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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    Community yoga opens church doors to new faces

    December 7, 2023 / By Shelby Winchell, UNY Director of Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Breathe. Don’t just inhale and exhale. Take the kind of breath where you can feel your diaphragm contract and your lungs expand. Become one with your breathing.   Deep breathing is a part of yoga, an ancient practice that not only can improve strength and flexibility, but also helps reduce stress. Yoga can also be used to manage pain. Disbelievers may hear the word “yoga” …more

    Conference property insurance update

    November 29, 2023 / By Pastor Jack Keating, UNY Board of Trustees

    As we prepare for the upcoming annual renewal of our Conference-wide insurance program with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, we face an entirely different insurance climate than probably at any time in anyone’s memory.   “Unfortunately, most, if not all, Upper New York (UNY) churches have already received information from Brotherhood Mutual about significant deductible increases for the coming year without a proper explanation. As Chair of …more

    Virtual retreats offer space for UNY women and beyond to find space and build connections

    October 26, 2023 / By Krystal Cole, Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women

    Doing something new can be scary. But the Upper New York Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) is full of people ready and willing to try something. We weren’t sure it was even achievable to hold a retreat for women over Zoom.  The mere mention of the word “Zoom” for some people can elicit an internal eye roll, or perhaps …more

    Sneakers for students

    October 16, 2023 / By Tim Rock, Harkness United Methodist Church

    Harkness United Methodist Church turned meals into sneakers through the Michigans for Mission project.   It all started in 2016 as a fundraiser to support the mission of the church. The Michigan hot dog is a North Country favorite and is a popular meal at the many restaurants around our tri-county area. Seven years ago, we offered the option of dine-in or take-out. All the money raised from selling hot …more

    District Days: Informed to Transform

    October 12, 2023 / By Carrie Boyer, Adirondack and Albany Districts Superitendency Administrative Assistant

    The Adirondack and Albany Districts hosted their annual “District Day: Informed to Transform,” on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Saratoga Springs UMC. More than 80 people participated, with 10 facilitators offering a total of 16 workshops. Fifty-one churches were represented. Each participant was able to choose three workshops for the all-day affair, which included a worship service and a free lunch, thanks to the generosity of the Adirondack District Lay Servant Team. This …more

    New York State Minimum Wage Increase effective Jan. 1, 2024

    September 28, 2023 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The New York State minimum wage is changing starting in 2024.   New York State Minimum Wage Increase Effective Jan. 1, 2024, New York State (NYS) minimum wage will increase to $15.00 per hour. In 2025 and 2026, NYS minimum wage will increase by $0.50 annually. Beginning in 2027, and each year thereafter, increases to the minimum wage will be indexed based on inflation by the U.S. Department of Labor consumer price index. The minimum …more

    Bishop Héctor and District Superintendents provide guidance for charge conferences

    August 1, 2023 / By UNY Communications

    Editor’s Note: On Monday, July 31, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Héctor A. Burgos Núñez sent a letter to clergy across Upper New York (UNY) about charge conference details and deadlines. The same day, UNY District Superintendents(DSes) sent a note that reiterated the charge conference deadlines and explained why not every clergy will be selected for one-on-one conversations with their DS. The …more

    From the desk of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez - 2023 Church Conference Season

    July 6, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's Note: The following letter was sent to United Methodists of Upper New York on July 6, 2023 Dear United Methodists of Upper New York,  Grace and peace from our Savior and Friend, Jesus Christ, be with you.   I thank God for the warmer temperatures and longer days as we enter summer. I also thank congregations for hosting children and youth through their summer programs (VBS, Movie Nights, …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez - Affirmative Action

    June 30, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: The following email was sent to United Methodists of Upper New York on behalf of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez on June 30, 2023. “Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out.” Isaiah 1:17a (MSG) Dear siblings in Christ, As United Methodists, we are called to work for peace and justice for God’s children. The construct of …more

    District contact information beginning July 1

    June 27, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Beginning July 1, United Methodists of Upper New York will begin a new structure for District Superintendents and Administrative Assistants. Six District Superintendents (DS) will serve two districts and each will have a Superintendency Administrative Assistant (SAA). You can read about the structure previously announced here. Use the following information to contact your DS or SAA beginning July 1. Click here to print a copy. Adirondack and Albany Districts  DS: Rev. …more

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."