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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Connectional Ministries”

    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

    2017 Harry Denman nominations sought

    April 3, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Nominations are open for the 2017 Harry Denman Evangelism Awards. The awards honor United Methodists in each conference whose exceptional evangelism brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Each year, annual conferences join the Foundation for Evangelism in recognizing one youth, one clergy member and one layperson in their conference. The 2016 recipients in the Upper New York Conference were lay member Shari Schuck and the Rev. Joseph Pascoe. The …more

    How Danyal Mohammadzadeh became a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ

    December 20, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When Danyal Mohammadzadeh came to the United States in 2011, he was “exhausted, destroyed, and disappointed.” Today, Danyal is joyfully on the path to become a United Methodist elder. This is a story of how one individual invited Danyal to Delmar UMC and how the congregation and leadership of the church transformed Danyal’s life. This is a story of inspiration. An Iranian citizen, Danyal’s journey …more

    CONAM:  What it is and how Ministry Shares support it

    December 2, 2016 / By Blenda Smith

    By Blenda Smith CONAM, the Committee on Native American Ministries, is part of the Upper New York Conference and receives Ministry Shares to function effectively.   Native peoples need community in order to connect, build relationships, work together, and move forward.  Because of the regular connections through our CONAM meetings, we are able to worship together, hearing Christian biblical teachings from a Native perspective. What a gift to …more

    The four Sundays of Advent

    November 16, 2016 / By UNY Communications

    The season of Advent is celebrated over four Sundays in The United Methodist Church – this year, those Sundays are Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11, and 18. The season begins four Sundays before Christmas, ending at sundown on Christmas Eve. The end of Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical or church year for Christians. During Advent, United Methodists prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. “We remember the longing of …more

    My reflections on the Leadership Institute 2016

    November 15, 2016 / By Pastor Alicia Wood

    Our Upper New York Annual Conference session three-day meeting in spring 2016 included a three-part learning time with Adam Hamilton, the lead church planter of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. He started this church 26 years ago, and now it has four sites/campuses. The church is so generous that it hosts a Leadership Institute annually, sharing what the congregation has learned as they planted and grown …more

    The Connection: What Ministry Shares mean for the local churches

    November 14, 2016 / By Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding

    When I started serving as the UNY Conference’s Director of Connectional Ministries, it wasn’t long before I was asked, “so what do we get from the Conference?”  This question, asked by both clergy and laity, usually came up in a discussion about shared ministry payments and conference budgets.  Heard in the wrong way, it could sound like a consumer demanding a vendor …more

    Ministry with the Marginalized Training offered throughout UNY Conference

    October 31, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Social Holiness Team highly recommends the Ministry with the Marginalized Training to everyone. The Rev. Dana Horrell has developed this program and the accompanying videos with support from a Peace with Justice grant. Heather Smith, the Peace with Justice Coordinator says, “Along the way, we have reviewed materials and are thrilled with the professional results. This course is designed around principles of doing justice and being God's …more

    The Rev. Dr. Amanda Drury challenges UNY clergy to grow their faith

    October 31, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Dr. Amanda Drury wants to bring testifying back to the Church; she wants congregations to understand and feel God’s outrageous love. Rev. Dr. Drury, the featured speaker at the 2016 Bishop’s Retreat held in Niagara Falls, NY October 25-2, shared her desires in a series of powerful and thought-provoking lectures on Doubt and on God’s Outrageous Love to an audience of nearly 200 clergy …more

    Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey to visit UNY Conference Nov. 19-20

    October 18, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Saturday Nov. 19 and Sunday Nov. 20, UNY Conference clergy and laity have the opportunity to meet Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey to learn more about Africa University (AU). J. Lawrence McCleskey retired as a bishop of The United Methodist Church in 2008.  He served for 45 years as an active United Methodist clergyperson, beginning as a student pastor in 1963, serving 27 years in pastoral ministry, six years as a district superintendent, and 12 years …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."