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Conference office closed Nov. 27-28

11/26/2014
The Upper New York Conference Office, Episcopal Office and all District Offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Conference Office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1. Have a happy and safe holiday!...

Maximize your gifts this #GivingTuesday

11/24/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Begun in 2012 with major support from the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday has quickly become a global event. United Methodist churches, mission organizations and other 501 (c) (3) corporations can still become #GivingTuesday partners. Find information and resources at www.givingtuesday.org. ...

Bishop Webb asks for prayers for the Buffalo area

11/20/2014
Twitter photo by Nick Macri As the Buffalo area continues to deal with record snowfall, I thank you for your prayers for all affected as they move through this and offer support to neighbors. Other areas...

Jason Moore shares with young clergy the five questions that visitors won't ask

11/18/2014
In that long line at the mall this Christmas shopping season, there may be a few mystery shoppers. These covert consumers are paid to provide details on all facets of their shopping experience – from prices to customer service. Jason Moore, who is a creative worship specialist, author and worship coach, has been a "mystery guest" at many churches over the past several years, and encourages local...

Continuing the Journey of the Act of Repentance & Healing

11/14/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In May of 2014 the Rev. Anita Phillips, Executive Director, Comprehensive Plan; Cynthia Kent, Chairperson, Native American International Caucus; and the Rev. Chebon Kernell, Executive Director, Native American/Indigenous Ministries, General Board of Global Ministries, wrote a letter to the United Methodist churches in the United States.   ...

Project Christina: Grief turned into joy for others

11/14/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE When Sarah Bieling and her husband met 5-and-a-half-year-old Christina in March 2013, it was "love at first sight." Christina, a foster child, was being cared for by the Bielings' daughter in Florida. ...

The summer camping season is closer than you think

11/13/2014
Now that the weather is turning cold the summer camp season is starting to feel like a distant memory. However, while the memories start to feel distant as we prepare for snow and ice, the spiritual foundation set at camp lasts much longer than the summer camp season. In fact, the impact of Camp and Retreat Ministries can last a lifetime. As the 2014 summer camp season was winding down some of the campers were asked to share about their experiences. Their answers have been pulled together into...

135,000 pounds of potatoes 'dropped' by UMM

11/10/2014
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Skye Farm honored by Cooperative Extension as 'community partner'

11/7/2014
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Council of Bishops issues statement

11/7/2014
A statement has been released by the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church on the division in the Church over human sexuality. The full statement reads: “As bishops of The United Methodist Church, our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the Church. We have been in constant prayer and conversation and affirm our consecration vow to 'guard the faith, to seek the unity and to exercise the discipline of the whole Church.' We recognize that we are one Church in...

Churches plan Charge Conference mission project

11/6/2014
Churches in the Oneonta District have participated in joint, regional Charge Conferences for the past couple of years. But this year, one group of churches is trying something new: Using part of that time to do a mission project together. The 12 churches that call themselves Gospel Hills Ministries will be creating "care packs" for distribution in their communities. The care packs will include personal-care items such as soap, tissues, Band Aids, hairbrushes, etc. that are not...

New academy to help pastors 'illuminate' their preaching potential

11/5/2014
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success, the author claims that the key to success in any field is practicing a specific task for a total of approximately 10,000 hours. For a pastor, that would equate to 192 years of weekly one-hour worship services. Upper New York’s Illuminate Preaching Academy has been developed to come alongside preachers who wish to continue their development as transformational preachers, and...

Conference Leadership Team looks at outcomes

10/30/2014
The Conference Leadership Team (CLT) began its fall work by watching the video How Wolves Change Rivers. The video tells the story of the dramatic changes that occurred from reintroducing wolves into Yellowstone National Park in 1995. Conference Leadership Team members, from left, Commission on Religion and Race representative Barbara...

Q&A with Bishop Mark J. Webb

10/28/2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb followed the Rev. Jacob Armstrong’s third message during the 2014 Bishop’s Retreat in Lake Placid with a question and answer session. Bishop Mark J. Webb Although Bishop Webb said he was open to tackling almost any question, he acknowledged that he doesn’t always have all the answers and suggested that perhaps part of...

The Church is still alive: Forecasted 'death tsunami' just another exaggeration

10/28/2014
One of the “stark realities of the denomination” is that The United Methodist Church has weaknesses, “but God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.” Rev. Jacob Armstrong That was the opening message of the Rev. Jacob Armstrong’s third appearance during the 2014 Bishop’s Retreat for Upper New York clergy at the High Peaks Resort in Lake...

Bishop Webb shares UMC response to Ebola

10/20/2014
In a letter to the members of the Upper New York Conference Bishop Mark J. Webb shares about the United Methodist Response to the Ebola epidemic. “The United Methodist Church is bringing hope to individuals and families affected by Ebola,” he wrote. “Over 300 United Methodist hospitals, clinics and health outposts are engaged in the response effort. Hospital clinics have been re-purposed as Ebola holding centers. Doctors and...

Members approve new Conference center

10/18/2014
Upper New York members at the special session listen as Bishop Mark J. Webb outlines exactly what they will be voting on. (Photo by Christian Vischi) Members of the Upper New York Annual Conference have approved a recommendation from the Trustees to purchase a new Conference Center. The vote took place during a special session on Oct. 18, 2014. As a result, the Trustees will pursue the purchase of a...

Extended Cabinet and ethnic minority pastors have honest conversation

10/16/2014
On Sept. 19, 2014, the Upper New York Conference Extended Cabinet gathered together with ethnic minority pastors from around the Conference for a time of fellowship, conversation, and worship. The time was led by Bishop Ernest Lyght, retired, and had been planned for over a year. The Rev. Vonda Fossitt speaks during a meeting of ethnic minority clergy and the Extended Cabinet. Photo by Steve...

UNY Trustees elect new officers

10/15/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE At its most recent meeting on Oct. 6, 2014, the Upper New York Conference Board of Trustees elected new officers, including a new board president, Pastor John A. Jackson. He replaces Deborah Byers, who chose not to seek another term. ...

District AAs create guiding principles for their work

10/15/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Upper New York's 12 District Administrative Assistants, or AAs, do the same job – though perhaps in different ways, and certainly in different places. ...
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