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

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    UNY Communications Team wins two first-place UMAC awards

    April 4, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) held its annual award ceremony virtually on March 31, 2022.

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference Communications Team won two first-place awards, both related to the Advocate.

    One first-place award was for special publications in the Annual Conference/Local Church Division; the Celebrating Who We Are (2021: Issue 1) issue of the UNY Advocate won this award. The stories in this issue featured different size congregations as well as individuals with a variety of ethnic backgrounds, theologies, and age groups—all of which make up the tapestry of the UNY Conference.

    The UNY Advocate also won the first-place award in the category of Electronic Publications in the Annual Conference/Local Church Division. The Celebrating Who We Are (2021: Issue 1) and the Dismantling Racism (2020: Issue 4) issues of the Advocate were featured in the entry.

    “It was great to see the Advocate get so much recognition this year,” said Stephen J. Hustedt, Upper New York Conference Director of Communications. “It is an amazing ministry tool and gives voice to individuals throughout the Conference.” Click here to view the Celebrating Who We Are issue of the Advocate.

    Click here to view the Dismantling Racism issue of the Advocate.

    In addition to the UNY Conference Communications Team winning these two first-place awards, former UNY Conference Director of Communications, Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga received the great honor of being named by UMAC as the Communicator of the Year.

    The Communicator of the Year is selected based on these criteria:

    • Currently serving in a communications role for at least three years within the denomination
    • UMAC member
    • Recent striking achievements I communication
    • Broad impact of contribution
    • Vision-thinking beyond the present/immediate demands of the job
    • One who is breaking new ground

    Maidstone is currently the Director of Communications for the Council of Bishops. As an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, he served as pastor in several churches in the former Western New York Conference from 2000-2010. He served as Director of Communications for the UNY Conference from 2010-2012.

    Click here to learn more about UMAC and the annual awards. 

    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."