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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from July 2017

    Faith is not enough

    July 26, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Growing up in rural New York State, I was part of what I always thought of as a typical family in a typical home environment. We ate dinner around the table each night; we said our bedtime prayers; we attended church and Sunday school and joined the church when we were of age, growing into a faith-based life. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how many …more

    My visit to the Holy Land Trip Article 1 of 3

    July 26, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    My husband and I were driving in the car one day and we decided to name our bucket list items. “You know one place I really want to go, but I don’t think it would ever happen?” “Where?” My husband replied. I paused mentally preparing myself to not gain any hope, “I really want to go to the Holy Land.” I paused …more

    Faith Journey UMC learns about hardship in Vietnam

    July 26, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The names of the two Vietnamese women who spoke at Faith Journey United Methodist Church have been changed and their photos have been blurred to protect their identity. On July 16, Faith Journey United Methodist Church in Clay, NY welcomed two special guest speakers. Grace, a 35-year old Vietnamese woman and Faith, a 17-year old Vietnamese girl have been pouring forth supreme love and dedication toward improving …more

    Haiti’s Promised Land: Building new lives

    July 19, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In March 2010, Canaan was a mix of floodplain and foothills, a desert scorching in the midday sun. It was a far cry from the forests of hardwood trees that stood there a hundred years ago, although a breathtaking view of the Bay of Port-au-Prince and seeing the hazy capital itself across the sparkling water gave the place a sense of hope. The first residents arrived just two short months after …more

    How the Commission on a Way Forward provides hope for the future of The UMC

    July 19, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on a Way Forward was formed by the Council of Bishops after a decision was made at General Conference 2016 to develop a committee to address the issue of division around the topic of sexuality in The United Methodist Church. On June 2, at the 2017 Annual Conference session, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb showed a video featuring a number of the diverse members on the Commission …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Trusting that God is enough

    July 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This issue of the Advocate reflects the Upper New York quadrennial theme, “Together in Prayer:Trusting that God is Enough.” In June, during Opening Worship at the eight session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, I spoke about the deep meaning and importance of this theme for the future of the United Methodist Church. Here is some of what I shared… “I want to be …more

    Feeling Gods Peace

    July 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Over four years ago, my husband was diagnosed with colon cancer. When he didn't come out of the colonoscopy area, I just had that feeling, you know, the one in the pit of your stomach. The nurse came and got me and when I went into the room where my husband and doctor were, I felt a deep sense of peace. I just knew whatever it was, it would …more

    Ramping it up in Cortland

    July 17, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Imagine not having access to your own home. Seventy-four year old Charlie Yager faced this situation in June of 2016. He struggled with lung problems for several years and was hospitalized for two weeks with severe breathing problems. Charlie came home on hospice, in a wheelchair, yet no way to enter his home. Within 24 hours, Cortland First United Methodist Church’s Ramp it Up ministry came to Charlie’s …more

    Exciting changes for CCYM

    July 17, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Every year the Conference Council on (CCYM) gathers for five days at one of the six Conference camp and retreat centers to talk business and (hopefully) have some fun in the process. It is a great meeting of the minds, and this is where the planning for the next year of events begins. Since the inception of the Upper New York Annual Conference, the CCYM has been doing things the …more

    Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society first meeting

    July 12, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society will gather for its first meeting on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Esperance-Sloansville United Methodist Church (Tiffany Community Room) in the village of Esperance (in the Oneonta District) in Schoharie County, New York.  It is expected that Society meetings will rotate among different areas of Upper New York Conference. The Society meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. to set goals, etc. for …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."