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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Columbus Day resources now available

    September 22, 2015 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    At the 2015 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, eligible voting members approved Resolution UNYAC2015.10: Fruits of Repentance: An End to the Celebration of Columbus Day. Among other items, the resolution called for Conference members to no longer recognize Columbus Day, by which the Conference offices and local churches “will either not observe this holiday or will initiate organizational conversations designed to rename and re-purpose this holiday in accordance with our United Methodist Social Principles (The Book of Discipline ¶162 and ¶162a).”

    UNY Conference Lay Leader Dr. Scott Johnson has penned a letter about the resolution and the end to the celebration of Columbus Day. In the letter, he references Columbus Day resources developed by the UNY Conference Leadership Team and UNY Committee on Native American Ministries. These resources include a liturgy for a Sunday near Columbus Day, a Columbus Day bulletin insert, a press release, and the full resolution presented at AC’15.

    Click here to view the letter as well as to view and/or download the Columbus Day resources.

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    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."