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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from February 2020

    Join Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens to Grace in Action May 1-3, 2020

    February 28, 2020 / By The Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, Director of Vital Congregations

    The Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, UNY Director of Vital Congregations,  is inviting all UNY pastors, staff, lay leaders, and denominational leaders to an action-packed weekend May 1-3 2020 at Grace Church in Cape Coral, FL. Grace Church is a Missional United Methodist Church using generative teams to reach their community with the love and hope of Jesus. Grace Church has grown from 400 to 2,700 in worship attendance, from one campus with …more

    Lenten letter from the NEJ College of Bishops

    February 24, 2020 / By Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops

    Editor’s Note: The following reflection-on-Lent letter from the Northeastern Jurisdiction Bishops was sent on Feb. 20, 2020. Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! The season of Lent invites us, individually and collectively, to a deep assessment of and prayer filled reflection on our faithfulness and fruitfulness. At times, we use Lent to anticipate the coming of the resurrected Christ without taking the gift of these 40 …more

    Efforts being made to increase fruitfulness of UMC mission in UNY

    February 11, 2020 / By Bishop Webb's Operational Task Force

    Recently, there was a flurry of headlines related to a proposed measure of splitting the United Methodist Church. While the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Separation is in the proposal stage, it has garnered attention, and with it, questions about the future of the UMC in its current form. While we do not minimize the complexity of the dilemma we face as a denomination, we can look to the proactive …more

    Changes to Paid Family Leave in 2020

    February 11, 2020 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist

    Effective January 1, 2020, there are changes to the New York State Paid Family Leave benefit.  The number of weeks eligible employees can take remains at 10 weeks of job protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service. The number of weeks eligible employees can …more

    Conference Office closed

    February 7, 2020 / By

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool will be closed today, Feb. 7. …more

    Conference Archives internship begins

    February 4, 2020 / By Susan Slenker, Crossroads District representative to CAH team

    The UNY Commission on Archives and History (CAH) is pleased to announce that our first Syracuse University intern began to work late January in the UNY Conference Center rooms. Brewington Bryant will graduate in May with a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Initially, he is working weekly to unbox, identify, and sort materials from closed churches and rehouse them archivally. The CAH has spearheaded the establishment of …more


    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."