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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from March 2018

    Discipleship ministries seeks to serve what the Church is becoming

    March 20, 2018 / By Discipleship Ministries

    The board of directors of Discipleship Ministries, at its spring meeting, took additional steps to position the agency to be more relevant and useful in order to better serve the future needs of the United Methodist Church.   “We are relentlessly committed to reimagining and reshaping our agency to match the needs of the church we are becoming,” the Rev. Junius B. Dotson, General Secretary (CEO) of Discipleship …more

    Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

    March 20, 2018 / By Council of Bishops

    Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a result of the Special Session of the General Conference called for February next year. As part of its commitment of offering a proposal that would move The United Methodist Church forward with as much unity as possible. The Council has encouraged similar gatherings on each continent. …more

    How Cobleskill UMC increased Special Sunday Giving

    March 20, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Cobeleskill UMC has greatly increased their giving. For Human Relations Day, their congregation gave $65 in 2017, and $366 in 2018. And for UMCOR Sunday, they went from $420 in 2017 to $650 in 2018! Click here to find out exactly how Cobleskill UMC accomplished this increase in generous giving. According to Cobleskill UMC pastor, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Hale, “We used the resources from to increase awareness about how the donations for Special Sundays …more

    Getting Ready for Annual Conference 2018: Clergy Session and Laity Session

    March 20, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson

    Clergy Session and Laity Session for the 2018 Annual Conference will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday May 30 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Clergy must check in at the registration table before heading to their session. The Clergy Session is a time for the clergy to come together for brief worship, and to fulfill the Book of Discipline responsibilities. The primary purpose of …more

    Reflection of my Mission of Peace trip to Cuba

    March 19, 2018 / By Madeline Klein, Baker Memorial UMC

    I didn’t quite know what to expect from the Mission of Peace to Cuba. A few people I know had traveled to Cuba not long ago and from the descriptions they gave me, I envisioned dirty streets, people dancing, old cars, and colorful houses. While most of these expectations proved correct, there is so much more to Cuba than what they saw as tourists. They saw the outside …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for July-December 2018 available

    March 19, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local churches for the period July 1 to December 31, 2018. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full time appointment.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to the …more

    Imagine No Racism initiative launches April 21, 2018

    March 19, 2018 / By Upper New York Communications Team

    Imagine No Racism (INR) is a ministry of the Upper New York Conference, in response to the Call to Action Resolution of the Northeastern Jurisdiction in July of 2016, to engage in the work of eliminating racism. INR seeks to raise consciousness and increase conversation and ministry at the local church level through a multi-year, small group approach. The goal of INR is to increase conversations on and awareness of racism …more

    Blaney sisters celebrate 100th birthdays

    March 14, 2018 / By Pastor Ken Blume, Apulia UMC

    Three sisters, Ruth Smith, 102 years; Marion Rakov, 101 years, and Louise Henderson who turned 100 today, March 14, 2018, will be celebrating their centennial birthdays together with an upcoming family gathering and dinner. They are the daughters of the late John and Pearle Squire Blaney of Apulia Station, NY. They account for their longevity to being raised in the country and working on the family dairy farm, plus never smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. …more

    My faith transformation during my Mission of Peace trip to Cuba

    March 12, 2018 / By Gavin Hill, Eden United Methodist Church

    Editor’s Note: The Mission of Peace (MOP) is a yearly journey of discovery and shalom to nations in our global community sponsored by the Northeastern Jurisdictional Council on Youth Ministries of The United Methodist Church. The most recent MOP trip was to Cuba, Dec. 28, 2017-Jan. 12, 2018. Fourteen youth went on the trip, of which four were from Upper New York. The day before we left for Cuba, I felt …more

    Social Holiness Concerns: Promoting Human Rights for all, especially children

    March 6, 2018 / By Karen Peterson, Task Force of Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel

    Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes children in military courts, with approximately 500 to 700 children entering Israeli military detention system in a year. UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) has repeatedly called upon Israel to end night arrests and ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian children in military detention. On November 14, 2017, legislation was introduced in the US Congress entitled Promoting Human Rights by Ending …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."