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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from June 2017

    Save the Dates for District Days

    June 20, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced the following dates for the District Days with the Bishop coming in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018: Cornerstone: 9/17 (6:30-8:30 pm) Laity 9/18 (10 a.m.-1pm) clergy All others: 12-3pm (w/lunch) clergy 6:30-8:30 pm laity Mountain View - 9/7 Finger Lakes - 9/26 Niagara Frontier – 10/3 @ Harris Hill UMC Albany – 10/5 Adirondack – 10/19 Oneonta – 10/30 Northern Flow – 11/16 Crossroads – 2/1/18 Mohawk – 2/13/18 Binghamton …more

    How racism cannot be blamed on the South

    June 20, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    For most of my life, I thought the majority of the racism blame was owned by the South. The Southerners of earlier America were the slave-holding plantation owners and the Northerners were the noble abolitionists. My eyes were opened when I learned the vast majority of slave trading ships were launched from New England; about half of them from Rhode Island. The Trade Triangle was New England, to West Africa, …more

    Chris Lupini hired as Welcoming and Support Specialist

    June 20, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The next time you are at the United Methodist Center during normal office hours, there’s a good chance you will be welcomed by the Upper New York Conference’s new Welcoming and Support Specialist, Chris Lupini. This position, formerly called a receptionist has been vacant since April. The title was changed to Welcoming and Support Specialist because Chris is doing more than greeting visitors and answering phones. …more

    UNY members can “Walk to Emmaus” this fall

    June 20, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Walk to Emmaus, a program created by The Upper Room, is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. …more

    Trusting that God is enough to make my half-time pastoral appointment effective

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

    Editor’s Note: The Summer 2017 Issue of the Advocate will focus on the theme “Trusting that God is Enough.” This 40-page issue will highlight many amazing things that can happen at an individual level, the church level, and even on a global level when you trust that God is Enough. Here is one example of how Pastor Bob McCarthy trusted that he could have an effective ministry …more

    Phil Butler hired as Building Maintenance Technician

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

    Please join us in welcoming Phil Butler to the UNY Conference office staff. He is our new, full-time Building Maintenance Technician at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. Phil recently moved back to the Syracuse area after living in Missouri for nine years. Phil’s experience in building maintenance work began by a call from God. He said, “The Lord started to …more

    2017 CF&A Report shares positive news

    June 13, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Every year at Annual Conference, the UNY Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) present their proposed budget for the next calendar year and also discuss where their focus has been since the last Annual Conference. This year, CF&A did not get the opportunity to present their report because of a surprising action that took place…there was a motion to put the budget report on …more

    The Black College Fund thanks the UNY Conference for its support

    June 9, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    A dreamer, a leader, a believer, and a seminarian…these are the words that the Rev. Dee Finch used to introduce James L. Cogman, this year’s Black College Fund speaker on Friday June 2 at the 2017 UNY Annual Conference session. Currently a Certified Lay Servant in the Baltimore Washington Conference, James is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Yale University. James’ enthusiasm lit up the room as …more

    Ordination and Commissioning Service: Achieving Excellence

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

    When addressing the individuals to be commissioned for the work of a deacon or elder and the individuals to be ordained for the work of a deacon or elder at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference during the Service of Commissioning and Ordination, Bishop Webb said, “Remember you are called to serve rather than to be served, to proclaim the faith of the church and no other, to look …more

    Petition and Resolution Results at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference

    June 3, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Discussion and voting for the petitions and resolutions brought to the 2017 Annual Conference session began in the afternoon plenary on June 2 and continued through the June 3 morning plenary. After a few resolutions had been brought to the floor, discussed, and voted on during the June 3 plenary, there was a motion to suspend rules and eliminate discussion for the remainder of the resolutions. This motion was supported.  Here are 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."