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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from August 2019

    How Tending the Soul benefitted two District Superintendents

    August 26, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    Tending the Soul (TTS), open to both laity and clergy, is a program designed to train individuals in Missional Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation.  The two-year training program (which takes place during six retreats) offers learning and formational experiences in classroom and small group settings.  The Rev. Jan Rowell and the Rev. Brigid Farrell both felt that Tending the Soul immensely benefitted them as District Superintendents. Here is …more

    Waterville UMC’s sustains solid relationship with a long-term care facility

    August 26, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Sixty-six years ago, Catherine Harding, a member of the Waterville United Methodist Church, was a trailblazer in the field of long-term care. Along with her husband and mother, she founded the Harding Nursing Home (now named the Waterville Residential Care Center). Catherine worked as an administrator and LPN at the center, now in its fourth generation of family ownership, until her retirement in her 80s. From the beginning, Waterville Residential …more

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) related to the New York State Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement

    August 23, 2019 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist

    Editor’s Note: New York State employers, including all churches, must provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training upon hire and on an annual basis. For this year, the training must be completed by all current employees and new hires by October 9, 2019. Below are some frequently asked questions about this training. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) Q1.         How frequently does the sexual …more

    My eye-opening experience at Mission Central

    August 23, 2019 / By MaryBeth Ingalls, Upper New York Volunteer Coordinator

    I have been working as the Mission Volunteer Coordinator at the Mission Central HUB in Upper New York for a few months now and last week I was able to see Mission Central itself in Mechanicsburg, PA. Mission Central is in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mission Central’s mission is “Connecting God’s Resources with Human Need.” This is accomplished by following …more

    United Methodist Church of Livonia makes 816 dresses for Dress A Girl movement

    August 19, 2019 / By Rev. Hoyt W. Brown United Methodist Church of Livonia

    On July 7, 2019, the United Methodist Church of Livonia (UMCL) blessed 436 dresses to be used in the Dress A Girl Around the World Campaign. Dress A Girl (DAG) dreams of a world in which every girl has at least one dress. By providing new dresses girls around the world know they are worthy of respect and that they are loved by God. UMCL became involved with DAG a year ago when …more

    Greater Round Lake UMC VIM Trip to Salem, Maine

    August 19, 2019 / By Rev. Ralph A. Marino, UNYAC Retired

    Under the benevolent influence of Rev. Arthur Hagy in the former Troy Conference, a number of persons got connected with and enthused by the possibilities of serving as Volunteers in Mission. One direction he led people was to the UMEM in central rural Maine. For more than 20 years now, the Round Lake UMC provided the banner under which teams have headed northeast to repair, renovate, and rehabilitate homes in an …more

    What Tending the Soul meant to me

    August 13, 2019 / By Cheryl Hine, Licensed Local Pastor

    Editor’s Note: Tending the Soul, open to both laity and clergy, is a program designed to train individuals in Missional Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation.  The two-year training program (which takes place during six retreats) offers learning and formational experiences in classroom and small group settings. The following is Pastor Cheryl Hine's reflection of Tending the Soul. Click here to learn more about Tending the …more

    Regional Imagine No Racism 2.0 events to take place this fall

    August 12, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    The Upper New York Conference's Commission on Religion & Race will continue Imagine No Racism (INR) trainings this fall and are calling this version INR 2.0. The fall training events are specifically designed to prepare people who have experienced INR’s initial curriculum to facilitate INR 2.0 conversations. Those who may be discerning a call to facilitate INR conversations are welcome. The Facilitator Trainings will kick off …more

    Asbury First UMC, bridging the divide one hug at a time

    August 12, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Weather is fickle in Upper New York. August 8, was a day filled with rain and thunderstorms, but the sun broke through with God’s perfect timing to welcome the Rochester community to Asbury First United Methodist Church’s Hug Relay. Asbury is known for organizing fun community activities that bring people from all backgrounds together. Last year, they attempted to break the world record for the longest game …more

    Wilson: Exley UMC assists Kenya Pastors’ School

    August 2, 2019 / By Rev. John Loeser

    In March 2019, I attended a doctoral peer group session at United Theological Seminary (UTS). Academic Dean, Dr. David Watson, spoke on the hardships that UM pastors in the Nairobi District of the Kenya-Ethiopia Annual Conference currently face. Pastors there lead churches with scarce financial resources. Unlike many U.S. churches that support their pastor’s theological education, most Kenya UM churches do not have money to fund pastor&rsquo …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."