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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Updates to the Peace with Justice Grant Program

    April 5, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The Social Holiness Team has recently re-evaluated our conference Peace with Justice Grant guidelines. This was necessary because folks have been utilizing the Peace with Justice Sunday funds to support wonderful ministries and opportunities. In 2016, the Social Holiness team was able to grant $21,500 to five projects, including:

    • NYS Council of Churches Luncheon with speaker
    • Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS Faith for Fair NY Conference
    • NYS Council of Churches Protestant Chaplain Care Program
    • NYS Council of Churches Congregations for Justice Initiative
    • Brown Memorial Church Adult Life Skills

    Currently, the Peace with Justice fund is down below $8,000 and in order to continue supporting a wide range of ministries for both education and advocacy, the application process has been tightened.

    The most important changes are that grants will not exceed $2,000 (from $5,000) and will only be considered twice a year (instead of as applications are received). Each application must now include a statement of support from someone close to, but not involved in, the project. More details are provided on the Peace with Justice Grant application. Please contact Heather Smith, UNY Peace with Justice Coordinator, with questions ( The next application deadline is April 30, 2017.

    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."