof on its  church building utilizing NAMS funds.  The  Upper  New  York  Committee  on  Native  American  Ministries  has  worked  closely  with  the  UNY  Conference to prepare for the Act of Repentance worship service which will be celebrated during the  Annual Conference session on May 27, 2015.  It is our prayer that brothers and sisters in our church  families  will  continue  to  join  us  in  this  journey  toward  healing  relationships  within  our  Church  and  answer  the  call  to  love  our  indigenous  neighbors  more  faithfully  through  advocacy,  prayers  and  understanding.

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New Faith Communities Team  God  has  been  doing  amazing  things  through  our  New  Faith  Communities  in  2014‐2015!  Since  the  last  session  of  Annual  Conference  the  number  of  our  New  Faith  Communities  has  nearly  doubled.  As  of  March  1,  there  were  41  United  Methodist  new  faith  communities  being  planted  in  Upper  New  York!  They represent many different strategies and are targeting many diverse people. Many of our NFCs are  being  planted  by  existing  churches  as they  seek  to  extend  their  reach  by  creating  new  places  for  new  people.  Others  are  being  planted  by  small  teams  of  people  supported  by  partnerships  with  nearby  churches. Almost all are meeting in non‐traditional spaces, and using non‐traditional methods to build  relationships with new people. All are seeking to grow new disciples of Jesus Christ! And, there are fruits  to report!    By  the  end  of  2014,  statistical  reports  from  our  New  Faith  Communities  show  that  our  New  Faith  Communities:      

Had more  than  1,350  regular  participants  that  were  not  attending  any  of  our  churches previously, including 162 children (age 0‐12), 102 youth (age 13‐18), and 241 young adults (age 19‐35). Had 73 small groups, with a total average weekly attendance of 692. Had more than 654 persons attending their new worship experiences. Had more than 332 persons actively involved in hands on mission and ministry. Had collected more than $258,000 in offerings from their own people.

Most importantly, every single one of  our New Faith Communities had stories to tell of God changing  the lives of people because of their ministries. These “transformed lives” are the most important reason  for our planting efforts!    To  undergird  our  planters  and  their  teams,  we  continue  to  build  and  strengthen  a  system  that  is  designed  to  identify,  assess,  equip,  deploy  and  support  every  New  Faith  Community  planter.  Some  highlights of that system include:  Coach Network Team… A team of eight persons continues the work of identifying, training, approving,  and  deploying  a  network  of  coaches.  It  hosted  two  training  events  in  2014‐2015:  a  Path  1  sponsored  event in October 2014, and a more in‐depth training provided by Chris Holmes Coaching in March 2015.  We now have more than 30 trained coaches in our Conference, and more than half of our planters are  working with a coach each month.  Planter  Peer  Group  Team…  The  greatest  threats  to  sustainable  new  faith  community  planting  are  experiences  of  loneliness  and  burnout  among  planters.  The  Planter  Peer  Group  Team  has  worked  to  develop a number of groups for planters designed to provide them with spiritual nourishment, renewal  and  mutual  friendship.  These  groups  meet  once  each  quarter  in  a  retreat  setting  in  various  locations,  and are led by trained spiritual directors.    Grant  Processing  Team…  Our  Conference  is  in  the  business  of  providing  seed  funding  to  enable  New  Faith  Communities  to  get  off  the  ground.  Planters  with  a  vision  for  a  NFC  apply  for  funding,  and  the  Grant Processing Team receives the applications and makes decisions about how to spend your money,  based  on  the  strength  of  each  application,  how  well  developed  the  planting  team  is,  the  perceived 

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likelihood of fruitfulness, and priorities related to Conference goals. In both 2014 and 2015, the Grant  Team gave out $250,000 to a total of 20 new faith communities. If an application is made in subsequent  years,  assessment  of  disciple‐making  fruitfulness  is  the  most  important  determining  factor  to  further  funding, but always with an eye toward every NFC becoming self‐sustaining within three to four years.    Training/Learning…  If  they  are  nothing  else,  New  Faith  Community  planters  are  learners  and  new  learning  comes  through  many  diverse  experiences.  Our  Conference  hosted  a  Jurisdiction‐wide  “Launchpad”  event  in  August  2014,  a  three‐day  intensive  learning  experience  for  those  planting  new  things. Because it was held in Albany, many of our planters and their teams were able to easily attend.  As  is  the  case  every  year,  a  number  of  our  planters  also  attend  national  events.  The  School  of  Congregational Development in Charlotte, N.C., and an event for women who are planters in Nashville,  Tenn.,  were  good  examples  this  past  year.  On  a  more  local  level,  our  own  fourth  annual  New  Faith  Communities event was held in April, and this year featured a presentation by the planter of “Church in  a Diner” in Lansing, Mich., as well as many other workshops led by our own talented people. The Rev.  David  Masland,  Director  of  New  Faith  Communities,  provides  “Virtual  Planning  Groups”  –  video‐ conferences held over two months with groups of three to four planters – for those who are developing  their vision. Most of all, planters learn best through conversations with other planters. Our planters are  often seeking to consult with one another to see what God seems to be up to!   The  great  news  is  that  all  of  this  is  just  the  beginning!  God  continues  to  call  new  people  to  plant.  Beginning in July, eight or more new starts will be launched with a number of others on the horizon. The  fact is that any and every church in our Conference can start a new faith  community! The question is  where  do  un‐churched  or  de‐churched  people  hang  out  in  your  community?  And,  how  might  your  church begin to build relationships with them  that  can lead to planting a new faith community where  you can all discover together the joy of saying “YES!” to God’s grace every day of your lives?     Submitted by: Rev. David Masland 

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Ordained Ministry (BOM), Board of  The Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) is a covenant community of Christian leaders working together to  discern, cultivate, and recruit excellent spiritual leaders for the churches of Upper New York. The board  is  the  credentialing  body  for  clergy  seeking  commissioning  and  ordination  in  the  Upper  New  York  Conference.  BOM  has  a  wide  scope  of  responsibilities  in  cultivating  and  supporting  excellent  clergy  leadership; these tasks are outlined in paragraph 635 of the 2012 Book of Discipline.   The board’s members (lay and clergy, appointed by the Bishop) work in six broad areas: Standards and  Qualifications (of ordination candidates); Clergy Status; Clergy Effectiveness; District Committee (dCOM)  support  and  direction;  Recruitment/Enlistment;  and  oversight  of  the  Provisional  Members  program.  In the 2014‐2015 year, the Upper New York Board of Ordained Ministry has  stepped  forward  with  several new members and some new leadership.  The current co‐chairs are the Rev. Holly Nye and the Rev. Matthew Stengel; Rev. Stengel moved into the  role of co‐chair in summer 2014 when the Rev. Lynn Spence’s term concluded. In the board’s wisdom,  the  co‐chairs  serve  overlapping  four‐year  terms.  In  other  words,  when  Rev.  Nye’s  term  ends  in  2016,  Rev. Stengel will continue to serve another two years, with another “upcoming” co‐chair. Thanks to the  excellent work of the BOM nominating team, the board also has a new secretary, the Rev. David Cooke.  The  Rev.  Alice  Priset  continues  in  the  role  of  vice‐chair.  The  Rev.  Michelle  Bogue‐Trost  serves  as  registrar,  with  assistance  from  the  Rev.  Eleanor  Collinsworth  in  preparing  the  “Business  of  Annual  Conference” – the materials for the annual Clergy Session.    Leading the board’s divisions this year are: the Rev. Sue Russell, standards and qualifications; the Rev.  Carmen  Perry,  clergy  status;  the  Rev.  Rhonda  Kouterick,  clergy  effectiveness;  Rev.  Spence,  dCOM;  the  Rev. Leon Van Wie, provisional program; and the Rev. Mike Smith, recruitment.  The board began this year by bringing to the 2014 Clergy Session a statement of Our Clergy Covenant,  expressing our understanding of the shared responsibilities we are to live out, and to which we hold one  another accountable. (This document is appended to the end of this report). Also in 2014, we published  a Board Policy Manual (available on www.unyumc.org), and worked with the Upper New York Cabinet  and Conference Leadership Team in articulating what a “Transformational Leader” looks like.    Much  of  our  work  during  the  year  builds  toward  the  February‐March  retreat,  when  we  interview  candidates, and engage in discerning God’s movement and guidance in raising up future leaders for our  Church.  As  we  write  this  in  February,  board  members  are  hard  at  work  reading  candidate  materials,  watching sermon videos, and praying for the candidates and the board.    Each  September  and  January,  the  Provisionals  division  offers  a  retreat  for  those  on  the  path  to  full  ordination. In the coming year, there is a proposed plan to offer a summer retreat/learning experience  as well.   In November, board members accompany district superintendents to visit students at seminaries across  the connection. This is part of the work of the recruitment division, supporting and enlisting excellent  candidates  for  ministry  in  our  Conference.  The  Board  Executive  Committee  meets  with  the  Cabinet  at  least twice a year. This is an excellent way to build community and communication, as we work in our  different,  yet  complementary,  ministry  areas.  In  the  spring,  we  work  with  the  Cabinet  to  prepare  the 

