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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from February 2018

    Imagine No Racism locations announced

    February 13, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On April 21, 2018 from 12:30-4 p.m., clergy and lay members across the Upper New York Conference will have the opportunity to unite together and begin strategizing how they can work together to eliminate racism. Click here to read Upper New York Area Resident Bishop’s invitation to this event. This event will feature Bishop Webb and members of the Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism. The event …more

    Annual Conference 2018 speakers announced

    February 13, 2018 / By UNY Communications team

    The quadrennium theme “Together in Prayer” continues at the 2018 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference with a sub-theme of “Boldly Living Our Call.” The Rev. Dr. Gregory Jones of Duke Divinity School will be the guest study leader. His emphasis will be on living our call in the Wesleyan Way. Bishop Dennis Proctor of the North Eastern Episcopal District of the African Methodist …more

    What Launchpad is all about

    February 13, 2018 / By Rev. Dave Masland, Director of New Faith Communities

    On Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3, 52 people gathered at the United Methodist Center for Upper NY Conference’s Launchpad 2018. Launchpad is essentially a boot camp for people that feel called by God to plant a New Faith Community in their neighborhood. The materials were developed by Path 1, the planting arm of the United Methodist Church. Three years ago, Bill Vallet and I were approved by Path 1 to teach …more

    Bishops urge Methodists to deny themselves for the sake of Gospel this Lent

    February 13, 2018 / By UMC Council of Bishops

    In a message sent on behalf of UMC bishops to United Methodists throughout the world, Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce R. Ough challenged fellow Christians to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ words in Mark 8:34-35, where he said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will …more

    Teaching children about emergency relief efforts

    February 13, 2018 / By Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement of the Upper New York Conference and lay member of Immanuel (Church of the Bells) UMC in Camillus, NY

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared In the Winter 2018 Issue of the Advocate, which zeroed in on the ministry of the laity. It is not often that one has the opportunity to share information regarding regional and worldly events with a young audience. As part of the Sunday School “JAM” (Jesus And Me) session at Immanuel UMC, our youth coordinator, Carol Doucette had asked if I could …more

    What you need to know about Annual Conference 2018:  Getting There

    February 13, 2018 / By Vicki Swanson

    This year, the Annual Conference is at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College (OCC). GPS Address is: 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse NY 13215; comprehensive directions from multiple locations can be found here: http://www.sunyocc.edu/index.aspx?menu=807&id=1817 Buses:  There will be shuttle buses from the Crowne Plaza and Genesee Grande. Youth and others staying at the Parkview will have access to the shuttle leaving from …more

    Bishop Webb invites all to attend UMM fall retreat

    February 6, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Upper New York Conference’s United Methodist Men will host their fall retreat Sept. 7 and 8 at Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Windsor. The theme of this year’s event is “Transformation through Christ: Turn 180°.” The retreat is open to people from all denominations and communities; and, for the first time, it will not only be open to men, but also to women. …more

    From the Desk of CF&A Chair, Rev. Susan M. Ranous

    February 6, 2018 / By Rev. Susan M. Ranous, CF&A Chair

    Editor's Note: The following letter was sent from Susan M. Ranous to the UNY Conference on Feb. 6, 2018. Sisters and brothers in Christ, After prayerful discernment, the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) has made the decision to end our current relationship with Kevin Domanico as Conference Treasurer, effective immediately (2/5/18). On behalf of the Upper New York Conference, we express thanks for the ways in which Kevin …more

    Erin Patrick and the community she creates

    February 5, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on the ministry of the laity. Erin Patrick discovered something she loved about the Methodist Church when she was in fifth grade—she loved the sense of community. Erin said, “One day my brother started going to church with some of his friends and because he is older than me and way …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."