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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Camp and Retreat Ministry (CRM)”

    UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries seeking youth nominations for Director’s Invitational

    July 18, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Many of our youth around the Conference are leading Sunday school, youth events, local and global mission projects, serving on church committees, and leading school and community activities. They have demonstrated leadership potential, but often lack confidence, training, direction, or opportunity to develop their gifts. Soon they will be adults working in a variety of careers, be parents, and spiritual leaders. We recognize the opportunity the church has to guide …more

    Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries Transforming Lives: The 2017 Impact Report

    June 18, 2018 / By UNY CRM Ministries

    “Before this I never really followed God and Jesus. The camp has created a connection between me and God. I will always remember that God is real, God loves me, and God wants a relationship with me. I really felt a connection to Christ and I want to remain connected, I know that if I abide in God, God will abide in me.” This is what an Upper …more

    UNY staff welcomes Betsy Schuessler

    September 11, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    We extend a warm welcome to Betsy Schuessler who has been hired as Administrative Assistant to the director of Camp & Retreat Ministries.  Betsy grew up as a camper at Aldersgate and served on summer staff ultimately filling the role of interim director from the fall of 2006 through the spring of 2009.  She has continued to serve in a volunteer role for CRM many times throughout the year and …more

    Conference website status

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As we are sure you have noticed, we’ve had some significant issues with the Conference website over the last week or so. The good news is that we have a restored version of the Conference website that we can work with. The bad news is that several months updates, changes, and additions to the website were lost in the process.   What this means is we are having …more

    Actions taken during the Trustees Report

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    During afternoon plenary on day two of the 2016 Annual Conference session, three matters were discussed in the Trustees Report: the new Conference Center, churches that have been discontinued and abandoned, and the Findley Camp & Retreat Center (Camp Findley) Resolution. Regarding the new Conference Center at 7481 Henry Clay Boulevard in Liverpool, Pastor Richard Barling, a trustee, discussed the progress that has been made in renovating the building. He mentioned the …more

    Committee on Camp & Retreat Ministries pens letter

    May 23, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Committee on Camp & Retreat Ministries has been discerning how Upper New York’s camp and retreat centers and its ministry outreach can best live out its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Committee Chair David Little has released a letter that states the committee has voted and recommends the sale of Findley Camp & Retreat Center. The committee has assessed …more

    From the Advocate: Why I chose to volunteer at the Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center

    May 4, 2016 / By BJ Stewart

    For the first 15 years of our marriage, I heard countless stories about the Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center; my husband attended throughout his childhood and loved it. Then he had the opportunity to volunteer; he started out as a counselor and then transitioned to directing audio-visual – first photography and then branching to more AV, including computer use. Time marched on, until an Annual Conference session one year when …more

    From the Advocate: Why I chose to donate to the Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center

    May 4, 2016 / By Lauri Nair

    I loved the Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center from the moment I first set foot on the property in 1974. I grew up in a family where we spent lots of time in the woods on weekends and vacations in rustic cabins in Canada. I love the outdoors, especially mountains and lakes. I enjoy swimming, fishing, and boating. I feel especially close to God in that environment.  As a …more

    From the Advocate: Why I chose to donate to the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center

    May 4, 2016 / By Peg Shields

    In the mid-1950s, fellow Carnegie Mellon University student Bob Shields and I joined other Methodists from the Northeastern Jurisdiction for a conference in a remote area of Central New York. We had never heard of “Casowasco on Owasco Lake.” During that first week, I had a “mountaintop experience ... a recommitment of my religious faith.” Bob and I were married after graduation. We began our ongoing …more

    From the Advocate: Why camp? The question should be: Why not camp?

    May 4, 2016 / By Mike Huber

    Over my 47 years of life I have seen numerous examples of lives transformed by experiences at a camp. I was a family camper at Aldersgate and Casowasco. I was a summer staff member at two Mennonite camps while in college; and as a professional camp and retreat staff member, I have listened to, prayed with and walked with many who, through the transformative power of Christ have been renewed and …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."