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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    about / Benefits and Administrative Services

    Pre-Retirement Seminar

    Due to careful consideration and the rising number of COVID cases due to the Delta variant, the pre-retirement seminar will now be held remotely. Registered participants were notified of this change beginning Sept. 20. For information on how to access the webinar on Oct. 1, please contact Julie Valeski at To view the agenda, click here

    Click here to register for the pre-retirement seminar on Friday, Oct. 1 from 9:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    All clergy looking to retire in the next year are encouraged to attend a pre-retirement seminar. This seminar will be held online and highlight and explain the benefits 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 have all materials prepared for the day of the meeting. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Personal consultations with a Benefits Educator are on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 17.

    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 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."