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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.


    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). 

    Members shall be nominated and elected 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 various social action ministries, and elected members of the General Board of Church and Society. The Director of Connectional Ministries shall serve ex-officio without vote, and shall provide staff support.

    The Social Holiness Team administers the Peace with Justice Grant Program. Click here to learn more about the grant and to apply. The deadline for submission is April 30 and October 30. This program is supported by one half the money collected by the Peace with Justice Special Sunday Offering taken by each congregation. The other half of the collection is remitted to the General Board of Church and Society to support their global grant program. 

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    UNY Palestine/Israel Task Force Website

    Click here to download the Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine-Israel brochure.

    Team Members

    Linda Bergh-Palestine/Israel Taskforce (L)
    Robin Blair-Vice Chair (C)
    Beth Buckley (L)
    Marty Fisher (C)
    George Herrick-Prison Ministries Representative
    Jan Hubbard (C)
    Alan Kinney-Chair (C)
    Ellen Klock-UWF rep (L)
    Neil Law (L)
    Della Ludwig-Secretary (C)
    Doug Mackey (C)
    Jeffrey W. Morey (L)
    Karen Peterson-Palestine  Israel Taskforce (L)
    Beth Quick-GBCS
    Hector Rivera (C)
    Ann Robinson (C)
    Blenda Smith-CONAM rep (L)
    Heather Smith- Peace with Justice Coordinator (L)
    Marti Swords-Horrell-NYS Council of Churches Representative (C)
    David Whitlock (L)
    Evelyn Woodring-CORR Representative (C)

    Bill Gottsschalk-Fielding-Ex Officio DCM (C)
    Riley O'Flynn-Ex Officio GBCS (L)

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."