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Business of Annual Conference, the document approved at Clergy Session, accounting for the status of  all clergy members of the Conference. It is a formidable task, handled ably and cooperatively between  the board registrar and the Bishop’s Office.  The  work  of  the  board  requires  us  to  be  always  learning.  Nine  board  members  traveled  to  Denver  in  August  2014  for  a  mid‐quadrennium  training  offered  by  the  General  Board  of  Higher  Education  and  Ministry. In addition, Rev. Stengel serves on the Northeastern Jurisdiction Board of Ordained Ministry,  working with representatives from the other conferences in the Northeast to share best practices and  look toward future needs of boards of ministry.    We, the co‐chairs, are immensely grateful for the time, energy, prayer and faithful service given by every  member of the board. It is a holy and humbling work that we share, and it is only possibly through the  loving effort of many faithful people working together. Thanks be to God!    Rev. Holly Nye and Rev. Matt Stengel, UNYC Board of Ordained Ministry Co‐Chairs     UNY Board of Ordained Ministry members, as of February 2015:  Rev.  Kristen  Allen,  Rev.  Nola  Anderson,  Rev.  Joseph  Auslander,  Rev.  Marilyn  Baissa,  Bill  Barber,  Rev.  Michelle Bogue‐Trost, Rev. Lee Carlson, Rev. Yohang Chun, Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth, Rev. David Cooke,  Rev. Jennifer Delahoy, Christine Doran, Brian Ethington, Rev. Brian Fellows, Rev. James Fenimore, Rev.  Vonda Fossitt, Keith Grinnell, Rev. Youngjae Jee, Noel John, Rev. David Kofahl, Rev. Bob Kolvik‐Campbell,  Rev. Rhonda Kouterick, Rev. Karen Marshall, Crystal Martin, Rev.  Pam Mikel Hayes, Rev. Wayne Mort,  Rev. Brooke Newell, Rev. Holly Nye, Rev. Carmen Perry, Rev. Colleen Preuninger, Rev. Sheila Price, Rev.  Alice Priset, Rev. Tom Pullyblank, Rev. Sherri Rood, Rev. Sue Russell, Rev. Jae Sundar Samuel, Rev. Jane  Sautter,  Lynn  Shipe,  Rev.  Michael  Smith,  Rev.  Steven  Smith,  Rev.  Lynn  Spence,  Rev.  Matthew  Stengel,  Rev. Beckie Sweet, Rev. Michael Terrell, Rev. Leon Van Wie, Denise Walling, and Rev. Heather Williams.    Upper New York Conference Our Clergy Covenant  We have a sacred calling as United Methodist clergy. Together, we share in a covenant  relationship  in  a  community  of  clergy  (active  and  retired  Elders,  Deacons,  Associate  Members,  Provisional  Members,  Local  Pastors).  This  covenant  is  to  be  marked  by  respect, honesty and integrity in all interactions with our colleagues.   As a covenant community we are to be held accountable to one another for our conduct.  We constantly seek to move onward toward perfection in our conduct as clergy. In order  to help us to that end, we seek the guidance and wisdom of the covenant community of  clergy  to  hold  us  accountable  to  the  highest  ethical  standards  in  all  of  our  ministry  settings.  When  we  fail  to  uphold  one  another  to  the  highest  ethical  standards  we  damage  the  relationships  among  clergy.  We  lose  trust  in  one  another  and  we  damage,  sometimes  irreparably, the trusting relationship with those we serve. As clergy, the greatest gift we  are granted is the trust of those whom we serve. What follows below is a Covenant for  all  professionals  in  ministry.  This  covenant  provides  a  common  understanding  and  agreement of clergy conduct to which clergy hold one another accountable. 

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United Methodist clergy under appointment:     

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Develop through  continued  education,  maintenance  of  personal  growth  and  competence  for ministry. Maintain proper physical care and discipline. Keep time commitments faithfully and use time responsibly, acknowledging that ministry cannot fit into conventional time slots. Follow high moral standards in all forms of communication including social media and conduct, including: o keeping confidences o communicating honestly and appropriately. Are  above  reproach  in  all  financial  transactions.  Remain  sufficiently  free  from  unnecessary financial  debt,  accepting  financial  responsibility  as  not  to  burden  one’s  congregation  or  the Upper New York Conference. Will not leave a community to accept a new appointment without arranging for payment of local financial obligations. Maintain a healthy emotional and social balance and boundaries between pastoral identity and self‐identity; private and community life; self and other. Provide for the care of family and spouse and, as a parsonage family, addresses their needs and concerns through appropriate lines of communication. Will  leave  church  and  parsonage  in  good  condition,  accepting  financial  responsibilities  for damage done to parsonage beyond normal wear and tear or age.

Each United Methodist clergy person, in performing professional responsibilities:      

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Is spiritual leader to all members and constituents of the ministry setting. Is open to serve in the community of the charge recognizing that appointment is to the church and the community. Offers pastoral care to those in need in the community who are not under the care of another clergyperson. Represents the itinerant and connectional process honestly and justly, taking responsibility for personal decisions in appointment changes. Is above reproach in pastoral performance of responsibilities and duties outlined in ¶328, 340, 341 ‐ 2012 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. Maintains confidentiality in all situations that require confidences be upheld including: o counseling and pastoral care situations, o personnel matters within the ministry setting o personnel and appointment matters in the Conference o a clergyperson’s responsibilities in the Conference, such as Board of Ministry, budgeting processes, etc. As  appropriate  to  one’s  order,  accepts  appointment  and  is  willing  to  be  itinerant,  faithfully performing duties. Does not accept employment beyond the full‐time appointed charge, except with the consent of the Cabinet and the local church staff‐parish relations committee. In  writing  and  preaching,  gives  appropriate  credit  for  words  or  ideas  drawn  from  another source. Maintains  connectional  responsibilities  which  include  providing  updated  records  for  the  next clergyperson and seeing that ministry shares are current. Prepares the ministry setting for change of clergy.

