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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Connectional Ministries”

    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. Dear Friends, Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! As you have learned of the death of your District Superintendent, the Rev. Vonda Fossitt, I wanted to share with you my deep sense of loss and fervent prayers for each of you. Vonda …more

    UNY Pastoral Wellness initiative launches

    May 4, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Church leaders have busy lives and many demands. And the past few years have brought about more stress with COVID-19, racial unrest, and denominational uncertainty. Stories of burnout among pastors are everywhere. What can be done to assure that pastors are taking a Sabbath and a day off, taking time regularly to renew their souls? Upper New York (UNY) has developed a Wellness Team to determine what can be done …more

    Upper New York Annual Conference postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

    April 21, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Sessions Committee of the Upper New York Conference gathered by Zoom on the morning of Thursday, April 21 to discuss growing concerns about the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Upstate New York and throughout the United States. Members of the Committee shared both their own perspectives and what they have been hearing from others regarding the comfort level of gathering more than a thousand United Methodist from across Upper New …more

    Reminder regarding New York State required annual training for sexual harassment prevention

    April 11, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This is a reminder that every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Sexual Harassment Prevention Training New York State Law requires that employers of one or more employees must conduct sexual harassment prevention training for all employees on an annual basis. The employer can decide the timing of the annual training (calendar year, anniversary date, or any …more

    Skaneateles UMC’s unique ministry to help Ukrainians

    April 6, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    If you would have told Justin Hood, pastor of Skaneateles UMC, that he would one day spend several hours making pierogies, he would have looked at you as though you were crazy. But when there is a need, Justin and his congregation do whatever it takes to meet that need.   When Russia first invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the members of Skaneateles UMC felt driven to help the Ukrainians as …more

    Lament for Ukraine

    April 5, 2022 / By Melanie Simmons

    “Like stampeding buffaloes, tanks roll in a path of destruction; roads are paved with destroyed vehicles and ruin. Bombs fly like diving birds of prey, destroying homes; rubble is strewn across the city. Striking like lightning, drones shoot missiles into communities; children cry out in fright as their homes are destroyed – who shall comfort them? Streams of refugees flee on broken roads; where are the hungry to find …more

    How University UMC is tackling the food insecurity crisis in Syracuse

    March 30, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Syracuse has the highest poverty rate in the country among cities with at least 100,000 residents, and almost half of all children in Syracuse are living in poverty. This makes food security essential in the city of Syracuse. Further complicating the need, the COVID-19 pandemic hit those already in poverty, the hardest. In this environment, University UMC saw the need and enhanced their existing ministry to make an even greater difference. …more

    From attending a Bible study to becoming a pastor

    March 29, 2022 / By Pastor Maryellen Moore, Middleburgh UMC and Warnersville UMC

    Teresa was 10 years old when her mom took her to see Billy Graham. It was an experience she’ll never forget: “I felt the Spirit” for the first time. A few years later her step-father took her to a non-denominational church, where she responded to an alter call, confessed that she believed in Jesus Christ, and, again, she felt the Spirit, this time as though she was …more

    How the 2014 District Days helped us to define the UNY Conference focus

    March 22, 2022 / By The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and UNY Director of Connectional Ministries

    When it comes to seeing ourselves, its often helpful to hear from an outsider. An outsider can have fresh eyes and share observations which are “eye opening,” even startling. For example, in a recent document prepared by the law firm working with the Conference on legal matters, the Upper New York Conference was described as a “flat organization,” with power and authority disbursed among clergy and …more

    Holy Land trip 2023

    March 22, 2022 / By Syracuse United Methodist Ministries

    The clergy team of Syracuse United Methodist Ministries (Revs. Andy Anderson, B.J. Norrix, Jee Hae Song and Alicia Wood) invite you to join them on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, February 14 - February 24, 2023. This trip will expand your knowledge of the Bible and the sacred land. A journey following in the footsteps of Jesus will change the way you read the Bible. We will explore, learn, and fellowship …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."