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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    “Because We Care” Gary Bergh Scholarships fundraiser in honor of Leah Mae Carlisle

    July 18, 2022 / By Linda Bergh

    The Gary Bergh Scholarship Fundraiser is a tribute to Leah Mae Carlisle (10/14/38 - 6/21/22), Peace with Justice Taskforce Co-Chair, and the Palestinian Dinner (imagined) Fundraiser in her honor As though staying around to encourage her beloved UNY Taskforce on Peace w/ Justice in Palestine/Israel, Leah Mae died in the late evening following the June 21st morning Taskforce Zoom meeting which only her husband, Tom, was able to attend due …more

    Introducing the Autism Friendly Family Camp at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center

    July 7, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Emily Huyge, pastor at Geneva First United Methodist Church, and her family are deeply connected to the summer camp experience in the Upper New York (UNY) Conference. She and her husband, Dana, met each other as staff at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. Her 8-year-old daughter goes to camp at Casowasco and loves it. Earlier this year when Pastor Emily registered Sarah for summer camp at Casowasco, her …more

    How the Sacred Sites program helps preserve UNY churches

    June 28, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Many of the local churches in the Upper New York (UNY) Conference are considered landmarks; several of our churches are over 100 years old. Over time, these church buildings face structural damages from the foundation to the roof, from the stained-glass windows to the steeples. Our churches are more than just buildings; they are gathering places not only for congregations, but also, communities. These churches evoke meaning for Scouts groups or …more

    Meet Kristina Clark, the new UNY Director of Missional Engagement

    June 21, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference is excited to announce the hiring of Kristina Clark as the new Director of Missional Engagement. She will start this role on July 5, 2022. Kristina grew up in the former Wyoming Conference where her family attended the South Gibson United Methodist Church in rural Northeastern PA. Though the congregation was small, Kristina was part of an active youth group that focused on mission and outreach. …more

    UNY Mission Central HUB seeking volunteers

    June 17, 2022 / By MaryBeth Ingalls Upper New York Conference Mission Volunteer Coordinator

    Since the COVID-19 outbreak The Upper New York Conference Mission Central HUB has been struggling to receive donations and volunteers are few. I hope this article brings a ripple of volunteers to the HUB again. The need is high. Most of what we do here at Mission Central HUB is based on faith. Listening to the Holy Spirit and acting on it. I have been seeing this phrase a lot …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: District Superintendent appointments extended

    June 16, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: The following information was sent to the Upper New York Conference on June 16, 2022 on behalf of Bishop Webb. Dear Friends, As we continue to mourn the loss of Genesee Valley District Superintendent Vonda Fossitt, we celebrate the life, ministry, and witness to Christ that she lived among us and the new life in Christ she now experiences. I know you join me in continuing to pray  …more

    New BSA Relationship Agreement Information

    June 14, 2022 / By UNY Communications

    The United Methodist Church and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have mutually developed and agreed to a new relationship agreement govern the relationship between local UMC congregations and BSA troops and packs.  To help orient congregational scouting leaders, an information webinar will be held this Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend this meeting, a video link and FAQ will be made available following the …more

    Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center Summer Camp-a place to unwind

    June 14, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center is unique in that it offers programming for both the special needs community ages 18-65 as well as school-aged children. While sessions for both groups used to happen concurrently, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in three weeks of camp devoted to the special needs community (July 4-July 22) and three weeks of camp devoted to school-aged children and youth (July 24-Aug. 12). Sky Lake staff decided …more

    Members of University UMC of Buffalo discover connection to Methodist minister Daniel Coker

    June 14, 2022 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    While honoring Black Methodists in February 2022 for Black History Month, the University United Methodist Church of Buffalo made a shocking discovery. A family who belongs to the church has ties to prominent Methodist minister and missionary Daniel Coker. About 15 years ago, Sierra Leone immigrant Jimmy Mackay came to the University UMC of Buffalo, which helped him attain his U.S. citizenship. Mackay, who passed away four years ago, was an …more

    Making progress because of Jesus

    June 14, 2022 / By Chaplain Bruce Maxwell, Deacon of Upper New York, serving in Susquehanna Conference

    Billy and his mom can’t live together. Billy is rough around the edges and knows how to move on when the staying is too much. Billy loves his mom; she lives in St. Louis and gets a visit from Billy every few years. She gave birth to Billy at age 15 and was dealing with her own adolescent issues. Billy nearly died as a toddler, being poisoned with hair …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."