News from the Conference Center and Beyond

  • REMINDER: The Conference Center is closed on Fridays through the summer.  We will return to our regular schedule after Labor Day.
  • Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference
  • United Methodists prayerfully consider plans to be presented at special General Conference in 2019

Upcoming Opportunities
8/21 Done in a Day project: Staff members of the NYAC Conference office will be participating in a Done in a Day project on August 21. If you would like to join them please contact Tom Vencuss ( for more information.
8/25, 9/22, 10/13 Disaster Response training opportunities
9/15 Fresh Expressions Workshop for local churches at St. James UMC, Kingston 
10/9 Boundaries Training for Clergy & Laity
10/27 Conference UMW Annual Meeting
11/17 Laity Convocation with Sue Nilson Kibbey -    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Safe Sanctuaries

Memorial UMC 
White Plains
 August 25, 2018   
10AM to 1PM

     This workshop is for the person responsible for training volunteers and staff in your church's Safe Sanctuaries policy.  You will leave with tools to help you facilitate training at your church.      
     Topics covered will include reviewing and editing policies, cyber safety, vulnerable adults and more.     

Register for this workshop by August 19.
Contact Cassandra Negri at with any questions or to register.


Safe Sanctuaries: 
Writing and Editing
Your Church's
Safe Sanctuaries Policy

Christ UMC, Staten Island 
September 29, 2018   10AM to 1PM

     This Safe Sanctuaries Workshop is designed for congregations who do not have a written Safe Sanctuaries Policy or who need a refresher on editing their policy. The workshop prepares a core team of 4 – 5 to work with the congregation to write a policy, as well as providing information on how to train trustees, teachers, parents and pastors on the implementation of that policy.
     Each church should have at least one copy of  the book Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Child Abuse in the Church by Joy Thornburg Melton.  You may also wish to have a copy of the book Safe Sanctuaries - Older Adults: The Church Reponds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults.
Register for this workshop by Sept. 23.
For more information or to register, contact Cassandra Negri at

A Day with Brian McLaren
Presented by PRC
The Future of Christianity: Does Christian Faith have a future,
and does the future  have Christian faith?

Saturday October 13, 2018
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Arumdaun Presbyterian Church
1 Arumdaun St, Bethpage, NY 
Registration and breakfast will start at 8:30 

Register Now

First session - The Theological Future of Christianity
Second Session - The Liturgical Future of Christianity
Third session - The Missional Future of Christianity
Summary & Closing - A Religion Will Be … 
Day includes breakfast & lunch
NYAC discounted rate $10 for preregistration or $20 at the door 
To Register: Pay On-Line with MC, Visa or e-check at  To receive an invoice & pay by check call the PRC 631- 486-4350.
Mail checks and order forms to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd., Commack NY 11725
Download order form


August Webinars
Presented by PRC

(Practical Resources for Churches)

Beyond the Offering Plate: Exploring Holistic Stewardship 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Adam Copeland
Doubts and Questions as Teachers of the Faith
Thursday, August 23, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Traci Smith

Rural Ministry Field Notes
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Jonathan LeMaster-Smith

Clergy - Save the Date for the Bishop's Clergy Retreat: November 1

Bishop Grant Hagiya of the California-Pacific Conference will be the keynote speaker. 

This year's theme will be "The Anatomy of Peace."  All clergy are encouraged to read this book from the Arbinger Institute before attending the retreat.  The book is available at Cokesbury.

Watch for details about location and times in future newsletters.


Partnership with Yale Divinity School's Ministry Resource Center

Benefits of the Ministry Resource Center at Yale Divinity School
“Woodbury UMC (CT District) has found the Ministry Resource Center to be helpful in significant and often unexpected ways.  The materials available are substantial in content, but not obtusely academic.  This library is designed to support practical ministry, and the variety of resources on the shelves is astounding.  Our church has utilized the Ministry Resource Center to enhance our youth ministry and worship planning, and to prepare for a series of Lenten seminars on immigration and refugee resettlement.  Thanks to Carolyn and her friendly, helpful staff!”

- Woodbury UMC (CT District)

Are you looking for new resources?

If so, please sign up for weekly news and information from the Ministry Resource Center by emailing
Free consultations are available by phone (203-432-5319), email (, or a visit to the MRC.




NYAC Abundant Health Ministry

Upcoming Hulapaloozas:

  • Saturday, October 6 at Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor UMC (LIE District)
  • Saturday, November 10 at Brooklyn: John Wesley UMC (LIW District)
Would you like to learn more about Hulapaloozas, or how to plan an Abundant Health Expo?  Please contact Wendy Vencuss at  

Check out our Facebook Group:  to join, search for NYAC Abundant Health Ministry from your FB page, then send us a request to join.  

Upper Room offers
Spiritual Practices
for students heading
back to school

For young people diving back into schoolwork, homework, sports, rehearsals, exams, papers, and more, finding time to be with God and to love their neighbors may prove to be a challenge.

You can shape the way your students will experience this school year. Whether you invite students to partner with you or to do it on their own, encourage the youth in your life to cultivate spiritual practices as they return to the hallowed halls of elementary, middle, or high school. 

Journeys of Paul Cruise

10/14 - 25, 2018  Travel, study & worship in the footsteps of Paul with Bishop Bickerton and Educational Opportunities (EO). Details

Lay Servant Classes

See Schedule for Lay Servant Classes

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