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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Rome area United Methodists host anti-racism vigil

    June 20, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Early last week, recruitment letters from the Ku Klux Klan were discovered along driveways in the town of Lee, which is in the Rome area in the Upper New York Conference’s Mohawk District. Rome-area United Methodists were not going to let this act of hate go unnoticed. When the news came out about the KKK letters on June, 13, Pastor Brian Lothridge, of the Rome First United Methodist Church; …more

    How God equips the called through Leadership Academy

    June 18, 2018 / By Rev. Caroline Simmons / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “You are enough.” These powerful words were spoken to each of us as we were anointed and commissioned to return to our congregations at the end of the “Change the World Conference” at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in March 2017. An important part of participating in the Upper NY Leadership Academy, is the incredible road trip we took to one of our United Methodist mega churches in …more

    Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries Transforming Lives: The 2017 Impact Report

    June 18, 2018 / By UNY CRM Ministries

    “Before this I never really followed God and Jesus. The camp has created a connection between me and God. I will always remember that God is real, God loves me, and God wants a relationship with me. I really felt a connection to Christ and I want to remain connected, I know that if I abide in God, God will abide in me.” This is what an Upper …more

    Commission on a Way Forward report at UNY Annual Conference 2018

    June 13, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on a Way Forward (Commission) was formed by the Council of Bishops (Council) after a decision was made at General Conference 2016 to develop a committee to address the issue of division around the topic of human sexuality in The United Methodist Church. The charge given to the Commission was to “design a way for being a Church that maximizes the presence of a United Methodist witness in …more

    Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health join forces to create world’s largest digital wellbeing and engagement company

    June 12, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    The Virgin Pulse and RedBrick Health merger will create the first and only one-stop-shop for employee health, wellbeing, and benefits engagement; the combined company will have more than 3,200 customers across 190 countries Providence-based Virgin Pulse and Minneapolis-based RedBrick Health announced last month that the industry pioneers will merge, creating the world’s largest, most comprehensive digital health and engagement company. This powerful combination will deliver the industry’s only …more

    Upper New York Annual Conference boldly lives our call

    June 11, 2018 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The following is a report that was sent to the General Conference, summarizing the Upper New York 2018 Annual Conference. Members of the Upper New York Annual Conference gathered for the ninth session May 30 – June 2 at the SRC Arena in Syracuse, NY. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb officiated and led the Conference around the theme Boldly Living Our Call. “If we …more

    Fulfill your mission needs

    June 11, 2018 / By Mike Block / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Mission Central HUB is a great place to support your missional needs. Are you interested in assembling UMCOR kits? Are you handy and want to roll up your sleeves and help build a wheelchair ramp? Or is there another project that you would like to assemble, build, or create? Contact Director of Missional Engagement, Mike Block, to arrange a time and date to accomplish mission projects. …more

    Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism report shared at AC2018

    June 11, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism shared their report at the Annual Conference during the Thursday May 31 afternoon plenary. Blenda Smith began the report by showing a video that illuminates some of the challenges of institutional racism. For example, studies show that drivers of color are twice as likely to get pulled over. Black people are four times more likely to get arrested than white people. Legislators are …more

    Service of Commissioning and Ordination at the 2018 UNY Annual Conference

    June 7, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The theme of this year’s Annual Conference, Boldly Living our Call, was exceptionally demonstrated in the June 2 Service of Commissioning and Ordination. There was one person commissioned for the work of deacon: Jessica Faye Glaser There were six people commissioned for the work of elder: Cheryl Ann Brown Raymond C. Gilman IV Linda Kay Haight Melissa Marie Killenberger McCarthy Hector D. Rivera Lisa Dawn Taylor There was one …more

    Young adults add their pieces to the puzzle to break down the walls at Young People’s Service

    June 5, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Elyse Muder and Maya Smith kicked off the Young People’s Service on June 2 at the 2018 Annual Conference session with a skit. Maya wanted to start a Bible study but wasn’t sure she could do it and felt awkward about talking about her faith outside of church. Elyse encouraged her. “It’s important to spread the word of God everywhere you go, in any way …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."