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Refrains from pastoral contact in previous appointments.  Respects the ministry setting of another clergy. Provides service only at that clergy’s invitation. All inquiries are referred to the resident clergy. Seeks  to  uphold,  enhance  and  support  the  work  of  another  professional  in  ministry  and  in  no way undermines his or her efforts to serve. Acts with integrity in all matters in reference to one’s predecessor and one’s successor. Does  not  violate  the  sacred  trust  between  clergy/parishioner  or  those  in  pastoral  care  by seeking sexual, social or business favors at any time. Refrains  from  all  sexual  involvement  with  those  who  have  sought  and/or  received  pastoral  or spiritual counseling at any time and their family members.

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Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel, UNY Task Force on     Purpose: The Upper New York Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel was formed for the  purpose of educating, advocating, and supporting efforts for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel.     Events  this  past year  included  the  well‐attended  fourth  annual  UNY  Palestinian  Dinner,  with  speaker  Ariel Gold lending a Jewish voice in support of Palestinian justice.  Another  highlight  was  the  August  2014  national  gathering  of  United  Methodists  for  the  educational  advocacy  conference,  "Walking  with  Palestinian  Christians,"  hosted  at  Rev.  Mike  Slaughter's  Ginghamsburg UMC in Tipp City, Ohio. Co‐sponsored by General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and  the  Ginghamsburg  United  Methodist  Church,  the  event  was  attended  by  representatives  from  United  Methodist churches nationwide, as well as by Palestinian leaders, representatives from national United  Methodist boards (GBGM, GBCS, GBOPHB), members of United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR), and  several  bishops. Nine  of  our  Upper  New  York  United  Methodists  attended: the  Rev.  Alan  Kinney,  the  Rev.  Ben  O'Connor,  Leah  Mae,  Tom  Carlisle,  Karen  Peterson,  Beth  Woolever,  Alice  Trost,  Linda  Bergh,  and Dianne Roe. The worship, Palestinian sharing, and workshops took place during the Israeli incursion  into Gaza.  Also in August, two representatives from the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits met with  the  task  force  in  response  to  questions  asked  from  the  floor  at  the  2014  session  of  Annual  Conference. GBOPHB's  discussion  of  working  on  a  general  human  rights  screen  for  investments  was  affirmed  as  a  positive  step. However, the  task  force  urged  an  increase  in  efforts  to  end  our  Church's  support  and  profit‐making  from  Palestinian  suffering,  currently  enabled  by  our  involvement  with  companies that support Israel's occupation of Palestine.     Further  initiatives  included  task  force  scholarships  to  two  delegates  participating  in  peace  and  justice  trips to Palestine/Israel. They, and others from the task force, as requested, are available as speakers in  local congregations.     The task force website at http://um‐palestine‐israel‐tf.org has been updated by the Rev. Gary Doupe  and will be linked to our Conference website under Social Holiness. Also check  www.tinyurl.com/UNYPalestineIsraelFB.  Initiatives  continue  on  recruitment  of  interested  individuals  to  form  task  force‐related  interest/action  groups  around  the  Conference. UMKR,  with  which the  task  force networks,  has  provided  information  packets  on  United  Methodist  travel  in  the  Holy  Land  and  also  on  boycott  materials  as  a  follow‐up  to  legislation  at  the  2012  session  of  General  Conference. These  are  available  at  the  Conference  Office  in  Syracuse.     Respectfully submitted,  Linda Bergh, Co‐chair,  UNY Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel     ANNOUNCEMENT: 2015 Palestinian Dinner at 5:15 p.m. Friday, May 29 at the Plymouth Congregational  Church, Syracuse 

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Peace with Justice Grant Program  The Peace with Justice grant program of The United Methodist Church seeks to provide financial support  for those who are working to bring communities into a social awareness. To this end, each year as one  of our six Special Sunday offerings, our congregations are asked to take an offering to aid in the work.  While half of the monies collected are forwarded to the General Board of Church & Society grant funds,  50 percent stays in our Conference to be spent on programs within our midst.  As a Conference, our participation rate for the 2013 Peace with Justice Sunday offering was just 18.42  percent. The concern is that our churches are not offering their members an opportunity to support this  important work. I received a lot of positive feedback and assurances from many that their congregations  would  definitely  support  the  Peace  with  Justice  Sunday  offering  for  2014.  Unfortunately,  our  participation rate went down! I look forward to working with district superintendents, pastors, and lay  people in an effort to increase our awareness of this offering.    In 2014, these Peace with Justice grants were approved and spent:   $1,500  UNY  Task  Force  on  Peace  with  Justice  in  Palestine/Israel  to  attend  Walking  with Palestinian Christians and the UM Kairos Response Summit  $4,050 Albany‐Emmaus UMC to host its annual International Reconciliation Conference  $5,000 Faithful Citizen, Inc. to create an instructional video on how to do social ministry

Ministries  are  encouraged  to  apply  for  a  Conference  Peace  with  Justice  grant.  Contact  Heather  Smith,  Peace with Justice Coordinator, at peacewithjustice@unyumc.org.    Heather Smith 

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Pension and Health Benefits, Board of  The Upper NewYork Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits (CBOPHB) is active throughout the  year. We meet in a variety of formats: conference calls, one day meetings, an annual retreat, and online  work.  We  welcomed  these  new  members  to  the  board:  Edward  Bartholomew,  Michael  Turner,  and  Michael Virgil. The full list of members and linking  persons is available in  the Conference  Journal. The  matters of pensions and health benefits are the responsibility of the CBOPHB. We also interact actively  with  other  Conference  agencies  to  address  our  common  ministries  of  mission,  policies,  Financial  Advisory Consulting Team (FACT), and the Administrative Ministry Oversight Team.    Highlights of the 2014‐2015 year include:  

Approval by the UNYC of the recommendation that all Medicare‐eligible persons who are retired be  enrolled  in  the  OneExchange  program  for  health  insurance  purposes.  This  shift  of  medical coverage,  overall,  went  smoothly.  A  new  actuarial  report  indicates  that  this  shift  has  reduced the long term liability for retiree health from $68.6 million to $22.9 million.

Throughout the year the board has regularly considered these topics: - Consequences and impact from arrearages by local churches and clergy in funding direct  billing of health care and pensions. In 2014, this amounted to more than $300,000 that  the board removed from invested funds to cover this shortfall.  - We also address health care coverage in each category of our lay and clergy employees  and retired persons, spouses and dependents. This sector of the American life continues  to be in flux at many levels. The board receives input from many sources as we manage  this vital piece of work for the Conference, evaluating the options available each year.  - Communication  and  education  on  topics  related  to  pensions  and  health  care,  as  they  relate  to  staff,  clergy  and  dependents;  as  well  as  information  for  local  church  leaders  about these matters and the funding thereof. 

During our November retreat, Karen Manczko of Wespath Investment Management (GBOPHB) presented information and reports on the work of the General Board as it relates to the Upper New York Conference. Our board liaison, Ron Coleman, shared policies from other conference boards across the country during a discussion of best practices.

We have  worked  with  Conference  Treasurer  Kevin  Domanico  and  the  board  of  trustees  to centralize the assets available for the long term Conference liabilities for pensions and required work of the board.

The board developed, reviewed, revised and approved an investment policy for CBOPHB funds. We  determined  our  authority  and  fiduciary  responsibility  via  The  Book  of  Discipline  (2012) (¶613.5). As a Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Upper New York Conference is committed  to  the  implementation  of  the  socially  responsible  investment  policies  in  2012  The Book of Disciple (¶717). The Socially Responsible Investment Program stated in the Investment Strategy  Statement  of  the  General  Board  of  Pension  and  Health  Benefits  of  The  United Methodist  Church  and  Wespath  Investment  Management  is  the  authority  for  the  Upper  New York Conference’s Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines (www.gbophb.org/assets/1/7/investment_policy.pdf).

