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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    about / Benefits and Administrative Services

    Pre-Retirement Seminar

    Click here to register for the virtual pre-retirement seminar on Friday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    All clergy looking to retire in the next year are encouraged to attend a virtual pre-retirement seminar. Due to the coronavirus, the seminar will NOT be held in person at the United Methodist Center like in the past. This virtual seminar highlights and explains the benefis available through The United Methodist Church. A pre-retirement seminar is held once each year in the fall. A retirement seminar is held each spring.

    Join Julie Valeski (UNY Benefits Administrator), Susan Latessa (UNY Conference Director of Human Resources/Benefits), Peter Hang (Wespath Conference Liaison), and Robert Christophel (Wespath Director of Benefits Education) for this important virtual meeting as they discuss topics, including the current pension plan, health insurance options, Social Security, and any moving assistance that's available.

    Pre-registration is required in order to receive all materials ahead of the meeting. Following registration, you will receive a link to the virtual meeting directly from Wespath as the seminar approaches. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 25.

    Click here if you'd would like to schedule a separate, private, online pre-retirement consultation with a benefits educator.

    The pre-retirement seminar is sponsored by the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits, through the generosity of our local churches’ ministry share giving.  


    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."