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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from June 2017

    Lottie Brown Scholarship Recipients announced

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

    Each year the Upper New York Annual Conference College Scholarships Committee offers Lottie Brown Scholarships for undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in Christian service.  This year’s recipients are Elyse Muder, Emily Allen, and Katherine (Kate) Bobsein. The three recipients are all active in their churches and excel academically.  In their applications, each recipient not only included remarkable letters of recommendation, but also, …more

    The 2017-2018 Illuminate Preaching Academy begins in September

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

    Built around the characteristics of bright spot preaching, Illuminate Preaching Academy seeks to come alongside good preachers and help them grow toward being great preachers. Time is given to exploring methods of sermon writing, series development, delivery of the sermon, and connecting with the community to whom we are preaching. “Every year we try to gather guest faculty from across the Connection to provide insight and instruction for Illuminate …more

    Summer hours begin the week of June 25

    June 23, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Conference and Episcopal offices begin their summer hours the week of June 25, continuing through Sept. 1. The offices will be open normal hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and abbreviated on Fridays to 8:30 a.m. to noon during that period. The offices will resume their regular, non-summer hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5; the offices are closed on Monday, Sept. 4 in celebration of Labor Day.  …more

    Conference office closed Friday afternoon, June 23

    June 23, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Conference Office will be closed Friday afternoon, June 23, for the Annual Conference Office Picnic.  The Conference office will re-open Monday, June 25 with normal hours. …more

    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



    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."