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 A PUBLICATION OFTHE UPPER NEWYORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE OFTHE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH                                      Volume 2, Issue 6 - June 2011

 Annual Conference Guide
                                 2011 Moving with the Spirit 2011
                                                          Upper New York Resident Bishop Marcus
                                                       Matthews prepares to welcome some 2,000                                             Inside this issue
                                                       United Methodists from the Upper New York
                                                       Annual Conference to its Second Annual
                                                       Conference Session.
                                                          Along with this downloadable guide, this
                                                       issue of the Advocate lets you know what’s

                                                        More than 2,000 United Methodists
                                                            from the Upper New York
                                                                 Annual Conference
                                                         of The United Methodist Church                                                        Africa University Choir

                                                                      WHAT:                                                                    Entertainment
                                                         Gathering for the Second Session                                                      Meet those who
                                                             of the Annual Conference                                                           are performing
                                                                                                                                                 at the session
                                                                      WHERE:                                                                         Page 4
                                                           Riverside Convention Center
                                       Archive photo
                                                                     Rochester                                                              Resolutions Recap
Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews gives the                             WHEN:                                                                  Some of the issues
                                                                                                                                           being considered at this
benediction at the 2010 Special Adjorned Ses-
sion in Albany. When Bishop Matthews bangs                      Tuesday to Saturday                                                          Conference Session
the gavel in Rochester this year, he will open
the Upper New York Annual Conference’s first                       June 7-11, 2011                                                               Pages 6-7
multi-day session.

Primer on Annual Conference Session & delegate election
   What is the Annual             director of communications,      conference. During this year’s     from local churches can vote
Conference?                       and benefits officer.            sessions, members of the con-      on matters at the session.
   The term “annual confer-           •	   As	a	yearly	meet-       ference will hear reports of       There are certain matters
ence,” refers to any one of       ing (known                                      past and ongo-      where only clergy are allowed
these three things: a regional    as Annual                                       ing work; adopt     to vote. And vice versa. For
body, an organizational unit,     Conference                                      future goals,       example, only lay members
and a yearly meeting.             Session),                                       programs and        can vote to elect lay delegates
   •	    As	a	regional	body,	     the UNYAC                                       budgets; ordain     to General or Jurisdictional            Bishop (Ret.) J. Lawrence
the Upper New York An-            meets each                                      clergy members      Conferences. The business                      McCleskey
nual Conference (UNYAC)           year, usu-                                      as deacons and      is conducted under the Holy
includes 937 churches strewn      ally in May                                     elders; and         Conferencing agreement,                 Special Honors
across 49 of the 62 counties      or June. All                                    elect delegates     which puts value on Christian
                                                                                  to Jurisdictional   fellowship and conduct.
                                                                                                                                             Dinners are planned
in New York State.                clergy mem-
                                  bers (active                                    and General             What is the most
                                                                                                                                              to honor retirees
   •	    As	an	organizational	                                                                                                                   and those in
unit, the UNYAC has a cen-        and retired),                                   Conferences.        important aspect of the
tral office and professional      and an equal                                       Who at-          Conference Session?                    Extension Ministry
staff based in Syracuse to        number of lay                                   tends the               There is no one aspect
coordinate and conduct min-       members se-                                     Annual Con-         of the session that is more im-          A memorial dinner
istry and the business of the     lected from the local churches   ference Session?                   portant than the other. Every             is also planned
conference. The four senior       attend the conference’s             While everyone is wel-          issue that is on the confer-
executives at the Conference      Annual Conference Session        come to come and watch                                                               Page 5
office are director of connec-    to worship, fellowship, and      the proceedings, only clergy       Please see page 8
tional ministries, treasurer,     conduct the business of the      members and laity selected
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Arrival ...                                                                                                                 AGENDA
   Below is some helpful infor-                                                                                           TUESDAY, JUNE 7
mation for our days together
at the 2011 Annual Confer-                                                                                 1:30 – 5 pm Clergy Session/Radisson Ballroom
ence.                                                                                                      1:30 – 5 pm Laity Session/Asbury First UMC
          LOCATIONS                                                                                        5:30 – 8:30 pm Retirement Dinner/Radisson
                                                What’s in your bag
   Convention Center, Roch-                                                                                Ballroom (social hour 5:30/dinner 6:30 p.m.)
ester, N.Y., http://www.rrcc.
com/                                                       a
                                                                        d                                              WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
   Clergy Session: Radisson
   Laity Session: Asbury First
                                                    Name badge/lanyar
UMC                                                     Meal tickets                                       8 am Prayer Time
   Laity Session Transporta-                         Worship booklet                                       8:15 am Ballot Testing
                                                                                                           9 am Opening Worship w/Bishop Matthews
tion: Buses will be available for                      Candidate list                                      10:15 am Holy Conferencing
transportation to/from Laity                                         rochure)
                                                  “Why We Give” (b                                         Noon Lunch Break
Session, and will be looping                                        (brochure)
from Main Street, in front of                    “Who We Are ...”                                          1:45 – 2:15 pm Music for Gathering
                                                                                                           2:15 – 5pm Holy Conferencing Continues
the Radisson, between 12:15                               Floor map                                        5 – 7 pm Dinner Break
p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and between                       Gifts and Graces ca                                    7 – 9 pm Mission Celebration with AU Choir
4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
   Memorial Service Transpor-                            Ballot cards
tation: Commercial buses from                         Recognition card                                                  THURSDAY, JUNE 9
the Plaza and the Radisson will                           Index cards
                                                                                                           8:15 am Music for Gathering
assist with transportation to                             Pencils/pens                                     8:30 – 9:30 am Bible Study w/Bishop McCleskey
Asbury First UMC between
5:30 and 6:45 p.m. and from                               Sticky notes                                     9:30 – 10 am Laity Address
Asbury First UMC between                                   Envelopes                                       10 am – Noon Table Talk
8:30 and 10 p.m.                                     Conference staff lis                                  Noon Lunch Break
                                                                                                           1:45 – 2:15 pm Music for Gathering
   The Hyatt: http://www.                                                                                  2:15 – 5 pm Holy Conferencing Continues
rochester.hyatt.com/hyatt/                                                                                 5 pm Dinner Break
hotels/index.jsp (closest to the                                                                           7 – 8:30 pm Holy Conferencing Continues
Convention Center)                                                                                         9 pm Ordination Rehearsal
   The Plaza: http://www.           Here are a couple of things you will NOT get:
rochesterplaza.com/ (has a          A copy of the Pre-Conference Booklet and of Your Guide to the                          FRIDAY, JUNE 10
scenic walkway over the river)      Second Session of the Upper New York Conference of The
   The Radisson: http://            United Methodist Church.                                               8:15 am Music for Gathering
www.radisson.com/rochester-         Both can be printed out from our website: www.unyumc.org.              8:30 – 9:30 am Bible Study w/Bishop McCleskey
hotel-ny-14604/nyroches                                                                                    9:30 am Holy Conferencing Continues
(meals will be served here)                                                                                Noon Lunch Break
   The Convention Center:           7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7) and            ASSISTANCE/SPECIAL              1:45 – 2:15 pm Music for Gathering
http://www.rrcc.com/                Wednesday, June 8, 6 a.m. to             NEEDS REQUESTS:               2:15 – 4:30 pm Holy Conferencing Continues
                                    9 p.m. Please anticipate signing        If you noted mobility re-      4:30 pm Dinner Break
   Parking: Upon arrival            for your conference packet.         strictions on your registration,   7 pm Memorial Service w/Bishop McCleskey
please park in one of the ho-          Greeters will be in the          you can expect a follow-up
                                    parking areas and in the            letter regarding arrangements
tels’ or the Convention Cen-
                                    entrance to the convention          accommodating those needs.
                                                                                                                        SATURDAY, JUNE 11
ter’s parking garages.
   Rooms: Are assigned by           center. A limited number of         If you noted any special needs
                                                                                                           8:15 am Music for Gathering
a Housing Bureau on a first         wheelchairs will be available       regarding food allergies or
                                                                                                           8:30 am Worship and Reading of Appointments
come/first serve basis. You will    early Wednesday morning.            other meal accommodations,
                                                                                                           10 am Ordination/Commissioning Service
be informed of your room as-                                            you can expect a follow-up
signment via e-mail.                              MEALS                 letter regarding arrangements
                                                                                                           NOTE: Agenda is tentative and exact times may change.
   All hotels require a credit          Meals are included; there       accommodating those needs.
card at check-in for inciden-       are no restaurants in the im-       Assistance is available for get-
tals, even if the room has been     mediate area.                       ting meals.
pre-paid.                               •	    Wednesday’s	breakfast	        CHILD CARE: Provided
   Check in is after 3 p.m./        is the first meal in the packages   by Children’s Disaster Services
Check out is 11 a.m.                    •	    Foods	on	the	buffet	      will be available for $25 a day
                                    will be labeled for allergens.      (advance registration re-
        REGISTRATION                    •	    There	will	be	two	seat-   quired). A representative from
   Tuesday, June 7, from 8 to       ings for each meal (each limited    CDS will contact those who
10 p.m. (the Convention Cen-        to 750); meal tickets designate     registered.
ter is not accessible until after   a seating time, and tickets will        EMTs: Will be onsite.
                                    be checked by hotel staff.

