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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    It’s time to take your HealthQuotient assessment to reduce your 2019 HealthFlex deductible

    August 1, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The HealthQuotient (HQ) online health risk assessment is step two of your HealthFlex “Three Steps for Better Wellness.” Taking the HQ between August 1 and September 30, 2018 will save you money on your 2019 medical plan deductible*— you will avoid paying $250 extra (individual deductible) or $500 extra (family deductible). It is also meant to help you develop a wellness plan for yourself based on your specific health care needs. In order …more

    The Susquehanna Conference visits for mission work on the Onondaga Nation Reservation

    July 31, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Connection. This is what enables United Methodists to make a difference in the global community. Just as the Upper New York Conference engages in mission work all over the world so all the Conferences. Last week, members of a mission team from the Susquehanna Conference repaired houses on the Onondaga Nation Reservation, just South of Syracuse.  In fact, the Susquehanna Conference has been committed to mission work on the …more

    Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

    July 31, 2018 / By Council of Bishops

    The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese, and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the …more

    Q&A about baptism

    July 30, 2018 / By UMC Discipleship Ministries

    Q: What does United Methodism fundamentally believe about baptism? A: Baptism is a sacrament. In a sacrament, God uses common elements – in this case, water – as means or vehicles of divine grace. Baptism is administered by the church as the Body of Christ. It is the act of God through the grace of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. Q: Is sprinkling the only way …more

    How baptism is related to your call

    July 30, 2018 / By The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on individuals and churches throughout the UNY Conference that are boldly living their call.  Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior, put your whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as your Lord, in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, …more

    UNY Conference hires Treasurer

    July 24, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Susan Ranous, Chair of the Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) of the Upper New York (UNY) Conference, announces that CF&A has completed its search for a new Conference Treasurer and has recommended Robert (Bob) Flask for the position. CF&A took the selection process seriously; the process involved interviews by a primary interview team as well as conversations with the Conference Executive …more

    Bishop Webb offering fall gatherings for A Way Forward

    July 24, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This fall, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is hosting six gatherings around the Conference in preparation for Special Session of General Conference to talk about Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church. The gatherings will include a presentation of the plan and process of General Conference, a time to remember our mission, and worship and prayer. Click here to find the dates and …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J Webb: Living Boldly

    July 24, 2018 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which shared stories on individuals and churches throughout the Upper New York Conference that are boldly living their call. Sarah, Abraham, Miriam, Moses, Sarah, Ruth, Joshua, David, Esther, Hannah, Solomon, Jeremiah, Peter, John, Mary Magdalene, and Paul. What do these individuals all have in common?  What do their lives offer to ours? These women and …more

    2018 UNY Lottie Brown Scholarship recipients announced

    July 23, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year the Upper New York Annual Conference College Scholarships Committee offers Lottie Brown Scholarships for undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in Christian service. This year’s recipients are Tristan Turner, Madyson Valeski, Kelly Thompson, Katherine Bobsein, Zachary Moyer, Emily Allen, and Katherine Allen. Tristan Turner will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology. He has chosen Chemical Engineering as a major. Already having done mission …more

    UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries seeking youth nominations for Director’s Invitational

    July 18, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Many of our youth around the Conference are leading Sunday school, youth events, local and global mission projects, serving on church committees, and leading school and community activities. They have demonstrated leadership potential, but often lack confidence, training, direction, or opportunity to develop their gifts. Soon they will be adults working in a variety of careers, be parents, and spiritual leaders. We recognize the opportunity the church has to guide …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."