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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    What is Mission u?

    May 1, 2018 / By Joan Reppert, Communications Officer UNY United Methodist Women

    Mission u (formerly known as School of Christian Mission) was created by Methodist women in the early-20th century in order to educate women and inspire them to a sense of mission at home and around the world. The United Methodist Women remain dedicated to the planning and promotion of this program.

    The schools were formed by and for women but over the years the demographic has changed as men, children, and youth take advantage of this rich opportunity.

    In our Upper New York Conference, Mission u is a “cooperative school," sponsored by both Conference United Methodist Women and the churches of our Upper New York Conference.  We welcome women and men and, in the case of the Cazenovia venue, children and youth.

    We offer opportunities for study and fellowship in three different venues, each held on a different weekend in the summer. Each venue has its own special flavor.
    (See “Mission u by Region”).

    At Mission u, we grow in understanding of the mission of the church in the current world context as we “learn together for the transformation of the world”.  

    The three studies offered each year cover three aspects: spiritual growth, geographical and social issues. This year’s topics are: “Embracing Wholeness: An Earth Perspective on Covenantal Living,” “Missionary Conferences in the United States of America,” and ““What About Our Money? A Faith Response.”

    Click here for 2018 Mission u dates and where to turn for emerging details.


    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."