Highlighted Events

Anti-Racism Training - November 3-4 (Online via Zoom)

In 2018 The New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted a policy requiring all Clergy, Lay Pastors, members of a District Committee on Ordination Ministry, BOOM, Conference Staff, all Conference and District level positions, Lay Leaders (district and local), Lay Servants and Lay Ministries, Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair, and all candidates for ministry to participate in training that addresses the on-going challenge of racism.  If you have not fulfilled your anti-racism training requirement, this is your opportunity! 

Contact Rev. Sheila Beckford with questions, or for more information.

DATES: Wednesday and Thursday, November 3-4
TIME: Cohort 1 - Begins 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
            Cohort 2 - Begins 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
COST: Refundable Deposit ($150) 
Register here.

Laity Sunday
October 17, 2021

Since 1929, across Methodism, Laity Sunday has been a special Sunday to recognize and to “celebrate the ministry of all lay Christians” (2016 Book of Discipline, paragraph 264.2).  The BOD further states, “Laity Sunday shall be observed annually, preferably on the third Sunday in October.” Originally, this day was called “Laymen’s Day.'' It was first mentioned in the 1944 Book of Discipline, paragraph 1483.  In the 1972 Book of Discipline, Laymen’s Day was renamed the gender neutral Laity Sunday.  You may find more information and resources here.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

Let your pastor know how much you value his or her leadership.  Brainstorm with others in your congregation about ways you can affirm and encourage your pastor.

Also, the NYAC Office of Connectional Ministries is sponsoring a Clergy Day of Respite and Renewal at The Center at Mariandale, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562.  This will be a great opportunity for your pastor to exercise some self care.

Upcoming Opportunities

40th Anniversary Gala Weekend
October 9-10

RMM Celebrates 40 Years of Hope, Justice and Empowerment at their 40th Anniversary Gala WeekendJoin families, workers and allies for an entire weekend celebrating 40 years of Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc., with Gala Dinner speaker Presiding Bishop the Most Rev. Michael Curry and a special message from Dolores Huerta. Enjoy music, food, art and more on the beautiful, 40-acre campus RMM now calls home: 125 Duncan Ave., Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520.  

Conference Center Closed Monday, October 11 for Indigenous People's Day.  

Basic Emergency Response Team (ERT) Training
October 19, 21, 26, 28 (7:00-9:00pm)

The mission of an Early Response Team (ERT) is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. These teams are neither a first response group of emergency workers nor a recovery rebuild or repair team; rather they fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to establish the presence of the church.  Click here for more information and to register.  Registration deadline is October 12. 

Conference United Methodist Women's Annual Meeting, October 23 (10:00am)   

"Empowering Women to Make a Difference," with guest speaker Ainise Isama'u, President of the UMW Board of Directors. 

Registration is required.

Clergy Day of Respite and Renewal
October 25 (9:00am-2:00pm) 
at The Center at Mariandale. Ossining, NY.

 NYAC clergy are invited to take some time for rest and renewal at the Center at Mariandale (

Laity Convocation, November 6, 2021: 
"One in Christ - Tearing Down the Walls!"

We will be looking at the book I'm Black, I'm Christian, I'm Methodist, edited by Rudy Rasmus.  We encourage you to purchase the book (from any of these vendors:,,, and read it before the convocation. 

Deaconess M. Garlinda Burton, former interim General Secretary for the General Commission on Religion and Race, will facilitate our discussion. This event will be held online, but we still need you to register.  The registration deadline is October 22. A link to join us on November 6th will be sent you you a few days prior to the convocation.

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2AM on Sunday, November 7.  Remember to set your clocks back one hour.


United Methodist Men's Weekly Power of Prayer meetings 

This event recurs Weekly on Sunday from Sunday, December 27, 2020 to Sunday, December 18, 2022.

United Methodist Men's Annual Retreat: “MEN ON FIRE FOR GOD” 

Saturday, November 20, 8:30AM-2:30PM, via Zoom 
You will find log-on information on the website event page.

Please contact Conference UMM President Ben Nelson for more information.


The Conference Center will be closed November 25 & 26, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.




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