What you need to bring
    When Resident Bishop                                                     Styrofoam salad bowls,
Marcus Matthews toured                                                       6” Styrofoam dessert
the episcopal area last              What to bring                           plates, plastic forks,
year, he challenged United                                                   spoons, knives, paper
Methodists to bring one           1. Names of people who have come           towels, paper napkins
person to Jesus Christ.
Now he wants those
names given to God as a
                                            to Jesus Christ.
                                 (One name on each 3 x 5 index card)
                                                                             and bathroom tissue.
                                                                                 There are three op-
                                                                             portunities to donate
                                                                                                           Follow the Session live
praise offering.                      2. Donations to give to the            financial gifts:                  Live streaming of the       tion is recommended, and
    The names will be              Open Door Mission in Rochester                •	Clergy	Session	on	      Second Session of the Upper     you will need audio capabil-
placed in the offering                                                       at 1:30 p.m. June 7: An       New York Annual Confer-         ity.
plate during the opening           3. Offerings to support Bishop’s          offering will be taken        ence of The United Method-          Special events you may
worship at 9 a.m. June 8.        Discretionary Fund, Mission of Peace        to support the Bishop’s       ist Church will be available    want to watch include:
    The United Method-                       and clergy care                 Discretionary Fund.           during the June 7-11 gather-
ists will also be putting                                                        •	Mission	Celebration	    ing in Rochester.               · Opening Worship with
into practice their mission                                                  in the evening of June            The live streaming will     Bishop Matthews – 9 a.m.
                                   clothing and medical assistance
statement of being good neigh- to thousands of people.               8: An offering will be taken to       begin each day at 8 a.m.,       Wednesday
bors by contributing thousands         The following items will
                                                                     support the Mission of Peace          giving those unable to attend   · Mission Celebration
of items to the Open Door                                            (MOP) ministries.                     an opportunity to watch         with Africa University Choir
                                   be collected in receptacles at
Mission, a Rochester-based                                               •	Ordination	ceremony	on	         from home or with a group       – 7 p.m. Wednesday
                                   the conference site: mayon-
homeless shelter. Open Door        naise, assorted half-gallons of
                                                                     June 11: An offering will be          at your church.                 · Memorial Service with
Mission Inc. is a not-for-profit                                     taken to support clergy care.             To view the live stream-    Bishop McCleskey – 7 p.m.
                                   juice, coffee, creamer, sugar,
Christian ministry that pro-                                             Checks may be made pay-           ing, visit the conference       Friday
                                   coffee filters, large disposable
vides food, emergency housing, gloves, Dawn dish soap, bleach, able to UNYAC, with respec-                 website at unyumc.org.          · Ordination Service –
addiction-recovery programs,       55-gallon garbage bags, 4”        tive missions in the memo                 A good Internet connec-     10 a.m. Saturday
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Session performers                                                      Guest speakers
                                                                        McCleskey to lead memorial
                                                                             As a guest at the Conference Session,
                                                                        Bishop (Ret.) J. Lawrence McCleskey will
                                                                        lead a memorial service June 10 and a num-
                                                                        ber of Bible studies.
                                                                             In 2010, McCleskey said his new position
                                                                        as executive vice president for development
                                                                        of Africa University sounded like a perfect
                                                                             “I love finding United Methodists with
                                                                        means and helping them to find some-
                                                                        thing to do with it,” he said, adding that he
                                                                        “(works) with bishops and annual confer-
                                                                        ences that want to do campaigns for Africa
                                                                        University and call on individual donors,
                                                                        focusing on building endowment for schol-
                                                                        arships and capital projects.”                                          A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose
                                                                             McCleskey currently serves as chair of       Bishop (Ret.) J. Lawrence McCleskey at a
                                                                        the Division of Higher Education of the           presentation on Africa University at the
                                                                                                                          2008 General Conference. McCleskey is
                                                                        General Board of Higher Education and
                                                      Submitted photo                                                     executive VP for development for AU.
                                                                        Ministry. He also is a trustee of Duke Uni-
The Africa University Choir will give several performances
                                                                        versity.                                          eastern Jurisdictional and the General Con-
throughout the Conference Session. This 16-member vocal
ensemble performs a repertoire of sacred and secular choral                  He was elected to the episcopacy in July     ferences in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. He
music – both Western and African. The choir has been nomi-              1996 and assigned to the Columbia Area            served from 1988-1996 as a member of the
nated for a National Arts Merit Award by the National Arts              (South Carolina Conference). He served            Division of Ordained Ministry of the Board
Council of Zimbabwe. Africa University is a United Method-              for 33 years as a member of the Western           of Higher Education and Ministry, and he
ist-related institution located in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe; it             North Carolina Conference, where he was           chaired the Division of Ordained Ministry
opened in 1992. Today, the university has an undergraduate              appointed to churches with memberships            from 1992-1996.
enrollment of 1,300 students from 28 countries.                         from 35 to 3,700 members. He served six              Born in Atlanta, and raised there and
                                                                        years as superintendent of the Winston-           in Tampa, Fla., McCleskey is a graduate of
                                                                        Salem District.                                   Duke University, Duke Divinity School and
                                                                             In 2004, he was assigned to the Char-        Princeton Theological Seminary.
                                                                        lotte Area (Western North Carolina Con-              He and his wife, Margaret Fowler
                                                                        ference) where he served until his retire-        McCleskey, have three children: James,
                                                                        ment in 2008.                                     Sarah and Matthew. The couple lives in
                                                                             He was a delegate to both the South-         Lake Junaluska, N.C.

