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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Bishop’s Retreat

    Join us for the 2017 Bishop’s Retreat: October 24-26, 2017

    Location: Double Tree Hotel in Binghamton, NY!

    Click here to register!

    Keynote Speaker

    Bishop Young Jin Cho. The theme will be "Leading through Prayer.”

    Young Jin Cho was born in Onyang, South Korea, and graduated from Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, where he earned the Th.B. and Th.M. degrees He came to the United States in 1979 and earned M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  He was ordained in the East Annual Conference of the Korean Methodist Church in 1977 and transferred to the Virginia Conference in 1983.

    He was senior pastor of Korean United Methodist Church of Greater Washington (KUMCGW) in McLean, for 22 years before being appointed superintendent of the Arlington District in 2005.  During his tenure at KUMCGW, church worship attendance grew from about 100 to more than 1,000; 276 adults and youths were baptized; and three building projects were completed. The church has grown to have the largest worship attendance in the conference and is one of the most vital congregations in the Virginia Conference.  KUMCGW also has started two new Korean United Methodist churches in cooperation with the Virginia Conference.

    In his ministry as District Superintendent, Cho continued to focus on Christ’s vision for the Arlington District.  In seven years, under his leadership, the Arlington District started more than 10 new faith communities and introduced many training events for the clergy and laity to strengthen spiritual foundation of ministry. He always emphasized that Christ should be the Lord in our mission and ministries, and prayer should go first.

    Young Jin Cho was elected to the episcopacy at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference in 2012. He is the first Korean-American elected to the episcopacy in the Southeastern Jurisdiction.  While it is uncommon for a newly-elected bishop to be returned to his or her home conference, (in fact, it had never before been done in the Southeastern Jurisdiction) Cho was assigned to come home to Virginia to lead the Virginia Conference for four years.

    Cho has served the church and the community in various capacities, including president of the Korean Wesley Foundation, president of Partner’s Church Association for the renewal of the Korean United Methodist Church, Board of Ordained Ministry, Board of Discipleship and Commission on Ethnic Minority Local Church Concerns. He was elected delegate to the 2008 and 2012 General Conferences. Cho received the Denman Evangelism Award in 1991.  He was also the U.S. chair of an organization that assists refugees from North Korea.

    Kiok Chang and Young Jin Cho were married on May 19, 1975 in Seoul, Korea.The Chos have two daughters, Grace and Sophia, one son, Chris and one grandson, Luke.

    Tentative Schedule:

    Tuesday, Oct. 24
    12 p.m. - Registration begins
    12 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Labyrinth / Prayer Room                                                   
    Lunch on your own
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Opening Worship* (Check-in beginning at 3)                     
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Keynote  Speaker*                                                              
    4 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Free Time/Time to check-in, unpack, unwind                     
    5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – meeting of the orders                                                         
    6 p.m. - Prayer/Dinner Buffet (Included)                                                      
    7:30 p.m. - Evening Event

    Wednesday, Oct. 25
    7:00 – 8:00 am – Morning stretches/Yoga option
    8 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Prayer room open all day                                               
    8 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast (Included)                                                      
    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Worship*
    9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker*
    11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Morning Workshops*                                           

    1. Praying with the Wesley’s - led by Rev. John Tyson
      This seminar event will invite the participant into the prayer disciplines of Susanna, John and Charles Wesley, with an eye to the application and utilization of these spiritual practices in the life and faith of contemporary Christian practitioners in the Wesleyan tradition.                                                    
    2. Spiritual Life and Covenant Groups, being connected - led by Rev. Aaron Bouwens
      Living Life Deeply Together. Ministry can often promote a solitary, and isolated journey through life, this leaves us searching for connection, and meaningful relationships. At the same time only those who are in the journey of ministry understand that journey. Creating a group to live life deeply together, a covenant group, is essential to dealing with the isolation. In this workshop the creation, deepening, and sustaining of a clergy covenant group will explored. Included will be conversation around, encouragement, accountability, and living life deeply together.
    3. The Health Faith Relationship  – led by Mr. Shawn Blakeslee of Fit for Life
      How Christian health needs to incorporate the Mind, Body, and Spirit.   We were created with a sensitive spirit, an intricate mind and a complex body so that you can be in an intimate relationship with God, our Creator, and in loving relationships with others. The Bible shows us numerous examples of how important spiritual and physical health is.  The purpose of this workshop will be  to help people experience improved whole health by sharing these principles. It’s about equipping and encouraging them along a pathway to wholeness – in spirit, mind and body.
    4. Creative Prayer Practices For The 21st Century - led by Rev. Corey Turnpenny
      Rev. Corey Turnpenny will lead you through various prayer practices that will enrich your personal prayer life as well as the prayer life of your congregation. Using creative exercises as well as technology, you'll experience first-hand new and refreshed ways to pray. You'll also receive resources on how to expand these prayer practices for congregational use.
    5. Name that Religion: Prayer Edition! - led by Rev. Rachael Jordan
      Ever heard of Christian yoga? What are the differences between Eastern and Western meditation practices? How is meditation different from prayer? How many religions have practices of praying at specific times of the day, wearing certain clothing, or praying in a certain direction? Join us in this breakout session to look into the different prayer practices around the world, namely through different religions. There are so many similarities between different traditions that can seek to both unify and challenge our own prayer life. We’re about to tease them out!

    ​12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Lunch Buffet (Included)                                                          
    Lunch - 7 p.m. - Free time
    Dinner on your own
    6:45 p.m. – Time to gather before evening event                                          
    7 p.m. - Keynote Speaker*
    8 p.m. – Fun night

    Thursday, Oct. 26
    7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Morning stretches/Yoga option                                        
    8 a.m. -9 p.m. - Labyrinth / Prayer room                                                        
    8 a.m. – 9 a.m. - Breakfast (included)                                                           
    9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Worship*                                                                                   
    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker*                                                    
    11:00 a.m. - Closing Worship*                                                                       
    11:30 a.m. - Load vehicles, pack head home

    * indicates when childcare is available

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."