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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from March 2017

    Registration open for the UNY Local Pastor License School (June 4-9)

    March 31, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2017 Upper New York Conference Local Pastor License School (LPLS) will be held June 4-9 at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. Registration is 4-5 p.m. June 4. Dinner is provided at 5:30 p.m., and students must be present for worship at 7 p.m. The school is in session from registration on Sunday and continues through dinner on Friday. The LPLS experience provides an opportunity to learn with …more

    2017 Pre-Conference Briefing to be produced via video this year

    March 30, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In years prior, leading up to the Annual Conference, Pre-Conference Briefings were held across the UNY area to provide information about the budget, pensions and benefits, resolutions, constitutional amendments, and other details to help you feel prepared for Annual Conference. This year, we have successfully developed a narrative budget and conducted listening sessions across the UNY Conference to discuss the budget. You can review and/or download our 2018 narrative budget …more

    The Rev. Dr. John Tyson reflects on John and Charles Wesley’s prayer life

    March 27, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The next issue of the Advocate, which will arrive at local churches and be accessible through our website in early April, focuses on prayer. For this issue, we connected with Wesleyan scholar, the Rev. Dr. John Tyson to learn more about John and Charles Wesley’s prayer life and insight on how the Wesley’s teachings can help nurture our prayer life today. Below …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for July-December 2017 available

    March 24, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and an application form for salary grants to local churches for the period July 1 to December 31, 2017. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full-time appointment. 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 …more

    Update on Milford UMC and Fonda-Fultonville UMC

    March 16, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Please continue to pray for Milford UMC and Fonda-Fultonville UMC as they recover from the fires that destroyed their buildings earlier this week. The Milford UMC, which caught on fire Sunday March 12, begins moving forward. In a letter to her congregation, Millford UMC pastor, the Rev. Sylvia Barrett, explained the logistical and administrative procedures that have taken place since the fire. She said, “We are working on an inventory …more

    The Rev. Natalie Hanson to preach at the 2017 Annual Conference Memorial Service

    March 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Natalie Hanson will be the Memorial Service preacher at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference, held June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Rev. Hanson is currently the pastor at Christ-First UMC in Jamestown, N.Y.  Prior to being appointed to Christ First, Rev. Hanson served as District Superintendent of the Niagara Frontier region of the United Methodist Church for eight years. She supervised 81 churches in that …more

    Registration for the Upper New York 2017 Annual Conference session opens

    March 9, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Registration is now open for the Upper New York Annual Conference session, held June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Click here for the registration form and to obtain more information about the 2017 Annual Conference session, including the registration and event guidelines and the housing form.   Questions about registration can be addressed to Julie Valeski at julievaleski@unyumc.org.  …more

    Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean to serve as AC17 study leader

    March 8, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean will serve as the study leader at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference session, which takes place June 1-3 in Syracuse. “I’m delighted to be at Annual Conference,” she said. “There are lots of people that I love that are serving in the Upper New York Conference. I’m really happy to do it.” Dr. Dean is an ordained …more

    Budget listening sessions begin in Upper New York

    March 7, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

     At the 2016 Annual Conference, after much deliberation, the 2017 Conference budget passed with an added motion for the Conference Council of Finance & Administration (CF&A) to lead the production of a narrative budget that includes one paragraph describing the ministry and priorities of each line item in our 2018 ministry share budget for the 2017 Annual Conference to be posted on the UNYAC website at least two weeks prior to …more

    Blueprint for Wellness Annual Conference Event Pre-Registration Begins

    March 6, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Wespath Benefits and Investments and The Center For Health has again teamed up with Quest Diagnostics to offer "Blueprint for Wellness," a free health screening program for eligible participants* in the Upper New York Conference. Quest Diagnostics will be at the Upper New York Annual Conference event at The Oncenter (Meeting Rooms 2/3), on Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is an opportunity to obtain …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."