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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Updates to the Peace with Justice Grant Program

    April 5, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The Social Holiness Team has recently re-evaluated our conference Peace with Justice Grant guidelines. This was necessary because folks have been utilizing the Peace with Justice Sunday funds to support wonderful ministries and opportunities. In 2016, the Social Holiness team was able to grant $21,500 to five projects, including: NYS Council of Churches Luncheon with speaker Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS Faith for Fair NY Conference NYS Council of Churches Protestant Chaplain Care …more

    Teaching children to pray: A helpful script

    April 4, 2017 / By Kerry Evans, Jamesville Community Church

    Editor’s Note: The theme of our next issue of the Advocate, which will arrive at local churches and be accessible through our website the first week in April, is Together in Prayer. The issue features many stories of how prayer has made a difference from an individual-level, all the way to our Conference level. Like this story, some of the stories provide guidance on teaching children to pray. …more

    A Reflection of UpWord! 2k17

    April 4, 2017 / By Kristian J. Snyder, CCYM Member 2017-2018

    Hundreds of youth and adults from all across Upper New York came together in Liverpool, N.Y.for UpWord! 2k17. UpWord! 2k17 was held on March 31 - April 2 at the Liverpool Holiday Inn. There were over 300 youth and adults who joined the 57Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) members who planned and organized the event. There were a total of 35 youth groups from 10 different districts in attendance. The weekend included 15 …more

    2017 Harry Denman nominations sought

    April 3, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Nominations are open for the 2017 Harry Denman Evangelism Awards. The awards honor United Methodists in each conference whose exceptional evangelism brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Each year, annual conferences join the Foundation for Evangelism in recognizing one youth, one clergy member and one layperson in their conference. The 2016 recipients in the Upper New York Conference were lay member Shari Schuck and the Rev. Joseph Pascoe. The …more

    Registration open for the UNY Local Pastor License School (June 4-9)

    March 31, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The 2017 Upper New York Conference Local Pastor License School (LPLS) will be held June 4-9 at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. Registration is 4-5 p.m. June 4. Dinner is provided at 5:30 p.m., and students must be present for worship at 7 p.m. The school is in session from registration on Sunday and continues through dinner on Friday. The LPLS experience provides an opportunity to learn with …more

    2017 Pre-Conference Briefing to be produced via video this year

    March 30, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    In years prior, leading up to the Annual Conference, Pre-Conference Briefings were held across the UNY area to provide information about the budget, pensions and benefits, resolutions, constitutional amendments, and other details to help you feel prepared for Annual Conference. This year, we have successfully developed a narrative budget and conducted listening sessions across the UNY Conference to discuss the budget. You can review and/or download our 2018 narrative budget …more

    The Rev. Dr. John Tyson reflects on John and Charles Wesley’s prayer life

    March 27, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    Editor’s Note: The next issue of the Advocate, which will arrive at local churches and be accessible through our website in early April, focuses on prayer. For this issue, we connected with Wesleyan scholar, the Rev. Dr. John Tyson to learn more about John and Charles Wesley’s prayer life and insight on how the Wesley’s teachings can help nurture our prayer life today. Below …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for July-December 2017 available

    March 24, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and an application form for salary grants to local churches for the period July 1 to December 31, 2017. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full-time appointment. To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to the …more

    Update on Milford UMC and Fonda-Fultonville UMC

    March 16, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Please continue to pray for Milford UMC and Fonda-Fultonville UMC as they recover from the fires that destroyed their buildings earlier this week. The Milford UMC, which caught on fire Sunday March 12, begins moving forward. In a letter to her congregation, Millford UMC pastor, the Rev. Sylvia Barrett, explained the logistical and administrative procedures that have taken place since the fire. She said, “We are working on an inventory …more

    The Rev. Natalie Hanson to preach at the 2017 Annual Conference Memorial Service

    March 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Natalie Hanson will be the Memorial Service preacher at the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference, held June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Rev. Hanson is currently the pastor at Christ-First UMC in Jamestown, N.Y.  Prior to being appointed to Christ First, Rev. Hanson served as District Superintendent of the Niagara Frontier region of the United Methodist Church for eight years. She supervised 81 churches in that …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."