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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Sue Russell named Director of Asbury Camp and Retreat Center

    February 27, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The UNY Conference is pleased to announce that Sue Russell has been named Director of Asbury Camp and Retreat Center. Having served as the Interim Director of Asbury since the spring of 2016, Sue’s history at Asbury is notable. Sue was hired in June of 2011 at Asbury as the Guest Services Coordinator. In February of 2015, she became the Assistant Director. The UNY Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries, Mike …more

    United Methodist Men hosting Conference-wide shoe drive

    February 22, 2017 / By UNY Communications Team

    The Upper New York Conference United Methodist Men is sponsoring “Shoes For Service,” a shoe drive that will benefit Upstate New York Veterans, from March 1-31. UM Men is working with Funds2Orgs, which gives organizations money based on the total weight of the shoes gathered during shoe drive campaigns. UM Men will collect all types of shoes, including boots and flip flops, as well as shoes for …more

    Cross-cultural appointments in the United Methodist Church

    February 21, 2017 / By Rev. Ewart Morris

    My guiding principle and mandate, both in the call and practice, of the ordained and pastoral ministry has been Jesus’ commission to his disciples. He directed them: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you and remember, I am …more

    My journey as pastor at Four Corners UMC

    February 21, 2017 / By Pastor David Rood

    I remember the first day I walked into Four Corners UMC when the District Superintendent notified them that I was getting appointed to their church. I was greeted with very friendly smiles and welcomes, which is the way that I would expect to be welcomed at any church. We talked and they gave me a bulletin and they informed me of the way their service was laid out. We sing …more

    Review of Being Poor: The Cycle of Injustice

    February 21, 2017 / By Linda Hughes

    For some reason, I have avoided exploring and educating myself about the racial injustice problem of mass incarceration. Maybe I’m not ready for the weight of yet another racial issue. I’ve had the book The New Jim Crow for over a year, but have yet to read it.   When I was flipping through the TV stations recently, I came upon a documentary on WCNY (our …more

    Bishop Webb announces Annual Conference 2017 speakers

    February 21, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb has announced three featured speakers for the 2017 Upper New York Annual Conference, June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean will be the study leader. Dr. Dean is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. Bishop …more

    Summer Camp & Retreat registration is now open

    February 15, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 2017 Summer Camp & Retreat programs. Program details are available online and brochures were mailed this week! Brochures were sent to past participants and campers as well as all Upper New York Annual Conference churches. “We are excited about the high quality and excellent variety of programs being offered this summer, …more

    Diversity and Social Media: Q & A with Sophia Agtarap and Hannah Bonner

    February 15, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Sophia Agtarap is a transplant to the South from the West Coast. Her background in education and digital media has helped her be a shepherd of sorts to digital immigrants, and she enjoys working with diverse groups to help them better understand today's communication tools and uses for ministry and outreach. She is currently works in communications and marketing for The Village--a new church start in Nashville, TN. Rev. …more

    Registration is now open for UP!WORD ‘17

    February 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Spread the word to all youth in grades sixth through 12th-UP!WORD is the spring event held by the Upper New York Conference's Council of Youth Ministry (CCYM). The theme this year, short and to the point, is "God is."  UP!WORD 2017 is an opportunity for youth from all over the Upper New York Conference to experience community and grow in their spiritual …more

    Fairview UMC-a growing urban church

    February 14, 2017 / By Blenda Smith

    An urban church in a “changing” neighborhood— how many local churches in Upper New York Conference would fit that description? Fairview UMC in Binghamton, NY, is just that. We are also a growing church with baptisms, confirmations, and other new members in the last six to seven years. We don’t measure the strength of our beloved community with metrics.  Rather, we have come to …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."