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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from August 2022

    Introducing Autumn Wells as Administrative Accounting Services Specialist

    August 24, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference is pleased to announce that Autumn Wells has been hired for the Administrative Accounting Services Specialist position. Autumn has over 20 years of experience in diverse areas of administration, including positions such as an Events Coordinator, an Office Administrator, and a Human Resources Director. Autumn’s education includes an associate degree in Business Administration from Adirondack Community College and coursework in International Management at …more

    We laughed, we pushed, we dreamed about the plans God has for us

    August 24, 2022 / By Georgia Whitney, CCORR member

    The Upper New York Conference CCORR Team gathered at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center on July 28th for prayer and conversation about where we go from here as we partner with the Holy Spirit and the people of the Upper New York UMC to dismantle racism. We laughed; we pushed; we dreamed about the plans God has for us. First, we took time to celebrate the accomplishments of the last …more

    “Because We Care” Gaza in 2012

    August 24, 2022 / By Karen Peterson

    Editor’s Note: The following article is part of the "Because We Care" series, published monthly on the Upper New York website. With Gaza recently in the news, I was reminded of my trip to Gaza. In 2012, the Reverend Gary Doupe and I took an Eyewitness Palestine trip for two weeks in Palestine/Israel and then extended a third week to travel to Gaza. If we had been allowed …more

    Support children by distributing UMCOR School Kits to a local organization

    August 16, 2022 / By Kristina Clark, Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The start of a new school year is around the corner! If your congregation has spent the last couple of months putting together UMCOR School Kits, this year the Upper New York (UNY) Mission Central HUB is challenging you to address the need in your local community by distributing the kits to a school or organization that supports children. By making a connection with a local organization such as a …more

    From the desk of Bishop Webb: Retirement announcement

    August 15, 2022 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    After a season of prayer and discernment, Upper New York (UNY) Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, has made the decision to retire from the active episcopacy on Dec. 31, 2022. He submitted his request for retirement to the Northeastern Jurisdiction and the Council of Bishops on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. Click here to read Bishop Webb’s Aug. 15, 2022, letter to the UNY Conference, announcing his retirement. …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."