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



    Accessibility Concerns Committee Mission Statement

    We believe that all people are created in the image of God and have sacred worth. We also believe that it is vital to the body of Christ to celebrate the spiritual gifts of people with all abilities so that we can best witness the beauty and diversity that God has created in our communities.  

    We are here to support, train and assist local churches of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to best serve those with accessibility concerns. 

    Our goal is to make the community of Christ accessible to all people. 

    2018 Accessibility Petition
    Accessibility Grant
    Accessibility Team

    2018 Accessibility Petition

    Click here to read the petition passed and adopted at the 2018 Annual Conference about Disability Awareness Weekend.

    Accessibility Grant

    Click here to download the Accessibility Grant form. The deadline to submit your request is April 30, 2024.

    Accessibility Team
    Lida Merrill
    (585) 470-8675

    Doug Hess
    (585) 402-0311


    Cher McCotter
    (518) 260-6748



    Clara Lantz
    (315) 824-0965 (home)
    (315) 527-0183 (mobile)


    UMC Websites

    1. Disability Ministries:
    2. Resources for clergy with disabilities:
    3. Information about Disability Awareness Sunday including liturgy, FAQs, etc.:


    1. New York Department of Health:
    2. Ideas and resources for community projects that are inclusive:
      2. People First Brochure and others:
      3. Information and Referral for Long-term Care:

    Not for Profit

    1. Independent Living Resources, Information about ADA:

    Mental Health Ministries

    1. Mental Health ministries for the congregation to help elimante the stigma of mental health:


    1. Free text-to-speach software:


    1. Five Things Every Kid Should Know About Disability - Raising Anti-Ableist Kids:


    1. Dementia Friendly Worship:

    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."