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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Peace with Justice Sunday is June 16

    May 20, 2019 / By Heather Smith

    Pentecost is June 9 and traditionally Peace with Justice Sunday is the following week. I like the way they scheduled that – the first thing we do as United Methodists after celebrating the birthday of the church is take an offering in support of justice ministries. This year, I have great hope that our Conference-wide participation will increase – hopefully meeting the 30% goal that we set for ourselves at the 2017 Annual …more

    Mission U 2019 is back for another summer of learning

    May 14, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Take time this summer to study, worship, sing, and great fellowship. Mission U (formerly known as School of Christian Mission) will continue its annual emphasis on “learning together for the transformation of the world.” It was created by Methodist women in the early-20th century in order to educate women and inspire them to a sense of mission at home and around the world. The United Methodist Women …more

    Why a Palestinian dinner?

    May 14, 2019 / By Linda Bergh

    Did you ever think that participating in a meal could be an act of Social Justice?  When members of Annual Conference, other United Methodists, and community members gather on Friday, June 7th for the Palestinian Dinner during Annual Conference, they eat in solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, who suffer the denial of their basic rights and freedoms under the illegal Israeli occupation, as well …more

    UNY United Methodist Historical Society Meeting slotted for June 15

    May 13, 2019 / By Nancy Rutenber

    The Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society will meet on Saturday, June 15 at the UNY Conference Center (7481 Henry Clay Blvd.) in Liverpool, NY.  Early birds can do volunteer work in the conference archives starting at 9:30 a.m.  Bring your own lunch if eating at the Center.  The Society meeting will start about 12:40 p.m. with a business meeting, followed by a PowerPoint presentation by Nancy Rutenber …more

    How Phoenix UMC offers loads of love

    May 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Imagine living in dire straits to the point where you are unable to pay to wash your laundry? Churches in the UNY Conference, such as Whitney Point UMC, have laundry ministries that pay for and do the laundry for people in need within their communities. Phoenix UMC started a laundry ministry, Loads of Love, this past January. They have seven church members and their pastor Justin Hood serving in this …more

    UNY Annual Conference 2019 mobile phone app now available

    May 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Are you attending the Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference at the Oncenter in Syracuse from June 5-8? If so, you will want to download The UNY Annual Conference 2019 event app, which is available now! This app, is available for all who have registered and paid their Annual Conference registration in full. Currently, there are documents related to Annual Conference, such as the event schedule, speaker bios, menus, etc. available …more

    Imagine No Racism workshops to take place at Annual Conference 2019

    May 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference’s Imagine No Racism (INR) is an initiative that was sparked by an unanimously approved resolution in July of 2016, at the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, for every Annual Conference to confront the sin of racism in our own hearts, our churches, and our communities. This initiative was created by the Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb’s …more

    Upper New York makes New Places for New People a priority

    April 30, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    New Faith Communities (NFCs), are one of the best ways to introduce people to God in fresh new ways—sometimes in public settings like cafes, outdoor settings, and even laundromats; other times in peoples’ homes. New Faith Communities welcome people who may not initially be comfortable in the “church” setting. Additionally, NFCs help ethnic-minorities connect to God through building groups of people from a similar cultural …more

    The Judicial Council Rulings on the Traditional Plan

    April 29, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    In its April 23-26 meeting, the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council reviewed the Traditional Plan, which was approved the Special Session of General Conference in February. This plan retains the current stance of the Book of Discipline regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of practicing homosexuals.  The Judicial Council ruled that seven of petitions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, and the rest …more

    UNY Conference welcomes MaryBeth Ingalls

    April 24, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference welcomes MaryBeth Ingalls as the new Mission Volunteer Coordinator. She will be working alongside with Mike Block, the Upper New York Director of Missional Engagement. MaryBeth’s primary responsibility will be to help broaden the awareness of volunteer opportunities at the Mission Central HUB and throughout the Conference. MaryBeth became a Christian 12 years ago while attending Liverpool First UMC. While at Liverpool, she fell …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."