                                                                        Student ambassador wants to
                                                                        give back to Black College Fund
                                                                           By Christian Vischi                            College Fund.
                                                                           Advocate Writer                                    As ambassadors for the Black College
                                                                           In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused more         Fund, they will travel to annual conference
                                                                        than $100 billion in damage, making it the        meetings and other church events to speak
                                                      Submitted photo   costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, ac-   about the importance of supporting the
Gap (Gaspare) Mangione and his New Blues Band will per-                 cording to The Boston Globe.                      fund.
form at the retirement dinner June 7 (see Page 5 for more
on the retirees). Rochester native Mangione and his brother
                                                                           For one Lina H. McCord summer intern,              Coleman will be a guest speaker at the
Chuck (best known for his hit “Feels So Good”), formed                  that disaster nearly meant the closure of his     Second Session of the Upper New York
their first band as teenagers. The Jazz Brothers released               school.                                           Annual Conference in Rochester’s Riverside
their first album in 1960. Gap has recorded four albums for                Charlie Coleman III, a student at Dil-         Convention Center.
A&M, and performs with his big band, his New Blues Band                 lard University in New Orleans, learned               The son of Charlie and Venice, two
and as a solo artist. The Lodge at Woodcliff in Rochester is            that money from the Black College Fund            United Methodist pastors, he is actively
the new home for Gap’s solo piano and group performances.               was used to construct                             involved in the Student Government As-
                                                                        two new buildings on                              sociation, and was the first freshman in the

Mark Miller to perform                                                  the Dillard campus,
                                                                        replacing a pair of the
                                                                        43 buildings on the
                                                                                                                          school’s history to be elected the body’s
                                                                                                                              A member of the Beta Gamma Chapter
    Mark Miller, who will per-                                          campus that were                                  of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Coleman has
form at this Annual Confer-                                             damaged or destroyed                              maintained a 3.8 GPA.
ence Session, is well known                                             by Katrina.                                           Following graduation, he plans to at-
throughout the United Meth-                                                “Seeing what it has                            tend Boston University or the University of
odist Church as a worship                                               done for my school                                Texas Law School. His goal is to work for
leader, teacher and performer                                           makes me want to give                             the Central Intelligence Agency as an intel-
of sacred music.                                                        just as much as I can                             ligence collection analyst.
    Since 1997, Miller has per-                                         back to The United                                    Established in 1972, the Black College
formed concerts and directed                                            Methodist Church and                              Fund supports the operations, programs
conferences at churches both                                            the Black College Fund as they have given         and capital improvements at United Meth-
across the United States and                                            to me,” Coleman said.                             odist-related historically black colleges. For
internationally. Abingdon                                                  Coleman is one of nine 2011 Lina H. Mc-        more information about the Black College
Press has written that Miller                                           Cord summer interns.                              Fund, visit www.gbhem.org/bcf/.
is a “rising star in the field of                                          Each year, students from the 11 colleges
Protestant music.”                                                      and universities are selected at the recom-          Joey Butler, editor of young adult content for
    His music reflects elements                                         mendation of their college presidents to          United Methodist Communications in Nashville,
of classical, gospel, jazz and      Church in Plainfield, N.J. From     serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Black       Tenn., contributed to this story.
folk, and he has more than 25       2002 to 2007 he was director
works published with Abing-         of Contemporary Worship
don Press, Choirsters Guild         at Marble Collegiate Church,                                   About the Black College Fund
and Hope Publishing.                and from 1999 to 2001 was
    Miller, a graduate of Yale      music associate and assistant                                  • The United Methodist Church supports the largest number
University and Julliard, is                                                                        of black colleges and universities of any church body in the
                                    organist of the Riverside                                      United States.
lecturer in the practice of         Church in New York City.
sacred music at Yale. He is
                                                                                                   • The 11 historically black colleges are located in the South-
                                       As an undergraduate he                                      eastern and South Central Jurisdictions.
also director of music and          earned the Yale Bach Society                                   • There are approximately 16,000 students enrolled in our
composer-in-residence at the        Prize and, in 1989, won first                                  schools; 90 percent of the students qualify for financial aid.
Drew Theological School in          prize in the National Asso-                                    • In 2006, United Methodists gave $9,850,753 which was 87
Madison, N.J.                       ciation of Negro Musicians                                     percent of the apportionment.
    He is minister of music of      National Organ Competition.                                                                              Source: www.gbhem.org/bcf/
covenant at United Methodist
The Upper New York United Methodist Advocate                                                                                                       June 2011 • Page 5

Retirees by the numbers ...                                                                            Honored retirees
                                                                                                       Richard D. Anderson
                                                                                                       Kenneth Babcock
                                                                                                                                            James A. Laun
                                                                                                                                            Grant T. Nicholls
Here’s a look at how the retirees add up                                                               Joyce Bryson
                                                                                                       Stephan J. Calos
                                                                                                                                            Terrance O’Neill
                                                                                                                                            Janice Winne Palm
                                                                                                       Richard Capron                       Carol S. Pinneo
    Those attending the Conference Session             Here’s what we found:                           Dana J. Carroll                      Sylvia Reimer
are invited to celebrate the service of the         138 total appointments                             Virginia (Ginny) Cross               Jack Richardson
clergy who are transitioning into retirement        33 retirees                                        Rebecca W. Dolch                     Joan Ripp
this year.                                          21 full elders                                     Edward A. Golden                     Carol Sierk
    The Advocate decided to take a “by the          17 men                                             Paul D. Gongloff                     Burton L. Smith
numbers” look at the retirees being honored         16 women                                           Mary Guy                             Sinnathamby Thevanesan
at this Conference Session.                         6 part-time pastors                                James Hankey                         Judith A. Thistle
    This impressive group will be honored at        3 associate members                                Roy Hansen                           Genett Timlin
a dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June          1 full-time pastor                                 Ann Hicks                            D. Gregory Van Dussen
7, in the Radisson Hotel ballroom.                                                                     Thana M. Kibbe                       Jerome Ward
                                                    1 missionary                                       Douglas M. Knopp                     Sarah C. White
                                                    1 other denomination/conference
                                                                                                                               Joan Zimmerman

