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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    ministries / Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR)

    Imagine No Racism

    Curriculum and Resources
    Call to Action
    Bishop's Covenant
    "Race is Real" Video
    Perspective Blog
    Contacts: District Advocates & Regional Coordinators

    Curriculum and Resources

    Click here to access curriculum and resources for Imagine No Racism training sessions. For questions or additional information, contact Blenda Smith at (607) 761-0327 or email at

    Click here for a list of resources, which includes books, videos, and reference list.

    Click here to download and print an Imagine No Racism evaluation form to be completed after each session. In additiona to these forms, please attach an attendance sheet. All documents will be collected by District Advocates and reviewed by Regional Coordinators. 

    Call to Action

    "It is clear that the time to act is NOW. It was unanimously agreed that it is time to break our silence."
    Click here to read the Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) and the NEJ College of Bishops letter in its entirety.

    Bishop's Covenant

    Before God and with my family in Christ, I vow, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to oppose and work to eliminate the influence of racism from systems, institutions, relationships, and my own life.
    Click here to download a copy of the Imagine No Racism (INR) Covenant.



    "Race is Real" Video


    Perspective Blog

    Many of us have seen or experienced one form of racism. Members of the Bishop's Taskforce on Eliminating Racism as well as other Conference members shared in writing how experiencing or witnessing racism has impacted them and how they have responded. Click here to read the full series.

    Contacts: District Advocates & Regional Coordinators

    Small groups are forming all over the Upper New York Conference on how to combat racsim. There are ways for you to get involved to join in the effort to eliminate racism. Contact the Regional Coordinators in your area to learn more.

    • Georgia Whitney- Adirondack, Albany, and Oneonta Districts
    • Jeff Hodge- Crossroads, Mohawk, and Northern Flow Districts
    • Charles Syms- Genesee Valley, Niagara Frontier, and Cornerstone Districts
    • Nancy Raca- Mountain View, Finger Lakes, and Binghamton Districts

    Click here for a full list of Upper New York District Advocates and Regional Coordinators.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."