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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Experiencing and Witnessing Racism

    Perspectives from October 2017

    Experiencing racism at the age of five

    October 31, 2017 / By Weagba Nelson / 1 Comment

    Growing up black in the United States was never something that went unnoticed. In everything I did, I felt as if I was being watched and at five-years old, I learned why I felt that way. In preschool, my best friend’s name was Amy. We would always play together and eat together, so when my mother was planning me a fifth birthday party, the person I wanted there …more

    Opportunities denied because of race

    October 24, 2017 / By Evelyn A. Woodring / 1 Comment

    I was a Navy wife, living in base housing on the Florida Gulf coast in the early 1970s. I had become friends with another wife, and learned that she planned to seek a civilian job. She had extensive experience in keypunch, bookkeeping, and was a Certified Public Accountant. She showed me a glowing letter of reference from a previous employer in Michigan. She responded to a Help Wanted ad …more

    Hiding my Native American heritage

    October 16, 2017 / By Sue Crawson-Brizzolara, Lenape (Delaware) and Dine (Navajo) / 4 Comments

    My family tried to hide our Native heritage for generations, because of the physical, mental, and emotional abuse of Native peoples. When many families were getting torn apart and pushed to new lands, my Ancestors escaped by living in the hills and mountains of New York. When my Maternal Grandmother was growing up, it was still not safe to be Native (It was 1976 before the Native American Child Welfare Act …more

    Experiencing and Witnessing Racism blog series: Teressa Sivers’ entry

    October 11, 2017 / By Rev. Teressa Sivers, Chair of the UNY Taskforce on Eliminating Racism / 4 Comments

    I was a young adult, attending college for my undergraduate degree at a small, northeastern liberal arts college. The semester was on break so I had some free time to do some shopping. I drove to the mall closest to my home, a familiar spot, and began going through the motions of finding clothes for school and work. After several hours, I realized I needed to use the restroom but …more

    Experiencing and Witnessing Racism blog series introduction

    October 3, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2016 Northeastern Jurisdiction overwhelmingly supported a Call to Action to end racism in a bold proclamation that it would work to end racism both in ourselves and in the world. In Upper New York, the Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism will lead this enormous task. While the task can feel overwhelming, the taskforce feels strongly that the first step is honest conversation.   This blog series is a …more


    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."