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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    What you need to know about Annual Conference 2018:  Getting There

    February 13, 2018 / By Vicki Swanson

    This year, the Annual Conference is at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College (OCC). GPS Address is: 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse NY 13215; comprehensive directions from multiple locations can be found here: http://www.sunyocc.edu/index.aspx?menu=807&id=1817 Buses:  There will be shuttle buses from the Crowne Plaza and Genesee Grande. Youth and others staying at the Parkview will have access to the shuttle leaving from …more

    Conference Office Closed

    February 7, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool is closed today, Feb. 7. It is currently scheduled to reopen Thursday, Feb. 8. …more

    Bishop Webb invites all to attend UMM fall retreat

    February 6, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Upper New York Conference’s United Methodist Men will host their fall retreat Sept. 7 and 8 at Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center in Windsor. The theme of this year’s event is “Transformation through Christ: Turn 180°.” The retreat is open to people from all denominations and communities; and, for the first time, it will not only be open to men, but also to women. …more

    From the Desk of CF&A Chair, Rev. Susan M. Ranous

    February 6, 2018 / By Rev. Susan M. Ranous, CF&A Chair

    Editor's Note: The following letter was sent from Susan M. Ranous to the UNY Conference on Feb. 6, 2018. Sisters and brothers in Christ, After prayerful discernment, the Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) has made the decision to end our current relationship with Kevin Domanico as Conference Treasurer, effective immediately (2/5/18). On behalf of the Upper New York Conference, we express thanks for the ways in which Kevin …more

    Erin Patrick and the community she creates

    February 5, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on the ministry of the laity. Erin Patrick discovered something she loved about the Methodist Church when she was in fifth grade—she loved the sense of community. Erin said, “One day my brother started going to church with some of his friends and because he is older than me and way …more

    Called to be a lay servant

    January 31, 2018 / By Lucina Hallagan, UNY Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries

    I became a lay servant in 1991 because I was encouraged by my pastor to attend a lay servant basic course held at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. I have always felt a pull to ordained ministry; however, I was never able to begin the process. All the while, for years really, I still had this deep longing and felt that God was calling me to something. I continued to lead …more

    Laity Glossary

    January 31, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    An informal poll by the Upper New York Communications Ministry Area reveals the following 11 items as the least known Lay Ministry terms. Can you correctly identify the meaning? 1. Lay servant A. An active, supportive member of a United Methodist congregation who is eager to be in ministry through the church. He/she is well-informed on scripture, doctrine, heritage, organization and life of the United Methodist Church and is committed to …more

    Commission moderators emphasize mission as key to way forward

    January 31, 2018 / By Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball, and Ken Carter Moderator Team of the Commission on a Way Forward

    The moderators of the Commission on a Way Forward are urging United Methodists to engage in reflections on where they see mission at the heart of the denomination as well as seeing mission as significant for resolving conflict.  Below is the statement from Bishops David Yemba, Sandra Steiner Ball, and Ken Carter Mission and the Way Forward in the Season after the Epiphany At the conclusion of the …more

    Imagine No Racism event to be held on Sat. April 21

    January 30, 2018 / By UNY Communications Team

    In July of 2016, the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church unanimously approved a resolution for every Annual Conference to confront the sin of racism in our own hearts, our churches, and our communities. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop created a taskforce, known now as the Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism, to start strategizing ways to confront this deeply embedded issue across our Conference. The taskforce is …more

    CF&A reports positive news about 2017 Ministry Shares

    January 30, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Council of Finance & Administration (CF&A) is happy to report that 638 churches have contributed 100 percent of their Ministry Shares in 2017; this is up from 632 in 2016. The amount of Ministry Shares collected is over $100,000 more than Ministry Shares collected in 2016 ($8,625,795 in 2017 compared to $8,507,208 in 2016). The Rev. Susan Ranous, chair of CF&A said, “It has been such a blessing to work on …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."