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


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    Lilly Endowment grant taking shape in Upper New York

    March 4, 2024 / By Rev. Abigail Browka, Associate Director of Missional Excellence / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference was granted $1,250,000 from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Compelling Preaching Initiative in October 2023. 

    The Compelling Preaching Initiative is part of UNY's clergy leadership development focus called "Thrive," designed to support and enhance the preaching practices of pastors in Upper New York. The initiative will provide pastors with immersive experiences, curated workshops, and intentional space for rest, work, and play. These activities, set in locations that inspire awe, wonder, and joy, are aimed at refreshing and instilling confidence in pastors, renewing them to continue their ministry of preaching. 

    The first cohort of the Compelling Preaching Initiative is set to launch in January 2025 with a renewal trip, offering pastors a unique opportunity for spiritual refreshment. In 2024, the initiative's team will launch curated resources to support preaching through a dedicated website, providing pastors with valuable tools and insights. 

    Those interested in participating in the Compelling Preaching Initiative can look forward to up-to-date information at the 2024 Annual Conference, to be held May 30-June 1 at the SRC Arena, located on the campus of Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Registrations for trips and cohorts will begin in August 2024, offering pastors a chance to be part of this exciting initiative. 

    With the support of the Lilly Endowment Inc. Grant, the Compelling Preaching Initiative of Upper New York is poised to renew, restore, and inspire pastors, fostering a healthy rhythm of rest, work, and play. It promises to be a balm for creative renewal and growth, empowering pastors to continue spreading the message of love and faith. 

    TAGGED / Communications / Connectional Ministries / Episcopal Office / Finance / New Faith Communities / Vital Congregations / Annual Conference / Districts / Missional Excellence / Clergy Wellness / Compelling Preaching Initiative


    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."