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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Upper New York hosts first Awards Dinner at AC2019

    June 5, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    About 100 UNY Conference staff, award recipients, and honored guests gathered Wednesday evening for the inaugural Upper New York Conference 2019 Awards Dinner during AC session. The event put a spotlight on those who “don’t seek the limelight” but serve “quietly, unassumingly, and selflessly.” “In particular, I am eager and privileged to welcome our honorees and their guests this evening,” said Assistant to …more

    Christ in the City offers hope

    June 5, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    For the past three years, the Syracuse United Methodist Churches has hosted a worship service called, “Christ in the City,” the afternoon before the Upper New York Annual (UNY) Annual Conference session begins. Held at Columbus Circle, only a few blocks from the Oncenter in Syracuse, where the Annual Conference is typically held, this service includes music, praise and worship, a message, and testimonies of faith. This year, …more

    It’s time to take a leap of faith, Bishop Webb urges during AC2019 Opening Worship

    June 5, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Click here to read Bishop Webb's transcript from his message shared during Opening Worship.   “We need a fresh word! We need to be reminded of who we are and whose we are … we need to be reminded that amid this season, God is doing a new thing.” This sentiment was expressed by Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb during Opening Worship at …more

    Bishop Webb proclaims hope after Special Session of General Conference

    May 29, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

     Hundreds of people throughout the Upper New York (UNY) Conference spent an April or May evening gathered at a church in their region to listen to UNY Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb explain how the United Methodist Book of Discipline will change effective Jan. 1, 2020 based on the Judicial Council’s decisions regarding the constitutionality of the petitions that made up the Traditional Plan affirmed by the delegates …more

    God’s grace after the storm

    May 28, 2019 / By MaryBeth Ingalls, Upper New York Volunteer Coordinator

    Editor’s Note: MaryBeth Ingalls was just certified as an ERT earlier this month. She went on her first mission trip as an ERT to Smalltown, PA. from May 20-22 with a team of 12 volunteers from the Upper New York Conference. Montrose UMC hosted the group and East Bloomfield UMC provided the food. The specific town of the home the team worked on has been changed as has the …more

    Peace with Justice Sunday is June 16

    May 20, 2019 / By Heather Smith

    Pentecost is June 9 and traditionally Peace with Justice Sunday is the following week. I like the way they scheduled that – the first thing we do as United Methodists after celebrating the birthday of the church is take an offering in support of justice ministries. This year, I have great hope that our Conference-wide participation will increase – hopefully meeting the 30% goal that we set for ourselves at the 2017 Annual …more

    Mission U 2019 is back for another summer of learning

    May 14, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Take time this summer to study, worship, sing, and great fellowship. Mission U (formerly known as School of Christian Mission) will continue its annual emphasis on “learning together for the transformation of the world.” It was created by Methodist women in the early-20th century in order to educate women and inspire them to a sense of mission at home and around the world. The United Methodist Women …more

    Why a Palestinian dinner?

    May 14, 2019 / By Linda Bergh

    Did you ever think that participating in a meal could be an act of Social Justice?  When members of Annual Conference, other United Methodists, and community members gather on Friday, June 7th for the Palestinian Dinner during Annual Conference, they eat in solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, who suffer the denial of their basic rights and freedoms under the illegal Israeli occupation, as well …more

    UNY United Methodist Historical Society Meeting slotted for June 15

    May 13, 2019 / By Nancy Rutenber

    The Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society will meet on Saturday, June 15 at the UNY Conference Center (7481 Henry Clay Blvd.) in Liverpool, NY.  Early birds can do volunteer work in the conference archives starting at 9:30 a.m.  Bring your own lunch if eating at the Center.  The Society meeting will start about 12:40 p.m. with a business meeting, followed by a PowerPoint presentation by Nancy Rutenber …more

    How Phoenix UMC offers loads of love

    May 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Imagine living in dire straits to the point where you are unable to pay to wash your laundry? Churches in the UNY Conference, such as Whitney Point UMC, have laundry ministries that pay for and do the laundry for people in need within their communities. Phoenix UMC started a laundry ministry, Loads of Love, this past January. They have seven church members and their pastor Justin Hood serving in this …more



    With more than 168,000 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."