Mission Celebration
  ‘Being God’s love to our
                                                                                     Memorial Service:
   neighbors in all places’                                                         Many will be missed
                                                                             The Annual Conference Session in-                Rev. Jacqueline Mueller
                                                                          cludes a memorial service, at 7 p.m. Friday,        Sept. 26, 2010 Richard Deitzler, former lay
                                                                          June 10, remembering those who have                 member
                                                                          passed in the last year.                            Sept. 29, 2010 Rev. Robert F. Shippee, retired
                                                                             Among those being honored are clergy;            clergy
                                                                          since they are not members of a local               Oct. 8, 2010 Edwin A. Simmons, retired clergy
                                                                          church but of the Annual Conference,                Oct. 12, 2010 Jeanne E. Waters, wife of Rev.
                                                                          this is their church memorial service. The          Raoul Waters
                                                                                                                              Oct. 12, 2010 Sandra Bitler, wife of Rev. Ken-
                                                                          service also honors bishops whose mem-
                                                                                                                              neth Bitler
                                                                          bership is in the Council of Bishops. Finally,
                                                                                                                              Oct. 13, 2010 Blance Burwell, surviving spouse
                                                                          the service honors extension ministers.             Oct. 17, 2010 Norman Tauscher, retired clergy
                                                                             The spouses of clergy and bishops are            Oct. 21, 2010 Rev. Robert F. Trost, retired
                                                                          honored for their support in the ministry           clergy
                                                                          of their clergy spouse.                             Oct. 22, 2010 Thelma Gotjen, surviving spouse
                                                                             Those being remembered:                          Nov. 9, 2010 Rev. Robert J. Pascoe, retired
    The Mission Celebra-           real people are making a real                                                              Nov. 13, 2010 Rev. Jerald Lipsius, retired clergy
tion, to be held from 7 to 9       difference in the lives of their                COUNCIL OF BISHOPS                         Nov. 17, 2010 Phyllis Covell, wife of Rev. War-
p.m. Wednesday, June 8, is         neighbors.                                         AND SPOUSES                             ren Covell
an opportunity to celebrate            Mark Miller and the band                                                               Nov. 21, 2010 Rev. Kenneth N. Snyder, retired
how the Spirit is empowering       will be on hand to keep things         March 15, 2010 Mrs. Alice Kearns                    clergy
ministry through our annual        rocking and the Africa Univer-         April 8, 2010 Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa               Nov. 21, 2010 Elizabeth Ireson, surviving
conference.                        sity Choir will take the stage         April 14, 2010 Mrs. Marion Clark                    spouse
    Using the bold mandate of      during the final hour to bless         May 3, 2010 Mrs. Geneva Harris                      Nov. 24, 2010 Rev. Nancye Halm, retired clergy
Acts 1:8 to be Christ’s wit-       everyone with their ministry           May 15, 2010 Bishop Ray Owen                        Nov. 25, 2010 Alice Alsobrook, surviving
nesses “in Jerusalem, Judea        of music.                              July 7, 2010 Mrs. Louise Duffey                     spouse
                                                                          July 13, 2010 Mrs. Alegria Toquero                  Dec. 5, 2010 Rev. Melvin R. McGaughey, retired
and Samaria, and to the ends           It’s going to be an incred-
                                                                          July 14, 2010 Bishop William Dew                    clergy
of the earth,” we’ll give wit-     ible evening of celebration!
                                                                          Aug. 14, 2010 Mrs. Annamary DeWitt                  Dec. 21, 2010 Audrey Martin, wife of Rev. John
ness to the many ways Upper            The program may vary,              Sept. 8, 2010 Bishop James K. Mathews
New York United Methodists         but among those who may                                                                    Martin
                                                                          Oct. 10, 2010 Bishop James S. Thomas                Dec. 22, 2010 Rev. William Barney, retired
“living the Gospel of Jesus        be presenters at the Mission           Oct. 23, 2010 Mrs. Sarah Allen
Christ and being God’s love        Celebration are:                                                                           clergy
                                                                          Nov. 1, 2010 Mrs. Catherine Copeland                Dec. 24, 2010 Rev. William Dobson, retired
to our neighbors in all places.”       •	Camp and Retreat Min-            Dec. 24, 2010 Bishop Edsel A. Ammons                clergy
    Using multimedia and           istries                                Jan. 23, 2011 Bishop Marion M. Edwards              Dec. 31, 2010 Phyllis Skiff, surviving spouse
personal testimony, witnesses          •	Conference Council on
                                                                                                                              Jan. 1, 2011 Rev. Roger U. Day, retired clergy
from several UNYAC local           Youth Ministries                                                                           Jan. 6, 2011 Rev. Kevin Stockwell, clergy
churches, conference min-              •	Haiti Network                            EXTENSION MINISTERS                         Jan. 10, 2011 Rev. Franklyn Cism, retired clergy
istries and General Church             •	General Board of Global                     AND SPOUSES                              Jan. 11, 2011 Barbara Steinkraus, surviving
organizations will offer           Ministries Advance and Minis-                                                              spouse
inspirational stories of how       try with Poor                          May 10, 2010 Gordon H. Russell, husband of
                                                                                                                              Jan. 14, 2011 Rev. Alan Barnes, retired clergy
                                                                          Rev. Adrienne Russell
                                                                                                                              Jan. 18, 2011 James Blance, lay member to
                                                                          May 14, 2010 Rev. Robert Bromfield, retired
                                                                                                                              Jan. 23, 2011 Leah M. Webb, wife of Rev. Willis
                                                                          June 18, 2010 Howard W. Bacon, retired elder
                                                                          June 18, 2010 Irving G. Hill, retired elder
                                                                                                                              Jan. 29, 2011 Cora Risden, surviving spouse
                                                                          June 26, 2010 Dawn L. Carr, wife of Rev. James
                                                                                                                              Feb. 10, 2011 Rev. Virgil Versteeg, retired
                                                                          June 28, 2010 Rev. Donna Kyttle, retired local
                                                                                                                              Feb. 10, 2011 Kay Owen, surviving spouse
                                                                                                                              Feb. 20, 2011 Rev. Kathryn G. Austin, clergy
                                                                          June 30, 2010 Eva Grover, surviving spouse
                                                                                                                              March 3, 2011 Rev. James Snedeker Jr., retired
                                                                          July 4, 2010 David Quick, retired elder
                                                                          July 8, 2010 Sandra A. Gray Long, wife of Rev.
                                                                                                                              March 9, 2011 Rev. John E. Martin, retired
                                                                          Robert F. Long
                                                                          July 11, 2010 Barbara Curtis, surviving spouse
                                                                                                                              March 15, 2011 Edwin White, husband of Rev.
                                                                          July 15, 2010 Angela Excell, wife of Rev. Charles
                                                                                                                              Judy White
                                                                          V. Excell
                                                                                                                              March 20, 2011 Rev. Melba Meyer, retired
                                                                          July 20, 2010 Veronica Bohea, surviving spouse
                                                                          July 22, 2010 Helen Whetstone, wife of Rev.
                                                                                                                              March 25, 2011 Donald H. Bishop, retired
                                                                          Ross Whetstone
                                                                          July 29, 2010 Alice Hinman Robinson Lord
                                                                                                                              March 28, 2011 Ada Ruth Young, surviving
                                                                          Munger, surviving spouse
TOP: Camp staff and volunteers strive to be Christian role                Aug. 10, 2010 Sylvia Bouton, surviving spouse
                                                                                                                              April 12, 2011 Esther Hubbard, surviving
models for youth. Archive photo                                           Aug. 20, 2010 Rev. Frank B. Brandon Jr., retired
ABOVE: United Methodist Volunteer in Mission team mem-                    clergy
                                                                                                                              April 15, 2011 Betsy P. Fisher, surviving spouse
bers help lead a game for children outside the Methodist                  Aug. 28, 2010 Verla Voght, surviving spouse
                                                                                                                              April 27, 2011 Rev. Robert Bird, retired clergy
Church in Furcy, Haiti. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.                        Aug. 28, 2010 Richard G. Mueller, husband of
Page 6 •June 2011                                                                                           The Upper New York United Methodist Advocate

