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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Bishop Webb’s letters of support to UNY clergy

    CLT Prayer Initiative: Week 1

    February 3, 2020 / By Rev. Harold Wheat

    In this season, there are momentous preparations being made for our United Methodist community to part, possibly to multiply in new ways. How we do that matters. Over the next 20 weeks, members of your Conference Leadership Team will be sharing prayers designed to be used however the Spirit calls you to use them. Click here to read more about the prayer initiative. This week's prayer is provided by the …more

    CLT Prayer Initiative: About the authors

    February 3, 2020 / By / 3 Comments

    Rev. Nancy Dibelius is a Provisional Deacon who is currently appointed as the Assistant Director of Vital Congregations for Upper NY; her focus in this ministry is the spiritual life of individuals and congregations. When I was invited to participate in this prayer initiative, I didn’t hesitate. However, when I was asked to respond to the question ‘why am I doing this,’ I didn’t …more

    CLT Prayer Initiative: Introduction

    February 3, 2020 / By / 1 Comment

    Pray, Pray now, Pray for the Others. Love one another. The command echoes through Scripture and awakens us to life. Jesus intended for the world to verify the truth of his message by observing us in our love for one another and all God sends into our lives. (John 13:35, 17:22-23) This series of prayers began as a way to prepare us for General Conference. Because praying is an expression of …more

    Meet the DLTs: Testimonials from Albany District Lay Leadership Development Team

    January 21, 2020 / By Albany District Lay Leadership Development Team members

    Editor’s Note: The Albany District Leadership Team has made a conscious effort to increase the leadership skills of their laity through developing a laity leadership curriculum. Below are testimonials of some of the participants.   “The United Methodist Church is facing difficult challenges of an uncertain future. The vitality of the local church is imperative to sustain the impact of a possible separation. This lay leadership development …more

    Meet the DLTs: Albany DLT acts to create more lay leaders

    January 14, 2020 / By District Superintendent Rev. Rich Weihing and Albany District Lay Leader Ellen Mall-John

    As a DLT, we decided to focus a majority of our time and energy on creating a series of gatherings we call Laity Leadership Development (LLD). In 2018, as clergy received training in principles of Vital Congregations, we launched Year 1 of Laity Leadership Development Sessions equipping laity with leadership training with the expectation of helping move toward a critical mass in each congregation that would be able and willing to enact …more

    Meet the DLTs: Albany District

    January 8, 2020 / By District Superintendent Rev. Rich Weihing and Albany District Lay Leader Ellen Mall-John

    Our purpose as a District Leadership Team is to equip the congregations of Albany District to live their mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We are rooted in this mission statement, and our vision statement, too!  When we have fully-equipped clergy, laity, and congregations in Albany District for their mission, we expect to experience the vision of Upper NY Conference: …more

    Meet the Spiritual Director: Cheryl Lyon

    December 17, 2019 / By Cheryl Lyon

    The Way It Is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see….1 -William Stafford   Over the last 12 years, the thread I follow has taken me on twists and turns I could never have anticipated and …more

    Meet the DLTs: Cory Jones

    December 16, 2019 / By Cory Jones

    My name is Cory Jones and I am the pastor of Trinity UMC: Whitesboro. My role on the DLT has evolved over the years. The DLT was my first introduction into the work of the District/ Conference back in 2014. At that time, I was a Youth Group Leader at my home church Herkimer FUMC, and I was discerning my call to ministry. I joined the DLT as a laity before …more

    Meet the DLTs: Pastor Brian Lothridge

    December 11, 2019 / By Brian Lothridge

    I am Brian Lothridge, pastor of Rome 1st and Delta UMCs. I am a provisional elder and serve on the Mohawk District Leadership Team.    The Church exists to serve the people who are not yet a part of it.  This is a new way for me to think about why the Church matters. I wish I could take credit for it, but it’s a …more

    Meet the DLTs: Pastor Bryant Clark

    December 9, 2019 / By Pastor Bryant Clark / 2 Comments

    My name s Bryant Clark; I am the pastor at Park UMC in Hamilton. Much like my work in the local church, my priority on the Mohawk district leadership team is one of empowerment. I believe very strongly in the idea that all Christians are capable and few of us are fragile. All Christians have something to offer the wider church, not to mention the world beyond it. But too …more



    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."