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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    CORR announces partnership in report

    June 2, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino

    Blenda Smith, chair of the Conference Commission on Race and Religion (CORR), presented the CORR report. During the report, Smith announced the Upper New York Conference’s partnership with Kaleidoscope Institute, which strives to provide resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities.

    Kaleidoscope Institute will come to Upper New York this fall to help equip Conference leadership to be “culturally competent.”

    Smith mentioned, during the report, that former conferences had various opportunities to grow in sensitivity and diversity, and it is now time for Upper New York to take that plunge.

    “We have work to do personally and as the Church,” she said.

    In addition to presenting the report, Smith showed a video about racism today that showed the viewpoints of three experts.

    With more than 144,000 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."