News from the Conference Center and Beyond

**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
9/23 Congregational Care Ministry Training: 4-week, 10-hour course 

     (see below) 
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

Congregational Care Ministry Training
A ten-hour course

Organized and hosted by The Church of the
Village (UM)
Led by Rev. Dr. Penny Gadzini, Rev. Dr. Arthur Pressley, Anne Hughes-Hinnen, and Rev. Jeff Wells 

What: This course provides a basic introduction to visitation and care ministry. Participants will develop
listening skills, be introduced to the basics of visitation, ministry with the sick, dying, and grieving,
care for those with addictions and in recovery, and explore community resources.
Where: The Chapel of the Beloved Community at The Church of the Village
201 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011
(at 7th Ave.)  (212) 243-5470
When: Four 2-1/2 hour sessions – Sundays, Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, and Nov. 18, 12:30 to 3 pm


Why: From the earliest times, the followers of Jesus were inspired by his ministry to provide care and healing prayer for one another and to all those in need. Over recent decades, there has been an increasing desire for trained lay persons to participate in caring ministries.
Intentional lay congregational care promotes spiritual renewal and church vitality. A team of trained persons volunteering their time greatly enhances the congregation’s ability to meet hurting people with hope, companionship, and love.
Who: This program is intended for lay persons who yearn to serve in caring and healing ministry.
More information and application to attend available here.

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. 


Rent the Kingswood Farmhouse and plan your own retreat. Kingswood makes it easy!

    The farmhouse can comfortably house 22 guests, dormitory style, in 4 bedrooms. The farmhouse has 2 1/2 baths for more convenience. The upstairs main bathroom was remodeled in November of 2014; the downstairs bedroom and bathroom were remodeled in 2016. A dining area and a large living room make it easy to gather for fellowship, games, or meetings.
     The farmhouse kitchen has lots of room for cooking and is fully equipped. The kitchen includes a spacious refrigerator, a 6-burner commercial gas stove and oven; a microwave, dishwasher, 2-basin sink, plus extensive food prep gear. Guests bring their own bed linens and food. An overseer will open the facility and close it after guests leave. Firewood is provided for the airtight stove, which can heat the entire house. Hot water and forced air heat are produced by modern heating units.

Click here to learn more.

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.

" conflict, as in magic, the real action occurs where people are not looking... parties in conflict all wait on the same solution: they wait for the other party to change... Our problems...are not what they seem. This is at once our challenge and our                                                       opportunity."

- From the preface of The Anatomy of Peace


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.

There will be an option to arrive the day before (10/31) for an afternoon/evening of structured and unstructured spiritual renewal.

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

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.
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

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NYAC Abundant Health Ministry

Hulapalooza Coming in November:

?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   

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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