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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from June 2020

    Introducing the dashboard approach to measuring the effectiveness in fulfilling UMC mission in UNY

    June 29, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Over the last seven years, the Conference Leadership Team, District Leadership Teams, the Bishop’s Operational Team, and the Cabinet have worked in partnership to align Upper New York’s resources and energy around three key areas: Increasing the capacity of Christ-following leaders Multiplying the number of existing congregations that are highly vital Creating a culture of planting through New Faith Communities Our experience over seven years has …more

    2020 Lottie Brown scholarships announced

    June 29, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year the Upper New York Annual Conference College Scholarships Committee offers Lottie Brown Scholarships for undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in Christian service. This year’s recipients are Katie Allen, Avery Burnsworth, Delena Castle, Nicole DelCante, Amethyst Gardner, Lorrine Glover, and Colin Weichenthal. Katie, a theology major at Houghton College, is not absolute certain of what her career will be, but she knows that …more

    Back to mission at the Mission Central HUB: How you can help

    June 26, 2020 / By Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Praise God! Following New York State reopening guidelines, as of June 1, the Upper New York Conference Office has phased in a limited number of the Conference staff, including Mary Beth Ingalls and me at the UNY Mission Central HUB. While we are not yet able to have volunteers in the building, you can still help the UNY Mission Central HUB’s ministry. Here are a couple ways you can …more

    DS changes effective July 1 as UNY begins its Regional Superintendency Plan

    June 23, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    July 1 marks the beginning of Upper New York’s (UNY) new Regional Superintendency Plan. While UNY Conference will maintain the current 12 Districts, every District will be a part of one of three Regions. This will allow leadership and collaboration opportunities between Districts within each Region. Region 1 consists of the Albany, Adirondack, Northern Flow, and Mohawk Districts. Region 2 consists of the Crossroads, Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley, and Niagara …more

    The Upper New York Conference District Administrative Assistant changes

    June 17, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    July 1 marks celebratory retirements for two District Administrative Assistants (AAs), Pam Deckard in the Finger Lakes District and Maxine Getty in the Albany District. The Finger Lakes office’s new Administrative Assistant, Mary Tanner, began training on June 15. The current Adirondack District Administrative Assistant, Carrie Boyer, will be working as AA for both the Adirondack and Albany Districts. Pam Deckard considers herself a planner—always having one-year and …more

    Red Bird Mission: More than shoeboxes

    June 16, 2020 / By Judy and David Mott, Aloquin-Flint UMC

    Editor's Note: Many people are familiar with Red Bird because of the shoe box ministry the UNY Conference supports each holiday season. Below is an article that originally appeared in the 2020 Spring issue of the Advocate; Judy and David Mott describe that Red Bird offers so much more than shoeboxes for the Appalachia community. Click here to read the Advocate that has more articles on Red Bird, …more

    Agnes Sweets Jacobs-receives the 2020 CONAM Four Directions Humanitarian Award

    June 15, 2020 / By Dan Cook, Hogansburg United Methodist Church.

    Agnes Sweets Jacobs is the 2020 CONAM Four Directions Humanitarian Award recipient. Agnes Sweets Jacobs was born and raised on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation at Akwesasne. Sweets has three sisters and four brothers. Sweets and her loving husband Casey have four children and a foster son Louie age 1. Her parents Jerry and Angie were strong pillars in the church and community. Sweets learned at an early age strong family values, …more

    Cady Grant awards for 2020

    June 15, 2020 / By Blenda Smith

    Editor’s Note: The Cady team has told awardees that they may be creative and flexible in using the grants. Due to COVID-19, programs have either been postponed or modified.  The Upper New York (UNY) Cady Grant is an annual award is given as a bequeath from Ercil B. Cady in 1992 “for the benefit or education of disadvantaged minority group individuals, preferably black and American Indians.” …more

    UNY clergy are eligible for 1 CEU from BOM

    June 11, 2020 / By Bob Kolvik-Campbell

    The Upper New York Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM)  has approved the following motion: It is moved that all clergy, including local pastors, and all Certified Lay Ministers serving as leaders of congregations, shall be eligible to receive one (1) CEU from the Board of Ordained Ministry, for leading congregations through the COVID-19 pandemic in the Upper New York Conference. Eligible clergy would apply for the certification by Dec. 1, 2020 …more

    Learning what mission means from Grandma Ruffo

    June 9, 2020 / By Carmen Vianese, Chair of Finance for GBGM and UMCOR

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of the Upper New York Advocate, which focused on being the hands and feet of Jesus. Carmen Vianese has been engaged in impressive mission work in Africa. Carmen’s passion for mission stems from her Granma Ruffo, whose mission work took place in her own backyard in Western New York State. My first example of ministry &ldquo …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."