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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Active shooter resources available

    November 12, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    In light of recent events like the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, it is becoming important to know how to prevent and respond to active shooter incidents. The Upper New York Conference insurance provider, Church Mutual, recommends several resources that churches can use to learn how to prevent and respond to such incidents. Here are some of Church Mutual’s recommendations: ALICE ALICE is the acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, …more

    Mentoring for Effectiveness:  A Personal View

    November 12, 2018 / By Rev. Robert Kolvick-Campbell, Sherrill: Christ UMC

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on itinerancy.             In the midst of newly ordained pastors, or even longer serving pastors, the situations of ministry can become a bit much to handle. Self-care can be forgotten and hopes can fall short of God’s vision for us. We …more

    Mentoring for Effectiveness:  A Personal View

    November 12, 2018 / By Rev. Robert Kolvick-Campbell, Sherrill: Christ UMC

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on itinerancy.             In the midst of newly ordained pastors, or even longer serving pastors, the situations of ministry can become a bit much to handle. Self-care can be forgotten and hopes can fall short of God’s vision for us. We …more

    Planter Leadership Development Group… a PLD group for planters

    November 12, 2018 / By Rev. Dave Masland / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    What is it? Six monthly meetings, starting in November and ending in May. We will gather from 9:30 a.m. untill 2 p.m. on weekdays (dates to be negotiated, during the first one, by the group). We will be reading and discussing four important books about: the spiritual life of the leader, developing a disciple making system in your NFC, and being an effective adaptive …more

    Compete for the Golden Bucket Award

    November 7, 2018 / By Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference Mission Central HUB is announcing the Golden Bucket Award. Beginning Oct. 1, 2018 through May 25, 2019, the District that donates the most UMCOR cleaning kits will be awarded the coveted Golden Bucket. Each month, the UNY Communications Ministry Area will share the collection results and a certificate will be displayed showcasing which District collected the most for that particular month. If you are bringing kits to UNY …more

    Social Holiness Concerns: the youngest Palestinian Political Prisoner

    November 6, 2018 / By Dianne Roe

    Shadi Farah had just turned 12 years old when he and a friend were taken into Israeli police custody in December 2015 because Israeli settlers complained they looked suspicious. Under interrogation and torture Shadi "confessed" that he wanted to stab a soldier.  No actual stabbing, or attempt at stabbing had taken place.  Yet Shadi was charged and sentenced to prison. Almost three years later Shadi is still in detention.  …more

    UNY completes a successful medical mission trip in Vieques, Puerto Rico: Article 3 of 3

    November 6, 2018 / By Ryan Bennett

    Editor’s Note: Click here and here to learn more about this mission trip team by reading previous articles. Hello, my name is Ryan Bennett, and the mission trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico in September is the first mission trip I’ve ever been on. It was pretty much everything I could have asked for, considering we went to a place that got slammed by Hurricane Maria. …more

    Welcoming Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth to Bath: Centenary UMC

    November 6, 2018 / By Bob Dunham, Co-Lay Leader, Bath: Centenary UMC

    t was Sunday, July 6, 2014, and everyone at Centenary was anxious and excited to welcome our new pastor. Several of us had already met Pastor Eleanor when she came to an evening gathering at our church in the spring to be introduced and to have the opportunity to tell us a little about herself. It also gave her the chance to meet several of us for the first time. While I …more

    Replacing a pastor who served a church for 17 years

    November 6, 2018 / By The Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth, Bath: Centenary UMC

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 Issue of the Advocate, which focused on itinerancy and appointment-making in the United Methodist Church. As if a phone call from a District Superintendent asking you to prayerfully consider a change in appointment doesn’t get your heart beating fast enough, these words will surely do the trick: “…and the person you are following has been …more

    Do No Harm urges The UMC to lead in combating sin of sexual misconduct

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

    “I have a dream that the United Methodist Church will be the leading prophetic voice in combating sexual misconduct.” Bishop Sharma Lewis (Virginia Conference) shared this vision during worship the last day of the “Do No Harm” sexual ethics training event sponsored by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (https://www.gcsrw.org/DNH2018.aspx) and held earlier this month in San …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."