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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: South Korea Trip 2017

    Perspectives from August 2017

    Hospitality in Korea demonstrated with thousands of thanks

    August 29, 2017 / By Rev. Rich Weihing, Albany District Superintendent

    On our recent trip to Korea, I received a ministry of hospitality beyond anything I’ve experienced. Pastors, staff, and members of Bupyeong Methodist Church were overwhelming in the best ways with grace that was truly amazing. Our hosts thanked us again and again for visiting, for staying at their church, for sharing in meals which they provided; for listening to the story of their history, faith, and ministry; …more

    Are We Accessible?

    August 22, 2017 / By Rev. Nola Anderson, Crossroads District Superintendent

    It is said, “one of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to fully immerse yourself into the culture of the people who speak the language best.” I believe the same principle applies to learning about congregations that are growing and thriving. You want to be around people who know about and have experienced church growth. You want to be in the conversation when the next …more

    Witnessing radical servanthood in South Korea

    August 14, 2017 / By Rev. Jeff McDowell, Finger Lakes District Superintendent

    A worker fell over 40 feet from the new steeple roof and surely would have died. But he fell on a small tree, only breaking four ribs instead. He lived to tell about being saved at the Bupyeong Methodist church as a result of all the people’s prayers. This is the kind of faith story told to us by host Pastor Hong as he shared miracle after miracle in …more

    The Blessing of Freedom

    August 2, 2017 / By Rev. Nancy Adams, Mountain View District Superintendent

    First of all, the trip to Korea was amazing in so many ways. You’ve already read a few blogs, including Sherri Rood’s blog about the unparalleled hospitality we were shown, experiencing prayer through Tong Song Kido from Dave Masland, and the expectation of excellence from Everett Bassett.   Another striking experience was at a church we visited where there were two pews covered with velvet, meant …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."