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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from September 2016

    Panel discusses poverty and inequality at the 2016 Faith for a Fair New York Conference

    September 28, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The structural inequality of the impoverished that John Wesley spoke about in the 18th century still persists today. In his time, for example, too much grain had been used for distilling liquor, leaving a shortage of grain to make bread, which drove up the price and especially hurt the poor. From Wesley’s point of view, everyone who was able to work was indeed working, yet people were still …more

    Israeli Peace Activist, Miko Peled, speaks for Palestinian justice

    September 28, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Miko Peled, Israeli Jewish peace activist and advocate for Palestinian justice, spoke about the need for people of good will to work for freedom and justice for the Palestinian people. As has been said by others, he said that to know of injustice and to remain silent is to be complicit. Growing up in an Israeli Jewish home, with a father who served as an Israeli military officer and eventually …more

    Livestreaming and satellite livestreaming details for the Evenings of Prayer and Witness

    September 27, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This past summer, the UNY Conference announced the Evenings of Prayer and Witness taking place across the Conference. Last week, further details were provided, noting that the three large gatherings led by Bishop Mark J. Webb in cooperation with the Order of Elders, the Order of Deacons, and the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members will be held: Oct. 3 at Liverpool UMC - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 …more

    Register now for the 2016 Fall Gatherings

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

    Registration for the Conference Council on Youth Ministry’s 2016 Fall Gatherings is now live online. This annual event takes place during two weekends in two locations: Fall Gathering East on Nov. 11-12 at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church Fall Gathering West on Nov. 18-19 at the Aldersgate UMC Register for whichever date and location works best for you. Each host church is provided a God is Fun gathering …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb, Prayers for Charlotte

    September 22, 2016 / By Steve Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The following statement about the unrest and violence in Charlotte was released by Bishop Mark J. Webb on Sept. 22. Once again, pain and anger are leading to violent protests and division in our nation. This time it is happening in Charlotte, North Carolina. As we strive to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ and proclaimers of the Gospel, let us engage one another and invite others …more

    Evenings of Prayer and Witness to take place throughout UNY

    September 21, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Details have been released on the times of prayer and witness that were announced over the summer. The three large gathering that will be led Bishop Mark J. Webb in cooperation with the Order of Elders, the Order of Deacons, and the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members will be held: Oct. 3 at Liverpool UMC - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Saratoga Springs UMC - 6:30-8:30 p …more

    Celebrating the Appointment of the Rev. Everett J. Bassett as Superintendent of the Oneonta District

    September 21, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Picture Morris UMC’s performance of Sister Act or the 40 Easter baskets they put together for local children. Visualize firemen joining the Unadilla UMC for Halloween or Schuyler Lake UMC’s Mittens in Mission Ministry and Crockpot Food Ministry. Imagine the Mount Upton UMC at the Chenango County Fair or the Hartwick UMC’s Christmas ride. These are just some of the dozens of photos shown in …more

    Genesee Valley’s Oct. 2 Installation, to be an Excellent Celebration

    September 21, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Members of the Genesee Valley District will celebrate Rev. Vonda Fossitt’s appointment on Sunday Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at the Webster United Methodist Church. During this service, which is open to everyone, Rev. Fossitt brings with her, members of several of the congregations and ministries where she has served. They will be helping to make the celebration spectacular. The service will begin with Praise and Worship with …more

    Join the Developing Intentional Discipleship Workshop on Saturday Oct. 1

    September 14, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Please distribute this article to UNYUMC Sunday School Teachers, Small Group Leaders, and others interested in a day of sharing together and learning how to move forward BEING the Church. In the church today, we need to create discipleship systems to: Connect people exploring Christ Grow people who are new in Christ Encourage people to go deeper in Christ The Developing Intentional Discipleship event can help …more

    Increased Ministry Share giving allows CF&A to recommend SU chaplain position be reinstated PT

    September 12, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In early 2016, the Upper New York Conference, had to make some very difficult financial decisions due to the shortfalls in Ministry Share giving. Among the very painful cuts that had to be made to the Conference spending plan was the full-time position of the Chaplain position at Syracuse University’s (SU) Hendricks Chapel. However, from the moment the decision was made to cut funding, there was a commitment to …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."