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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from October 2017

    revitup! for a Lifetime in Ministry—Scholarship Opportunities and Childcare This Year!

    October 18, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Wespath is hosting a revitup! for a Lifetime in Ministry educational event for young clergy ages 39 and under November 13-15, 2017 in Pensacola Beach, Florida. This event serves to strengthen personal, financial, and leadership skills in order to sustain a lifetime in ministry. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APPROACHING! Use the link above to register.  New this year, are scholarship opportunities available to first-time attendees of revitup! …more

    How to Grow with God, Tend the Soul, and become certified in Spiritual Formation in Upper New York

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

    To become a disciple of Christ for the transformation of the world, the UNY Conference has identified 16 leadership competencies.  The first competency emphasizes the importance of a strong spiritual walk as a leader; a leader must tend to their soul and life. This includes a vital and vibrant devotional life encompassing engagement with the Scriptures, time for prayer, and additional spiritual disciplines. Also, the spiritual life of a leader …more

    CLT offers a bible study video for local churches

    October 10, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    How can members of local churches feel more connected to each other and more connected to other churches in their Conference? The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team is working diligently to strengthen these connections. Recently, the CLT developed a new Purpose Statement and one of the key points of their new purpose is to create alignment on all levels throughout the Conference. One way that the CLT hopes to …more

    My trip to the Holy Land, Article 3 of 4

    October 10, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Today I am writing about my visit to the Church of the Annunciation. Growing up, I never thought much of Mary. She was the mother of Jesus and nothing more. I remember teachers saying things like, “Mary is not to be lifted higher than Jesus.” “Mary is just a character, Jesus is more important.” But nothing prepared me for what was revealed to me at the …more

    A glimpse of the 2017-2018 District Days

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

    The focus for the 2017-2018 District Days is on the denomination’s impasse regarding homosexuality. Bishop Webb enlisted the Upper New York Human Sexuality Taskforce that he formed in 2012 to help conduct the District Days, which are much more discussion-oriented than in years past. The theme of the District Days is “A Way Forward.” Earlier this year, the United Methodist Commission on a Way Forward sent questions …more

    Bishop’s taskforce is called to eliminate racism

    October 4, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2016 Northeastern Jurisdiction overwhelmingly supported a Call to Action to end racism in a bold proclamation that it would work to end racism both in ourselves and in the world. However, the real work would begin when leaders returned to their individual Conferences. Many asked how to even begin working on such an enormous goal. Bishop Mark J. Webb explained, “The NEJ Call to Action invites us first to …more

    Resource Center Director, Diane Miner to retire

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

    Diane Miner, Director of the Upper New York Conference’s Resource Center will retire next month. She has played a very valuable role in the UNY Conference ever since its formation and prior to that, she served as the Resource Center Director for the Wyoming Conference. When the four Conferences in Upper New York merged to become the Upper New York Conference in 2010, Diane, along with Sheila Rader facilitated …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Response to mass shooting in Las Vegas

    October 3, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: On Oct. 3 Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter about the tragic violence that took place in Las Vegas. Sisters and brothers in Christ, We have watched in horror as once again a mass shooting, the most deadly in American history has claimed the lives of at least 59 innocent people and injured hundreds more. Pray for the victims, family members, first responders, and others in …more

    Worship Leaders for the INWARD Conference Youth Events Named

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

    It’s time to register for the Conference Council on Youth Ministries Fall Gathering, now called INWARD. At these two gatherings (East and West), CCYM is putting aside the theatrics in favor of a truly profound, God-filled experience. With a focus on small-group time and prayer, they aim to make an event from which you can leave saying you've experienced God. The Worship Team of the CCYM is …more

    Centerpoint Christian Fellowship reaches its neighbors with a day of music and fun

    October 2, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Nine years ago when Pastor Wayne Clemens was serving at Van Hornesville United Methodist Church, a lay person approached him with the idea to have a “Gospel Fest” at a beautiful park across the street. Pastor Wayne said, “We invited the community and had a great time.” Fast-forward six years later and Pastor Wayne is serving at Centerpoint Christian Fellowship, which is on 50 acres of land; …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."