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2012 General Conference: First service recalls Jesus' seaside ministry
Photo courtesy of UMNS.
The 2012 United Methodist General Conference was washed in the sights and sounds of water as delegates from around the world began 10 days of work with a worship service that invited them to discipleship by the sea.
Marcus Briggs-Cloud, a member of the Maskoke Nation and a son of the Wind Clan People, consecrated the worship and workspace in his native language and tradition.
He asked the delegates to be...
Upper New York delegation awed by opening worship at General Conference
Photo courtesy of UMNS.
United Methodists throughout the world have been challenged to answer Jesus Christ’s call to follow Him by being willing to engage their communities in order to make more disciples.
Council of Bishops Outgoing President Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster (Charlotte Episcopal Area) issued the challenge on Tuesday afternoon during his sermon at the opening worship of the 2012 General...
International delegates get briefing on key GC2012 legislation
For some international delegates, most of the proposed changes before General Conference deal only with matters of concern in the United States – and they are wary.
Isaac Broune of Côte d'Ivoire (left) moderates a discussion of social issues during a briefing for international delegates at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. He is flanked by the Rev. Harald Rückert (center) and Liberato...
Urban Strategy Team lunch at AC Session open to all
The Urban Strategy Team, which has been conducting the Urban Summits, will be hosting a luncheon during the Annual Conference Session.
The lunch will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 232 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse. The church is approximately three blocks from the OnCenter, where the session will be held.
The Rev. Craig French, pastor at University United Methodist Church in Syracuse (Crossroads District) and one of the luncheon organizers, said the...
Camp and retreat centers host Memorial Day weekend family retreats
Three Camp and Retreat Centers in the Upper New York Annual Conference are hosting family retreats on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28.
These weekend retreats are an opportunity for family members of all ages to relax, play, learn and grow in faith. A variety of activities are combined with ample free time, so when you aren't making a craft, enjoying the campfire sing-a-long, or going for a boat ride, you can sit back and toast a marshmallow, read a good book, or go for a hike.
The Camp and...
Mother's Day, May 13, marks Golden Cross Sunday
Golden Cross Sunday, an annual event within United Methodist congregations, raises money to provide for The Golden Cross Program in support of health ministries.
This year's offering will be taken on Mother’s Day, May 13.
Beginning early in the history of Methodism in America, the Golden Cross Program primarily supported church-related hospitals and long-term health care facilities. More recently, some conferences have used Golden Cross funds to support chaplaincy programs, disability...
Retirement seminar addresses transitions, opportunities, challenges
The Institute For Discipleship is offering an online retirement seminar from May 7-18, helping those approaching retirement to better understand the personal transitions experienced in this phase of life.
"Retirement Matters: Transitions, Opportunities, Challenges," led by Jack Hansen and Jerry Haas, enables participants to explore the unique opportunities of retirement and talk about the important challenges of aging.
The text for the course will be "Shaping a Life of...
Remains in Allegany State Park confirmed as Rev. Thomas Hamilton
The family of the Rev. Thomas Hamilton, who went missing in 2010, may now find closure with the identification of his remains.
According to news reports, the New York State Police have reported that the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office has made a positive match between remains found April 17 in Allegany State Park and Rev. Hamilton's dental records. Personal effects found at the site also have been positively identified as belonging to Rev. Hamilton.
Rev. Hamilton retired from full-time...
Take a 'Spiritual Journey to Korea'
Clergy and their spouses in the Upper New York Annual Conference are invited to take a "Spiritual Journey to Korea" Sept. 5-12.
Mohawk District Superintendent Sung Ho Lee and the Rev. Joseph Kim, pastor of State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton and Phoenix UMC (Crossroads District), will lead the trip.
The BuPyeong Methodist Church Mission Center runs the "Spiritual Journey to Korea" program year-round.
“Part of their mission is to invite people from all...
Pulaski cyclists raise funds for Africa University
Six members of the Pulaski United Methodist Church (Northern Flow District) will be riding with 32,000 other cyclists from around the world in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.
The Rev. Brian Homan, pastor of the church, Edson Setzer, Esther Keeney, William Delgado, Tom Shirley and Jerry Jones will be using the tour to raise funds in support of Africa University.
