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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Transformation in Christ 180 UNY UMM Retreat, inspiring for men, women, and children

    September 11, 2018 / By Mark Jones / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Greetings from the United Methodist Men (UMM) of the Upper New York (UNY) Conference. “Transformation in Christ Turn 180“ was our theme for this year’s UMM Annual Conference-wide retreat  held at the beautiful Sky Lake Camp and Retreat Center, in Windsor NY (about 15 miles from where I grew up in Conklin, NY). The idea this year was to include families; men, women and children. This idea …more

    Spotlight on the Bishop’s Retreat 2018 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Clif Christopher

    September 11, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “Living, Leading, and Equipping for Biblical Stewardship” is the theme of this year’s Bishop’s Retreat to be held October 23-25 at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse, Ny The Keynote Speaker, Dr. Clif Christopher, founder of Horizons Stewardship Company, is the perfect speaker on the topic of stewardship. Since founding Horizons, he and his strategists have led consultations in over 2,000 churches, conferences, synods, and …more

    What’s new at SU: September 2018

    September 11, 2018 / By Rhonda Chester, United Methodist Ecumenical Chaplain. Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University

    It’s the beginning of my third year as the United Methodist Ecumenical Campus Ministry chaplain here at Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University campus and I am reflecting on the meaningful ministry opportunities that I have had with so many students. Recently, I got the opportunity to be a part of the welcoming committees and watched with glee as we kicked off the Fall 2018 semester with 5,000 new incoming students, 800 of …more

    Tommy boldly living his way forward

    September 4, 2018 / By Erin Patrick, Church Planter

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on individuals and churches throughout the Conference who are boldly living their call. Tommy is one of those individuals. The ROAD is a New Faith Community that reaches people by creating a place and sense of belonging through being relational community that is open to all levels of faiths that affirms, loves, and accepts …more

    The Upper New York Conference welcomes new treasurer, Bob Flask

    September 4, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Council on Finance and Administration is pleased to announce that new Conference Treasurer Bob Flask has officially joined the Finance Ministry Area. Tuesday, September 4, was his first day.  Susan Ranous, Chair of the Conference Council on Finance and Administration said, “After a long and exhaustive search, I am delighted with the addition of Bob Flask to the Conference staff as our Treasurer.  …more

    Garden ministries grow relationships and feed the hungry

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

    Editor’s Note: If your church has a garden ministry that you would like to share, send the story to news@unyumc.org. Vegetable gardens are flourishing this season throughout the Upper New York Conference. Many churches throughout the Conference have garden ministries that help to feed fresh, local produce to the hungry and build relationships both with their communities and among their members. Here are some of their …more

    Called into the healing ministries

    August 28, 2018 / By Jessica Glaser, Commissioned for the work of Deacon

    Editor’s Note: This article was written in April 2018 before Glaser was commissioned. This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate. I first felt the call to ministry close to 10 years ago, when I lived in Denver. I knew immediately that I wanted to be a deacon. I was inspired by one of the deacons at my church who also served as a labor organizer. I …more

    Urgent need for cleaning kit supplies

    August 28, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Recent flooding in Seneca County and throughout Pennsylvania has caused a shortage of UMCOR flood buckets within the Upper New York Conference. UNY Mission Central HUB is in great need of UMCOR cleaning kit supplies and help assembling and verifying buckets. While some of these buckets are used to help our own area, they’re also used around the world. According to Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement, and …more

    Discerning my call into ministry

    August 28, 2018 / By Paul Winkelman

    Editor’s Note: This article was written in April 2018 before Winkelman was ordained. My calling to pastoral ministry was not discerned by a specific moment or encounter with God - it occurred more gradually. Since I was very young, I began seeing and experiencing the grace of God through Jesus Christ, by the things that I saw in the world and in nature, through the love of Christ that …more

    2018 UNY Conference Journal Directory now available for purchase

    August 27, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2018 Upper New York Conference Journal Directory is now available. The directory is a compilation of clergy, church, and laity contact information. There are two ways to receive the Journal Directory: Click here to purchase a hard copy from online publisher Lulu.com. Click here to view online or to download a free PDF version on Issuu. If you order directly from Lulu.com, you can have it delivered to …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."