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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from April 2017

    The Upper Room: Where the world meets to pray

    April 26, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The Upper Room is a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. It is a part of Discipleship Ministries. Sherry Elliot, The Upper Room’s Executive Director of Interpretation and Development, said, “The Upper Room exists for the purpose of calling people to prayer and inviting The Church to practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture reading, …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J Webb: Together in prayer

    April 26, 2017 / By Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: This letter was first published in the 2017 Issue 2 of the Advocate, which focuses on the power of prayer. Click here to access this issue. “Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.” “God does nothing but …more

    Walworth United Methodist Church Listed On the National Register of Historic Places

    April 25, 2017 / By Gene Bavis, Walworth Town Historian

    A few years ago, while working on a list of historic sites for Wayne County, I discovered that the Town of Walworth had NO structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  After attending a few preservation workshops and seminars, I invited Cynthia Howk of the Landmark Society of Western New York to speak to Walworth Historical Society and others who might be interested in learning about the …more

    Flood bucket and health kit collections during the UNY Conference United Methodist Center Open House

    April 25, 2017 / By

    In previous years, the UNY Conference Disaster Response Teams collected flood buckets and health kits during a set time period in a parking lot across from the Oncenter at Annual Conference. However, this year the UNY Disaster Response Team will be collecting flood buckets and health kits during the UNY Conference United Methodist Center’s Open House, making use of the new Mission Central space. The Open House will …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Judicial Council

    April 25, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor’s Note: On the morning of April 25, Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter to the members of the Upper New York Conference about the coming Judicial Council meeting that will address some matters around human sexuality and the called Special Session of General Conference in 2019 that will address the work of the Council of Bishops and the Commission on a Way Forward.   April 25, 2017 Dear …more

    2017 Conference Journal now available

    April 19, 2017 / By

    The 2017 Upper New York Conference Journal, Vol. I (formerly known as the Pre-Conference Booklet) is now available for download as a free PDF and for purchase through online publisher To view an online version or download a copy from Issuu, click here. To purchase it for $6.02 (plus shipping and applicable sales tax) from, click here. If you have any questions about the …more

    AC ’17 special offerings announced

    April 17, 2017 / By

    The theme of the 2017 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference is “Together in Prayer, Trusting that God is Enough.” During AC2017, our sisters and brothers throughout the Conference will gather together in Syracuse, trusting God to guide us in prayer, fellowship, action, and giving. This year, five offerings will be received during the session, held June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. On Thursday, the …more

    Africa University celebrates 25th anniversary

    April 17, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Africa University – the first and only fully accredited institution of higher learning established on the African continent by action of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church – recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The celebration included a dinner for alumni and friends at Amber Hotel in Mutare, Zimbabwe, the main celebration at Africa University’s graduation arena, and a celebration/worship service at AU’s …more

    Apply now – UNY Conference hiring Custodian/Building Maintenance Technician

    April 15, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference is hiring a full-time Custodian/Building Maintenance Technician for the UNY Conference Center in Liverpool. Duties include extensive cleaning of bathroom, kitchen, and office areas; maintaining the custodial supply inventory; set up and tear down of tables for meetings; basic grounds maintenance; light carpentry; and more. Qualified candidates will have a high school diploma or equivalent, at least one year of experience in facilities maintenance …more

    UNY wins at UMAC gathering

    April 11, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The United Methodist Association of Communicators has announced their 2017 award winners, and the Upper New York Conference Communications Team won the following awards: The Weekly Digest The Upper New York Conference’s weekly e-newsletter, The Weekly Digest, came in 2nd place among conferences across the connection. The Upper New York Conference website came in 1st place for website content among conferences across the connection. Blog The Upper …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."