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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). 

    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. 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.

    To download the Peace with Justice Grant Application, click here.
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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

    Alan Kinney, Chair

    Heather Smith, Peace with Justice Coordinator

    George Herrick

    Kurt Karandy, GBCS

    Beth Quick, GBCS

    Brooke Newell 

    Linda Bergh, Palestine/Israel Task Force

    Karen Peterson, Alernate Palestine/Israel Task Force

    Marti Swords-Horrell

    David Whitlock

    Hector Rivera

    Bethany Printup-Davis, CONAM Rep

    CORR Rep TBD

    UMW Social Action TBD

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."