Highlights from the proposed resolutions
    Among the items on the                                                                             churches, providing the 2012
agenda for the Annual Con-            Definition: “Resolution”. A “resolution” is a docu-              minimum base compensation          DISTRICTING
ference Session in Rochester       ment that states something that the Upper New York                  will be difficult and is provid-   TASK FORCE
are a series of resolutions and    Annual Conference, itself, resolves to be a Conference              ing a phase-in recommenda-            Page 56
petitions proposed by confer-      position or statement                                               tion for churches/charges             The Districting Task Force
ence committees and task                                                                               where the 2011 level is lower      recommends the following
forces.                            addition, the clergyperson will    $2,250 ($67.50 per year of       than the 2012 Minimum Base         actions for this session of the
    Below is a quick outline       pay 5 percent of premium for       service)                         Compensation.                      annual conference:
of the resolutions; it is by no    each year the clergyperson is         •	Half-time	$1,500	($45	per	      ARP: All pastors appoint-         •	The	Upper	New	York	
means inclusive.                   under age 65. At age 65, the                                        ed within the Upper New            Annual Conference empower
    The full text can be found     retiree will pay the years-of-                                      York Annual Conference are         each district lay leader, in
in the Pre-Conference Book-        service formula only.              year of service)                 entitled to an Accountable         consultation with their dis-
let (beginning page references                                                                         Reimbursement Plan (ARP)           trict superintendent, to form
                                       REPLACE RETIREE                CLERGY                                                              a District Lay Leadership
are provided). Download and        HEALTH SUBSIDY (non-                                                for professional expenses
print it from the conference
                                                                      COMPENSATION                     incurred while performing          team to enact the provisions
                                   conference plan) WITH              TASK FORCE
website at www.unyumc.org.         RETIREE ASSISTANCE                                                  pastoral duties.                   outlined in Paragraph 660 of
                                                                         Page 66                           A minimum annual ARP           The Book of Discipline. This will
                                   PROGRAM to provide                    The Clergy Compensation
CONFERENCE                         financial assistance to retirees   Task Force was composed
                                                                                                       budget for a full-time pas-        ensure cohesive and con-
BOARD OF                           for any purpose, including                                          tor would be $3,500 for a          sistent lay leadership across
                                                                      of individuals assigned by the   single church appointment          the conference and facilitate
PENSION &                          health insurance, when total       Bishop, related to the Confer- and $4,500 for a multi-church
HEALTH BENEFITS                    income from all sources is less                                                                        effective communication be-
                                                                      ence Leadership Team, and in- appointment under this pro-           tween the laity, local church,
(CBOPHB)                           than the conference minimum        cluding representatives of the   posal. Churches with pastoral      district superintendents, and
    Page 39                        salary for local pastors, up to    cabinet, clergy (both ordained appointments of ¾ time, ½
                                   $5,000 annually. (Read more                                                                            the conference leadership
    The CBOPHB, which                                                 and licensed) and laity.
                                   below).                                                             time or ¼ time would budget        structure.
supervises and administers                                               The task force was charged and pay an ARP proportional
                                       RETIRED PASTORS’                                                                                      •	The	Upper	New	York	
retirement plans, investment                                          with discerning, deliberating
                                   EMERGENCY ASSIS-                                                    to this standard for full-time     Annual Conference authorize
funds, and health and wel-                                            and determining the following: appointments. Additionally,
                                   TANCE is an emergency                                                                                  the continued work of the
fare benefit plans for active                                            •	A	plan	for	standardiz-
                                   grant program to provide                                            congregations are encour-          Districting Task Force under
and retired clergy, surviving                                         ing minimum compensation
                                   financial assistance to income-                                     aged to budget ARP above the       the direction of the bishop
spouses, and lay employees                                            across the new conference;
                                   eligible retired pastors and                                        required minimum in consid-        and the Conference Lead-
of the church, is seeking                                                •	Recommendations	re-
                                   their surviving spouses facing                                      eration of location-specific       ership Team, with funding
conference approval for the                                           garding what elements should
                                   unexpected financial needs.                                         mileage needs and other fac-       provided by the Conference
responsibility of redistributing                                      constitute a complete clergy
                                   In addition, this program will                                      tors.                              Leadership Team.
funds collected by the Golden                                         compensation package;
                                   “fold in” financial assistance                                          TIME OFF POLICY:
Cross Offering within the                                                •	Consideration	of	what	
                                   with health insurance costs                                         Clergy Vacation Policy – four
conference.                                                           constitutes a missional full-
                                   (premiums and/or other out-                                         weeks for all clergy with five     SAFE
    The Golden Cross Offering                                         time appointment;
                                   of-pocket expenses).                                                weeks for those with more          SANCTUARIES
already supports chaplaincy                                              •	Recommendations	re-
                                       The total amount available                                      than 20 years of service. Full        Page 59
programs within the confer-                                           garding compensation levels
                                   for grants each year would be                                       time pastors are encouraged           The Safe Sanctuaries Task
ence, and the hope is to fund                                         with respect to years of
                                   determined by the CBOPHB.                                           to give a week annually to a       Force of the Upper New
these and other ministries.                                           service;
                                   Funding would come from                                             Conference camping ministry.       York Annual Conference has
