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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Vital Congregations”

    The 2017-2018 Illuminate Preaching Academy begins in September

    June 27, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    Built around the characteristics of bright spot preaching, Illuminate Preaching Academy seeks to come alongside good preachers and help them grow toward being great preachers. Time is given to exploring methods of sermon writing, series development, delivery of the sermon, and connecting with the community to whom we are preaching. “Every year we try to gather guest faculty from across the Connection to provide insight and instruction for Illuminate …more

    Summer hours begin the week of June 25

    June 23, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Conference and Episcopal offices begin their summer hours the week of June 25, continuing through Sept. 1. The offices will be open normal hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and abbreviated on Fridays to 8:30 a.m. to noon during that period. The offices will resume their regular, non-summer hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5; the offices are closed on Monday, Sept. 4 in celebration of Labor Day.  …more

    ‘Grace in Action’ Vital Congregations Trip to Cape Coral, Florida – Jan. 20-22, 2017

    October 25, 2016 / By UNY Communications

    Vital Congregations, on behalf of the Upper New York Conference, has put together a package trip to Grace Church in Cape Coral, Florida, home church of Rev. Jorge Acevedo, to attend ‘Grace in Action’. In the words of Rev. Acevedo, “During this weekend, you and your team will experience and learn about how Grace Church builds healthy teams, establishes clear focus, develops fruitful strategies and structures and …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

    Bishop Webb issues annual Call to Conference

    April 21, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In his annual Call to Conference video, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb stands amidst the quiet halls of Syracuse's OnCenter to highlight the worship, learning, and business that will occur during the 2016 Annual Conference session. "This has become a familiar place for United Methodists in Upper New York," he says in the video. "It's quiet here at the OnCenter now, but soon this place …more

    Register now for Tending the Fire

    April 12, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Registration is now open for the 2016-2017 sessions of Tending the Fire. Three retreats. One goal: A more effective you! Our shifting society and postmodern culture demand new approaches from churches and pastors. Church leaders worry about meeting the needs of the future while staying true to their essential traditions and beliefs. How do you keep your balance in the midst of it all? Tending the Fire offers opportunities …more

    Conference announces revised 2016 spending plan

    February 24, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team (CLT) and the Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A) released a letter earlier this week detailing changes to the Conference’s 2016 spending plan. According to the letter, “the guiding principle in making these decisions was, ‘What cuts will have the least direct impact on the ministry of the local church?’” Click here to read the …more

    CLT and CFA announce changes to 2016 spending plan

    February 22, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: The following letter was released by the Conference Leadership Team and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration on Feb. 22.  Sisters and brothers in Christ, We want to share some challenges, concerns, and, by the grace of God, opportunities for our Conference in the area of financial stewardship. As we finalized the total of Conference Ministry Shares collected in 2015 from local churches, we became aware …more

    UNY to observe day of prayer for GC ’16

    January 12, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On April 23, members of the Upper New York Conference will observe a day of prayer for the 2016 General Conference, which will meet May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. The following statement was issued by the Council of Bishops: The Council of Bishops has invited each of the annual conferences to host a 24-hour prayer effort on a specific date, with the intent of creating a groundswell of prayer in the days …more

    Illuminate Preaching Academy now accepting applications

    November 6, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Illuminate Preaching Academy is accepting applications for 2016 cohort, which will be Jan. 20-21, Feb. 10-11, March 16-17, April 13-14, and May 4-5. All gatherings start at 10 a.m. on the first day and wrap-up at 11:30 a.m. on the second day at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. Upper New York’s Illuminate Preaching Academy has been developed to come alongside preachers who wish to continue …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."