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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news article

    Three Ecumenical Organizations Release Unprecedented Letter

    April 1, 2020 / By National Council of Churches

    The National Council of Churches (NCC) joins with Christians Uniting in Christ (CUIC) and Christian Churches Together (CCT) in sending a letter to congregations across the United States. The letter issues “an invitation to join together in witnessing to the resurrection of Jesus for all in the United States to see.”

    The letter states, “Holy Week is April 6-12 for Western Christians and April 13-19 for Orthodox Christians. If we are still being asked to remain physically separated from each other and our worship spaces, would you consider inviting your congregations to do one or more of the following as a witness to our jointly held faith in Christ?”

    Christians are asked to join in specific acts of worship as they celebrate this unprecedented Holy Week and Easter. The letter, a poster, and a children’s coloring page can be downloaded at the links below. Please share these resources with your congregations and friends!

    Read the letter and share.

    Poster for printing on color printers

    Poster for printing on black-and-white printers

    Children’s coloring page

    Handout for family ministries (contributed by Monica Schaap Pierce of Reformed Church in America)


    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."