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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    Perspectives: Experiencing and Witnessing Racism

    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

    Expectations of the church in Korea

    July 26, 2017 / By Rev. Aaron Bouwens, Director of Vital Congregations

    Every moment I was in Korea, the people as a whole, and certainly the people of the church, demonstrated a level of hospitality uncommon to many church experiences in the United States. Each detail was given attention as to how someone who is new to the life of a congregation would experience the people and space. Preference was given to welcoming new people, not just Americans, over those who were …more

    God’s brilliance in South Korea

    July 19, 2017 / By Rev. Vonda Fossitt, Genesee Valley District Superintendent

    I am grateful that Rev. Eun Pa Hong of Bupyeong Methodist Church invited the UNY Cabinet on a mission trip to South Korea. Never in a million years would I think a city girl like I would end up traveling across the world to another land called Korea. The 14-hour plane ride in itself was impactful. This God-given opportunity has made a lasting impression on my life in ministry. When …more

    The Korean Methodist Church does everything with excellence

    July 12, 2017 / By Rev. Everett Bassett, Oneonta District Superintendent

    Have a clear vision.  Be grounded in prayer.  Look beyond the church walls.  Be bold in trying new things.  Be accountable to a small covenant group. Those are conversation points we cover as we talk about how God is calling us to be the church of Jesus Christ in our context today.  We who were blessed to spend seven days under the amazing hospitality of …more

    The practice of Tongsung Kido

    July 5, 2017 / By Rev. Dave Masland, Director of New Faith Communities

    One of the reasons I was most excited to make the spiritual pilgrimage to Korea with Bishop Webb and the rest of the extended cabinet was to experience first-hand Tongsung Kido, an aspect of early-morning prayers in the Korean Methodist Church context. I was not disappointed. In fact, the experience had a profound impact on my life, and the way I think about my prayer practice! Every single morning, 365 days …more

    With glad and generous hearts

    June 28, 2017 / By Rev. Sherri Rood, Cornerstone District Superintendent

    "Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved."    Acts 2:46-47 I've been reflecting on our trip to South Korea and "with glad and …more

    UNY Conference trip to South Korea

    June 21, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Almost immediately after Annual Conference 2017, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, several members of the UNY Cabinet as well as other leaders in the UNY Conference, and many of their partners or spouses traveled to Bupyeong, South Korea from June 6-June 14. The Rev. Eun Pa Hong invited Bishop Webb and the UNY Cabinet to visit his church in South Korea.  Rev. Eun Pa Hong feels one …more

    Behind the Scenes of Annual Conference Closing Blog: 2017 Annual Conference session wrap-up

    June 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    WORSHIP Together in Prayer: Trusting that God is Enough Opening Worship on Thursday June 1 began with music and videos showcasing the annual theme of “Together in Prayer: Trusting that God is Enough.” Visit to read more about the Opening Worship service. Memorial Service Thursday June 1 ended with the Memorial Service led by the Rev. Natalie Hanson. The service served to remember clergy and …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."