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Mission u Training – Pittsburgh, PA

Mission u trainingMission u Training in Pittsburgh led by the National Office of United Methodist Women. Participants from Upper New York Mission u for summer/fall sessions. Pictured (left to right) Sharon Schmit, Beckie Sweet, Cindy Van Allen, Ilah Sisson Walser, Carlene Doane, Tammy Verity, Pat Briggs, Ann Craig. Sharon, Beckie, and Ann are study leaders and others are Deans and Assistant Deans for the schools. In Upper New York there are three opportunities for mission study and spiritual growth. Please check out the UNY United Methodist Women’s website for further information. (Not pictured Valerie Clark, Tracy Jackson, Michael Terrell, Margaret Scott)


Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Upper New York Annual Conference of United Methodist Women Mission project Committee. The agency received a $1,500 grant for its Caregiver Assistance “Sunshine Fund.” Funding will be used to provide financial assistance for caregivers to be able to receive adult day care services for their loved one under 60 years of age and ineligible for available funding. These funds will enable participants and families to have financial assistance to be able to pay for adult day care services.

New!   2015 National Seminar attendees
UMW Campaign to End Family Detention 
2016 Northeast Jurisdiction in Syracuse
UNY UMW has a Facebook page!
Conference Mission Project update
Give to UMW’s Legacy Fund
2015 NATIONAL SEMINAR – United Methodist Women

The National Seminar, sponsored by United Methodist Women is a key social justice educational forum and an opportunity for UMW members to explore God’s actions in the current moment in the world and dialogue about how we must respond.

The 2015 seminar will be held July 29 – August 2 at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Our theme for National Seminar is:  “Interrupting Indifference: Jesus, Justice and Joy.” We will be focusing on Luke 19 with our key scriptural verse:  “he answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out’” (Luke 19:40).  In a gathering that reflects our rich diversity of race, ethnicity, age and geographic makeup, the National Seminar 2015 will equip and empower participants to engage as leaders for social justice by:

  • exploring the life and ministry of Jesus for practical application and concrete social action
  • building practical skills and tools to respond to current social issues
  • visiting local organizations and learning from grassroots leaders
  • building community and connection with others
  • engaging in dynamic worship

Those attending from Upper New York Conference:


My name is Amanda Dietrich but I go by Mandye.  I live in Rome and serve as Treasurer and Communications for the Mohawk District Mission Team. I was born in Owosso MI and have moved seven times since then due to my father and then me serving in the  Air Force.  I served for 13 years with two tours in Afghanistan and separated as a Major.  I will graduate in December from SUNY Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Business Administration.  I also have a BS in Mathematics and a MA in Human Resources Management.  I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, anything Disney, and spending time with my family.


My name is Riquilde Casado. I was born and raised in the Bronx until I went away for college at 18 years old. I enjoy cooking and decided to study culinary arts for a year at SUNY Cobleskill. I received an associate degree under travel and resort marketing around 2008. I finished my bachelors degree under sociology and decided to stay in Albany and focus on my spiritual need and of others. I currently work on direct care with disable consumers and enjoy it. I like nature, reading, playing volleyball, yoga n being around kids. I’ve been aSunday school teacher since 2009  and have applied to become a deaconess.


I am Ilah Sisson Walser and am serving as the Conference United Methodist Women President in my first year.  I have been an active member of the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women on the local, district, conference and jurisdictional levels.  I am retired but rarely find extra time, I am always busy.  In my hands, I usually have knitting needles (making something for mission giving), a camera (just to capture the beauty around me), or a book.  My relaxation, but also a way to share with others, the talents I have been given.  I reside in Ballston Spa, next door to my sister.  I have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.  I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity to learn and to experience all that National Seminar has to offer.  More importantly, I look forward to sharing with you after I return home, the witness of mission of the United Methodist Women.


UNY UMW has a Facebook page!

Our President, Ilah Walser has created a Facebook page for our Conference UMW.  Go to Facebook and type into “Search Facebook” at the top, and then type in “UNY United Methodist Women”.


Conference Mission Project update

Greetings to all,
The  Conference Mission Projects Committee received the first grant application two weeks ago.  I am hoping that in the next few weeks my mailbox will be flooded with grant applications.
In each of the districts there are programs that might meet the criteria of the grant.  I am hoping that you have or will get the word out to your units, churches and communities. Below are links to two documents: (1) the list of 2015 grant recipients; (2)  the grant application with the hope that you make available copies at upcoming United Methodist Women events.
The deadline is May 15, 2015.  The committee will meet in June to begin the process of reviewing the applications and  determining the grant recipients.
With peace, love and joy,
Valerie Clark, chairperson
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