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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Missing AC2020

    May 27, 2020 / By

    Editor's Note: U.pper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, sent the following letter to the UNY Conference on May 27, 2020. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” -Romans 15.13 Dear Friends, On most of our calendars, tomorrow, May 28, was marked as the beginning of …more

    UMC Bishops announce dates for postponed 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences

    May 26, 2020 / By Council of Bishops

    The Council of Bishops (COB) has announced new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States which have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States will be held November 10-12, 2021. The days prior to and after can be used at the discretion of each Jurisdictional Conference. In the call letter to Jurisdictional Conferences secretaries and heads of delegations, COB President Bishop Cynthia …more

    Commission sets dates for postponed General Conference; will explore new uses of technology

    May 26, 2020 / By Commission on the General Conference

    The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place on August 29 - September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.  "We're grateful that we were able to secure new dates while keeping the site of General Conference in Minneapolis. Nearly seven years of pre-planning and …more

    The Rev. Susan Ranous to be appointed to UNY Connectional Ministries

    May 26, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Many across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference are already familiar with the Rev. Susan Ranous, a deacon who has been Chair of the UNY Conference Council and Finance and Administration (CF&A) and has her own CPA practice. Rev. Ranous will become an ex. officio member to CF&A effective July 1 and has been appointed to a 1/4-time position for the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries. Rev. …more

    Upper New York Communications team wins four UMAC awards

    May 26, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson

    Each year, The United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) recognizes excellence in communication through an awards program, the United Methodist Association of Communicators Awards Contest. This year the Awards Contest was livestreamed due to COVID-19. The contest recognizes excellence in print publications, digital publications, writing, internet communications, video production, audio, photography, visual design, publicity/advertising and media presentations. High-quality work from United Methodist communicators across the nation is submitted to …more

    Early Response Team in the Mohawk District

    May 26, 2020 / By Mary Lou Buck

    Editor's Note: Mary Lou Buck is a very active member of Upper New York’s Early Response Team. In an article, originally published in the Spring 2020 edition of the Advocate, Mary Lou relives the ERT process that was used in cleaning up communities in the Mohawk District that were impacted by a strong storm and resulting flooding on Halloween night in 2019. This article is a great &ldquo …more

    UNY Cabinet urges local churches to use caution when reopening

    May 26, 2020 / By UNY Cabinet

    Editor's Note: The UNY Conference sent the following letter on behalf of the UNY Cabinet on Thursday May 21. As we continue to move into the reopening phase throughout the state of New York, we know that many are anxious to return to in-person gatherings, while maintaining a commitment to care for the safety and health of our church and community members. Recognizing that Governor Cuomo has stated that the …more

    Church reopening guidelines

    May 20, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    Editor’s Note: Please note that the document of Reopening Guidelines is frequently updated whenever the New York State Governor's Office implements new guidelines related to churches. The Upper New York Conference Reopening Taskforce has compiled a comprehensive guide to help local churches understand when they can open and resume services and the best practices they must have in place once in order to keep everyone safe …more

    Families in mission

    May 19, 2020 / By Don and Glenda Schuessler, Gouverneur First UMC

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Advocate. The theme of this issue is “Being the hands and feet of Jesus.” Click here to read the issue. When I was five years old, I began helping my grandmother return books to the Christian Science Reading Room in Silver Spring, Maryland. I would ride in the front seat of her car&mdash …more

    Online NEJ Mission E-Academy courses offered this month and next

    May 14, 2020 / By NEJ UMVIM

    United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is offering its annual Northeastern Jurisdiction Mission Academy in an online webinar format throughout May and June 2020. Click here for the full calendar of courses. All courses are free. Donations are welcomed to UMVIM and its partners offering these courses. UMVIM connected with Global Ministries, UMCOR, Church & Society and community partners like New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) to offer several of the …more



    With more than 144,000 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."