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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Peace with Justice Grant Application Deadline Approaching

    April 2, 2019 / By Heather Smith, Peace with Justice Coordinator

    The deadline to apply for the next round of grants is April 30, 2019. Find the current Peace with Justice Grant application here. The Social Holiness Team looks forward to hearing what ministries may be emerging around our annual conference!

    In 2018, the Social Holiness Team approved three $2000 grants.

    • Brown Memorial Church in Syracuse - They seek to address issues of poverty with a Teen Life Skills program during which young people were taught resume and college essay writing, and anger management, as well as participating in mission trips and Lay Servant training.
    • Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State - They are addressing systemic causes of poverty through revitalizing the Poor People’s Campaign. This grant supported the work in the North Country region of our state with a People’s Hearing to be held early in 2019. Elected official will be present to hear from 4-6 individuals about their experience of injustice and oppression.
    • New York State Council of Churches - Bringing Christians together from all over the state to work on issues of hospitality and development. A kickoff event in March, 2019 and five one-day seminars in rural, suburban, and urban locations will be held and focus on building inclusive community through public policy and practical use of assets and property.

    If your congregation has not yet taken the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, there is still time! Any Sunday would be a good time to highlight these or other ministries that have received grants and half of all funds collected in Upper NY stay right here to support new justice projects.

    Contact Heather Smith, the Peace with Justice Coordinator, if you have any questions (peacewithjustice@unyumc.org). Heather is happy to come visit your congregation or small group to talk about how the Peace with Justice offering is integral to our United Methodist Connection.


    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."