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On Feb. 28, 2015, the board reviewed and approved the Comprehensive Benefit Funding Plan (CBPF) for  2016. As  of  this  writing,  it  has  been  sent  to  the  General  Board  of  Pension  &  Health  Benefits  for  their  review and comments.  Completion of a CBPF is required annually and is a good tool for determining the use and use‐limits of  our assets. The Upper New York Conference is currently fully funded in all benefit obligations with the  exception  of  retiree  health  benefits. It  should  be  strongly  noted  that  being  fully  funded  now  does  not  mean fully funded forever. The use of reserves for the payment of obligations that are budgeted to be  paid by local churches will erode our funded status in the near future.    We  are  privileged  to  have  the  experience  and  skill  of  Vicki  Putney,  Conference  Director  of  Human  Resources/Benefits,  her  knowledge  of  the  system  and  care  for  individuals  makes  her  valuable  to  both  the work of the board and of the Upper New York Conference.     The board seeks to utilize the best and most effective methods of doing this work that matters to the  clergy  and  employees.  We  regularly  take  steps  to  improve  our  process  and  results.  Prayer  and  dependence on God are central to our ministry on behalf of the Conference.    Sincerely,  Rev. Stephen T. Deckard 

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Religion & Race (CORR), Commission on  The  Commission  on  Religion  &  Race  (CORR)  has  focused  on  three  areas  in  this  past  year.  First,  CORR  established a relationship with the Rev. Eric Law by rejoining the Kaleidoscope Institute “for competent  leadership  in  a  diverse,  changing  world.”  Part  of  that  membership  includes  10  hours  of  phone  consultation with Executive Director Rev. Law. He is no stranger to many in Upper New York. Along with  being well known nationally, he has done workshops in the Albany area in the past. Stay tuned for great  opportunities for Upper New York with this relationship. Meanwhile, please check out the Kaleidoscope  Institute website at http://www.kscopeinstitute.org.   Second, some members of CORR attended the Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) Conference  in  2014.  This  was  the  first  time  all  United  Methodist  caucus  groups  met  at  the  same  time  and  place.  What  an  amazing  sense  of  community  and  presence  of  the  Holy  Spirit.  The  work  of  BMCR  includes  sharing diversity interests, challenges and solutions for The United Methodist Church. The leadership of  the late Bishop McCloud was an inspiration to all.  Finally, CORR has attempted to keep the value of diversity alive and recognized via the Upper New York  Advocate and Weekly Digest with articles highlighting UNY churches that successfully live out diversity.  Please continue to share with CORR those successes your local church experiences. CORR will support  your work and help write articles, if desired, so all of our local churches can share and gain from your  efforts.    Blenda Smith, Convener of CORR  CORR  Members:  Sandra  Allen,  Julius  and  Anola  Archibald,  Rev.  Wilfredo  Baez,  Desiree  Chaires,  Rev.  David Heise, Barbara Heise, Linda Hughes, Mildred Mason, Shirley Readdean, Rev. Evelyn Woodring. 

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Reaching Our Neighbors Ministry Oversight Team in Action  RON  MOT  is  a  team  of  six  persons  working  to  connect  Upper  New  York  Conference  resources  to  ministries with our neighbors in all places. Members of RON MOT are the Rev. Sara Baron, Phyllis Doane,  Susan Hardy, the Rev. Robert Sherburne, the Rev. Thom White Wolf Fassett, and Jan Witter. The Rev. Paul  Womack served as a member of this team until his retirement in June 2014, which is when Witter joined  us. Hardy currently serves as convener and Doane serves as recording secretary.   Resource allocation is primarily accomplished through an annual grant application process. Applications  are  invited  to  be  sent  in  writing  and  electronically  between  July  15  and  Aug.  15  to  ReachingOurNeighbors@outlook.com. Outcomes are published by Sept. 15.   The team also strives to evaluate the fruitfulness of such funded ministries in transparent and equitable  ways. Both written and in‐person evaluations of funded ministries were offered in 2014. On March 10,  2014, the team met at the Fayetteville UMC to have a conversation about evaluating funded ministries  from the preceding year. Written forms were sent to 11 ministries and returned by early May 2014. Each  RON MOT member also volunteered to visit one or two ministries and report back to the team about the  fruitfulness of particular ministries. Two of these visits were shared through articles and photos in the E‐ Advocate, now referred to as the Weekly Digest.    Members  of  RON  MOT  met  over  lunch  on  May  30  at  the  2014  session  of  Annual  Conference  to  offer  thanks and blessings to Rev. Womack upon his retirement, as well as to welcome Witter as our newest  member. We shared results of written evaluations for 2013 ministries and planned the 2014 application  process.  On  June  26,  2014,  several  2013  funded  ministry  representatives  joined  Bishop  Mark  J.  Webb  for  a  celebratory  lunch  and  photo  opportunity.  This  also  functioned  as  a  valuable  networking  opportunity,  where  newer  ministries  connected  with  well‐established  ones.  As  an  example,  the  Rev.  Phil  Grigsby  of  the  United  Church  of  Christ  offered  to  share  Schenectady  Inner  City  Ministry's  effective  and  growing  ministry's policies and practices at a future event.  Twenty‐nine grant applications were received by the Aug. 15, 2014 deadline. Meeting on Sept. 4 at the  Fayetteville  UMC,  the  team  reached  consensus  to  award  $59,776  in  funds  to  support  13  ministries.  Funds from the Love Offering taken during the Annual Conference session by the Global Ministries team  enabled  us  to  support  two  more  applicants  than  in  2013,  despite  a  decrease  in  ministry  shares  that  affected all budgets. Three other ministry applications were forwarded to the Spiritual Formation MOT  for that team's consideration, and two received funding.  Team members also read Holy Clarity: The Practice of Planning and Evaluation by Sarah B. Drummond, as  recommended  by  Director  of  Connectional  Ministries  the  Rev.  William  Gottschalk‐Fielding.  RON  MOT  met  with  Rev.  Gottschalk‐Fielding  and  Conference  Treasurer  Kevin  Domanico  on  Nov.  3,  2014  for  conversations  about  goals  and  evaluations.  This  morning  meeting  was  shared  with  members  of  the  Spiritual  Leadership  MOT.  Then  we  gathered  for  lunch  and  the  early  afternoon  with  leaders  of  Volunteers‐in‐Mission, Global Ministries, and Social Holiness for preliminary budget conversations.    Throughout  the  year,  RON  MOT  members  communicate  via  email,  phone,  and  conference  calls,  to  consider  questions  from  applicants,  plan  for  improving  policies  and  practices,  and  offer  discipleship 

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support. We  especially  thank  the  Global  Ministries  team  for  sharing  one‐third  of  the  2014  Annual  Conference session’s Love Offering as funding support for ministries with our neighbors in all places. 

