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Youth invited to UNY's first Confirmation Retreat

9/26/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries, in conjunction with the Episcopal Office and the Order of Deacons, will host the Conference's first Confirmation Retreat for youth who are preparing for the sacramental rites of confirmation, reception or reaffirmation of their baptismal...

Bishop poses big questions in small groups

9/25/2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb wants to ask clergy some big-picture questions, and he's doing it by meeting in small groups. The bishop is hosting a series of gatherings in an effort to get to know clergy, let them build relationships with each other, and to talk about some larger issues in the Church and the Conference. One clergy person from each of the Conference's 12 districts is invited to the sessions at the Conference...

Moore: Metaphors are like the glue that holds a good sermon together

9/25/2014
There is a common fallacy out there: "If you want a more creative worship service, add a screen. Or two. Just follow that trend and you’ll add the technological pizzazz that your worship desperately needs." But creative worship specialist, author and worship coach Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions is here to dispel that notion. ...

Teams diligently prepare for Fall Gatherings

9/24/2014
The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) Fall Gatherings are approaching fast! Each team – Gathering Organization (GO), PowerPoint and Publicity, Worship, and Youth Service Fund (YSF) – has been working diligently on each of their areas to prepare for the upcoming gatherings. At every event there are workshops. Some are related to the theme, Searching … God, and some are just for fun. GO has been working on an exciting workshop related to our theme. Youth will be...

Finger Lakes District welcomes DS McDowell

9/24/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia was the setting of the Welcome Service for new Finger Lakes District Superintendent, the Rev. Jeff McDowell. ...

Bishop's Retreat stretches to include yoga

9/24/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Upper New York Conference Accounting Support Staff Vicky Jo Colbert, who is a trained yoga instructor, will be teaching yoga classes on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24, during the 2014 Bishop's Retreat. We asked Colbert to talk about the benefits of yoga, her philosophy, and what clergy and spouses can expect from her classes at the retreat. ...

DS Adams: We are all apple pickers

9/22/2014
"Friends, it’s time to go apple-picking.” With that last line the Rev. Nancy Adams, giving the sermon during a Welcome Service in her honor as the new superintendent for the Mountain View District, received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 100 in attendance. Members of the Upper New York Cabinet...

Valeski to be Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits

9/17/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Upper New York Conference is pleased to announce that Julie Valeski has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits. ...

Bishop Webb issues new call for special session

9/16/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced that a special session of the annual conference will be convened as outlined in The Book of Discipline, paragraph 603.5. The purpose and call of the special session is to discuss and vote on a recommendation from the Conference Board of Trustees to purchase the property located at 7481 Henry Clay...

Conference retirees learning about new health insurance

9/16/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Upper New York Conference Benefits Officer Vicki Putney has been traveling around the Conference to help retirees and their spouses prepare for a significant change to their health benefits. ...

'Courageous and prophetic' Bishop McLee mourned by thousands

9/16/2014
NEW YORK CITY - In song, dance and words, thousands of mourners, including dozens of bishops, celebrated the life of New York Area Bishop Martin D. McLee during a moving service at the Riverside Church in New York City on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ...

New 'Spirituality Infusion Project' receives $100,000 grant

9/16/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Beechwood Continuing Care has received a $100,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to support the development of Beechwood’s Spirituality Infusion Project for long-term care professionals, which aims to integrate spirituality into care planning. ...

Africa 360 Challenge: Some creative ideas

9/12/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In August 2014, Bishop Mark J. Webb challenged the congregations of the Upper New York Conference to raise $1 million for Africa 360, a combined effort to support the ministry of Africa University and Imagine No Malaria. ...

Thirteen Upper New York ministries awarded 2014 RON MOT grants

9/12/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Reaching Our Neighbors Mission Oversight Team (RON MOT) has awarded $59,776 in grants to 13 Upper New York Conference ministries in its latest round of grant funding. ...

Bishop Webb reflects on passing of Bishop Martin D. McLee

9/8/2014
  Bishop McLee, center,  was elected at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July 2012, at the same time as Bishop Mark J. Webb and Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball. Bishop Martin D. McLee, leader of The United Methodist Church's New York Area, died Sept. 6, 2014 at 58. He had been on leave of absence due to illness since July. ...

Young Clergy Initiative: Young people discerning God's call to ordained ministry

9/8/2014
Through the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) 12 young people from across Upper New York have begun an exciting journey to discern how and where God is calling them to serve.  As a first step in their 18-month journey, these seekers have been individually matched with mentors and have attended the 2014 Director’s Invitational, a leadership development program held at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center.  The YCI will provide...

Conference Council on Youth Ministries seeks Co-Coordinator

9/8/2014
Attention adults who work with youth: The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) is seeking applicants for the position of adult co-coordinator. If you love working with teenagers, guiding them as they learn and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, encouraging their leadership skills, and exploring opportunities for youth in The United Methodist Church, then this might be the role for youThe CCYM team is a partnership of youth and adults who represent each of the 12 districts in our...

Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2015 available

9/3/2014
The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and an application form for salary grants to local churches for the period Jan. 1  to June 30, 2015.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to the directions provided by the Oct. 6, 2014 deadline.   Please note the following documents must be...

Rev. Jacob Armstrong talks about good preaching

9/3/2014
Effective preaching is the focus for the 2014 Bishop's Retreat, and United Methodist pastor the Rev. Jacob Armstrong, founder and pastor of Providence Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., will lead the retreat.   ...

Get to know UNY's newest District Superintendents

9/3/2014
We asked the Upper New York Conference's newest District Superintendents – the Rev. Jeff McDowell of the Finger Lakes District and the Rev. Nancy Adams of the Mountain View District – a few questions to help folks get to know them. A Welcome Service for Rev. Adams will be Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014  – DETAILS A Welcome Service for Rev. McDowell will be Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 – DETAILS Read the original announcement of their appointments. ...
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