    Other CBOPHB recom-                                                  •	Recommendations	re-
                                   reserves, a special offering                                        There will be no prescribed        the goal of establishing the
mendations:                                                           garding benefits and reimburs- sick leave for clergy. Short-
    PAST SERVICE AN-               received in the local churches,    able matters;                                                       UNYAC as a Safe Sanctuaries
                                   or a combination. The actual                                        and long-term disability will      Conference by Dec. 31, 2012.
NUITY RATE: The Con-                                                     •	Consideration	of	pre-tax	 be in place as needed.
ference Board of Pension &         amount of individual grants        contributions by clergy to                                             The Safe Sanctuaries Task
Health Benefits recommends         would be determined by the         health insurance and other                                          Force’s resolution identifies
that the Past Service Annu-        number of eligible requests        benefits; and a plan of inter-                                      five areas that the UNYAC
ity Rate for Pre-82 pension        and the funds available. The       pretation for clergy and laity.  CONFERENCE                         intends to keep:
payments to retired clergy of      recommendation includes a             MINIMUM BASE SAL-             COMMITTEE ON                          •	Follow	reasonable	safety	
the Upper New York Annual          total income eligibility mini-     ARY: A standardized mini-        COMMUNICATIONS                     measures in the selection and
Conference be set at $564          mum and a maximum grant of         mum base compensation will           Page 46                        recruitment of workers;
per service year for 2012.         $5,000.                            be established for the Upper         The Conference Com-               •	Implement	prudent	
This represents a 2.2 per-               PENSION BILLING:                                                                                 operational procedures in all
                                                                      New York Annual Conference mittee on Communications
cent increase over the 2011        The board’s recommenda-                                             is encouraging the body of         program and events;
                                                                      that includes a base salary of
rate and is 1.02 percent of        tions to the 2011 session in-                                                                             •	Educate	all	of	our	work-
                                                                      $35,000 for all full-time clergy the Upper New York Annual
the Denominational Average         clude the establishment of the                                      Conference (UNYAC) to              ers with children, youth and
Compensation.                      2012 Past Service Rate (for                                         adopt a resolution to further      vulnerable adults regarding
                                                                         Credential increment
    REVISION TO PRE-               pre-1982 years of service) and                                      communication technology in        the use of appropriate policies
                                                                      based on status is recom-
JULY 1, 2010 RETIREE               the required Pre-82 Pension                                         the conference.                    and methods;
                                                                      mended as follows:
PREMIUM: Clergy who                Funding Plan. Also, there is                                            The communications                •	Have	a	clearly	defined	
                                                                         •	Full	connection:	10		per-
retired prior to July 1, 2010      the annual resolution desig-                                        committee is asking for a          procedure for reporting a sus-
                                                                      cent ($3,500) or $38,500
will pay on the same scale as      nating all UMC pension and                                          resolution assuring three key      pected incident of abuse that
                                                                         •	Provisional:	8	percent	                                        conforms to the requirements
previously approved for those      disability payments in 2012 as     ($2,800) or $37,800              communications tools:
who retire on or after July 1,     a housing/rental allowance.                                             •	Churches	in	the	confer-      of state law; and
                                                                         •	Associate:	6	percent	                                             •	Provide	for	crisis	re-
2010. Conference obligation            MOVING CLERGY: The             ($2,100) or $37,100              ence who have the resources
is based on years of service at    CBOPHB proposes creating                                                                               sponse, crisis intervention
                                                                         •	FT	LP	completed	Course	 should provide the church of-          and media inquiries should an
3 percent of actual premium        a uniform policy for covering      of Study: 4 percent ($1,400)     fice and the pastor access to
per full-time equivalent years     moving expenses and handling                                        Internet services at an afford-    incident occur.
                                                                      or $36,400                                                             The resolution also calls
of service up to 30 years and      arrangements for moving               Additional increases:         able price;
five years vesting.                retired clergy.                                                         •	Each	church	should	have	     for the creation of Safe Sanc-
                                                                         •	Time	in	Grade	(i.e.,	                                          tuaries Committees at the
    REVISION TO RE-                    For each year of service in    number of years in credential    an email address to use for
                                   the Upper New York Annual                                                                              local level; having a copy of
TIREE CONTRIBUTION                                                    level): $200 per year up to 15   electronic communication;
                                   Conference (and four former                                                                            each group’s Safe Sanctuaries
POLICY for under age 65                                               years.                           and
                                   conferences), 3 percent of the                                                                         policy on file in the Office of
retirees: Conference obli-                                               •	Number	of	churches	on	          •	Each	church	should	name	
                                   following amounts will be paid                                                                         the Director of Connectional
gation is based on years of                                           pastoral charge: An additional a person to serve as a com-
                                   toward the retirement move:                                                                            Ministries; and mandating that
service at 3 percent of actual                                        $500 for each church over        munications coordinator to
                                       •	Full-time	(at	time	of	                                                                           the minimum standards and
premium per full-time equiva-                                         one.                             help in guiding the communi-
                                   retirement) $3,000 ($90 per                                                                            procedures are implemented
lent years of service up to 30                                           PHASE-IN: The task            cation strategy of that indi-
                                   year of service)                                                                                       by Dec. 31, 2012 and reviewed
years and 5 years vesting. In                                         force is aware that for some     vidual church.
                                       •	Three-quarter	time	                                                                              annually.

