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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from January 2016

    Task force to host forum on on ‘Human Sexuality and Biblical Interpretation’

    January 28, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Rev. Dr. Spencer-Miller and Dr. ArnoldThe Upper New York Conference's Human Sexuality Task Force will host a forum on "Human Sexuality and Biblical Interpretation" from 1-4 p.m. on March 5 at the Liverpool United Methodist Church. In addition to on-site seating, the event will be live-streamed. Rev. Dr. Althea Spencer-Miller, professor at Drew Theology School in New Jersey, and Dr. Bill T. Arnold, professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in …more

    UNY receives UMAC awards for media

    January 27, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year, the United Methodist Association of Communicators recognizes excellence in communication through an extensive awards program. This year, the Upper New York Conference received two awards for its submissions. DalglishIn Class V – Video Production, Conference Videographer Mary Dalglish received a third place award for her submission of a video piece about the ministries at the Seneca Street United Methodist Church in Buffalo. The video highlights the congregation&rsquo …more

    Africa 360 Lenten Devotional now available

    January 26, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Inspired by the example set in 2012 by the North Texas Annual Conference and its Lenten Study Guide, “Seeds of Hope,” the Upper New York Conference decided to create its own Lenten Devotional for Africa 360 – the UNY Conference’s holistic plan for health and education initiatives in Africa that benefits Imagine No Malaria and Africa University. Clergy and laity from across the Upper New York Conference have …more

    Missionaries respond to UMKR press release

    January 25, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Last week, the Upper New York Conference posted a press release, which announced the decision by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church to direct Wespath Investment Management to divest from the two Israeli banks that it held in its portfolios and further, to declare the five largest Israeli banks off limits for investment. In response to this news, United Methodist missionaries who have …more

    UNY delegation to NEJ 2016 announces episcopal candidate recommendations

    January 22, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference delegation has drafted the following open letter to the members of the Upper New York Conference outlining its process to discern episcopal candidates to be recommended for endorsement at the 2016 UNY Annual Conference session:   Jan. 20, 2016 Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Greetings from the 2016 Jurisdictional Conference delegation of the Upper New York Conference. May God richly bless you as you enter into this new …more

    UM Kairos Response welcomes pension fund exclusion, diverstment to Israeli banks

    January 21, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel is encouraging the sharing of a press release by United Methodist Kairos Response which announces the decision by General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) of The United Methodist Church to direct Wespath Investment Management - a division of the GBPHB that manages the denomination's $20 billion Pension and Health Benefits Fund - to divest …more

    UMW to hold NEJ quadrennial meeting in Syracuse

    January 21, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The United Methodist Women Northeastern Jurisdiction Quadrennial Meeting will be held June 16-18 at the OnCenter in Syracuse. The theme for the gathering is "A Fresh Wind Blowing" based on John 3:8. The program will include daily worship services featuring dynamic music, a business session to elect women to the board, and workshops, which include topics such as maternal health, poverty, racial justice, and Ubuntu opportunities - working at area missions. …more

    UNY Young Clergy Initiative featured in Interpreter

    January 21, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The November/December 2015 issue of Interpreter magazine features an article about the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI), including a section about the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries' YCI at  Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. General Conference 2012 created the $7 million YCI Fund to "increase the number of young clergy among the jurisdictional conferences" in the United States. UNY's YCI 16-month program involved 12 participants ages 17 to 26 and …more

    Upper New York to host 2016 NEJ mission and disaster response academy

    January 20, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Asbury Camp & Retreat Center on Silver Lake will host the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdiction Training Academy by United Methodist Volunteers-In-Mission and the United Methodist Committee on Relief. This is second annual UMVIM-UMCOR Training Academy. According to event registrar Barbara Burnside, this academy - held April 10-13 - will provide United Methodists from the 10 component conferences of the NEJ with “high-caliber training and education on mission and disaster response” …more

    Bishop Webb continues 2015-2016 District Days tour

    January 15, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb kicked off his 2015-2016 District Days tour in late October last year and has since visited the Niagara Frontier, Cornerstone, Binghamton, Mohawk, and Crossroads districts. Bishop Webb will visit each of the districts in the Upper New York Conference during the tour, spending the morning and lunch with clergy and hosting an evening session open to both laity and clergy. The …more



    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."