Call to Conference Available Online
4/9/2018

 

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A Call to the New York Annual Conference

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

The time has once again come for the “Call to Conference” and it is my distinct pleasure to indeed “call you” to be a part of our annual time of discernment and holy conferencing.

Bickerton_8230.jpgOur theme this year is a continuation of our quadrennial theme, “Pathways and Possibilities.” This year our focus will be on the “transformation of the world.” I believe that we not only have a relevant message for the world but we have a clear mandate from Christ himself to bear witness to the fact that the world can be a better place with God at the center of our being. In a recent interview, someone asked me a question from a secular perspective. The question was, “Bishop, what is your product?” My answer was simple, “Our product is a better person.” This is what we believe! A better person is a changed person, a transformed person, a person who realizes that they have been created in the image of God and, with that realization comes the belief that they can participate in the creation of a better world for all people.

That will be our focus when we gather at Hofstra University. We will greet one another with a holy greeting. We will welcome Bishop Latrelle Easterling, the Bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference as our preacher. We will center ourselves around the baptismal font and anoint ourselves with holy reminders of who we are and what we are called to be. We will engage in meaningful worship and have opportunity to participate in hands-on mission. Oh yes, we will have business to do, that’s for sure. We will elect delegates the Special Session of the General Conference to be held in February 2019. We will hear reports and act on business. There is, no doubt, work to be done that requires your input and participation.

But the centerpiece of our time together will be on our continual journey toward transformation: a change of heart, attitude, emphasis, and approach that will reveal to us what Christ-like holiness looks like and how that transformation within can lead to a change throughout the New York Annual Conference and, indeed, throughout the world.

That is my hope for our time together. In fact, it is more than my hope. It is my prayer. Won’t you join me in that prayer, a prayer for a changed world, in these days leading up to our time together? And, more than that, won’t you literally make plans now to join me at Hofstra University, from Thursday, June 7th through Sunday, June 10th, as we continue our work on “Pathways & Possibilities: Transforming the World” together?

You’ve heard it! It’s a “Call to Conference!” It’s happening! And I need you to be present. I look forward to seeing you there!

The Journey Continues, . . .

 

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Thomas J. Bickerton
Resident Bishop

 

A Message from our Conference Lay Leader

There is much excitement around the Conference Center these days as plans develop for the upcoming New York Annual Conference. As Conference Lay Leader, please accept this Call to Conference which convenes June 7 – 10, 2018 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

Annual conference comes to reflect on the business of the previous year’s work and present the vision for future plans and initiatives. A major task at this year’s conference is voting. In addition one will experience joyful worship, witness the Ordination Service, gather to share information and fellowship and more.

While everyone is welcome to attend, only a predetermined number of persons from the 430+ churches and charges of the NYAC can vote. That number of voters is divided equally between clergy and lay members to annual conference; they vote on reports, resolutions, petitions, and for delegates to General Conference. “The lay members of the annual conference and alternates shall be elected annually or quadrennially at a Church or Charge Conference as the Conference directs.” This is taken from The 2016 Book of Discipline, page 251. The lay member (s) from each congregation joins the pastor to interpret and report the news from annual conference soon after it ends.

If you are a newly elected lay member to annual conference, a member of the Board of Laity will be available to welcome you, to partner with you, help you to get oriented, and answer any questions you may have to ensure that your experience at annual conference will be stress-free, meaningful and productive. We invite you to refer to the conference website for helpful and detailed information titled “What’s My Job?” at www.nyac.com/laity.

The Laity Session is for all laity: lay members, lay leaders, lay servants, and all laypersons are strongly encouraged to attend this important event. The Rev. Dr. Grace Cajiuat will engage us, inform us and challenge us to make disciples the Wesleyan way, so that we will become strong leaders who will develop vital congregations that eagerly make new disciples. This will be a time of renewal, sharing, collaboration, fellowship, and relationship building. You don’t want to miss the Laity Session! “How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!” Ps. 133:1 (The Message). This Laity Session promises to leave you with a more profound love for God and tools for carrying out the mission of the church which is: “to making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” In our time together, recognition will be given for work done between districts and boards. We will celebrate another year together as professing members of the UMC as we grow and endeavoring to offer Christ to those on the path to discipleship.