The sextet is asking congregations to join them in their efforts by taking an offering on May 6, and they have created a bulletin insert...
Rev. Nancy Hale contributes to book on living with disabilities
In a new book sponsored by the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities, Rev. Nancy Hale shares her experience with hearing loss and ministry; it’s one of the heart-warming and heart-breaking stories in Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities.
Rev. Hale, pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church in Norwich (Oneonta District), joins Bishop Peggy A. Johnson of the Philadelphia Area and 23 other pastors from across the connection in sharing...
Pray for General Conference, United Methodists urged
At 4 p.m. on April 24, exactly one week from today, at the Tampa Convention Center in Florida, the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church will convene, aptly with worship and Holy Communion.
Nearly 1,000 lay and clergy delegates and about 3,000 visitors and officials will gather to decide the denomination’s future direction. The top policy-making conference, it is the only body that speaks officially for our more than 12.1 million-member church.
The theme of the 2012...
UMCs celebrate Native American Ministries on April 22
The churches of the Upper New York Annual Conference are encouraged to celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday, and use this special service to recognize the gifts and contributions of Native Americans.
Native American Ministries Sunday is officially celebrated on April 22, but congregations are free to choose an alternate date.
According to a member of the Committee on Native American Ministry (CONAM), “Native American Ministries Sunday is an excellent opportunity to...
UNY Haiti Network meets April 21
The Upper New York Annual Conference has numerous mission teams and individuals that serve in ministry with our Haitian sisters and brothers. The UNY Haiti Network was formed to advocate for and coordinate the Conference's ongoing ministry to Haiti.
The UNY Haiti Network will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Lansing United Methodist Church (Finger Lakes District), 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing.
Anyone interested in the ministry to Haiti is invited to attend.
Fire consumes former Korean UMC building in Buffalo
Officials continue to investigate the cause of an April 14 fire that consumed the former Korean United Methodist Church at the corner of Tacoma and Colvin avenues in North Buffalo.
Buffalo firefighters spent over 90 minutes trying to contain the fire Saturday afternoon. The building was empty at the time, according to Buffalo's WIVB TV station. The Korean UMC left that location in August 2006.
In a statement to media outlets in Buffalo, the Conference expressed its admiration for and...
Robert E. Carns, Jr. remembered
"He was one of those guys who wanted to be involved and understand what was going on. He wasn't afraid to volunteer and get his hands dirty."
So said Pastor Edward Enstine of Danby Federated Church in Ithaca when speaking about Robert E. Carns Jr., and his involvement in the United Methodist Men and the Upper New York Annual Conference as a whole.
Mr. Carns, 64, died on April 12 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.
An active member of the Cicero United Methodist Church, "Mr....
Asbury First Pastor Susan Shafer earns top CRCDS honor
The Rev. Susan Shafer
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews calls the Rev. Susan Stettner Shafer “a gifted and caring pastor.” No wonder he named her as the first female senior pastor at Rochester’s Asbury First United Methodist Church, the largest UMC congregation in the area.
Her alma mater agrees, and this month the Colgate Crozer Divinity School will be honoring...
Williamsville UMC student helping in Ghana
Chris Toone with one of the students in Akatim, Ghana. Toone helped found a nonprofit to help two villages in this African nation.
Chris Toone of the Williamsville United Methodist Church (Niagara Frontier District) is one of seven students who have formed a nonprofit organization, The Senase Project, to help two villages in Ghana. Read the full story in the Buffalo News.
HANDS4NY hits home stretch
The churches of the Upper New York Annual Conference are changing lives in their congregations, in their communities and in countries around the world.
Since June 2011, one significant effort toward this changing of the world has been through the HANDS4NY campaign to feed 1 million people in one year.
HANDS4NY is approaching that goal – 842,242 at last count. With the June deadline approaching, we are looking for a final surge by encouraging churches to consider doing a HANDS4NY...
VIM Team heads to Belfast, Northern Ireland
A Belfast Peace Project VIM Team is returning to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the eighth year.
These team members help to maintain and improve the facilities of the Forthspring Intercommunity Group and the Springfield Road Methodist Church by doing construction, painting, landscaping and general maintenance. This project is sponsored by the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church (Albany District).
The 2012 team will be planting a Peace Pole in the garden to honor the...