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Second Half of Life Ministries     The  very  productive  partnership  between  the  Upper  New  York  Conference’s  Second  Half  of  Life  Ministries  (SHOLM),  formerly  Older  Adult  Ministries,  and  the  Evangelical  Lutheran  Church  in  America  Upstate New York Synod’s Northeast Forum on Spirituality and Aging (NEFOSA) continued to bear fruit  in 2014.    Online Events 2014     Program: Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life (February and March)  - 42 registrants – led by Brian McCaffrey and Tom DeLoughry  - About eight registrants attended each noon‐time session  - Due to technical difficulties,  recordings are not available   Program: Deepening Your Discipleship  through Living Well Leadership training  - 97 registrants (eight sessions April‐ June)   - More than 120 participants  watched each of the first four  sessions soon after the “live”  sessions  - Led by Tom DeLoughry, Brian  McCaffrey, Barbara Bruce and  Barbara Saltarella  - The recordings, slides and materials are available at www.ChooseToLiveWell.org in two  parts:   Part One: Loving God and Loving Others (sessions 1‐4) (illustrated above)  Part Two: Practical Help and Spiritual Support (session 5‐8) - Living Well has been approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits for lay servants  affiliated the Upper New York Conference.  Program: Living Well Online (three sessions in October with nine participants)  - Led by Tom DeLoughry and Brian McCaffrey    OTHER TRAINING and PLANNING SESSIONS – 2014   Finger  Lakes  District  Training,  Spiritual  Support  at  the  End  of  Life,  Feb.  1,  2014  by  Barbara Saltarella  Niagara Frontier District Training Event, End of Life: Issues Training and Reflections, Feb. 2, 14 - Presentation by Anne Hipp and Winona Stonebraker   UNY Annual Conference session, Planning and Social, May 29 committee meeting  Ministries for the Second Half of Life, June 3 - Presentation by Brian McCaffrey and Tom DeLoughry during the Annual Conference of  the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Upstate New York Synod, Rochester    Workshop, Living Well, Aug. 28 in Utica by Tom DeLoughry and Brian McCaffrey  Workshop, Living Well, Aug. 27 in Albany by Tom DeLoughry and Brian McCaffrey  Workshop, Living Well, Aug. 4 in Buffalo by Tom DeLoughry  Older Adult Ministry Residency Program, Aug. 10‐13

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For Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Upstate New York Synod at Christ the King  Seminary  presented  by  Brian  McCaffrey,  Barbara  Bruce  and  Tom  DeLoughry  (19  participants)  Dementia and Spirituality, Sept. 20 at Alexandria Bay, led by Brian McCaffrey Living  Well  Coach  Training  Part  1:  Loving  God  and  Loving  Others,  Nov.  6,  13,  20,  by  Tom DeLoughry‐  - Niagara Frontier District Training supported by New Faith Communities grant  - 25 participants  -

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SHOLM – 2014 mini‐grants   Three Steeples Church Adirondack – $500 to record worship services for the homebound  Cicero UMC – luncheon and spiritual growth series for older adults  Endicott UMC – $425 for a Safety Net program  Baker  Memorial  UMC  in  East  Aurora  –  $1500  for  a  Christian  visitation  program  developed  by Beck Naber   NEFOSA – 2014 mini‐grants   Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Webster – $150 for Senior Stretch Bands  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenville – $150 for Whimsical Wednesday Winter Meal  Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Redwood – $150 for the Redwood Memory Cafe   NEFOSA‐SHOLM Strategic Planning  Through  external  funding  from  the  Lutheran  Good  News  Foundation,  we  convened  a  SHOLM‐NEFOSA  strategic  planning  retreat  that  was  led  by  Rev.  Brian  McCaffery,  chair  of  the  Northeast  Forum  on  Spirituality  on  Aging.  The  meeting  took  place  Oct.  2‐4  in  Utica  with  representation  from  NEFOSA,  SHOLM, the UNY ELCA Synod, Mohawk Valley Retirement Institute, Lifespan, Adult Lutherans Organized  for  Action  (ALOA),  and  the  Kentucky  ELCA  Synod.  The  following  vision  and  mission  statements  were  produced:   

NEFOSA and  SHOLM  will  be  catalysts  for  positive  change  to  empower  elders  to  live abundantly. Our  mission  is  to  provide  opportunities  that  engage  faith  communities  and  others  to  improve the lives of elders in mind, body and spirit. We will identify and share partnerships to facilitate innovative programming, linkages and resources in congregations and communities.

2015 Priorities   Focus  on  our  own  personal  spiritual  development,  as  a  means  of  personal  growth  and  team building,  perhaps  through  Journey  Into  the  Last  Third  of  Life  led  by  Brian  McCaffrey  and/or another committee member  Promoting  the  following  topics  through  webinars,  newsletters,  conferences,  district  training and/or workshops - Becky Naber's “Christian Visitation program,” which we supported with a $1500 grant  last year  - The OAM  certification  program  at  the  Colgate  Rochester  Crozier  Divinity  School  in  Rochester with support from Barbara Bruce  - Living Well training and dissemination 

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Spiritual Support at the End of Life workshops (Barbara Saltarella is scheduled to do an  April 14 webinar on this)  Continued offering of mini‐grants and identification of best practices to recognize and  support new leadership for NEFOSA‐SHOLM  Volunteer recruitment, development and support of ministers, lay servants and others  who  express  interest  in  any  of  the  above  topics,  so  they  can  be  guided  to  use  and  improve any of the resource materials associated with the above topics.  Increased  integration  with  resources  available  through  The  UMC’s  General  Board  of  Discipleship. 

The UNY Second Half of Life Ministry team members include: Winona Stonebraker, the Rev. Catherine  Lee, the Rev. Genett Timlin, Barbara Carns, Stephen Loan, Barbara Saltarella, Thomas DeLoughry¹,  Julius  Archibald, Marcie Larson, Anola Archibald, Anne Hipp, Barbara Bruce², Christine Smith Baxter, Timothy  Mordaunt, William Rainbolt, Rev. Brian McCaffrey³, Kathi Corwin, Lisa Rood,  John Burlew, Kathy Reese,  Rev. Amy Weihing, Sandra Houk, Carol Wolf, and Joni Lincoln.  ¹DeLoughry also serves as a NEFOSA associate director  ²Bruce also serves as a NEFOSA associate director and is the Northeastern Jurisdiction representative to  the General Board of Discipleship’s Older Adult Ministry Committee  ³Rev.  McCaffrey  also  serves  as  the  SHOLM  associate  chairperson;  and  is  a  board  member  of  Sage‐ing  International   Respectfully submitted by:    Tom DeLoughry, Ed.D.  Chair, Second Half of Life Ministries  Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church    Rev. Brian McCaffrey  Chair, Northeast Forum on Spirituality and Aging 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Upstate New York Synod 

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Sexual Ethics Committee     The  work  of  the  Sexual  Ethics  committee  has  been  divided  into  three  work  areas:  Safe  Sanctuaries,  Clergy  Sexual  Ethics,  and  Crisis  Response.  The  committee  met  several  times  throughout  the  course  of  the year both in person and remotely.       Safe Sanctuaries  The  major  focus  of  the  Safe  Sanctuaries  sub‐committee  continues  to  “make  available  a  standardized  training program to assist each charge, district, agency, and ministry to fulfill the covenant to ‘educate  all of our workers with children, youth, and vulnerable adults regarding the use of appropriate policies  and methods.’” (2011 session of Annual Conference, The Minimum Standards). This “train the trainers”  course was offered in several locations in 2014.    Safe  Sanctuaries  Charge  Conference  reports  were  also  reviewed  by  the  committee,  with  appropriate  feedback provided to district superintendents for follow up with local churches.    Clergy Sexual Ethics  The Board of Ordained Ministry has made significant progress developing a Conference‐wide policy and  training  program  related  to  professional  boundaries  and  conduct  for  those  serving  in  a  ministerial  relationship. It is expected this training will be offered to all clergy and those serving in a pastoral role in  2015.     Response Teams  The  purpose  of  the  Response  Team is  to  provide  a  holy  presence  and  walk  beside  those  in  a  congregation – victims, accused, and family members – who are impacted by clergy/ministerial abuse or  misconduct, as they move through a process to address the circumstances involved. The Response Team  is fully formed and operational. It reports directly to the Bishop and is under the leadership of the Rev.  Cathy Hall Stengel.      Membership  The current membership of the committee includes Carol Barnes, Ted Finlayson‐Schueler, the Rev. Bill  Gottschalk‐Fielding,  the  Rev.  Jack  Keating,  the  Rev.  Jan  Rowell,  Glenda  Schuessler,  Charles  Syms,  and  Matthew Williams. Cherish McGowan serves as staff support. 

