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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Come and retreat at one of the UNY Camp & Retreat Centers

    November 7, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

      Did you know that Camp & Retreat Centers throughout UNY offer much more than summer camping opportunities for youth and children? In fact, these centers are open year-round and offer retreat and event opportunities for adults, youth, families, clergy, and ministry leaders. These centers offer exceptional hospitality, home cooked meals, great accommodations, and wonderful relaxation and recreation options. Your group can select from a variety of meeting and gathering …more

    Track data, gain insight, and help your church with VitalSigns

    November 7, 2017 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The VitalSigns Dashboard is a tool that allows churches to track church growth indicators, such as weekly worship attendance, professions of faith, small group participation, missional participation, and financial giving. It is a deeper level of insight, support, and accountability that tracks and trends vital information in an easy-to-understand dashboard. VitalSigns provides both a real-time pulse and long-term perspective on what’s going on in congregations, Districts, and Conferences. …more

    Strengthening Camp and Retreat Centers

    November 7, 2017 / By Pam Harris, Director, Run River Enterprises

    My work through an Extension Ministry appointment is to serve as a consultant to faith-based camp and retreat centers. In 19 years of working with camp and retreat ministries, our organization has worked with nearly 300 sites of ministry in almost 200 organizations. We have worked with nearly all denominations, in most US states, and three Canadian provinces. Some projects result in strategic, long-range plans, which guide the ministry into the future they …more

    2017 UNY Conference Journal Vol. 2 now available for purchase

    November 6, 2017 / By

    The 2017 Upper New York Conference Journal  Vol. 2, is now available. This volume of the journal contains all business from the 8th session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, held June 1-3, 2017. There are two ways to receive the Journal Vol. 2: Click here to purchase a hard copy from online publisher Lulu.com OR Click here to view online or to download a free PDF version If you order …more

    Prayer is the focus of the 2017 Bishop’s Retreat

    November 1, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The practice of prayer is more vital than ever before for the future of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Young Jin Cho, the featured speaker of this year’s Bishop Retreat, which was held from Oct. 24-26 in Binghamton, NY, phenomenally articulated the necessity of prayer in revitalizing churches. Bishop Cho believes that prayer needs to be the foundation for clergy as they plan ways to revive their churches. …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: God’s love in all places

    October 31, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    The fall 2017 edition of the Advocate is available on our website and has also arrived at local churches. This issue focuses on Being God’s love to our neighbors in all places.  In this issue, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb reflects on a blog he read by Rich Robinson, who describes what it means to be m.i.s.s.i.o.n.a …more

    UNY Communication Department staffing changes

    October 26, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Over the next few months, the Upper New York Conference Communications Ministry Area will be undergoing some staffing changes.  Karen Campolieto, Administrative Assistant for Communications, New Faith Communities, and Vital Congregations, has been promoted to Media Resource Coordinator and Archives Assistant. In this role, she is taking on the tasks that Resource Center Director Diane Miner (who is retiring next month) fulfilled and she will also be helping to …more

    Rev. Michael L. Weeden celebrated as Superintendent of the Northern Flow District

    October 24, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson

    On October 15, 2017, nearly 200 people gathered together at the Gouverneur First UMC to celebrate the appointment of the Rev. Mike Weeden as District Superintendent of the Northern Flow District and to worship with each other on this joyous occasion. When Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb introduced Rev. Weeden, he first described what he looks for when he is appointing a new District Superintendent. He said, “We …more

    Introducing the Upper New York Conference Communication Hubs

    October 24, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson

    Shortly after the UNY Conference was formed, with the large geographical size of the Conference in mind, a promise was made to create Communication Hubs across the UNY Conference to strengthen our connection.  And now this promise has been fulfilled. In the beginning of 2017, the Conference Leadership Team (CLT) and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) decided to designate some Conference funds toward creating Communication …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2018 available

    October 24, 2017 / By

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local churches for the period January 1 to June 30, 2018. 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 …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."