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


    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. “Wesley and Spiritual Living" - 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. Living Life Deeply Together - led by Rev. Aaron Bouwens
      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 – Mr. Shawn Blakeslee
      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. Rachel 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."