We invite you to join the Board of Laity in its six-week Pre-Conference Prayer and Meditation Vigil, each Monday through Friday morning 6:55 – 7:00 a.m. beginning Monday, April 23 through Friday, June 1, 2018. Each district will serve as host for one week. More to follow.

Indeed we are excited about the “Pathways and Possibilities to Transform the World through Disciple-Making.” Please stay tuned; there’s more to come!

In the service of the Lord,

Roena Littlejohn
Conference Lay Leader

 
 
 

Guest Preachers/Speakers Preachers/Speakers

Meet Bishop Easterling

latrelle-easterling.psdBishop Latrelle Easterling is the first woman bishop to lead the 233-year-old Baltimore-Washington Conference. She was elected as a bishop in The United Methodist Church in July 2016, and began serving this conference in September 2016.

An Indiana native, Easterling worked in the human resources field and as an attorney before being ordained a Deacon in 1995 and an Elder in 1997. She served at Union UMC in Boston’s historic South End, Pearl Street UMC in Brockton, Mass., and Old West Church, UM, in Boston. From 2012 to 2016, she oversaw 57 congregations as superintendent of the Metro Boston Hope District in the New England Conference. In 2016, she was named Dean of the Cabinet in the New England Conference.

She received a Bachelor degree from Indiana University and a Law degree from Indiana University School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology.

During her ministry, Bishop Easterling served as co-chair of the Board of Global Ministries, and as a delegate to the 2012 and 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. She is a published author and frequent teacher and speaker. She is described as an inquisitive, collaborative and transformational leader.

Bishop Easterling is married to the Rev. Marion Easterling Jr., pastor of Wesley Grove UMC in Hanover, MD, and the former pastor of Parkway UMC in Milton, Mass. They have two sons, Garret Walter and Miles Teronza.

 

Introducing Rev. Grace Cajuiat

Grace Cajiuat brings more than 35 years of teaching and ministry experience to her work. She is an internationally recognized musician, minister, professor, and interculturalist.

Grace received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina, Master of Church Music (Choral Conducting) from Scarritt Graduate School and Master of Music (Vocal Performance) from Austin Peay State University. She has worked as an international opera conductor, studying voice, language, and opera in Italy.

In addition, Grace received her Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology from Boston University. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church in Wisconsin.

 

 

Important Dates & Deadlines

Now Early-bird registration ($230) for annual conference opens: www.nyac.com/ac

April 26 All annual conference reports (not more than 700 words), resolutions and petitions to appear in Pre-Conference Booklet due (Rule 27); send to confsecy@nyac.com. The reports, resolutions and petitions will be periodically posted online beginning late April.

May 5 Late registration ($255) for annual conference opens

May 24 Last day for annual conference registration. Note: NO onsite REGISTRATION AT HOFSTRA

May 24 Request to be excused from Annual Conference: It is Bishop Bickerton’s expectation that all clergy and lay members will be in attendance at the 2018 Annual Conference Session. If an absence is necessary, the individual – clergy, laity, provisional members and local pastors – must report by letter (written; email acceptable) to the Conference Secretary (confsecy@nyac.com) the reason for the absence. Book of Discipline ¶602.8.

Registration cancellation due in order to receive refund — send email to website@nyac.com

June 7-10 New York Annual Conference, Hempstead, NY

 

 

Special Election

Number of Delegates to the Special 2019 General Conference

We will be electing four (4) clergy and four (4) lay delegates to the special General Conference to be held Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. We will also elect 4 clergy and 4 lay reserve delegates.

