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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Mission of Peace (MOP) 2018

    2018 Cuba

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    The Mission of Peace is a yearly journey of discovery and Shalom to nations in our global community sponsored by the Northeast Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Each year, every Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in the Northeastern Jurisdiction may select up to four youth to share in this experience. On each MOP, participants worship in churches, meet youth in churches and civic organizations and share with people who have a similar longing for peace and understanding. These times have been the high points of each MOP experience.

    The MOP is a life changing experience! It is a journey which leads each participant to discover God’s Spirit at work in the world. It is an experience of God’s extended family. It is a journey of discovering God’s Shalom. It is primarily a people to people experience in which we learn from our hosts how they live as disciples of Jesus Christ in their country. It is a mission which has brought us closer to God’s hoped for community where all are sisters and brothers.

    Each year the Youth who represent the Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church in the Northeastern Jurisdiction must raise the money which supports their MOP. In the spirit of Shalom, the Jurisdictional and Conference Councils on Youth Ministries or Youth Ministry Teams humbly ask each church, UMW unit, UMM unit, UMY, and individuals for prayerful consideration of a monetary gift to the Conference MOP participants.

    Each youth who journeys on the Mission of Peace is expected to share their experience at least five times upon their return. Each MOP’er is looking forward to telling their story of Shalom. They may be contacted individually or through the Conference Youth Coordinator. 

    Those who have journeyed on the Mission of Peace give thanks to God and to all who have made it possible for us to make this journey. We pray daily for Shalom, for understanding between people, and that there may be the chance that others can journey on a Mission of Peace.

    Inspired by the preaching of Bishop Dale White, the Mission of Peace was brought into existence by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries (NEJCYM) Legislative Session at Albright College, July 28-31, 1984. Each year since, the NEJCYM Legislative Session has affirmed the priority of the Mission of Peace in order that new understandings of community and shalom might continue to develop. The MOP has traveled to the USSR (86-88, 90), The People’s Republic of China (89, 97, 01, 06, 11, 16), Eastern Europe (91,92), Zimba-bwe (93, 96, 99), Guyana (94), India (95, 00, 05, 10, 15), Nicaragua (98, 03, 07, 12, 17), Brazil (02, 04), Cuba (08, 13), and South Africa (09, 14).

    For more information about the Northeastern Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries' Mission of Peace please contact the MOP Coordinator:
    Ted Anderson
    31 W. Church St.
    Fairport, NY 114450
    (585) 223-9560


    Our Lord Jesus Christ challenges us to become Peacemakers who will:

    • Explore ideas on the building of peace, particularly stressing and nurturing the development of confidence and trust between people.
    • Understand the unique role of Christians in creating shalom.
    • Dispel myths and stereotypes about people of other cultures.
    • Meet youth and adults to exchange ideas about faith and the role of the Church in the world.
    • Talk about our hopes and fears within a global community.

      adopted by the NEJ CYM 1986

    With God’s help, we unite as a community in Christ with one another and with our brothers and sisters in Cuba. Growing through our experiences, we will share God’s love that we encountered in Cuba and we will live to break down barriers caused by prejudice and misunderstanding.


    • let go .... let God
    • be open and accepting
    • learn about Nicaragua
    • celebrate joy, humor and enthusiasm
    • learn how to communicate stories of 1998 MOP and share them
    • develop friendships in the MOP family
    • develop an understanding that all people can serve Christ as family
    • to grow in Christ
    • to lose focus on materialism
    • ommunicate with others
    • step away from stereotyping

      adopted by the 1998 MOP to Nicaragua 

    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."