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Social Holiness Team  The  center  of  John  Wesley’s  creation  of  what  we now  call  Methodism  was a  response  to  the  growing  privatization  of  faith  in  England.  The  Wesleyan  movement  was  a  commitment  to  a  holiness  project.  While our very name comes from the slur on the methodical nature of the study of the Holy Scripture,  prayer,  and  meditation;  social  holiness  was  and  remains  the  center  of  our  living  and  growing  faith  experience.  The  Rev.  Wesley  was  quoted  as  saying  “There  is  no  holiness  without  social  holiness.”  The  purpose of the holiness project was to spread scriptural holiness throughout England and all places and  this  was  done  through  Christian  fellowship  and  ministries  of  service  to  the  people  and  communities  most in need. While the foundation of our faith is found in personal holiness – the practice of prayer,  the study of the Word of God, meditation and reflection – it is our social holiness that takes us from the  foundation, the basement of our faith and helps build the kingdom of God for the entire world to see  and experience.  The Social Holiness Team of the Upper New York Conference is comprised of representatives from the  Committee  on  Native  American  Ministries,  the  Committee  of  Religion  and  Race,  the  General  Board  of  Church  and  Society,  the  New  York  State  Council  of  Churches,  the  Task  Force  on  Peace  With  Justice  in  Palestine/Israel,  the  Peace  with  Justice  Coordinator,  and  the  United  Methodist  Women  Social  Action  representative. We still  need representatives from the Commission on the Status and Role of Women  and  the  Committee  on  Native  American  Ministries;  all  bringing  their  varying  perspectives,  ideas,  and  dreams to our discussions and actions.    We meet monthly, for two months by conference call and every third month face to face. The purpose  of  our  meetings  is  to  help  coordinate,  plan  and  support  the  social  ministries  both  present  and  in  the  future of the Upper New York Conference.   As chair, I will not report on the work of the teams and committees that form the Social Holiness work  area as they will do this in their reports. I will share briefly a bit of a new ministry that is in the process of  being  birthed.  This  ministry  deals  with  people  who  have  been  in  prison  in  New  York  state  and  ministering with them as they are released. It is our hope to share the grace and forgiveness of God in a  tangible  manner  of  helping  these  people  return  to  meaningful  lives  with  gainful  employment  and  housing. This is possible if we walk with these people and share the message of forgiveness and of the  new  life  that  is  offered  to  all  through  the  love  expressed  by  Christ.  George  Herrick  is  heading  up  this  newly born team and is already in partnership with the New York Conference and is reaching out to a  ministry in the Baltimore area that is similar to this. Please hold Herrick and this team in your prayers,  and if you are interested in becoming a member of this ministry please contact either Herrick or myself.    Respectively submitted,  Rev. Alan D. Kinney, Chair 

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Spiritual Leadership Ministry Oversight Team  The  team  met  for  the  first  time  on  March  19,  2014  and  the  Rev.  Bill  Gottschalk‐Fielding  provided  an  overview  of  the  role  of  Ministry  Oversight  Teams  as  well  as  information  specific  to  the  Spiritual  Leadership Team. The team met again in May and August; I accepted the role of convener for the team  during the August meeting. We have spent time discussing our understanding of the role of this ministry  team as well as attempting to articulate our sense of ”spiritual leadership.” We met with the Reaching  Our Neighbors Ministry Oversight Team in September and we were invited to review a number of grant  requests that had been submitted to the RON MOT team. Following time to review these requests and  discuss their relationship to Spiritual Leadership, the team approved funding for three grant programs.  We have continued to be in conversation with regard to our role as a team and the specific guidelines  that  we  would  provide  in  2015  for  new  grant  programs.  We  look  forward  to  continuing  our  work  together and living more fully into the ministry intended for this team.    Submitted by Nancy E. Dibelius    Participants in 2014  Rev. Joyce Allen, Clergy (stepped down at end of 2014)  Ann Chatfield, Laity  Nancy Dibelius, Laity  Barbara Heise, Laity  Rev. Larry Russell, Clergy  Rev. Natalie Scholl, Clergy 

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Status and Role of Women (COSROW), Commission on the      The  Commission  on  the  Status  and  Role  of  Women  met  nearly  every  month  during  2014  utilizing  conference calls. Keeping in mind the commission’s purpose: to educate, advocate, and monitor for the  full participation of women in the life of the Church. We did the following:    Previously, in 2013, the commission had communicated our concern about instances of sexism in some  of  the  Conference  camping  brochure  descriptions,  with  the  result  that  this  year  the  designers  of  the  brochures and the camps took our concerns into consideration.    Mary  Jane  Russell  offered  a  COSROW  presentation  to  the  Niagara  Frontier  District  United  Methodist  Women.  Her  theme  was  “Chutzpa,”  and  she  referenced  the  Syrophoenician  woman.  Tom  Blake  made  copies of Russell’s PowerPoint presentation for each COSROW member.    In response to an invitation from the Conference, the Rev. Judith Johnson‐Siebold wrote an essay for the  Conference’s celebration of Women’s History Month.    The  Rev.  Barbara  Thorington  Green  led  a  session  for  a  women’s  retreat  for  Binghamton’s  Tabernacle  UMC at the Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Windsor.     Members of COSROW monitored speakers at the Annual Conference session and published the results.  COSROW also monitored last fall’s Special Session of Annual Conference.    COSROW  sponsored  a  display  during  the  Annual  Conference  session,  and  some  of  the  members  of  COSROW were often available to answer questions.    Blake will represent us during the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCOSROW)  Do No Harm summit in the fall 2015.    The commission has begun to plan a fall 2015 conference on confronting sexism. An announcement and  interest indicator were published in the January/February issue of the Advocate.    My  thanks  go  to  commission  team  members  Tom  Blake,  the  Rev.  Carl  Chamberlain,  the  Rev.  Barbara  Thorington  Green,  Mary  Jane  Russell,  and  United  Methodist  Women  Representative  Ellen  Kloch.  Your  passion and involvement are an inspiration.     Rev. Judith Johnson‐Siebold. Ph.D., Chair 

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Your Upper  New  York  Board  of  Trustees  serves  the  Conference  and  various  constituencies  within  the  Conference by assuming responsibilities defined by the Book of Discipline with respect to the real and  personal property of the Conference. The trustees oversee all litigation related to Conference assets.  

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This board  comprises  12  dedicated  volunteers  who  diligently  perform  their  duties  to  the  Conference,  ever mindful that we are entrusted with responsibilities that significantly affect us all. The names of your  trustees are found elsewhere in this Pre‐Conference Workbook. Trustees are drawn from among you –  lay and clergy affiliated with a variety of United Methodist churches, sharing your interests, needs, and  perspectives. All of our work is directed to the support of our Conference mission which is to “live the  Gospel  of  Jesus  Christ  and  to  be  God’s  love  with  our  neighbors  in  all  places."  Our  acceptance  of  our  responsibilities as trustees is a commitment to serve. 