Budget highlights
                                                                        Main points of the 2012 budget:                      •	Apportionment	calculation	is	15	percent	
                                                                                                                          of your church’s operating budget; that’s the
                                                                         •	The	total	budget	is	the	same	for	2012	as	it	   only element of determining the formula, it is
                                                                      was 2011: $10,718,402.                              without regard to expenses or attendance.
       See the Pre-Conference Booklet, pages 27-38                       The ministry shares are the same as well,           •	There	are	no	new	positions	added	in	this	
    Details on funded conference committees appear on                 and there is a new ministry share formula.          budget; in other words, no change in the num-
                       pages 17-26                                       •	No	ministry	share	will	change	more	than	       ber of positions being funded between 2011 to
   Details on funding allocations over $100,000 appear on             10 percent, up or down, from 2011 to the            2012.
                       pages 33-37                                    proposed 2012 level.
The Upper New York United Methodist Advocate                                                                                                   June 2011 • Page 7

Also available at this                                                More than 80 seek to be delegates
Conference Session ...                                                    More than 80 candidates from the Up-
                                                                      per New York Area have indicated their
                                                                      prayerful desire to be elected as del-
‘Blueprint for Wellness’                                              egates to the 2012 General Conference
                                                                      of The United Methodist Church.
                                                                          According to the Conference Com-
    The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits has              mittee on Petitions and Resolutions, 31
teamed up with Quest Diagnostics to offer “Blueprint for              lay members and 52 clergy members
Wellness,” a free health screening program for eligible partici-      have successfully submitted their candi-
pants in the conference.                                              dacy information.
   Quest Diagnostics will be at the Annual Conference                     Sixteen delegates – eight clergy and
Session (in the Lilac Room, Radisson Hotel, second floor).            eight lay – will be elected to the General
                             Screenings will be from 6:30 to          and Jurisdictional conferences during the
                             10:30 a.m. on June 8-10 (Walk-ins        Annual Conference Session. The session
                             will be allowed if time permits).        will also elect eight additional delegates to         Those who wished to be considered as
                             Participants are urged to fast for       the Jurisdictional Conference, for a total of     candidates for election as delegates were
                             8-12 hours before for best results.      24 delegates to that conference.                  asked to submit their information online.
                                You may instead have a screen-            According to the constitution of the          For the list, see the conference website at
                             ing done at a Quest Laboratory.          Church, the clergy delegates must be              www.unyumc.org.
                                This is an opportunity to obtain      elected from the clergy members in full con-          Eligible candidates who did not submit in-
                             a comprehensive “biometric”              nection. The lay delegates must be elected,       formation online by May 1 are not included
                             screening that provides informa-         without regard to age and such delegates          in this list; they are, however, still eligible for
                             tion about your heart, liver and         must have been professing members of              election.
                             kidney function, diabetes risk and       The United Methodist Church for at least              The Committee on Petitions and Reso-
                             blood sugar, calcium and iron –          two years preceding their election. The lay       lutions has asked that prior to and during
                             plus PSA screening for men.              delegates also must have been active par-         the elections the will of the Spirit will be
   In addition to obtaining information to help implement a           ticipants in the church for at least four years   sought, and there will be no “campaigning”
wellness plan, individuals can earn $100 in Virgin Miles Health       preceding their election.                         – by any means, including: mailings, buttons
Cash.                                                                     The number of delegates per annual con-       and other promotional efforts – by, for or
   The screening is available to all participants and spouses         ference is calculated based on the require-       against any candidate.
covered by a HealthFlex Active or Medicare Companion                  ment of one lay and one clergy delegate for           The lay candidates will be introduced at
Plan. To receive the $100 HealthCash incentive, you and your          each annual conference, with additional del-      the laity session of the annual conference
spouse must be participants in the Active HealthFlex Plan and         egates assigned proportionately according         session, while the clergy candidates will be
enrolled in Virgin Health Miles.                                      to the conferences’ clergy and lay member-        at the clergy portion of the annual confer-
   The screening must be completed by July 31.                        ship. The Upper New York Annual Confer-           ence session, both at 1:30 p.m. on June 7.
   Additional information on the HealthFlex 2011 Incentives           ence has been assigned 16 delegates for               The delegation leader for 2012-2016 will
can be found on the conference website or at webmdhealth.             the 2012 General Conference, the largest          be the first lay person elected. The delega-
com/gbophb.                                                           number in the Northeastern Jurisdiction.          tion’s vice-leader for 2012-2016 will be the
                                                                                                                        first clergy person elected.

Cokesbury booksellers
   Although the last brick and mortar location of Cokesbury
in Central New York has been shuttered (the Syracuse store
                                                                      Several petitions to be considered
was one of five that closed last fall), a company representative
has reassured us that the Christian bookseller will continue to         There are several petitions proposed for            Definition: “Petition”: A “petition” is a
                             serve churches of the Upper New          consideration at the 2011 Annual Confer-          document that is to be sent to the Gen-
                             York Annual Conference – and             ence.                                             eral Conference (or to the Northeastern
                             that includes having a presence at                                                         Jurisdictional Conference) that requests a
                             the Annual Conference Session.                       HOMOSEXUALITY                         specific action of the General Conference
                                 Kathryn Hackney, a Cokesbury                     AND THE CHURCH                        and may be a modification of The Book of
                             sales representative to the Up-              Most of the petitions submitted to the        Discipline, or of The Book of Resolutions,
                             per New York Annual Conference           Upper New York Annual Conference for              or of General Conference rules or a modifi-
                             based in Albany, said, “Cokesbury        General Conference approval are seeking           cation to Northeastern Jurisdictional rules,
                             will have a large display at the 2011    changes in the church law regarding homo-         policies, or procedures.
                             Annual Conference.”                      sexuality as contained in The Book of Disci-         A “modification” is an addition, or a
                                 The Cokesbury display will pro-      pline (2008).                                     deletion, or other change.
                             vide a variety of supplies, gifts, of-       The petitions reveal that several mem-
                                                                      bers of the church are seeking to repeal          of the resolution in June.
                             ficial United Methodist Resources,                                                            The fund would be invested through the
                             and a large selection of books and       laws that prohibit same-sex marriages in
                                                                      The United Methodist Church.                      General Board of Higher Education and
                             clergy apparel.                                                                            Ministry Investment Committee as part
   Cokesbury is the retail division of The United Methodist               One petition is calling for the removal of
                                                                      language regarding how marriage is defined        of the Africa University Endowment Fund,
Publishing House. Products range from curricula, books, con-                                                            with a prudent and appropriate amount
sumable supplies, apparel for clergy and choir, church furnish-       in civil society.
                                                                          Two petitions are seeking the removal of      used annually to provide scholarships to AU
ings, altarware, seating for sanctuaries and fellowship halls,                                                          students.
and classroom furnishings.                                            “exclusive” and “condemnatory” language
                                                                      on homosexuality in Paragraph 161F of The            Under this proposal, Africa University
   For more information about Cokesbury’s offerings, Hack-                                                              would provide an annual report to the
ney can be reached via phone at (518) 266-9108 or e-mail at           Book of Discipline because “this judgmental,
                                                                      condemnatory language is in conflict with         Upper New York Annual Conference on
khackney@cokesbury.com or visit www.Cokesbury.com.                                                                      the students assisted by this fund and the
                                                                      the present state of scientific knowledge.”
                                                                          Another petition wants to “end dis-           performance of the endowment.