Clergy Who May Vote

Clergy members of the annual conference who are deacons and elders in full connection, associate members, those provisional members who have completed all of their educational requirements, and local pastors who have completed the course of study or an M. Div. degree and have served a minimum of two consecutive years under appointment immediately preceding the election are eligible to vote.

Clergy Member Candidates

In order to be a candidate as a delegate to General Conference, you must be a clergy member in full connection.

Laity Who May Vote

All elected lay members of the annual conference are eligible to vote. Ask your pastor to be sure that you are listed in the Conference database as the lay member from your church using the Charge Conference Leadership Report in the church dashboard. Pastors must enter the lay members in this report in order for conference staff to properly credential the elected lay member.

Lay Candidates

The lay delegates to the special General Conference shall be elected by the lay members of the annual conference without regard to age, provided such delegates shall have been professing members of The United Methodist Church for at least two years next preceding their election, and shall have been active participants in The United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding their election, and are members thereof within the annual conference electing them at the time of holding the General Conference. Please see conference rule 89 in the 2016 Journal for more detailed information. www.nyac.com/2016journal

Timing

The balloting process will begin Thursday afternoon during the opening session.

 

SummaryAgenda

Wednesday

Join UMArmy or NY Conference Done-in-a-Day mission project. See page 4 for more information.

Thursday

Afternoon

Opening Worship

Opening Session

All Conference Dinner (5pm)

Evening

Clergy & Laity Sessions
Healing Service

Friday

Early Morning

Worship

Morning

Memorial Service, Bishop Easterling preaching

Afternoon

Business/Reports

Legislative Sections

Evening
Business/Reports

Saturday

Early Morning

Worship

Morning

Commissioning Service

Business

Afternoon

Workshops

Afternoon/Evening

Legislative Reports/Business

Sunday

Morning

Gathering Music

Ordination including Confirmand Celebration with Holy Communion, Bishop Bickerton preaching

 

Mission Opportunities

 

UMARMY

UMARMY-Graphic-small.pngUnited Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth is a unique mission opportunity for youth, young adults and their adult mentors. We invite you to participate with other church groups and individuals to combine your skills, talents and resources to do God’s work. We’ll spend the day working together in nearby communities to meet home repair and maintenance needs for those unable to pay for or to physically do the work for themselves. We’ll worship, learn from one another, share fellowship and build relationships with our neighbors in need of assistance as well as their communities.

As part of this year’s annual conference we are offering an opportunity to be part of UMARMY projects near the conference site at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 6. This will be a full-day commitment 8am-4pm. Please go to umarmy.org for more information on our organization or to register please go to:
https://www.umarmy.net/Registration/Indv/2689/ (note: although this form refers to 6/3-6/9, this is the correct form for the one-day project.)

Done in a Day

26486.png“Done in a Day” started as a response to Superstorm Sandy. It is a ministry of “care and repair.” DIAD works with local churches to identify homes and homeowners who are in need, who may not be able to afford repairs, or who may need some TLC through home repairs. The key is that churches engage volunteers in local mission.

As part of this year’s Annual Conference we are offering persons an opportunity to be part of Done in a Day projects near to the Conference site at Hofstra University on Wednesday, June 6. Dorm rooms will be available on Wednesday night for those who choose to participate in this event.

Projects will include both interior and exterior work and allow for all skill levels. Participants must be Persons must be 14 or older above to participate.

Go to: https://ny-reg.brtapp.com/2018AC-DIAD to apply and for more information.

Together, in one day, we can make a difference.

 

Call for Health Kits

Health kits provide basic necessities to people who have been forced to leave their homes because of human conflict or natural disaster.

These kits will be collected on Thursday and Friday in the arena. For information about building a health kit, go to: www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies/Relief-Supply-Kits/Health

We are seeking volunteers to help package and load health kits onto the Mission Central truck. Please indicate your willingness to help while registering for conference.

