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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Regional Imagine No Racism 2.0 events to take place this fall

    August 12, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    The Upper New York Conference's Commission on Religion & Race will continue Imagine No Racism (INR) trainings this fall and are calling this version INR 2.0. The fall training events are specifically designed to prepare people who have experienced INR’s initial curriculum to facilitate INR 2.0 conversations. Those who may be discerning a call to facilitate INR conversations are welcome. The Facilitator Trainings will kick off …more

    Asbury First UMC, bridging the divide one hug at a time

    August 12, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Weather is fickle in Upper New York. August 8, was a day filled with rain and thunderstorms, but the sun broke through with God’s perfect timing to welcome the Rochester community to Asbury First United Methodist Church’s Hug Relay. Asbury is known for organizing fun community activities that bring people from all backgrounds together. Last year, they attempted to break the world record for the longest game …more

    Wilson: Exley UMC assists Kenya Pastors’ School

    August 2, 2019 / By Rev. John Loeser

    In March 2019, I attended a doctoral peer group session at United Theological Seminary (UTS). Academic Dean, Dr. David Watson, spoke on the hardships that UM pastors in the Nairobi District of the Kenya-Ethiopia Annual Conference currently face. Pastors there lead churches with scarce financial resources. Unlike many U.S. churches that support their pastor’s theological education, most Kenya UM churches do not have money to fund pastor&rsquo …more

    UNY Delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference gathers

    July 31, 2019 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On July 26 and July 27, the Upper New York Conference Delegation to General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference gathered at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center. This was the first gathering of the Delegation since the delegates were elected at Annual Conference in June. The Delegation’s time started with an evening of team building lead by the well-known speaker and author, Michael Brandwein. “It was intentional for us to begin …more

    A glimpse at UNY Vacation Bible School July 2019

    July 30, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    Editor's Note: Vacation Bible School took place at several Upper New York Churches this July. Here is a look at some of the programs that took place. If your church held a Vacation Bible School this past July, feel free to submit your story by sending it to news@unyumc.org. At the end of August, we will feature VBS programs that took place through the month of …more

    How Tending the Soul affirmed my calling to end-of-life ministry

    July 29, 2019 / By Rev. Tim Phelps, Chaplain Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care

    Editor’s Note: Tending the Soul, open to both laity and clergy, is a program designed to train individuals in Missional Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation.  The two-year training program (which takes place during six retreats) offers learning and formational experiences in classroom and small group settings. Below is a reflection from Rev. Tim Phelps, who took the TTS training from 2012-2014. Click here  …more

    How Tending the Soul shaped my work as a Pastor and Spiritual Director

    July 19, 2019 / By Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost

    Editor’s Note: Tending the Soul, open to both laity and clergy, is a program designed to train individuals in Missional Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation.  The two-year training program (which takes place during six retreats) offers learning and formational experiences in classroom and small group settings. The following is the Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost’s reflection of Tending the Soul. Click here to learn more about …more

    When Churches Neglect Payroll Taxes

    July 10, 2019 / By Rev. Susan M. Ranous

    Your Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) want to share the following information with you: An article written by Bobby Ross, Jr., in the Church Law and Tax Report, titled “When Churches Neglect Payroll Taxes,” stated that “failure to file payroll taxes on time is a fairly common issue” in churches. Some churches prioritize their electric bill over the IRS; others assume that because …more

    26th Annual United Methodist Palestinian Dinner in Central/ Upper New York: A Catalyst for Peace?

    July 9, 2019 / By Linda Bergh, co-chair, UNY Task Force on Peace w/ Justice in Palestine/Israel

    How can people treat others that way?,” I thought, while listening to Huwaida Arraf tell of a five-year-old Palestinian child, suffering from cancer and officially admitted to an Israeli Jerusalem hospital, prevented from having the comforting presence of parents, a grandparent, family, or friends with him due to Israel's refusal to grant any of them permits.  As our speaker, Huwaida, a Palestinian American lawyer and civil rights …more

    Top five ways to help UNY Mission Central HUB this summer

    July 8, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    It’s finally summer here in Upper New York (UNY). The rains have let off, the sun is shining, and the temperature has warmed up beautifully. We hope you are enjoying this season! While summer is a time of rest, renewal, and a whole lot of vacationing for Upper New Yorkers, our UNY Mission Central HUB is buzzing with hard work thanks to the UNY Director of Missional Engagement, …more



    With more than 168,000 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."