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


    news stories Tagged “Vital Congregations”

    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

    A New Season Begins for the Conference Leadership Team

    September 20, 2023 / By Shelby Winchell, UNY Director of Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)   The Conference Leadership Team (CLT) has a new membership configuration. The new configuration is part of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos-Núñez efforts to eliminate silos and …more

    Pinwheels spin cash for camp

    September 15, 2023 / By Sarah Walker, Ohio UMC

    The pinwheel spins when the breeze blows. The breeze is a reminder that although you cannot see the air moving, it is always present. Just like the air is always present, so is the Holy Spirit.  Fundraisers are an important way to keep the Ohio United Methodist Church going. We needed funds for our children going to camp. The Sunday school and youth group wanted to do something fun, …more

    Grow New Ministries, Reach New People with Launchpad Fall 2023

    September 8, 2023 / By Rev. Abigail Browka / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Are you ready to embark on an inspiring journey to reach new people, cultivate innovative ministries, or even establish a brand-new church? If so, Launchpad Fall 2023 is the training for you. Launchpad is designed for churches and church planters seeking to create fresh, vibrant spaces for new individuals to find faith and community. This intensive training program spans six insightful sessions that will equip your team with the tools, …more

    Developing Developers brings people across The Connection to UNY

    August 16, 2023 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From Sunday, Aug. 13 to Tuesday, Aug. 15, an extraordinary event unfolded primarily at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool, NY. United Methodists of Upper New York had the distinct honor of hosting the 2023 Developing Developers event—an annual affair orchestrated by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church’s Path 1 team. Path 1 is a team of leaders drawn from global, national, regional, and local levels of The United Methodist …more

    Collections at the 2023 Upper New York Annual Conference

    May 17, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    At this year’s Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference, held June 1-3, at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena in Syracuse, there will be three opportunities to give. During Opening Worship on June 1 at 10:30 a.m., there will be a collection for the UNY Mission Central HUB. The HUB is located at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. It is a place for local churches to actively …more

    Upper New York Conference welcomes Colleen Boyea

    May 2, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In late January, Judy Campany left her role with Upper New York as Administrative Assistant for Connectional Ministries and Vital Congregations. Shortly after a search was engaged, applications gathered, and interviews shared. On May 1, Colleen Boyea joined the staff as Administrative Assistant for Missional Excellence. She will support the Director of Missional Excellence, the Director of Missional Engagement, Director of Spiritual Vitality, and the Director of New Faith Communities. Also …more

    Easter message from Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    April 9, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez

    Editor's note: The following message was sent electronically on April 9, 2023 on behalf of Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez to United Methoidsts of Upper New York. “The angel said to the women, 'Don't be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. He isn't here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said …more

    Eighteen churches disaffiliate at the March 2023 Special Session of the UNY Annual Conference

    March 29, 2023 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The first 2023 Special Session of the Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference was held virtually on Saturday, March 25. This was the first time that Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Héctor A. Burgos Núñez presided over a Conference. GNTV was the audio-visual provider. This Special Session included a brief worship service followed by voting on the agenda, equalization members, organizational motion, and local church disaffiliations. …more

    Sessions Team eagerly plans in-person Annual Conference

    March 27, 2023 / By Shelby Winchell, UNY Director of Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    It’s been four years since United Methodists in Upper New York have been able to safely gather in-person for Annual Conference. With the availability of vaccines and more milder strains of the coronavirus, the Sessions Team feels this may be the year we can finally gather safely to enjoy fellowship, break bread, worship, and engage in holy conferencing together. The last in-person gathering was held in June 2019 at …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."