UPPER NEW YORK UNITED METHODIST ADVOCATE www.unyumc.org Being God’s love with our neighbors in all places 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 happening. WHO: 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 Page 2 •June 2011 The Upper New York United Methodist Advocate ADVOCATE How to Reach Us STAFF EDITOR/PUBLISHER Rev. 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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 Agend 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 rd 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 t 8:30 and 10 p.m. Conference staff lis Noon Lunch Break 1:45 – 2:15 pm Music for Gathering HOTELS 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 fields. Page 4 •June 2011 The Upper New York United Methodist Advocate 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 fit. “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 vice-president. 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 clergy 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 conference clergy Jan. 23, 2011 Leah M. Webb, wife of Rev. Willis June 18, 2010 Howard W. Bacon, retired elder Webb 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 Carr clergy June 28, 2010 Rev. Donna Kyttle, retired local Feb. 10, 2011 Kay Owen, surviving spouse pastor 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 clergy July 8, 2010 Sandra A. Gray Long, wife of Rev. March 9, 2011 Rev. John E. Martin, retired Robert F. Long clergy 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 clergy July 22, 2010 Helen Whetstone, wife of Rev. March 25, 2011 Donald H. Bishop, retired Ross Whetstone clergy July 29, 2010 Alice Hinman Robinson Lord March 28, 2011 Ada Ruth Young, surviving Munger, surviving spouse 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 spouse 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 persons. 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 email@example.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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