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Annual Meeting

2019 Annual Meeting

New York Conference United Church of Christ

Annual Meeting 2019

This is a joint meeting together with the Regional Synod of New York, Reformed Church in America.

Date: May 17-18

Place: Grand Hotel Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, NY

Theme: “Journey Together: Walking With Christ”

Scripture Theme: Luke 24:35


State of the Conference

Draft Agenda

2020 Proposed Budget

2020 Proposed Budget Explanations

Green New Deal Resolution

Nominating Report (Updated 5/2/19)

Annual Meeting Booklet of Reports

Report of the Executive Council

Report of the Commission on Ministry

Continuing Education Institute

This year's Continuing Education Institute will take place May 16-17, 2019 at First Congregational UCC, Poughkeepsie. The church is located one block from the Annual Meeting host hotel. This year's theme is Congregational Health Safety and Wellness. The Institute will offer four educational tracks:

TRACK ONE: “An Ounce of Prevention. This track will consist of various presenters addressing areas of safety within church settings. These topics include Safe Church Policies, Emergency Evacuations, "Active Shooter" Preparation and Mental Health & Wellness.

As part of this track, Practical Resources for Churches will offer the new New York State mandatory employer Sexual Harassment Training. Pastors. Moderators, Trustees, come learn best practices for keeping your congregation safe.

TRACK TWO: Healthy Church: A Biblical Perspective. Facilitator, Rev. Dr. David Cleaver-Bartholomew will guide you through the Apostle Paul’s Corinthian letters in an exploration of practices and characteristics of a healthy, vibrant, church.

TRACK THREE: Boundary Awareness Training. This course will fulfill the 6-hour refresher course requirement for authorized ministers. For the first time, THIS TRAINING WILL BE OPEN TO LAITY. Come discover and understand the ethical boundaries required of all authorized ministers in the United Church of Christ.

TRACK FOUR: (Friday Only) Sex Trafficking and Refugee Ministries: Bob Abel and JJ TenClay, two missionaries from the New York Synod of the Reformed Church in America will describe their work in combatting child sex trafficking and refugee displacement, and share how your congregation can get involved in this vital ministry.

The Institute will begin at 10:00a on May 16 and conclude with lunch on May 17. All tracks of the Institute will be open to both lay and clergy. Additionally, a time of fun and fellowship is being planned for Thursday evening. This year's cost is $75 (does not include lodging) and some scholarship funds are available. Register using the Annual Meeting registration form.

For questions and additional information please contact Associate Conference Minister Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams:


Keynote Speaker

Dorhauer Rev. John C. Dorhauer

General Minister and President The United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

Previously, John served as the Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC. Prior to his role at the Southwest Conference, Dorhauer served as Associate Conference Minister in the Missouri Mid-South Conference, and also served First Congregational United Church of Christ and Zion United Church of Christ, in rural Missouri.

Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College (1983), and has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (1988), the same year he was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (2004), where he studied white privilege and its effects on the church.

John is passionate about justice. Two statements that shape his theology are: "God is love. God is just." Throughout his ministry, John has embodied the UCC’s vision to create “A just world for all.” On October 17, 2014, Dorhauer conducted the first legal same sex wedding in the state of Arizona when he performed the wedding service of David Laurence and Kevin Patterson. More recently, John initiated the creation of the White Privilege curriculum, which has been downloaded more than 4000 times.

Under his leadership, the UCC has adopted a new Purpose, Mission, Vision Statement centered on seeking justice for everyone, highlighting the UCC’s core values of Extravagant Welcome, Continuing Testament, and Changing Lives.

John insists “that the Holy Spirit envisions a future in which the United Church of Christ matters.” During his tenure, he is calling on the denomination to rethink itself and to consider new ways of “being church” in light of institutional religion’s changing landscape and emerging shifts in the generational populations – believing that an emergent church is already coming alongside the institutional church.


John is the author of, Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World (2015) and Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right is Hijacking Mainstream Religion (2007), co- authored with Sheldon Culver.

Along with his passion for justice, Dorhauer has a love of baseball – specifically the St. Louis Cardinals – music, literature and poetry. He has been married to his wife, Mimi, for nearly 31 years and they have three children.


Call to Annual Meeting

January 25, 2019

To: Churches and Ministers of the NEW YORK CONFERENCE, UCC 

From: Dona Roll, Moderator of the Conference

The Fifty-sixth Annual Meeting of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ will convene at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY, beginning at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 17, 2019, and will be in session until after the Closing Service of Worship on Saturday, May 18, 2019. (Information on the Continuing Education Institute to follow.) This will be a joint meeting with the Regional Synod of New York of the Reformed Church in America (RCA).

Each member Church of the Conference is entitled to representation by two lay delegates. A church of more than 250 members is entitled to representation by one additional lay delegate for each additional 250 members or major fraction thereof.

The Schedule printed below indicates the number of delegates to represent the Churches of various sizes of membership. The standard is provided in the 2017 Yearbook and Directory of the Conference for which each Church provided its own accurate statement of membership.

Number of Members Number of Delegates
1-250 2
251-500 3
501-750 4
751-1000 5
1001-1250 6
1251-1500 7
1501-1750 8
1751-2000 9

Delegate Designation forms are no longer necessary.  At your Annual Meeting or at another appointed time, elect or designate those who are to be your representatives this year. Their names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses should be registered on line with the Conference Office as delegates as soon as possible in advance of May 1, 2019. Registration forms and other pertinent information will be published on our website. We anticipate registration forms and information available on or before March 1, 2019.

All persons holding ministerial standing in the Conference shall be considered voting delegates. Members of the Conference Board, and moderators and registrars of the Associations, during their respective terms, shall also be considered voting delegates.

Business Items

These are the action items that will come before the Annual Meeting of the New York Conference during the Business Sections of our Plenary time together. Action items will be:

  1. Vote on the 2020 Conference Budget
  2. Vote on a slate of Nominees for Conference Board and General Synod Delegates. Names of Nominees will be posted on conference website.
  3. Any Resolutions brought to and approved by the Conference Board prior to April 20th.
  4. Other items which may properly come before the gathering.

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