Rise Against Hunger

rise-logo.png“Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization providing food and life changing aid to the most vulnerable around the world. Mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.” Since 2005, the United Methodist Church has packaged over 90 million meals with Rise Against Hunger.

Now the opportunity for 100+ New York Annual Conference children and youth to come on Saturday, June 9, 2018 and package 30,000 meals to help eradicate hunger. Rise Against Hunger has partnered with The United Methodist Church to help make this happen. Please register by going to:
https://ny-reg.brtapp.com/2018AC-Rise

Children and Youth (from preschool to high school) and youth leaders come for the day! We will have buses in key locations to bring you to annual conference on Saturday morning and return to home in the later afternoon. 30,000 meals! We will provide lunch for you. During the afternoon you will observe what happens at annual conference!

 

 

Confirmand Celebration

2018 Confirmands, their families and sponsors, are invited to a special worship celebration during the Ordination Service on Sunday morning, June 10th at 10am.

Pastors who plan to bring confirmation classes are asked to fill out the related information during their annual conference registration. You will be contacted by someone from the Worship Team with further details.

Information pastor needs to provide on his or her registration: Size of class and contact person (pastor or confirmation class coordinator).

 

Information for Registration

Please register for annual conference as soon as possible. The link to the online registration can be found here: www.nyac.com/ac

The last day to register is May 24, 2018. There will be NO onsite registration at Hofstra — everyone who wishes to attend and receive credentials must register online.

Registration fees covering meals and participation costs of the conference are shown below. Your cost depends upon the timing of your registration, providing an incentive to register early.

You will receive a confirmation email with a link where you can review all of the options you have chosen, your total charges, and the mailing information for checks. Please print this confirmation information and bring it with you to conference.

Prices are as follows:

  • Registration: completed and paid prior to May 4, 2018 — $230; May 5 until May 24, 2018 — $255
  • One-day fee for clergy retirees and spouses for Friday, June 8 — $20 each (may also register for campus housing for Thursday and/or Friday night at the prices below)
  • Hofstra campus housing (optional; costs are in addition to registration fee): Single: $54.25 per person per night;
    Double: $44.25 per person per night. (See information for booking hotels at discounted rates on page 8 - not part of registration)
  • “Special Meals”: $6/per meal (separate locations incur additional expense to the conference)
  • Voluntary Contributions over and above the registration cost can also be made during the online registration process. These contributions go toward reducing the cost of the conference. We thank you in advance!

Your registration is not complete until payment has been received. Payments must be made either: 1) by credit card/debit card through PayPal during registration (no account is necessary), or 2) by check made payable to NYAC and mailed to NYAC, Attn: Fran Collins, 20 Soundview Ave, White Plains, NY 10606 within two weeks of the online registration. The additional fee of $25 for late registration (beginning May 5), will be charged to those early-bird registrants who have not paid prior to May 4.

Items you select while registering:

Meals — You choose which meals you will attend. If you have registered and paid for conference, meals in the Student Center from Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast are included. Unregistered visitors can purchase meal tickets during check-in.

Those choosing “special meals” (e.g. the meeting of Church & Society), will be charged an additional $6 fee.

Legislative Sections — Members of annual conference (member clergy, those elected as lay members of conference from our churches, and other members per The Book of Discipline and Conference Rules) will choose which legislative section they would like to attend. See page 9 for choices. If you are attending as a visitor/guest, please choose the “non-voting” option. Changes can be made at Hofstra in the check-in area only up until 10am on Friday.

Mentors/”First Timers” — See more information about this program on page 7.

Babysitting — Will be available for children of conference members. See article on page 7 for more information.

Volunteers — Are needed to help annual conference run smoothly; please join us! See more information on page 7.

Hofstra/Conference Rules — As part of our contract with Hofstra University, there are rules and regulations that we must relay to you. You will find a link to these rules in the online registration form. Please take the time to review. At the end of the registration form, you will be asked to acknowledge that you have read and agree to these rules.

