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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from July 2021

    Small but Mighty: Waterville UMC

    July 27, 2021 / By Bryant (Waterville UMC Pastor) and Kristina Clark

    Before we first started dating, my now wife asked me, “So what do your churches do?” I wasn’t sure what she meant - “well we worship on Sundays, have Bible study on Monday nights; there’s choir rehearsal on Thursdays.” “No I mean what do they actually do?” I did my best to not get defensive - I work a complicated …more

    Celebrating the Crossroads District Mosaix cohort

    July 27, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the 2021 Issue I of the Advocate, which focused on "celebrating who we are." Click here to access the full issue.  While twenty-twenty was a year we will all remember as the year that the coronavirus pandemic began, there were indeed celebratory stories taking place behind the scenes. One of those stories was the Crossroads District Mosiax Global Network learning cohort, which …more

    Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center flood relief update

    July 26, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On July 12 in wee hours of the night, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center was devastated by heavy rain and flooding. As UNY Communications reported later that day, four parts of the road were completely washed away; seven to 10 culverts were impacted or washed away; several vehicles were flooded; boats were damaged; and the swimming area shoreline eroded away. The Lakeview Chapel, Galilee Lodge, Bethany Lodge, The Emmaus Commons, and the …more

    Good Neighbors The Neighborhood Center in Utica, New York, walks the path with children, seniors and immigrants.

    July 23, 2021 / By Mary Beth Coudal

    Editor's note: This article is a preview of a story to appear in the September/October 2021 issue of response magazine, the magazine of United Methodist Women. It features the Neighborhood Center, a community outreach organization located in Utica, New York, supported by both Upper New York and United Methodist Women. United Methodist Women is the official women's organization of The United Methodist Church and the largest denominational faith …more

    Louise Russell brings church to long-term care facility

    July 19, 2021 / By Rev. Diane E. DiLuzio, Bridgeport UMC

    Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the 2021 Issue I of the Advocate, which had the theme "Celebrating who we are." In a year when pandemic has cut such a wide swath of  mayhem in our lives, it became clear to our church that we needed to “do something” to raise up hope and assurance in our little hamlet by the Oneida Lake …more

    Pastor Andrew Anderson’s call to ministry

    July 19, 2021 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the 2021 Advocate Issue I, which focused on the theme “celebrating who we are.” Click here to access this issue. Pastor Andy Anderson has been involved in The Church since his baptism. He grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, mainly Tobago, where he was very involved in the life of his church, attending Sunday school, participating in youth group, …more

    UNY United Methodist Center to open July 26

    July 19, 2021 / By UNY Communications

    Upper New York (UNY) Conference staff members have been working at the UNY United Methodist Center in Liverpool, NY, throughout the pandemic following CDC guidelines. Now that the CDC and New York State have issued guidelines allowing indoor gatherings for vaccinated individuals and unvaccinated individuals (so long as they wear masks and social distance), the UNY Conference executive staff team has made the decision to open the UNY United Methodist …more

    NYS HERO ACT: Protecting New York Workers from Airborne Diseases

    July 14, 2021 / By UNY Communications

    On May 5, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) into law. The law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the NY HERO Act is to protect employees against exposure and disease during a future airborne infectious disease outbreak. Under this new law, the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL), …more

    UNY CONAM advocates and educates about missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

    July 13, 2021 / By UNY CONAM

    The Upper New York (UNY) Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) seeks to advocate for ministry with and by Native Americans and educate all regarding the rich and diverse culture, history, and traditions of Native Americans. There are three Native American United Methodist churches in the Upper New York Annual Conference: Four Corners United Methodist Church, located on the Cattaraugus Territory Hogansburg United Methodist church located on the St. Regis …more

    Being a Korean Pastor in Caucasian Congregations

    July 13, 2021 / By The Rev. Dr. Moon Ho Kim

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the 2021 Issue 1 of the Advocate, which focused on the theme “Celebrating who we are.” Click here to access this issue. One day I went to a restaurant to have dinner soon after I came to this country more than four decades ago. A waitress came to take an order, "What would you like to have for dinner?" I chose …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."