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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Calls from Camp

    Calls from Camp: Noah

    July 16, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Watch eleven-year old Noah's call from camp as he reflects on his experience while visiting Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, nestled in the Adirondacks. …more

    Introduction: Calls from Camp

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

    Each year, thousands of people spend time at one of the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministry locations, including Aldersgate, Asbury, Casowasco, Sky Lake, and Skye Farm. It's hard to measure the full impact, but the testimonials from those who have attended for a few days, weeks, or even a month provide the real data of how spending time at one of these Camp & Retreat Centers can …more

    Day in the Life: Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens

    April 30, 2018 / By Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens

    Putting to words a day in the life brings with it a little challenge. Most of my days start out similar, early wake up, help get the kids out the door to school if I am home, time in prayer and the Scriptures, and at some point some physical exercise. Once that point is reached the day could take on many forms depending on the day. A good way to …more

    Day in the Life: Goldy and McCoy

    April 23, 2018 / By Goldy, A United Methodist Center Goldfish

    Every day, United Methodists from around Upper New York walk by us; some stop to admire our colorful scales and fins. But we are more than just decorations in a pond. We are United “Method-fish.” Our days of swimming around in the atrium of the United Methodist Center are filled with new adventures and people. To give you a better idea, here’s a typical day for …more

    Day in the Life: Shelby Winchell

    April 16, 2018 / By Shelby Winchell, Social Media and Web Specialist

    What’s going on around the Conference and what is everyone talking about on social media? My name is Shelby Winchell and that’s a question I ask myself every single day. I maintain the Upper New York Conference website and social media accounts. Just about everything you see on Facebook, Instagram, and the Conference’s Twitter account is something I posted. I try to engage our …more

    A Day in the Life: Chris Lupini

    April 9, 2018 / By Chris Lupini, Welcoming and Support Specialist

    I started my journey with the Upper New York Conference June of 2017. I was hired on as the Welcome and Support Specialist for the United Methodist Center. One of my roles is getting the chance to talk and meet with different types of people from all of our ministry areas. I get to talk with pastors from our local and regional churches. I also get the chance to …more

    Unforgettable spiritual significance and fellowship

    March 19, 2018 / By Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood, Cornerstone District

    A pilgrimage is a journey of spiritual significance. The trip to the Holy Land was significant in many ways. The places we visited spoke to our hearts and minds as we journeyed along together. I will always remember: Hunching over to go through the Door of Humility at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Reflecting on our baptism by the cold muddy waters of the Jordan River. Staring out …more

    Journey through the Holy Land: The most remarkable day

    March 12, 2018 / By Pastor Amy Winnie / 2 Comments

    To say that the Holy Land is a place of amazement and awe would be an understatement. On our trip – our pilgrimage – to the Holy Land, we were able to visit all the notable places – Jesus’ baptism, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Via Dolorosa, the tomb, and the list goes on. I was entranced and in awe as we visited each of these sites; …more

    Journey through the Holy Land: Time to get out of the boat

    March 5, 2018 / By Ben Webb / 2 Comments

    I remember counting down the days until the Holy Land trip. As the departure date approached, I became more and more excited for what was in store. The trip came at the perfect time in my faith journey. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Getting to see the birthplace of Jesus, the Sea of Galilee, and the Stations of the Cross was incredibly powerful. The biggest takeaway …more

    Micah 6:8 Holy Land Tour

    February 26, 2018 / By Rev. Dr. Cathy Hall Stengel

    With anticipation and curiosity, 111 of us boarded planes on Jan. 9 for Bishop Webb’s Holy Land Tour. We walked to places where God’s word was land-and-water real. If not here than near is what our guide, FJ taught us. We were moved by storm and stones on and near the Sea of Galilee. We felt the drops of storm on our faces as we remembered Peter&rsquo …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."