Palestinian dinner                                                    crimination against homosexual clergy,” by           The conference would encourage schol-
                                                                      challenging Paragraph 304.3, which prohib-        arship recipients to contact the conference
                                                                      its self-avowed practicing homosexuals from       in order to foster mutual communication
   Relationship building, education and some great food are           becoming certified as candidates, ordained        and support.
on the menu for the first UNY Palestinian Dinner hosted by            as ministers, or appointed to serve in The           The campaign would be initiated and
the newly-forming Task Force on Peace with Justice in Pales-          United Methodist Church                           managed by the Bishop’s Special Task Force
                             tine/Israel of Upper New York.               Another petition calls on The United          for Africa University.
                                The dinner will be Thursday,          Methodist Church to offer the blessings of
                             June 9, following the Annual Con-        Christian marriage to homosexual couples,
                             ference afternoon session. The           challenging Paragraph 341.6, which forbids
                             buffet will begin at 5:15 p.m. The       ceremonies that celebrate homosexual
                             goal of the dinner, said organiz-        unions from being conducted by United
                             ers, is to build relationships among     Methodist ministers and from being con-
                             delegates, offer information about       ducted in United Methodist churches.
                             Palestine/Israel and raise funds for
                             Palestinian mission schools and for                 AFRICA UNIVERSITY
                             the Gary Bergh Scholarship, which                   SCHOLARSHIP FUND
                             enables young adults to travel to           A petition submitted by the Africa Uni-
                             Palestine/Israel.                        versity Task Force asks the conference to
                                Dinner is $15, and 150 reserva-       create the Upper New York Annual Con-
tions will be taken; contact Linda Bergh at (315) 492-8507 or         ference Scholarship Fund for Africa Univer-
Karen Peterson at (607) 739-3141. Donations to the Bergh              sity initiated through a $1 million campaign                                         Submitted photo
Scholarship will be accepted as well.                                 that would begin immediately upon passage         The chapel at Africa University.
Page 8 •June 2011                                                                                           The Upper New York United Methodist Advocate

Alice I. Rose, the artist who created the Annual Conference Session image, had this to say about the creation of the image and its meaning: Micah, Brian
and Andrew are not models. They are real and active members of a United Methodist congregation in upstate New York. They don’t look like the major-
ity of that congregation, but they do represent the congregation’s growing edge. What would it mean for our church if we looked at our “growing edge” as
the people who hold our promise, our power and our witness? What would it mean to fully support youth with all their hopes and fears and invite them to
lead? What would it mean to fully empower the developmentally challenged adults in our midst, to try to understand their different wisdom? What would it
mean to fully draw in all the young professionals who stand back in witness, waiting for a invitation that speaks to them?

Primer on Annual Conference Session & delegate election
Continued from page 1             Candidates for election as lay     delegates to the 2012 General      course of study or received           What about the peti-
                                  delegates to the General and       Conference and the North-          their M.Div. AND                   tions to General Confer-
-ence session floor is cardi-     Jurisdictional Conferences will    east Jurisdictional Confer-            •	   they	have	been	serv-      ence?
nal and must be treated as        be introduced. The confer-         ence. Eight (8) lay persons will   ing under continuous appoint-          A resolution to General
such. Connecting with each        ence lay leader presides over      be elected delegates to the        ment since July 1, 2008.           Conference can be supported
other in fellowship and learn-    the Laity Session.                 Northeastern Jurisdictional            When will the results of       or not supported by the
ing about each other help             What happens at the            Conference, and four (4)           the elections be known?            Annual Conference Session.
promote United Methodist          Clergy Session?                    alternate lay persons to the           As soon as the tellers have    Regardless of the result at
connectionalism. The infor-           The Clergy Session, which      Northeast Jurisdictional Con-      finished counting. Since a         the Annual Conference, the
mational booths will feature      is closed to the public, de-       ference. The numbers are the       majority of the valid ballots      petition can still be forwarded
general church agencies and       cides on matters of clergy.        same for clergy.                   cast is required for a person      to General Conference by the
annual conference ministries,     It includes voting on new              Who is eligible to be          to be elected, it is likely that   sponsor.
providing further links of the    ministers to be ordained or        vote for delegates to Gen-         it would take up to 20 bal-            So why are petitions
connectionalism.                  commissioned. During this          eral Conference?                   lots before all the candidates     to General Conference
    What is the role of the       year’s session set for Tuesday         All lay members of this        are elected. For example, if       brought before Annual
resident bishop at the An-        afternoon at Radisson Hotel        year Annual Conference             Candidate A has 320 votes of       Conference Session?
nual Conference Session?          Ballroom, the clergy candi-        session are eligible cast vote     800 cast for clergy, she won’t         For sponsors of the peti-
    Bishop Marcus Matthews        dates for election as delegates    for lay delegates to General       be deemed elected even she         tions, having the support
is the president of the confer-   to General and Jurisdictional      and Northeast Jurisdictional       may have the highest votes         of the Annual Conference
ence and chairs the proceed-      Conferences will be intro-         Conference. As for clergy,         for that particular vote. She      gives more credence to the
ings. As the episcopal leader,    duced. The resident bishop         those eligible to cast ballots     would need at least 401 to be      petition, and may lend some
he is also charged with en-       presides over the Clergy           as electors in choosing the        elected.                           weight to it at the General
forcing rules of order and up-    Session.                           clergy delegates are:                  Won’t that take forever        Conference.
holding the Book of Discipline        Why aren’t the names               (a)    the persons who are     and what if by Friday we                What happens after
regulations. The decisions are    of those being ordained or         eligible for election (members     have not elected all the           the Annual Conference
made by the members but           commissioned announced             in full connection)                delegates, what happens?           Session?
the bishop is there to run the    in advance?                            (b)    associate members           According to the Book              Action items that are
agenda and to officiate.              Clergy members of the              (c)    provisional members     of Discipline and conference       approved become policy of
    What happens at the           Annual Conference need to          who have been judged by the        regulations, if the scheduled      the Annual Conference as an
Laity Session?                    approve the list in Clergy Ses-    annual conference to have          time for the final adjournment     organizational body. These
    During the Laity Session      sion before the list is present-   completed the educational          is within one hour without         policies are then implemented
set for Tuesday afternoon         ed to the Annual Conference        requirements and have been         the necessary delegates hav-       in the various areas and levels
at Asbury First UMC, the          Session as a whole.                elected to provisional mem-        ing been elected, a final ballot   that in charge of them. The
Laity will decide how best to         How many people will           bership                            will be taken and those re-        new policies usually become
promote the development of        be elected as delegates to             (d)    the local pastors       ceiving the highest number of      effective July 1 unless other-
leadership and create pro-        General Conference?                who have met BOTH of the           votes will be elected, in order    wise specified.
grams to help the laity un-            This year’s session will      following criteria:                as delegates and alternates            Compiled by Advocate Editor
derstand and become better        elect eight (8) lay persons as         •	    they	have	completed	     according to the number            the Rev. Maidstone Mulenga.
ministers within the church.                                                                            received.

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