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The work  of  the  board  benefits  from  significant  participation  and  assistance  from  members  of  the  Conference  staff,  our  property  consultant  the  Rev.  Thomas  Clemow,  and  Conference  Chancellor  Scott  DelConte, Esq. Conference Treasurer Kevin Domanico also serves as treasurer for the board, as provided  for in the Book of Discipline. As you might expect, the Treasurer’s Office and the trustees enjoy a very  close working relationship. 

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Our organization includes three standing committees: Property, Insurance, and Financial Assets. We also  have  a  task  force  and  sub‐committees  that  are  responsible  for  the  acquisition  of,  preparation  of,  and  relocation to a Conference Center that will house Episcopacy offices, offices for centralized Conference  staff, and other Conference facilities. In addition, the board works closely with the Cabinet, Camp and  Retreat Ministry, and other Conference organizations. 

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We work  with  individuals,  churches,  districts,  camps,  and  all  United  Methodist  entities  within  the  Conference to address the issues, needs, and problems that fall within the scope of our responsibilities.  In  addition  to  contemporary  matters,  we  are  still  working  with  the  Conference  staff  and  other  organizations to resolve issues associated with the merger. I am pleased to report that while we might  all have hoped for a faster resolution to many matters related to the merger, we are getting where we  need to be. 

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Conference Center – Rev. Dr. Wendy J. Deichmann, Chair 

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A major undertaking by your trustees in recent months has been an effort to acquire property to serve  as  a  new  Conference  Center,  which  will  house  the  offices  of  the  episcopacy  and  the  Conference  and  provide space for other Conference activities and functions. 

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At a  special  session  of  the  Annual  Conference  held  on  Oct.  18,  2014,  the  trustees  were  authorized  to  obtain a property for this purpose. A candidate property had been identified, and the trustees made an  offer  that  was  acceptable  to  the  seller.  The  resulting  contract  was  contingent  upon  the  Conference  investigating  the  property  thoroughly  and  determining  it  to  be  satisfactory  for  the  Conference’s  purpose. The trustees conducted an extensive due diligence investigation of the property over a three‐ month period that revealed a number of unacceptable structural and environmental conditions, none of  which could have been known to us at the time of the special session or when we entered the purchase  contract  on  Dec.  4,  2014.  The  estimated  cost  to  remedy  these  conditions,  mostly  the  environmental  discrepancies,  are  substantial  and  reveal  the  market  value  of  the  property  to  be  significantly  less  that  what had been asked or offered. 

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The discrepancies  can  be  remedied,  and  we  offered  to  purchase  this  same  property,  but  only  at  a  significantly  reduced  price  commensurate  with  the  need  to  correct  these  discrepancies.  However,  our  proposal  was  not  accepted.  In  accordance  with  our  acknowledged  duty  to  you,  we  are  proceeding  to  indentify another property for this purpose. 

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We have arranged to extend our lease with University United Methodist Church in Syracuse to provide  continuity  of  operations  until  the  new  facility  becomes  available.  We  continue  to  be  grateful  to  University UMC for the space the Conference currently occupies and uses and for its cooperation with  the Conference. 

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Property – Rev. Stephen Butler, Chair 

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It is the responsibility of the board of trustees to dispose of property no longer of use to the Conference  or  any  Conference  entity  (usually  abandoned  church  buildings  and  parsonages),  acquire  property  needed for Conference purposes, such as district parsonages, and manage and maintain property while  the  Conference  owns  it.  The  variety  of  activities  associated  with  these  responsibilities  is  amazing.  Working  with  municipalities,  private  groups  (such  as  cemetery  associations),  law  enforcement,  real  estate  brokers,  and  others,  we  confront  and  resolve  many  unexpected  issues  with  considerable  help  from Rev. Clemow and DelConte. 

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At the time of this report, March 1, 2015, the trustees are managing 19 church buildings or complexes,  one community building, two parsonages, four cemeteries, and three parcels of unimproved land for a  total of 29 properties with two more expected soon. We have sold or transferred six properties during  the conference year, and have 10 others under contract or pending.  

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As we have become involved with more district parsonages, we created a management/oversight policy  for these properties. We purchased district parsonages for Mountain View and Northern Flow and are in  the process of purchasing a parsonage for Crossroads. We renovated two other district parsonages.  

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Our efforts with these kinds of property are increasingly in collaboration with district boards of Church  Location and Building. Our consultant has been working with these organizations to better prepare them  to work with these properties. If your district has not had a training session with Rev. Clemow, please  call or email me to arrange for one. 

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Insurance – Deborah Byers, Chair 

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The Conference has determined that it is in the best interest of the Conference and its churches, camps,  and other entities to insure all property under a single plan with a single insurer. The primary reason is  that the resolution of liability issues and claims would be much more difficult with other arrangements  and there would be a high risk of overlapping coverages and gaps in our protection. We are aware that  this arrangement has been the source of considerable frustration to many of our churches. Your trustees  acknowledge the magnitude of the deficiencies in the original plan for the merged Conference and to an  extent even today. We have spent considerable time and effort to reconfigure Conference casualty and  liability  insurance,  and  we  have  effectively  addressed  many  of  the  deficiencies.  The  current  plan  uses  more  appropriate  criteria  for  allocation  of  premiums  and  provides  more  flexibility,  resulting  in  opportunities for churches to tailor their insurance to their needs and save on the cost of premiums in  some instances. In spite of some problems, service has improved. The trustees continue to seek ways to  address  remaining  concerns  and  make  the  system  better.  In  addition  to  the  insurance  changes,  the  trustees have continued to provide, on a temporary basis, financial assistance to churches experiencing  huge and unforeseeable increases in premiums. We continue to encourage churches and others to use 

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recommended practices  to  reduce  risks;  our  risk  experience  plays  an  important  part  in  our  overall  premiums, which were held flat (except for changes in coverage) this year.  

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For the  same  reason  a  Conference‐wide  plan  is  desirable,  it  is  important  that  any  Conference  entities  insuring  motor  vehicles  outside  the  Conference  plan  transfer  their  insurance  to  Church  Mutual  when  their current policies expire.  

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Financial Resources – Travis Dann, Chair 

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At its Oct. 6, 2014 meeting, the board of trustees was given a presentation about recent developments  in the laws pertaining to the handling and management of the funds of non‐profit entities. The trustees  continue  to  work  with  the  Conference  Treasurer’s  Office  reviewing  the  funds  held  by  the  Conference  and determining how they should be invested, managed, and made available for utilization. Restrictions  are scrupulously honored; necessary adjustments are effected in compliance with legal requirements. 

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An additional  task  assigned  to  this  committee  involves  implementation  of  a  revolving  fund  to  lend  money to churches and other entities to address temporary needs that cannot be resolved otherwise.  We hope and expect to have such a fund in operation in the near future. 

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Camps

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Our Camp  and  Retreat  Ministry  complements  the  work  of  our  churches  and  other  institutions  in  a  unique and valuable way. It would be difficult to exaggerate the potential of the experiences afforded by  this ministry to change lives. Your board of trustees works closely with CRM Director Mike Huber to deal  with property issues and other matters within our purview. One of our more important matters this year  has  been  changing  and  clarifying  the  relationship  of  the  Asbury  facility  and  another  organization  with  which the camp had been associated.  

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The board  of  trustees  exists  to  serve  the  Conference  and  the  districts,  churches,  camps,  and  other  elements of the Conference. We welcome your questions, requests, and suggestions. I can be reached  via email at Yankeesafe‐trustees@yahoo.com.  

