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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Safe Sanctuaries® Training Opportunities

    The Upper New York Conference is offering the upcoming Safe Sanctuaries® training opportunity. If you have questions, send an email to

    Upper NY’s Safe Sanctuaries® Training of Trainers

    WHO: Individuals interested in facilitating Upper NY’s Safe Sanctuaries Training as part of their District training team and/or for their local church.

    WHEN:  Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to noon  

    PREREQUISITE: Upper NY’s 3-hour Safe Sanctuaries Training is a prerequisite for Training of Trainers. This needs to be completed sometime since June 2016 and must be the standard learning station format facilitated by a certified UNY Safe Sanctuaries trainer. This is non-negotiable. 

    Members of the District training team should be affirmed by their District Superintendent.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is a must for the TOT by October 6. Click here to register on Eventbrite 

    There is no charge, as Ministry Shares benevolences from local churches cover the expenses.

    QUESTIONS: Questions should be directed to Co-Chairs Christine Mitchell, Pastor and Arlene Schmidt at email

    The UNY Safe Sanctuaries (SS) Team would like to thank all of you for your patience during the transition in this time of COVID.

    • The reformatted curriculum is ready to be used in your local churches and districts either via Zoom or to be used for in-person trainings without the “training box.” 
    • The Trainers’ Manual has been reformatted to accommodate virtual training. 
    • There is a new “Hear Our Cries” video.

    Communities are beginning to open up. Our churches are opening up, but we still need to be safe. The Conference Safe Sanctuaries team recommends this training be done via an online platform such as Zoom. However, if you wish to do a small group gathering of vaccinated individuals in person, PLEASE use THE NEW paper curriculum “workbook" and NOT the materials from the “box.”  The “box” is no longer needed to avoid sharing and touching props as used in the past. And just like anything else we do, please practice social distancing and wear a mask.

    We want to allow qualified Safe Sanctuaries trainers to begin offering this training to your District and/or local church. 

    Thank you for your time and passion for keeping the children, youth, and vulnerable adults safe in our churches and our communities.

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."