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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from July 2018

    UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries seeking youth nominations for Director’s Invitational

    July 18, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Many of our youth around the Conference are leading Sunday school, youth events, local and global mission projects, serving on church committees, and leading school and community activities. They have demonstrated leadership potential, but often lack confidence, training, direction, or opportunity to develop their gifts. Soon they will be adults working in a variety of careers, be parents, and spiritual leaders. We recognize the opportunity the church has to guide …more

    Spotlight on Wesley’s Place, an UNY New Faith Community

    July 17, 2018 / By Rev. Gregg and Rev. Heather Stierheim

    Wesley's Place Faith Community is part of the Upper NY Conference New Faith Community movement. It is a unique expression of "church" that seeks to connect unknown people in unfamiliar places with God and with each other. We hope to be a diverse group and the areas around the Buffalo/ Niagara Medical Campus are a perfect environment for that to occur in. Over the past 1.5 years we …more

    Upper New York New Faith Communities to be featured on podcast

    July 17, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is a Path1-sponsored podcast that tells the stories of the day-to-day lives of the pioneers who are innovating radically New Faith Communities on the spiritual margins of our country. You will encounter the stories of the new church God is planting in the midst of our country’s changing religious landscape, told in the voices of the people who are actually doing the …more

    Commission reduces GC Special Session registration fees

    July 17, 2018 / By Diane Degnan / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: Following the passing of the 2019 budget at the 2018 Annual Conference session, a declaratory decision was requested from the Judicial Council about the reality of charging observers a fee to attend the special session of General Conference in 2019. Due to the actions described in this article, those fees will no longer be charged. Thanks to a $450,000 grant from United Methodist Communications (UMCom) and budget reductions identified by …more

    Upper New York’s Imagine No Racism initiative off to a great start

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

    Editor’s Note: In July of 2016, the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church unanimously approved a resolution for every Annual Conference to confront the sin of racism in their own hearts, churches, and communities. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop created a taskforce, known now as the Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism, to strategize ways to confront this deeply embedded issue across our Conference. The taskforce …more

    Preventing fraud at the local-church level

    July 12, 2018 / By Conference Council on Finance and Administration

    When you have your annual local church audit done, does your auditor make suggestions about policies or procedures? Have you wondered why this is? Many churches (and small businesses too!) have too few people involved in their financial systems. The suggestions aren’t made because we distrust your people but because we do trust them and want them to be protected as well, from someone else causing harm or …more

    New District Superintendent Installations announced

    July 10, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    The District Superintendent installation services for the Rev. Carlos Rosa Laguer (in the Niagra Frontier) and the Rev. Deborah Earthrowl (in the Adirondack District) have been announced. Rev. Rosa Laguer’s service will be held on Sunday September 16 at Batavia First UMC at 4 p.m. Rev. Eartrowl’s service will be held on Sunday October 7 at Plattsburgh UMC at  4 p.m. Details about each service will be …more

    June 2018 Program meeting of the Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society

    July 9, 2018 / By Nancy Rutenber, Recording Secretary of UNY United Methodist Historical Society

    The purpose of the Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society (UNY-UMHS) is to work with UNYCAH in preserving Methodist materials related to the Upper New York conference and antecedents and to promote knowledge of Methodist history and skills for preserving and disseminating it. In furthering this purpose, Society members and other interested folks met June 16, 2018 at Clyde United Methodist Church in Finger Lakes District. Betsye Mowry reported that the …more

    From the desk of Bishop Webb: Commission on a Way Forward Update

    July 9, 2018 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On Monday July 9, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter to the Upper New York Conference informing them of some changes to take place regarding the release of the Commission on a Way Forward report. Dear Friends, I learned this weekend that the Commission on a Way Forward report would not be released on July 8th as communicated by the Council …more

    Eastern Parkway United Methodist Church gathering addresses immigrant injustice

    July 2, 2018 / By Cathy Woodruf

    Speakers at a forum Monday evening, June 25, at Eastern Parkway United Methodist church shared their heartbreak, frustration, and questions surrounding the separations of children and families at the U.S. border with Mexico. About 40 people, mostly members of the Schenectady-Niskayuna congregation, attended the public gathering, centered on the theme “Speak for the Children; Act for the Families.” The format was inspired by a request from two church members …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."