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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Communications”

    Special Message from Bishop Burgos – Superintendency Coverage for 2023-24

    January 27, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's Note: The following letter was emailed to clergy and laity in the Upper New York Conference on Jan. 27, 2023 on behalf of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 Dear United Methodists in Upper New …more

    Cady Grant applications now available

    January 24, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Application forms are now available for the Upper New York Conference Ercil Cady Grant. Cady Grants are awarded annually to a fund ministry, program or experience that benefits or provides education to, preferably but not exclusively, African Americans and/or Native Americans. Awards may be up to $5,000.  Cady Grants are available to individual United Methodists, local churches, and District or Conference ministry teams within Upper New York.  …more

    Special Message from Bishop Burgos – 2023 Appointments Season  

    January 23, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's Note: The following letter was emailed to clergy and laity in the Upper New York Conference on Jan. 23, 2023 on behalf of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez. “Christ gave some apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ  until we  all …more

    Special Message from Bishop Burgos - Mark Webb

    January 4, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's Note: On Jan. 4, 2023 the following letter was emailed to the Upper New York Conference. “The Lord is our rock and our salvation. The Lord is our fortress, we will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:6, par Dear United Methodists of Upper New York, Grace and peace from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, be with you. On Tuesday Jan. 3, 2023, retired Bishop Mark Webb surrendered his credentials as an …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez: Welcome

    January 3, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's Note: The following note was sent on behalf of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez to the Upper New York Conference on Jan. 3, 2023.  “I [we] can do all things through Christ who strengthens me [us].” Philippians 4:13, par Dear siblings in Christ, May the grace and peace of God be with you in the New Year! I thank God for the …more

    Steve Hustedt to leave role as Director of Communications

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

    After serving as the Upper New York (UNY) Director of Communications for more than nine years, Steve Hustedt will be leaving his role to become the top communicator for the College of Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. “I have greatly valued my time with the Upper New York Conference and the United Methodist Church as a whole,” Steve said. “And I especially value all …more

    “Because We Care” Gaza in 2012

    August 24, 2022 / By Karen Peterson

    Editor’s Note: The following article is part of the "Because We Care" series, published monthly on the Upper New York website. With Gaza recently in the news, I was reminded of my trip to Gaza. In 2012, the Reverend Gary Doupe and I took an Eyewitness Palestine trip for two weeks in Palestine/Israel and then extended a third week to travel to Gaza. If we had been allowed …more

    Support children by distributing UMCOR School Kits to a local organization

    August 16, 2022 / By Kristina Clark, Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The start of a new school year is around the corner! If your congregation has spent the last couple of months putting together UMCOR School Kits, this year the Upper New York (UNY) Mission Central HUB is challenging you to address the need in your local community by distributing the kits to a school or organization that supports children. By making a connection with a local organization such as a …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

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Death of Genesee Valley District Superintendent Rev. Vonda Fossitt

    May 12, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: The following was sent on behalf of Bishop Mark J. Webb to clergy in the Genesee Valley District on May 12, 2022. On May 17, the Upper New York Conference learned that Rev. Vonda J. Fossitt's Celebration of Life and Resurrection is planned for May 26 at New Light UMC, located at 2009 Dewey Ave. in Rochester, NY. The wake begins at 11 a.m. followed by a service at 12 p.m. …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."