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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from October 2018

    UNY response to Hurricane Michael

    October 15, 2018 / By Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editors Note: The following is a letter that was written by Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement, about the response to Hurricane Michael and sent to the Upper New York Conference on Oct. 15, 2018.  Dear Friends, It’s going to be a long road of recovery and rebuilding following Hurricane Michael, the most powerful hurricane in nearly 50 years to hit the continental U.S. The Florida Panhandle was hit …more

    New York State Employers required to adopt a sexual harassment policy and training

    October 15, 2018 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Beginning in October 2018, New York State employers must adopt a sexual harassment policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceeds the laws minimum standards. Key Components of the new law: Policy Under the new law, every employer in New York State is required to establish and distribute a sexual harassment prevention policy.  Model policies are available through the link below. The policy can …more

    Rev. Debbie Earthrowl offers a powerful worship experience at her DS installation

    October 10, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Sunday Oct. 7 at Plattsburgh First United Methodist Church (FUMC), the Rev. Debbie Earthrowl was installed as the Adirondack District Superintendent; from the music and performances to the inspiring sermon, the installation was a vibrant celebration filled with joy. In introducing Rev. Earthrowl, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb described the several qualities he looks for in selecting a District Superintendent. He said confidently, “I am …more

    UNY completes a successful medical mission trip in Vieques, Puerto Rico: Article 1 of 3

    October 10, 2018 / By Joyce Wilder, RN and Karen Axenfeld, RN

    Editor’s Note: A 12-person team from the Upper New York (UNY) Conference went on a mission trip to Puerto Rico, on the island of Vieques in Sept. Team members included seven people from Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake UMCs in the Oneonta District as well as three additional medical staff from the Northern Flow District. Drs Sylvia and Marv Reimer of Watertown, NY led the team. On Viequez, …more

    NEJ Bishops gather at United Methodist Center

    October 9, 2018 / By Shelby Winchell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Nine Bishops from the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church (NEJ) joined Upper New York (UNY) Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb for a peer learning session on Oct. 8 and 9 at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. The NEJ Residential Bishops meet four times a year, rotating meeting locations. The last time the NEJ Bishops gathered in UNY was the fall of 2016 at a hotel in Syracuse. This is …more

    Social Holiness concerns: Majority does not necessarily rule

    October 3, 2018 / By Rev. Alan Kinney

    We as a people of the local church, the District, the Annual Conference, the United Methodist Church, and on a larger scale the United States of America have been confronted time and again with questions that deal with what is right and what is not right. These questions are nothing new to our lives, our country, or even in human existence. We can hear this question in the book of …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2019 available

    October 3, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local churches for the period January 1 to June 30, 2019. 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 …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."