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John Arter Jackson, President  Upper New York Conference Board of Trustees

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United Methodist Men   

The Upper  New  York  United  Methodist  Men  have  experienced  marked  growth  in  Conference/District  leadership  this  past  year.  “Men  growing  in  Christ,  so  others  will  know  Him.”  God  has  blessed  us  with  men that love God and have a passion to serve Him through United Methodist Men’s ministry. As of Jan.  1, 2015 we have worked to add to our UNYUMM leadership team: two Conference vice presidents, one  director  of  communications,  one  Conference  prayer  advocate,  one  district  president,  two  district  vice  presidents, and a Conference Boy Scouts of America scouting coordinator. Praise be to God!    Additional positions to complete our executive leadership team as outlined in our GCUMM by‐laws are  filled at the discretion of the president. This leadership of the UNYUMM is committed to reaching out to  all  parts  of  the  Conference  to  disciple  men  and  women  into  a  personal  relationship  with  Jesus  Christ  through prayer and mission. The UNYUMM are “Men growing in Christ, so others will know Him.”    At  the  time  of  this  report,  we  have  six  district  presidents  and  are  in  immediate  need  of  six  more  to  provide each Upper New York district with leadership to oversee United Methodist Men’s ministry and  mission. We serve a vast area of New York state and we are in need of committed men with a passion  for God to spiritually lead other men by their words and actions.     The leadership team has designed a new logo to represent the UNYUMM this past year as we continue  to transition into a men’s ministry that focuses on prayer, mission and, most importantly, discipleship.  Furthermore, we have in the past year designed a new website thanks to our Conference UMM Director  of  Communications  Scott  Stumpf.  The  website  address  is  www.unyumm.org.  Scheduled  UMM  Conference/district/local events can be found on our new website. Please take time to visit our website  and see how God is working through the UNYUMM.      United  Methodist  Men,  along  with  The  United  Methodist  Church,  is  a  connectional  organization  that  depends on relationships to grow and prosper spiritually. The United Methodist Men receive no other  centralized  funds.  Except  for  those  fellowships  that  charter,  donate  directly  or  individuals  who  participate  as  EMS  (Every  Man  Shares)  members, there  is  no  means  of  financial  support  from  our  GCUMM.  Although  stewardship  is  vital  to  growing  as  a  disciple,  our  purpose  is  not  raising  funds;  our  purpose is to lead men to Jesus through prayer, mission, and discipleship.      The United Methodist Men of Upper New York is dedicated to helping men and women grow spiritually  through  a  personal  relationship  with  God.  This  is  done  through  strengthening  our  own  Christian  relationships with each other.    The United Methodist Men has been involved with hunger relief here in Upper New York over the past  year. Thanks to our Conference Hunger Relief Advocate Dean Burdick, the UMM has gleaned vegetables  from  farmers’  fields  to  be  distributed  through  food  pantries.  Food  items  for  the  Food  Bank  of  Central  New York were gleaned at large food shows throughout Central New York. In addition, the UMM, with  the help of the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA), has successfully facilitated  three potato drops in Central  New  York  and  the  Southern  Tier.  Approximately  135,000  pounds  or  2,700  50‐pound  bags  of  potatoes  were distributed to food banks, pantries and churches during three consecutive weekends: Oct. 25, Nov.  1 and Nov. 8. We have worked with the Society of St. Andrew to add yet another potato drop this year  on Oct. 31 at the Booneville UMC. SoSA underwrites the majority of the cost of the potato drop missions  facilitated by the UNYUMM each fall. To donate to SoSA, go to endhunger.org. 

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Our  UMM  brother  Dean  Burdick  was  appointed  this  past  year  as  the  Society  of  St.  Andrew  New  York  State Food Relief Coordinator; we extend our congratulations to him.    The UMM of the Mohawk District again has partnered with the churches to initiate our second annual  “Feed  Our  Vets  February.”  This  district‐wide  food  collection  benefited  veterans  and  their  families  in  need. Thank you to all our Methodist brothers and sisters throughout the Mohawk District for their help  in feeding our veterans and their families.  The United Methodist Men gathered on April 17‐18 for the 10th  anniversary of our UMM Gathering at  the  Aldersgate  Camp  and  Retreat  Center.  The  gathering  was  led  by  keynote  speaker  the  Rev.  Wayne  Clemens.  The  theme  was  “Forgive  …  and  Move  On.”  During  this  24‐hour  men’s  retreat,  Rev.  Clemens  talked to the men about God’s forgiveness and why it is important in our Christian walk to forgive others  as  well  as  ourselves.  Our  10‐year  anniversary  featured  musical  guest  The  Josh  Moriarty  Band,  and  included an all‐night prayer vigil, plenty of food, fellowship, and laughter!  The  annual  UNYUMM  gathering  at  the  Casawasco  Camp  and  Retreat  Center  took  place  on  Sept.  5‐7,  2014 and our keynote speaker was the Rev. John Aukema. The theme was “Lead Like Jesus” and all 35 in  attendance experienced an encounter with Jesus. Rev. Aukema made us realize that God needs to be at  the  center  of  all  our  lives  if  we  are  to  lead  like  Jesus.  Our  guest  musician  was  singer/songwriter  Sean  Clive  from  Sauquoit.  David  Greer  was  appointed  to  the  office  of  conference  UMM  treasurer  by  a  majority vote at the annual business meeting held on Sept. 6, 2014.   The  United  Methodist  Men  continue  to  “Grow  in  Christ,  so  others  will  know  Him”  through  our  daily  commitment  to  prayer  and  spending  time  with  God.  We  are  in  need  of  your  daily  prayers  for  God  to  raise up leaders throughout this conference so that Methodist Men in all 12 districts of the Upper New  York Conference will be working in mission for God’s glory, bringing men to Christ one heart at a time.    “We love because God loved us first.” 1 John 4:19    In Christ,  Mark Jones, Conference UMM President    Officers are as follows:  Mark Jones, President   475 Shortlots Road  Frankfort, N.Y. 13340  Phone number: (315) 749‐3700    Email: msjwelshman@yahoo.com    Buddy Heit, Vice president  2374 Bixby Road   Savannah, N.Y. 13146‐9677  Phone number: (315) 365‐3781/(315) 945‐4388 (cell)  Email: agapefeast@tds.net    Steve Ranous, Vice President  201 Candee Ave.  Syracuse, N.Y. 13224 

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Phone number: (315) 427‐3515    Email: ummsteve@twcny.rr.com     George Ramseyer, Secretary  18 Edgewood Drive  Baldwinsville, N.Y.  Phone number: (315) 330‐3492  Email: Gseyer@twcny.rr.com    Scott Stumpf, Conference UMM Director of Communications  123 Washington Blvd.  Fayetteville, N.Y. 13066  Phone number: (315) 637‐5567  Email: srstumpf@ieee.org    Dave Greer, Treasurer  221 Golfcrest Circle  Baldwinsville, N.Y. 13027  Phone number: (315) 635‐6629  Email: Daveanda221@verizon.net     Conference Prayer Advocate – open    Gary Bogner, Conf Scouting Coord./Sr. Dist. Exec. Long House Council BSA  2803 Brewerton Road  Syracuse, N.Y. 13211    Phone number: (315) 463‐0201  Email: Gary.bogner@scouting.org 

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United Methodist Women    The  Upper  New  York  United  Methodist  Women’s  Mission  Team  met  twice  in  executive  session  with  district presidents or a representative from each district. Our finance committee met once to set up our  budget for 2015. Our program committee met twice to plan our annual event.  The Upper New York UMW Mission Projects Committee met to review and award mission grants. They  presented  their  report  at  the  annual  m