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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Day in the Life

    Perspectives: “Day in the Life”

    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

    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



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."