Refunds

Refunds will be sent after annual conference to those who notify Barbara Eastman (website@nyac.com) by May 26, 2018 of their inability to attend the annual conference session.

Contacts for questions about your registration

  • Housing/ general questions: Barbara Eastman at 860-633-9721 or website@nyac.com
  • Accessibility concerns: John LeCain at 518-821-2816 or john.lecain@nyac-umc.com
  • Payments: Fran Collins at 914-615-2223 or fcollins@nyac.com

Request to be Excused from Annual Conference

It is Bishop Bickerton’s expectation that all clergy and lay members will be in attendance at the 2018 Annual Conference Session.

If an absence is necessary, the individual – clergy, laity, provisional members and local pastors – must report by letter (written; email acceptable) to the Conference Secretary (confsecy@nyac.com) the reason for the absence by May 24, 2018. Book of Discipline ¶602.8.

What to Bring with You to Hofstra

If you are staying on campus in a Hofstra Dormitory:

Hofstra will provide you with:

One pillow, bed linens, one towel, and one blanket. You should provide for your accommodations:

  • An extra blanket or two
  • Soap, washcloth, flashlight
  • Rooms have only an overhead light, so you may want to bring a table lamp
  • Hangers for your clothes closet

Please note: There are no telephones in the dorm rooms. If you don’t have a cell phone and need to make a call, please contact any conference staff member or go to the security desk in the lobby of your dorm and ask for help.

Whether or not you are staying on campus:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A holder for your papers – consider a loose-leaf binder and three-hole punch
  • Extra money to contribute to session offerings and/or if you plan to visit the Cokesbury bookstore
  • A sweater (the arena can get cold)
  • Bible for studies and/or meditation

Luggage Assistance

When you arrive at Hofstra, please go to the Hospitality Desk in the arena lobby to get assistance; when leaving on Sunday, Hospitality volunteers will also be available. Hofstra employees are typically stationed at the front of each dorm during our arrival on Thursday morning; please allow them to help.

Check-in Hours in the Arena Lobby

Thursday, June 7th: 10am - 5pm and 6pm - 9pm

Friday, June 8th: 8am - noon

After noon on Friday, check-in moves downstairs to the business office in the “Pride Lounge.”

What You Receive during Check In

  • Conference agenda booklet
  • Conference booklet containing all reports, petitions and resolutions (the pre-conference booklet will also be available on www.nyac.com/ac)
  • Name badge – color coded for voting
  • Housing/accommodations information (if appropriate)
  • Menus for each meal
  • Campus map
  • Conference telephone directory including emergency information
  • Check-out procedure sheet
  • Brightly colored sheet for permission to speak during sessions
  • All other papers will be found on the document tables in the arena (at the back of the room on the right side when facing the stage) or they will be handed out within the bar of the conference

Hofstra Facilities Information

The arena is where the plenary sessions take place, check-in occurs, and where the Cokesbury bookstore is located.

WiFi is available in the arena and throughout the campus.

Cell phones must be turned off in the arena during conference sessions.

The Student Center is where you will find:

  • Dining Hall
  • Many Legislative Sessions
  • Hofstra Guest Services Desk
  • Lounge Area: Snacks and coffee are available each evening in front of the Dining Hall immediately opposite the Hofstra bookstore

Ministry/Mission Tables

Ministry/Mission display tables on the upper level of the area are available with reservations through the Office of Connectional Ministries.

Email your request to cmerante@nyac.com. You will be sent an application to complete. Space is provided to conference and church committees/commissions/agencies on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note there will be some additional staffing requirements for these tables.

Volunteers

Ushers

You are invited to sign up to be an usher at the Annual Conference Session. Patty Dayton and Ross Topliff are coordinating the ushers this year. Once we have the list of volunteers we will send an email outlining the types of ushers: communion, offering, voting, general.

