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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Calls from Camp

    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

    Reflections on our trip to the Holy Land

    February 19, 2018 / By Stacy Taylor / 3 Comments

    It had been a very busy fall and Christmas season, when suddenly it was time to leave for the Holy Lands. I was looking forward to the time away, time with my husband, and time to experience God in a closer way. I found all of those things on our 10-day trip to the Holy Land. It took a day or so after the flight to get acclimated to the …more

    Journey through the Holy Land: A life-long dream fulfilled

    February 12, 2018 / By Pastor Andy Anderson / 2 Comments

    My trip to the Holy Land was a life-long dream fulfilled. It was indeed a blessing for me to be part of the group from the Upper New York Annual Conference on such pilgrimage. The beginning to the end was an awesome, spirit-filled experience. One of the highlights of the trip for me was on the very first day. Bishop Webb led worship and preached on the bank of the …more

    Journey through the Holy Land: An enriching experience for all

    February 6, 2018 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb / 7 Comments

    I was blessed to experience a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with 111 individuals connected to The Upper New York Conference. This experience was designed to provide an opportunity to deepen one’s spiritual life by walking the land where Jesus walked and seeing the accounts of Scripture come to life. It was also my hope that this travel experience would continue to strengthen and deepen relationships among people scattered …more

    Journey through the Holy Land blog series introduction

    January 29, 2018 / By UNY Communications Team / 1 Comment

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark Webb and 111 people from the Upper New York Conference embarked on an 11-day journey to the Holy Land this past January. The purpose of the trip was to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, Samuel, and David and to learn more about the Bible while visiting places like Jerusalem, the Galilee, and Bethlehem. The trip included stops at Qasr el Yehud, where …more

    Final Experiencing and Witnessing Racism Blog

    November 16, 2017 / By Multiple Authors

    Editor’s Notes: In this final entry of the UNY Conference’s Experiencing and Witnessing Racism blog series, some remaining submissions from members across the UNY Conference have been compiled. The hope is that this series has offered insight on the very important topic of racism. The conversation will continue across the Upper New York Conference under the guidance of the Bishop’s Task force on Ending …more

    Scorching hot racism in America

    November 13, 2017 / By Rhonda A. Chester, MDIV Chaplain, United Methodist Ecumenical Campus Ministry Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University and Pastor, State Street UMC

    Sometimes, the human mind is inclined toward seeing things in opposition to something else, for example: hot or cold, black or white, good or bad. So when I personally have an experience with a person who is racist, we are both experiencing the other in the way our mind is conditioned (i.e. in opposition). This experience can be both helpful (raising awareness of one’s tendencies) and harmful, …more

    Realizing racism at a stop light

    November 7, 2017 / By Anonymous / 1 Comment

    I am currently living in Canton, N.Y., and I am 67-years old. I grew up in Massachusetts, and there was one black girl in my high school of about 1,500 students. I liked her, and she seemed just like all the other kids. When I was a young woman, perhaps in my late 20s, I was traveling to a meeting in Albany in my car on a hot day. I …more

    Experiencing racism at the age of five

    October 31, 2017 / By Weagba Nelson / 1 Comment

    Growing up black in the United States was never something that went unnoticed. In everything I did, I felt as if I was being watched and at five-years old, I learned why I felt that way. In preschool, my best friend’s name was Amy. We would always play together and eat together, so when my mother was planning me a fifth birthday party, the person I wanted there …more

    Opportunities denied because of race

    October 24, 2017 / By Evelyn A. Woodring / 1 Comment

    I was a Navy wife, living in base housing on the Florida Gulf coast in the early 1970s. I had become friends with another wife, and learned that she planned to seek a civilian job. She had extensive experience in keypunch, bookkeeping, and was a Certified Public Accountant. She showed me a glowing letter of reference from a previous employer in Michigan. She responded to a Help Wanted ad …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."