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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Behind the Scenes

    Pastor Jack Laskowski: Haitian Pikliz

    January 24, 2017 / By Pastor Jack Laskowski, Spencerport and Adams Basin UMC's

    I attended two Volunteers-in-Mission trips to Haiti in 2004 and 2006. We worked in the little town of Hermitage, helping to build a church and a school. It was a beautiful village on the coast. The faithfulness and hospitality of the Haitian people was both humbling and inspiring. On the trips, I was introduced to Haitian Pikliz, which is a staple in just about every household. Since then, I …more

    Mary Dalglish: Fillet a fish

    January 18, 2017 / By Mary Dalglish / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    WARNING: If you are at all squeamish, you will see a fish getting filleted if you watch the video. Growing up on the coast of Maine has taught me a slightly unusual skill set when it comes to Seafood. It's quite normal to go straight to the source rather than the grocery store as you head further up the coast. It's easy to score some of the freshest …more

    Jodi Webb: Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    December 20, 2016 / By Jodi Webb

    Want to have your recipe featured on the blog? Send your recipe, why you love it, and a photo (if you have it!) to news@unyumc.org to be considered! We're big soup eaters in the Webb household. I love to make this family favorite during the winter months. It helps warm our souls on those cold nights. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Ingredients: 2 …more

    Day in the Life: That’s a wrap!

    November 29, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Take a look back at the last 12 weeks of our "Day in the Life" Series!  We hope you enjoyed it and learned a bit about the Conference staff and how you, the local church, can use these vital people to make disciples for the transformation of the world! …more

    A Day in the Life of: Mary Dalglish

    November 15, 2016 / By Mary Dalglish, Video Specialist

    On any ordinary workday in the office, the first thing most people do is check the hundreds of emails that piled up over the last 15 hours of their absence. That's typical. The first thing I did today was put on a hard hat. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Mary, that tiny little camera is not going to fall on your head, nor would it give you the …more

    A day in the Life: Julie Maciejewski

    November 7, 2016 / By Julie Maciejewski, Niagara Frontier District Administrative Assistant / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As a District Admin Assistant, I can have contact with anyone in the Conference, but mostly from our district – the DS (District Superintendent), clergy, church leaders or someone who has a question about a person or event. Is that broad enough? Because that is what happens here – you never know who is going to call or e-mail you with a question or request. One of the main responsibilities …more

    A Day in the Life: Cherish McGowan

    November 1, 2016 / By Cherish McGowan / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Well, it's almost September, and what does September mean? It means our somewhat slower-paced summer is over and we here at the UNY Conference are out of the gate running! Every day is very different, since I, like most people here at the Conference office, have a broad list of duties and wear many hats. Many times the primary tasks that I am working on depend on what time …more

    Day in the Life: John Thomas

    October 24, 2016 / By John Thomas, Food Service Manager

    My name is John Thomas and I am the Food Service Manager at Casowasco for Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries. I provide meals for campers and guests, and any other event hosted at Casowasco. Come into my kitchen and I'll show you around. 9:30 a.m. - Every day is different in the kitchen. We are hosting several events and retreats this week at Casowasco, so today began …more

    Day in the Life: Karen Campolieto

    October 17, 2016 / By Karen Campolieto, Administrative Assistant for Communications, New Faith Communities, and Vital Congregations

    Well, it’s fall, and the main goal of my work between now and as soon as I can get all the information together, is to publish the Upper New York Conference Journal. My first step is to gather all the database information for the directory, clergy names, churches, and attending laity to Conference. This can take many weeks, as I must first wait until July 1st to begin …more

    A Day in the Life: Mary Bradley

    October 11, 2016 / By Mary Bradley, Episcopal Office Manager

    I start each day checking voicemail and emails.  Then, the day unfolds from there.  Each day is its own and can change at the answer of one phone call. I am the support person to the Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, and to Bishop Webb.  Beyond handling items that they request of me, my primary role is the appointment list and dealing with clergy …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."