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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from May 2021

    United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group hold first meeting of 2021-2024 Quadrennium

    May 12, 2021 / By Tara Barnes, Editor, response magazine, United Methodist Women

    The 2021-2024 United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group gathered via Zoom for its first annual meeting March 11-13, 2021. This global gathering included national director Valerie Clark representing the Upper New York Conference. The group members met for orientation and preparing for their work throughout the next four years. The program advisory group studies issues and prepares recommendations to the national board regarding mission priorities, mission education work, and program guidance …more

    CCORR Celebrates Preaching to Dismantle Racism

    May 11, 2021 / By Conference Commission on Religion & Race

    In early 2020, a team of CCORR members invited submissions for a juried Preaching Contest. Designed to elicit and share creative excellence in our collective struggle to uproot racism from our church, this contest yielded some wonderful submissions. We are pleased to announce that Rev. Ewart Morris won the contest with his entry “Unity is God’s Idea.” Beginning with the intimate words of the apostle Paul, &ldquo …more

    Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center welcomes Ben Mudge as Assistant Director

    May 11, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center has been without a full-time, year-round staff person since 2014. On May 3, 2021, that changed when Aldersgate Director Pam Harris welcomed Ben Mudge as the full-time Assistant Director. This position became possible because of Aldersgate’s growth and momentum over the past year. Pam said, “This past summer when we were able to host family retreats, we reconnected with families who we haven’t …more

    UNY Mission Central HUB needs financial contributions to sustain its operations

    May 4, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York (UNY) Mission Central HUB was made possible through a gift that Earlville UMC gave to the UNY Conference in 2017. The primary mission of the UNY Conference Mission Central HUB is to equip local Church and Conference leaders to be the “Hands and Feet of Jesus,” providing help and hope to people in times of distress and disaster. Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement …more

    2021 UNY Lottie Brown Scholarship recipients announced

    May 4, 2021 / 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, Nicole DelConte, Amethyst Gardner, Rachel John, Jonathan Smith, Samuel Smith, and Dakota Stott. Katie Allen, attending her third year at Houghton College, is majoring in Theology. Though she is uncertain what career she will …more

    New York State required annual training for sexual harassment prevention

    May 4, 2021 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    This is a reminder that New York State employers must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and provide training on sexual harassment prevention to their employees on an annual basis. Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Each New York State employer is required to have a sexual harassment prevention policy in place. The employer’s sexual harassment prevention policy must be provided to the employee at the time of hire and …more


    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."