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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    UNY young people on a Church of love and a Church of pain

    June 13, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Young Peoples Service 2019 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo.

    The theme of the Young Peoples’ Worship Service focused, on “I know a Church of love, but I also know a Church of pain.” During the service on June 8 at the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session, young people shared powerful testimonies speaking to both when they felt loved as well as when the endured pain (such as racism, ageism, sexism, and discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals). In addition to worship, three reports were delivered via video at the service: The Conference Council on Youth Ministries Report the Mission of Peace Report (with a MOP offering collected while the video rolled), and the Young Adult Ministries Report.

    Click here to read Elyse Muder’s testimony.

    Click here to read Ian Urriola’s testimony.

    Click here to read Matt Kirkham’s testimony.

    Click here to read Riley O’Flynn’s testimony.

    Click here to read Bethany Printup-Davis’s testimony.

    Click here to watch a video of this moving service.

    TAGGED / Annual Conference 2019


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."