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

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    The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference theme: Quilted by Connection

    July 8, 2016 / By UNY Communications

    The theme of the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference is: Quilted by Connection. This year’s conference takes place in Lancaster, PA, which is rich in the heritage for the United Methodist Church and predecessor denominations.  Lancaster is in the center of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, well-known for Amish quilts.  Like the iconic quilts, the people of the United Methodist Church are a collection of spiritual and cultural expressions connected to each other to form a tapestry of beauty and functionality.  As such, the colorful quilt becomes a visual image of the diversity that is central to the identity of the churches of Northeastern Jurisdiction.

    The biblical verse that is the anchor or the delegates and participants’ time together comes from Ephesians 4:16. Paul writes, “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”

    Just as a quilt is joined together, so are the conference delegates, participants, and the United Methodist Church as a whole, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This cannot happen alone, but only as a body working together.

    Editor’s note: This article is published with amendments from the July 2016, Advanced Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate. The full Daily Christian Advocate is available here.

    TAGGED / NEJ 2016

    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."