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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Episcopal Office”

    Finger Lakes District Day postponed

    February 16, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Due to predicted inclement weather in the Finger Lakes region today (Feb. 16), the Finger Lakes District Day with Bishop Mark J. Webb has been postponed to March 2. Times and locations will remain the same for the March 2 event. Should there be any further developments, a notice will be sent though Conference and District communication channels. …more

    Africa 360 Lenten Devotional now available

    January 26, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Inspired by the example set in 2012 by the North Texas Annual Conference and its Lenten Study Guide, “Seeds of Hope,” the Upper New York Conference decided to create its own Lenten Devotional for Africa 360 – the UNY Conference’s holistic plan for health and education initiatives in Africa that benefits Imagine No Malaria and Africa University. Clergy and laity from across the Upper New York Conference have …more

    UNY Young Clergy Initiative featured in Interpreter

    January 21, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The November/December 2015 issue of Interpreter magazine features an article about the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI), including a section about the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries' YCI at  Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. General Conference 2012 created the $7 million YCI Fund to "increase the number of young clergy among the jurisdictional conferences" in the United States. UNY's YCI 16-month program involved 12 participants ages 17 to 26 and …more

    Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with acts of service

    January 11, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to the realization of God’s beloved community, where every person would have access to the basic necessities of life and have unfettered opportunity to reach their fullest potential. He further believed everyone could and should play a role in making this bold dream a reality. He championed the responsibility and value of service. “Everyone can be great …more

    Bishop Webb names new district superintendents

    January 11, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce the appointment of two new district superintendents. The Rev. Vonda Fossitt, pastor at the High Street United Methodist Church in Binghamton, will be superintendent of the Genesee Valley District. The Rev. Everett Bassett, pastor at the Cicero UMC, will be superintendent of the Oneonta District. The appointments are effective July 1, 2016. “Both Rev. Fossitt and Rev. Bassett …more

    Conference District Superintendents urge churches to ‘share the love of Christ’

    December 28, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The District Superintendents of the Upper New York Conference have written an open Christmas letter to the congregations of the Conference. In the letter, they point out that, “During this season of Christmas, we open our hearts and lives to welcome the newborn Christ,” and so they call upon all United Methodists to “open our hearts to share the love of Christ.” They are asking pastors …more

    Bishop Mark J. Webb shares his Christmas message

    December 16, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb's annual Christmas message he asks, "As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, I wonder how we are getting ready to be changed by the promise of Christmas?" To see his Christmas video message, click the image to the right; to read his letter, see below. You can also find his Christmas letter in December's Vol. II issue …more

    Advent letter asks New York’s congregations to ‘proclaim the fullness of our faith’

    December 14, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    A central focus in many worship services during the Advent season is the Advent Wreath. The outer ring of the wreath holds four simple candles that represent so much: Hope, peace, joy, and love. The world in which we live is crying out for what we claim in our liturgy of Advent. The candle in the center of the wreath represents the promise and reality of a Savior in the …more

    Africa 360 Giving Tuesday bulletin insert now available

    November 23, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    After the hustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, United Methodists in Upper New York are called to give back. This Giving Tuesday, why not encourage your church members to consider giving to Africa 360? Click here for a downloadable bulletin insert about Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. Click here to learn more about the $15,000 in matching funds for Africa 360 contributions on Giving Tuesday. …more

    Matching funds for Africa 360 available on Giving Tuesday

    November 18, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Through their own personal giving, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Cabinet of the Upper New York Conference have donated $15,000 to be used as matching funds to raise money for Africa 360 – the Upper New York Conference’s holistic plan for health and education initiatives in Africa – on Giving Tuesday. These matching funds will be used to match donations to Africa 360 on Dec. 1 …more



    With more than 144,000 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."