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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “New Faith Communities”

    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

    Church on the Island: Worshipping God outdoors in the summer

    August 2, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Strolling along Rt. 48 in Baldwinsville, NY, just before 8 a.m., on a summer Sunday morning, few sounds are heard. The traffic is very light. Shops are not yet open. Once you reach the lock on the scenic Seneca River, a small sign directs you to Church on the Island. It simply reads “CHURCH ON THE ISLAND SUN. 8 AM.” Adults and children of all age ranges, carrying lawn chairs, …more

    Leadership Report aims to upgrade the experience at the table

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

    The banquet table of the Upper New York Annual Conference session is set – and it’s no ordinary meal. “It is a table filled with delicacies you can’t even imagine,” a narrator recites at the opening of the Leadership Report. “The blessing is before us.” “No matter what your gift is, no matter who you are; you are invited to the …more

    From the Advocate: Next Step sessions help participants love, grow, serve

    March 1, 2016 / By Pastor Wayne Clemens

    Click below to read the full Advocate online.As a new faith community of The United Methodist Church in the Upper New York Conference, one of CenterPoint Christian Fellowship’s greatest challenges has been the identification and development of potential leadership within this newly formed faith community. What began eight years ago as a dream and vision of a handful of faithful folks from various United Methodist churches in …more

    From the Advocate: Legacy funds turn vision into reality

    March 1, 2016 / By the Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding

    Click below to read the full Advocate online.A few years ago, while interviewing people for a Conference staff position, I asked an out-of-state candidate, “So what made you want to explore working for the Upper New York Conference?” I knew she had flown in from a much warmer climate, and I may have secretly wondered why anyone would trade a sunny beach for one of Upper New …more

    From the Advocate: Man Church ‘existed for the season that God needed it to exist’

    March 1, 2016 / By Drew Griffin

    Click below to read the full Advocate online.So there I was, sitting at charge conference, when our then district superintendent, the Rev. Dave Masland, presented this idea about new faith communities. As I listened to him describe this concept, it occurred to me that this is exactly what I had started in Tioga Center. You see, about a year before, some young men in our community weighed heavily on …more

    From the Advocate: New church finds its Destiny

    March 1, 2016 / By Pastor Alicia Wood

    Click below to read the full Advocate online.This past Advent season, my church and I were challenged and energized by the Rev. Adam Hamilton’s “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It” Bible study. In chapter 6, Rev. Hamilton talks about how John Wesley preached in fields and marketplaces. We may grin as we hear this story of our founder. He was so bold and unusual! Then in …more

    From the Advocate: Sophia sisters break bread at Panera as new faith community

    March 1, 2016 / By Pastor Nancy O’Connor Raca

    Click below to read the full Advocate online.As I write this, the weather outside is cold and snowy, but inside a suburban Panera Bread restaurant, several Rochester-area women are warm and welcome as they gather for coffee, hugs, and conversation on a Thursday evening. Welcome to Sophia Community, a new faith community that empowers women through the Gospel by creating a space for them to explore where God is …more

    From the Advocate: IRM reconnects refugees, immigrants back to worship

    March 1, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Click below to read the full Advocate online.When the Rev. Ewart Morris – pastor at the Valley Falls and Albany: Emmaus United Methodist churches – arrived at the Emmaus UMC in 2012, he felt called to establish multiethnic worship at the church. As he searched and prayed about it, he met the Rev. Bizimana John Rusingizwa, who shared his idea for International Reconciliation Ministries (IRM). “The vision for this …more

    From the Advocate: Processing the steps for a New Faith Community

    March 1, 2016 / By the Rev. Dave Masland

    Click below to read the full Advocate online. Anyone in a United Methodist Church in Upper New York can plant a new faith community and should feel free to do so! Having said that, the New Faith Community teams of the Conference are working to provide seven processes to help support the people who feel called to plant. The graphic below describes these in loose chronological order. Planters can choose …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."