Upon receipt of this email we will ask you to confirm your commitment to the usher requirements.

There will be instructions for each type of usher. A “walk through” may be required for some types.

Your responsibilities and performance as an usher are critical to making our events at conference run smoothly.

Other Opportunities

During registration there is an opportunity to sign up for other assistance: Hospitality/greeter, stage hand, and help with Health Care Kit collection.

Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Babysitting & Children’s Programming

The conference is offering Safe Sanctuaries-certified babysitting (infants and pre-schoolers) and children’s programming (school aged) free of charge. If you sign up for this option, Cassandra Negri, NYAC children’s ministries consultant, will be in touch with you with more information as we move closer to the conference. 

Mentors & First-Timers

There are parts of our annual conference meeting (e.g., our Legislative Section process) that may be unusual for first-time attendees, and we want to ensure that new members are equipped to participate fully in all aspects of conference. We can arrange for first-timers to be paired with veteran conference attendees so that any and all questions or concerns can be addressed either on site, or before our session at a time, location and in a manner convenient to both first-timer and the veteran mentor. Should you want to be paired with an experienced conference member, or are a veteran who would like to help mentor a first-timer, let us know during registration and the hospitality team will follow-up with you to make the necessary connection.

Accessibility Concerns

Pastor John LeCain, a member of the Conference Committee on Accessibility, is the liaison between individuals with accessibility issues and conference staff. Please contact Pastor John with any questions or concerns you may have regarding accessible accommodations, area transportation, meals, arena/plenary matters, etc. We look forward to helping make annual conference an event at which all feel welcome!

Individuals using mobility-assistant devices (wheelchairs, scooters, etc.) will be allowed on the floor of the arena this year when accompanied by an adult to assist in an emergency; we are also putting together a team of assistants to supplement those who may not have an adult with them at conference, but we do need to know ahead of time for everyone’s safety and well-being. Please help us to help you by contacting John LeCain if you will need assistance. A wheelchair-accessible voting area and microphone will still be available on the lobby level of the arena.

Pastor John may be reached at: P.O. Box 176, Kerhonkson, NY 12446, John.Lecain@nyac-umc.com, 518-821-2816.

Blueprint for Wellness Biometric Screening

This important service will once again be held during annual conference on Friday and Saturday from 6am-8am. Active clergy and their spouses who are enrolled in HealthFlex along with retirees should consider participating and earning cash rewards through Virgin Pulse! This is the first step to completing the Health Quotient and saving on your annual deductible in 2019.

Pre-registration is required; details on registration for this screening to follow. Walk-ins are not encouraged and accepted only if there is availability.

Live Captioning

All events in the arena will be “live captioned” —transcribed live with the words scrolling across the bottom of the large central screen in real time. Live captioning is intended to provide greater accessibility to all members and guests of the annual conference by offering all arena events in both written and spoken word.

Offerings

The following offerings will be taken at conference:

  • Bishop’s Partners in Mission
  • Black College Fund
  • Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery
  • Young Clergy Debt Assistance

Please make checks payable to NYAC, and put the name of the offering on the “memo” line.

Annual Conference Choir

We invite you to share your gifts by ministering with this year’s Annual Conference Mass Choir on Sunday, June 10th. Time of arrival for Sunday’s rehearsal is 8:45 am. For any additional information please contact Raymond Trapp, Director of Music or Ian Wharton, Coordinator at music.worshipnyac@gmail.com

Travel Directions to Hofstra University

By GPS to the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (we call it “the arena”) - Use 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY – this is the address of the Nassau Memorial Coliseum which is across the street from the arena entrance. If you are traveling south/west on Hempstead Tpke (Rte 24), turn right on Earle Ovington Blvd just after you see the coliseum (McDonalds will be on your left), then turn left onto East Gate Rd. When that road ends, turn right onto Dome Rd, then left onto unnamed road. The front of the arena is on your left about 700 ft after the turn.

