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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Social Holiness (Church & Society)

    The intent of this group is to provide, within the bounds of the Upper New York Annual Conference, for certain of the functions described and suggested in The Book of Discipline, ¶629, specifically those functions related to ministries of justice, advocacy, mercy, love, and ministries related to the “Social Principles” of The United Methodist Church (¶¶160-166). This team shall be related to the Ministry Oversight Team on Reaching Our Neighbors and function in concert with the various Conference advocacy teams. This team shall consist of six persons and shall serve on a quadrennial basis. The initial team shall be nominated by the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development to the Class of 2016, shall be appointed on an interim basis through the Conference Session of 2012, and shall be elected to its full term by the Annual Conference in 2012. Full classes of 2016, 2020, etc. shall be nominated and elected thereafter, at annual conference sessions immediately following the General Conference or as needed to fill vacancies, in such a manner as to maintain continuity and satisfy term limits. Ex-officio members with vote shall include representatives from the various Conference advocacy groups, and elected members of the General Board of Church and Society. Ex-officio members without vote shall include representatives from the various supported social action ministries. The Director of Connectional Ministries shall serve ex-officio without vote, and shall provide staff support.

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    Team Members

    Alan Kinney, Chair

    Heather Smith, Peace with Justice Coordinator

    Robert Dean

    George Herrick

    Kurt Karandy, GBCS

    Beth Quick, GBCS

    Carole Collins, UMW Social Action 

    Brooke Newell, NYS Council of Churches 

    Linda Bergh, Palestine/Israel Task Force

    Karen Peterson, Alernate Palestine/Israel Task Force

    Millie Mason, CORR Representative



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 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."