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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from November 2018

    Social Holiness Concerns: the youngest Palestinian Political Prisoner

    November 6, 2018 / By Dianne Roe

    Shadi Farah had just turned 12 years old when he and a friend were taken into Israeli police custody in December 2015 because Israeli settlers complained they looked suspicious. Under interrogation and torture Shadi "confessed" that he wanted to stab a soldier.  No actual stabbing, or attempt at stabbing had taken place.  Yet Shadi was charged and sentenced to prison. Almost three years later Shadi is still in detention.  …more

    UNY completes a successful medical mission trip in Vieques, Puerto Rico: Article 3 of 3

    November 6, 2018 / By Ryan Bennett

    Editor’s Note: Click here and here to learn more about this mission trip team by reading previous articles. Hello, my name is Ryan Bennett, and the mission trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico in September is the first mission trip I’ve ever been on. It was pretty much everything I could have asked for, considering we went to a place that got slammed by Hurricane Maria. …more

    Welcoming Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth to Bath: Centenary UMC

    November 6, 2018 / By Bob Dunham, Co-Lay Leader, Bath: Centenary UMC

    t was Sunday, July 6, 2014, and everyone at Centenary was anxious and excited to welcome our new pastor. Several of us had already met Pastor Eleanor when she came to an evening gathering at our church in the spring to be introduced and to have the opportunity to tell us a little about herself. It also gave her the chance to meet several of us for the first time. While I …more

    Replacing a pastor who served a church for 17 years

    November 6, 2018 / By The Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth, Bath: Centenary UMC

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 Issue of the Advocate, which focused on itinerancy and appointment-making in the United Methodist Church. As if a phone call from a District Superintendent asking you to prayerfully consider a change in appointment doesn’t get your heart beating fast enough, these words will surely do the trick: “…and the person you are following has been …more



    With more than 168,000 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."