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'Courageous and prophetic' Bishop McLee mourned by thousands

9/16/2014
NEW YORK CITY - In song, dance and words, thousands of mourners, including dozens of bishops, celebrated the life of New York Area Bishop Martin D. McLee during a moving service at the Riverside Church in New York City on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ...

New 'Spirituality Infusion Project' receives $100,000 grant

9/16/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Beechwood Continuing Care has received a $100,000 grant from The John R. Oishei Foundation to support the development of Beechwood’s Spirituality Infusion Project for long-term care professionals, which aims to integrate spirituality into care planning. ...

Africa 360 Challenge: Some creative ideas

9/12/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In August 2014, Bishop Mark J. Webb challenged the congregations of the Upper New York Conference to raise $1 million for Africa 360, a combined effort to support the ministry of Africa University and Imagine No Malaria. ...

Thirteen Upper New York ministries awarded 2014 RON MOT grants

9/12/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Reaching Our Neighbors Mission Oversight Team (RON MOT) has awarded $59,776 in grants to 13 Upper New York Conference ministries in its latest round of grant funding. ...

Bishop Webb reflects on passing of Bishop Martin D. McLee

9/8/2014
  Bishop McLee, center,  was elected at the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in July 2012, at the same time as Bishop Mark J. Webb and Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball. Bishop Martin D. McLee, leader of The United Methodist Church's New York Area, died Sept. 6, 2014 at 58. He had been on leave of absence due to illness since July. ...

Young Clergy Initiative: Young people discerning God's call to ordained ministry

9/8/2014
Through the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) 12 young people from across Upper New York have begun an exciting journey to discern how and where God is calling them to serve.  As a first step in their 18-month journey, these seekers have been individually matched with mentors and have attended the 2014 Director’s Invitational, a leadership development program held at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center.  The YCI will provide...

Conference Council on Youth Ministries seeks Co-Coordinator

9/8/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) is seeking applicants for the position of adult Co-Coordinator. If you love working with teenagers, guiding them as they learn and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, encouraging their leadership skills, and helping them explore the many opportunities for youth in The United Methodist Church, then...

Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2015 available

9/3/2014
The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and an application form for salary grants to local churches for the period Jan. 1  to June 30, 2015.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to the directions provided by the Oct. 6, 2014 deadline.   Please note the following documents must be...

Rev. Jacob Armstrong talks about good preaching

9/3/2014
Effective preaching is the focus for the 2014 Bishop's Retreat, and United Methodist pastor the Rev. Jacob Armstrong, founder and pastor of Providence Church in Mount Juliet, Tenn., will lead the retreat.   ...

Get to know UNY's newest District Superintendents

9/3/2014
We asked the Upper New York Conference's newest District Superintendents – the Rev. Jeff McDowell of the Finger Lakes District and the Rev. Nancy Adams of the Mountain View District – a few questions to help folks get to know them. A Welcome Service for Rev. Adams will be Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014  – DETAILS A Welcome Service for Rev. McDowell will be Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 – DETAILS Read the original announcement of their appointments. ...

Finance Team member Leah Robinson to retire

9/3/2014
Leah Robinson, Finance Team Support, will retire from the Upper New York Conference on Sept. 5, 2014. She's been with the Conference since it formed in 2010, having worked for the former Troy Conference.   /*...

2014 Fall retreats, events announced by CRM

8/26/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Summer vacation is over, but that doesn’t mean things are quiet at Upper New York’s six Camp & Retreat Centers. ...

Lay servant retreat focuses on living a Christian life in covenant

8/21/2014
The Finger Lakes District Lay Servant Team invites clergy and laity to participate in a retreat led by the Rev. Dr. Steven Manskar designed to delve into how the framework of mutual accountability equips and supports Christians in their personal faith journey. The retreat will be Friday to Sunday, Nov. 14-16, 2014, at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia.   Dr. Manskar Early Methodists...

'Road T.R.I.P.' makes two more stops in October

8/20/2014
Upper New York Conference staffers will again be taking a Road T.R.I.P. across the Conference to offer a series of workshops for church leaders – clergy and lay.   The first two Road T.R.I.P. training sessions took place in March; these upcoming sessions will take place in early October in the Niagara Frontier and Cornerstone districts.   Focused on four key qualities, these learning and training opportunities are...

From Ohio: Thoughts on 'Walking with Palestinian Christians' event

8/14/2014
Benjamin O'Connor The subject at hand could not be more timely, nor more urgent: this week, concerned United Methodists from all over the U.S., including friends from the larger church universal, are meeting to discuss how to work with Palestinian Christians in the ongoing struggle for peace. As Israeli and Palestinian leaders begin to negotiate peace after their most recent round of violence, there is...

UMM to hold annual gathering at Casowasco

8/14/2014
United Methodist Men from across the Upper New York Conference will once again converge at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia for its annual gathering. This year marks the fifth annual gathering of the UNY UMM and the 68th annual conference-wide UMM fall gathering under prior and current Conference names. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7. "Lead Like Jesus" is this year’s theme. Conference UMM President Mark Jones said the...

Join the Africa 360 Challenge

8/14/2014
During the recent Upper New York Annual Conference session, an overwhelming vote to contribute $1 million to the Imagine No Malaria campaign of The United Methodist Church was celebrated. In 2011, members of the Upper New York Annual Conference pledged to raise $1 million for Africa University to fund eight scholarships. The passion and commitment to be a part of what God is doing among, within and through the people of Africa is evident in these actions. Both of these priorities have been...

Your ministry shares at work: the Conference Benefits Office

8/12/2014
From helping newly retired pastors move to their new homes to assisting churches that are trying to negotiate state and federal employment laws, the work of the Upper New York Benefits Office is wide ranging and complex. The office's work is critically important to both active and retired clergy – and this vital ministry is one of the many supported by ministry share dollars. "The ministry shares help support the staff needed to appropriately administer eligibility, enrollment and...

NEJ delegates reflect on 2014 Global Young People's Convocation

7/31/2014
The 2014 Global Young People's Convocation & Legislative Assembly in the Philippines was attended by more than 300 young people and observers. Among other business, the young people urged leaders of the denomination to “seek solutions that promote our global unity” and not be divided by issues such as homosexuality, adopting a unity statement the night before ending its quadrennial gathering on July 20, 2014. Click here to read the statement. Reflections and insights from...

OneExchange health coverage workshops for retirees scheduled for September

7/31/2014
Retired clergy, their spouses, and surviving spouses age 65 and older are invited to attend one of the workshops being held in September 2014 to discuss OneExchange, a service that helps retirees find the correct Medicare plan for their needs.  A mailing with introductory materials will be sent by the Conference office in mid-August to all eligible persons.  Retirees younger than 65, those on Medicare due to disability, and over age 65 clergy actively serving a local church will...
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