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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

    News Stories from March 2023

    Staying Connected Part II—Living our Baptismal Covenant

    March 30, 2023 / By Daniel J. Bradley, Pastor at Faith Journey UMC

    Editor’s Note: The following is the second part of an essay written by Pastor Daniel Bradley about why it is essential in this season of renewal to connect with Christ and the Church. Click here to read Part I. The Baptism vows that my parents took for me when I was an infant were confirmed when I made my public declaration of faith when I was 13. They have …more

    Being a church home, finding a church home

    March 29, 2023 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This is a challenging season for the United Methodist Church (UMC)—some churches throughout the denomination are disaffiliating. In the Upper New York (UNY) Conference, 26 local churches have disaffiliated since October 2022 and dozens more are exploring the disaffiliation option. If you are a local church that is not disaffiliating, consider welcoming members from disaffiliating churches who would like to remain United Methodist. Here are some tips for welcoming new …more

    Superintendency Administrative Assistants reconfiguration

    March 29, 2023 / By UNY Communications

    The Upper New York Extended Cabinet shared today, March 29, its plan to reconfigure how administrative support is provided to its districts. Beginning July 1, 2023, the current structure of eight part-time and two full-time administrative assistants serving districts will be replaced by six full-time Superintendency Administrative Assistants, each serving two districts as well as working collaboratively on the superintendency support team.   The new configuration of district administrative staff aligns with the …more

    Eighteen churches disaffiliate at the March 2023 Special Session of the UNY Annual Conference

    March 29, 2023 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The first 2023 Special Session of the Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference was held virtually on Saturday, March 25. This was the first time that Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Héctor A. Burgos Núñez presided over a Conference. GNTV was the audio-visual provider. This Special Session included a brief worship service followed by voting on the agenda, equalization members, organizational motion, and local church disaffiliations. …more

    Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez calls for change after Nashville school shooting

    March 29, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's Note: After the March 27 mass shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennesee, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Héctor A. Burgos Núñez, sent the strong message below to United Methodists of Upper New York on March 29, urging them to take action.  Dear siblings in Christ, My heart aches as senseless violence once again claimed the lives of innocent individuals, three of …more

    The Upper New York Committee on Native American Ministries asks Gov. Hochul to sign Senate bill S630

    March 28, 2023 / By CONAM

    On March 24, 2023, the Upper New York Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) sent a letter to NY State Governor, Kathy Hochul, regarding her veto of The Unmarked Burial Site Protection Act on Dec. 30, 2022. This bill had been approved unanimously. CONAM explained that if she does not sign it, or opts to veto it again, they urge both the NY State Assembly and NY State Senate to override her veto and …more

    UNY Camp & Retreat sites seeking volunteers

    March 28, 2023 / By UNY Communications

    All Upper New York (UNY)  Camp & Retreat sites have scheduled workdays this Spring. In addition to Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center’s April 1 and April 15 scheduled workdays (most work to be done outdoors), they could also use some extra hands in the dining room and with linen laundering. Volunteers are needed in the dining room for serving meals and helping to clean up (vacuum after meals, wipe …more

    Launchpad Spring 2023 starts April 19 on Zoom

    March 28, 2023 / By UNY Communications

    If you have a team of people interested in planting a church, the Launchpad course is for you. Over six weeks, you will learn how to engage new people outside of your church, how to clarify vision, and contextualize your discipleship, how to create a six-month plan with one year of monthly support from Upper New York’s New Faith Communities, and how to gather support for your new …more

    Sessions Team eagerly plans in-person Annual Conference

    March 27, 2023 / By Shelby Winchell, UNY Director of Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    It’s been four years since United Methodists in Upper New York have been able to safely gather in-person for Annual Conference. With the availability of vaccines and more milder strains of the coronavirus, the Sessions Team feels this may be the year we can finally gather safely to enjoy fellowship, break bread, worship, and engage in holy conferencing together. The last in-person gathering was held in June 2019 at …more

    Staying Connected Part I—Being a community of disciples

    March 23, 2023 / By Pastor Daniel J. Bradley, Faith Journey United Methodist Church

    As United Methodist’s we talk a lot about the “Connection,” and I believe there is power in that spirit.  However, it is the Pentecost power of the Holy Spirit that binds the Church together in grace and hope for the future.  Some will say that hope is a dangerous word.  I argue that hope is what we must hold onto in this world. …more

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."