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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from April 2022

    Easter in Jerusalem—Reflection from a Zoom Room in Corning, NY

    April 26, 2022 / By Dianne Roe

    As I followed the Holy Week services this year, mostly on Zoom from a couch in my living room, I was also following news from Jerusalem and around the world as sacred holy days of Christians, Muslims, and Jews overlapped. The most important prayer service for me was the Holy Saturday one from Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. I was especially interested to hear from the women …more

    NEJCAH Annual Conference to be held virtually May 10-11

    April 26, 2022 / By UNY Commission on Archives and History

    The speakers for this year’s historical presentations for The Northeastern Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History will be delivered through a Zoom gathering on  the evenings May 10 and 11, 2022. This meeting, organized by the Upper New York Commission on Archives and History, was part of an originally planned onsite meeting in Auburn, NY. This two-night virtual meeting, with a welcoming message from UNY Area Resident Bishop, Mark …more

    Upper New York Annual Conference postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

    April 21, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Sessions Committee of the Upper New York Conference gathered by Zoom on the morning of Thursday, April 21 to discuss growing concerns about the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Upstate New York and throughout the United States. Members of the Committee shared both their own perspectives and what they have been hearing from others regarding the comfort level of gathering more than a thousand United Methodist from across Upper New …more

    Resources for Native American Ministries Sunday (May 1, 2022)

    April 19, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Native American Ministries Sunday (NAMS) is May 1! NAMS, one of the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) Special Sundays, is a time to recognize the history of Native peoples; marred by colonial violence, land theft, and attempted genocide. This legacy continues to challenge the sovereignty of Native peoples today. Let us all embrace our opportunity and obligation to honor the struggles, perseverance, and achievements of our Native brothers and sisters. …more

    Reminder regarding New York State required annual training for sexual harassment prevention

    April 11, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This is a reminder that every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Sexual Harassment Prevention Training New York State Law requires that employers of one or more employees must conduct sexual harassment prevention training for all employees on an annual basis. The employer can decide the timing of the annual training (calendar year, anniversary date, or any …more

    Skaneateles UMC’s unique ministry to help Ukrainians

    April 6, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    If you would have told Justin Hood, pastor of Skaneateles UMC, that he would one day spend several hours making pierogies, he would have looked at you as though you were crazy. But when there is a need, Justin and his congregation do whatever it takes to meet that need.   When Russia first invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the members of Skaneateles UMC felt driven to help the Ukrainians as …more

    What I have learned about God at Endwell UMC

    April 6, 2022 / By Winston Rockefeller. Endwell UMC

    Hello…my name is Winston Rockefeller.  I am in eighth grade at JFS middle school.  My confirmation mentor is Dave Alexander. From my Children’s Church classes, I’ve learned how important it is to help others, like Jesus did.  I’ve also learned how important it is to have a connection with people to help me along the way to learn about …more

    Lament for Ukraine

    April 5, 2022 / By Melanie Simmons

    “Like stampeding buffaloes, tanks roll in a path of destruction; roads are paved with destroyed vehicles and ruin. Bombs fly like diving birds of prey, destroying homes; rubble is strewn across the city. Striking like lightning, drones shoot missiles into communities; children cry out in fright as their homes are destroyed – who shall comfort them? Streams of refugees flee on broken roads; where are the hungry to find …more

    UNY Communications Team wins two first-place UMAC awards

    April 4, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) held its annual award ceremony virtually on March 31, 2022. The Upper New York (UNY) Conference Communications Team won two first-place awards, both related to the Advocate. One first-place award was for special publications in the Annual Conference/Local Church Division; the Celebrating Who We Are (2021: Issue 1) issue of the UNY Advocate won this award. The stories in this issue featured different size congregations as …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."