Information about transportation by rail and bus is posted on the web site: www.nyac.com/ac along with a map of the
Hofstra campus.

 

Some Things You Should Know

Special Rates for Conference Members at Area Hotels

 

Conference members must contact the hotels directly using the information below. The number of rooms is limited, and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations Deadline: April 30th IF rooms are still available. Make reservations early! Once each hotel books the allotted NYAC reservations, no more reservations may be made at the special rate. Hotels are listed by their approximate distance from Hofstra.

All rooms are non-smoking.

Long Island Marriott Hotel and Convention Center - 1.68 Miles

101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale

Rate: $209.00 + occupancy tax

For reservations call 516-794-3800 and ask for the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church rate or go to www.LongIslandMarriott.com and enter NHMNHMA in the GROUP promotional code box.

Red Roof Inn - 3.16 Miles

699 Dibblee Dr, Westbury

Rate $129.OO + occupancy tax

For reservations call 516-794-2555, and use Confirmation Code NYANNC.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Garden City - 3.58 Miles

821 Stewart Ave, Garden City

Rate: Thursday — $156.60 + occupancy tax
Friday and Saturday — $193.50 + occupancy tax

For reservations call 516-705-9000, and ask for the NYUMC group rate.

Hampton Inn - 3.8 Miles

1 North Ave. Garden City, NY 11530

Rate: $179.00 + occupancy tax

For reservation call 516-227-2720 and ask for the
“United Methodist Church” group or go to
www.gardencityhamptoninn.com and in the group/convention rate enter “UMC”

Best Western Mill River Manor - 5.55 Miles

173 Sunrise Highway, Rt 27, Rockville Center, NY 11570

Rate $ 145.00 + occupancy tax

For reservations call 516-678-1300, and use code MC

 
 

Legislative Sections

All sections will include reports and petitions received by the conference secretary by the due date of April 26th. See submission instructions here: www.nyac.com/ac. Listed below are the reports that were presented at the 2017 Conference Session. Go to www.nyac.com/ac to review reports for 2018 – these will be updated frequently as they are received.

SECTION 1: MINISTRIES OF WITNESS

Mission u, Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM), United Methodist Men (UMM), and United Methodist Women

Section 2: Connectional Ministries and Ministries of Nurture

Black Methodists for Church Renewal, Camps Governing Board, Camps Task Force, Children’s Ministries and Safe Sanctuaries, Director of Congregational Development & Revitalization, Connectional Ministries Vision Table, Disaster Response Ministry, District Councils on Ministries, Hispanic American Council on Ministries, Korean Caucus, Learning Center, Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members, Mission and Outreach Ministries, and Older Adult Ministries

Societies & Institutions: Africa University, Black College Fund, Boston University School of Theology, Candler School of Theology, Drew Theological School, The United Methodist Frontier Foundation, Inc., and Wesley Theological Seminary. Note: Submissions from agencies which have no reporting responsibility to the Conference are included herein for information purposes.

Section 3: Ministries of Advocacy

Conference Board of Church and Society, Immigration Task Force, NYAC – Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON), and Commission on Religion and Race

Section 4: Leadership/Commissioning

Committee on Episcopacy, Board of Laity, Conference Lay Leader, Conference Committee on Lay Servant Ministries, Board of Ordained Ministry, and Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nursing

Section 5: Clergy Care & Conference Finance

Commission on Equitable Compensation, Conference Committee on Finance and Administration (CF&A), Conference Finance & Administration, and Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits

Section 6: Administration

Commission on Archives & History, Conference Archivist, Conference Secretary, Commission on Conference Sessions, City Society, Committee on Examination of Conference Journal, Parish Development/Missional Priorities (EMLC), Conference Personnel Committee, and Conference Rules Committee

Corporate Session Reports & Resolutions

Board of Trustees, Young Clergy Debt Assistance Debt Assistance Program and Corporate Resolutions are presented in plenary sessions.