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.
  • Bishop Bickerton and the Cabinet don hard hats and tool belts in Puerto Rico

**Note to all Clergy and Laity:
Have you taken your required "Boundaries and Sexual Ethics" class?  If not, the fall session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 9AM - 3PM at the Conference Center in White Plains.  Please register online through the NYAC website.
If you have questions, please email Gail Douglas-Boykin at

Upcoming Opportunities
9/15 Fresh Expressions Workshop for local churches at St. James UMC, Kingston 
9/22, 10/13 Disaster Response training opportunities**
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

Register for this workshop by Sept. 23.
For more information or to register, contact Cassandra Negri at

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. 

Take-Down Weekend

Join the Kingswood volunteer community in getting Kingswood ready for winter. We will work together, play together, and enjoy being at camp in the fall. Don't miss this time to give back and to be with Kingswood friends! Hope to see you!

 Click here to register.


Deep Green
Journey 2.0

Encountering God in the Natural World

A Retreat at the Kingswood Farmhouse
October 19-21, 2018

Discover how our connection with nature can re-awaken us to God’s trans-formative presence in our lives. Throughout the changing seasons, we can experience God’s invitation to gently release, silently receive, creatively renew and courageously respond to the changing seasons in our own live.
For more information and to register, contact Holly Moore @ 845-702-5766 or
For a tentative weekend schedule, visit the Kingswood website.

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.

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

On Line Courses through PRC

Called to Teach Online Course
Monday September 10, 2018 through October 1, 2018
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
Cost: $45

The Changing 21st Century Sunday School Online Course
Monday October 8, 2018 through Monday, October 29, 2018
Cost: $45
Leader: Debbie Kolacki

September Webinars
Presented by PRC

(Practical Resources for Churches)

Click the title for more information
or the register. All webinars are recorded and after the live presnetation you will receive a link to the recording.
Meet the Author: Faithful Celebrations
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
7:00 – 7:30 PM Eastern
Leader: Sharon Ely Pearson
How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Frank Thomas
The Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention
Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Rachael Keefe
The Best Children’s Messages Ever
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Debbie Gline Allen
Meet the Author: All Creation Waits
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
7:00 – 7:30 PM Eastern
Leader: Gayle Boss
An Ounce of Prevention [Creating a Safer & More Secure Church]
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Dwight Lee Wolter

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


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   

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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