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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: UMC Bishops call for justice in wake of Ahmaud Arbery’s death

    May 14, 2020 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On May 14, the Council of Bishops of the UMC released the following statement about the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The Bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling for justice and the eradication of racism and white supremacy in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia. In a statement released today and signed by Council of Bishops President Cynthia …more

    Central United Methodist Church delivers dozens of Packets of Love

    May 13, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Central United Methodist Church in Endicott, NY, has always been missionally-focused. They have a clothing center that their neighbors rely on. Due to COVID-19, they had to close it and only open it during emergency situations (like house fires). Their Sheppard Supper every Thursday night is an opportunity for neighbors to come in and connect over warm meals; it has now been converted to take-out meals following social distancing guidelines. …more

    Important Announcement Regarding UNY Summer Camp 2020

    May 12, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The current context of the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a very challenging decision for the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (UNY CRM) lead team. After consultation with the Upper New York Committee on Camp & Retreat Ministries and after several meetings with experts in the medical and camping fields, the UNY CRM lead team has decided to suspend all UNY-hosted summer programs at each of the CRM sites: …more

    “Discover, Develop, and Deploy Christ-Following Leaders” work continues

    May 12, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The purpose and mission of every United Methodist church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Local churches and New Faith Communities are where disciples are made. Upper New York Director (UNY) of New Faith Communities, the Rev. Dave Masland, said, “In 2019, more than 60 percent of the churches in Upper New York reported that they did not have a single Profession of …more

    Mission work in Costa Rica

    May 12, 2020 / By The Rev. Beth Bouwens, Retired elder of the UNY Conference

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the 2020 Issue 11/Spring issue of the Advocate, which has the theme of "Being the hands and feet of Jesus." Click here to read the issue.  Costa Rica is often thought of as a vacation destination. However, I find it to be a place where I can serve with others to show the love of Jesus and help alleviate the …more

    “No matter what, no matter when…God is” worship service

    May 7, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    The Upper New York (UNY) Communications team has prepared a timely worship service video featuring the UNY Cabinet and other UNY leaders. This video, entitled “No matter what, no matter when…God is” offers messages of hope and assurance during the COVID-19 pandemic in just under one hour. The video also includes uplifting worship songs with Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center staff member and singer Nairobi O. …more

    What mission work means to me

    May 6, 2020 / By Walt Mathias, Honeoye Falls UMC

    Outreach is a critical component to being an active, engaged Christian. Most of us really enjoy and make a difference by working on the church’s rummage sale, chicken BBQ, or a mission opportunity. My “thing” is construction and rebuilding, typically after a natural disaster. I have done this locally, within New York State, within the USA, and internationally. All geographies offer the opportunity to be the …more

    Blueprint for Wellness (BFW) and Health Quotient (HQ) Deadlines Extended

    May 4, 2020 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist

    Due to COVID-19, the end dates for Blueprint for Wellness (BFW) and Health Quotient (HQ) participation have been extended to September 30, 2020. The BFW screenings typically held at Annual Conference (AC) will not be held at AC this year. Just is the case every year, there are other ways that you can complete your BFW screening either by scheduling an appointment at a Quest Diagnostics facility or by visiting your healthcare …more

    Relief efforts from Wespath and the CBOPHB during the COVID-19 Crisis—Amendment to Arrearage Policy Enforcement Delay

    April 28, 2020 / By Susan Latessa, UNY Director of Human Resources/Benefits

    The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) amended its former decision to delay the enforcement of the new arrearage policy until June 15, 2020. The only change is the date - the delay of the enforcement of the new arrearage policy is in effect until July 1, 2020. In an effort to support Annual Conferences who would like to provide assistance to local churches that may be struggling to meet their monthly …more

    New Form I-9 effective May 1, 2020

    April 23, 2020 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    A new version of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form is available and is mandatory for use effective May 1, 2020. The new form is available here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publishes a paper I-9 Form and an electronic, fillable I-9 Form. The new version of the paper form has no changes from the prior version. The form is used to verify the identity …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."