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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    ministries / Vital Congregations

    Tending the Soul

    Tending the Soul Program

    Tending the Soul is a program designed to train individuals in Spiritual Direction and Formation. As well as provide skills for leadership within their local congregations as well as District and Conference wide.  The program will offer training in both one-on-one spiritual direction and group/congregational direction and formation.  By the end of the first year, participants will be encouraged to discern the unique way in which they are being called to live out this ministry.  The training will occur during six retreats, each four days in duration, spread over a two-year period. The next opportunity for participation will begin with the following dates:

    • February 23-26, 2018
    • May 18-21, 2018
    • October 22-25, 2018
    • February 22-25, 2019
    • May 17-20, 2019
    • October 14-17, 2019

    All the retreats are held at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center. For more information or to learn how to apply contact Nancy Dibelius: or (518) 369-9147.

    Click here to download the brochure. 

    Click here to register. 

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."