January, 2020

To All Metro Association Clergy and Members in Discernment

Re: Required Updates for All Clergy and MID's

***Attention Needed: From the Desk of the Metro Association Registrar***

“The annual Information Review is a basic obligation to maintain good ministerial standing…” (United Church of Christ Manual on Ministry). This document is a means for authorized ministers to participate in the Information Review in order to uphold the covenantal relationship with their Conferences and Associations."

This is also a requirement to be fulfilled by Members-In-Discernment, as well as Retirees with Exempt status or prospective retirees per the Committee on Ministry, Metropolitan Association New York Conference, UCC.

Please download and complete the information form and return it to the attention of the Metro  Association Registrar, ClaudetteJoy Spence []; Click here for the online version: on or before February 10, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar.

ClaudetteJoy Spence, Metro Association Registrar


Anti-Racism Introductory Workshop Hosted by

Bethany Congregational Church, UCC in East Rockaway

Rev. Mark J. Lukens, Pastor


Bethany Congregational UCC 100, Main Street, East Rockaway is hosting the AntiRacism Project introductory workshop on Racism and White Supremacy at our Fellowship Hall at 7pm on Tuesday February 29th. The AntiRacism Project is a multifaceted coalition of highly trained volunteers and facilitators cpnducting workshops designed to help interested individuals move from non-racists to anti-racists. This is an introductory workshop which is designed to introduce concepts and help people to see the societal forces and atitudes that create and reinforce privilege as well as to provide some tools for upstanders and those seeking to become active anti-racists. An 8 session, in depth, follow-up course is offered to those who wish to continue learning to become effective anti-racists. Bethay expects to bring that course to our Fellowship Hall in the near future. Seating is limited so we ask that your RSVP to Bethany Congregational UCC at 516 599-5768 or if you intend to participate. There is no charge for these workshops.





It is that time of year when all churches are asked to submit their church data from 2019 for the UCC National Directory.

If you choose to do your data submission online please CLICK HERE

If you wish to submit your data by mail, please contact Sue Frost
(see below) for the appropriate paperwork.

Sue Frost at or call the Conference Office - 315-446-3076.

The Data Hub will be available until March 4, 2020, at midnight
Dear New York Conference,

We write to share some significant news from your Conference Board of Directors. On January 11, 2020, after two years of analysis, conversation, and prayer, the Board voted to sell the Amistad Center in Syracuse and transition to a completely virtual Conference Office. The plan is for all staff members to work from their homes (half already do!) starting in August.

The vote of the Board was as follows:
Motion to sell the Amistad Center. All funds from the sale of the Amistad Center and the Building Maintenance Fund will be held in a restricted endowment, to be known as the Amistad Fund. Income from that fund would be spent, with a drawdown rate not to exceed 4% of the fund. The principal would be retained for at least five years in the event that there is a future need for a Conference Office. (m/s). Following discussion and prayer, the motion carried without dissent.

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New York State is leading the nation with new laws to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Governor Cuomo signed legislation that strengthened protections against discrimination and harassment under the New York State Human Rights Law



In March of 2019 PRC began offering web-based training for church leaders and employees that uses church language. We offered this training for both employees and church leadership eight times during the year to 877 people from 292 churches and affiliated religious organizations. People could watch with a group or by themselves. 

In 2020 we will be offering two different training.



FREE PRC January Webinars

Webinar: Powerful Ministry Policies That Build Trust and Generosity

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern

Leader: Bonnie Ives Marden


Webinar: Making the Holy Seasons Holy for All

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern

Leader: Elizabeth Christie


Webinar: Where’s Church Going from Here?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern

Leader: Edward Hammett


Webinar: Increasing Joy, Increasing Generosity in Your Congregation

Thursday, January 30, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern

Leader: Cesie Delve Scheuermann


SAVE THE DATE - 3.20.20 Cultivating A Trauma Informed Faith Community

SAVE THE DATE - 3.20.20 Cultivating A Trauma Informed Faith Community

SAVE THE DATE - 3.20.20

Cultivating A Trauma-Informed Faith Community (Registration Opens 12/6/2019)


2020 Events Timeline

January, 2020

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration
Hosted by the Social Justice Committee
Watch for specifics on venue and theme for the gathering

20 Jan 2020

6-8 March, 2020


New York Conference State Youth Event
Watson Homestead, Painted Post
Registration will open on the web site

Boundary Awareness Training and Renewal
Monday, March 9, 2020 9 AM – 4:00 PM
at the Garden City Community Church

9 March, 2020

25 April, 2020

April, 2020

Spring Meeting of the Metro Association
Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Hosted by the Garden City Community Church
A Day of Workshops for Churches – Sponsored by the Committee on Congregational Development and Standing

May, 2020

New York Women’s Annual Conference
The UCC NY Women’s Conference Retreat is on Thursday, April 30, Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2, to be held at Watson Homestead Retreat Center, Painted Post, New York. Registration starts on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 pm.

30 April/ May 1 & 2 2020

June 4-5, 2020

June, 2020

New York Conference Annual Meeting
June 5-6, 2020 in Buffalo at the Hyatt Regency Downtown
Continuing Education Institute – June 4-5, 2020

July, 2020

UCC National Youth Event for youth
in grades 6-12 At Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Cost $375
Contact: the Metro Association for more information

July 22-25, 2020

August 1, 2020

August, 2020

August 1, 2020 -Deadline for Submission of
Applications for the Scholarship Fund

December, 2020

Holiday Luncheon for College Youth
With Metro Staff and Youth Committee Members

December, 2020



New York State Youth Event
United Church of Christ

Are you ready for this year’s State Youth Event? We are! The dates are March 6, 7, & 8. As in the past, the event will take place at Watson Homestead in Painted Post, New York. This year's theme is "Good Vibes." This will be a wonderful opportunity for youth and adults from all over the state of New York to get a chance to meet, learn, have fun, and worship together. The weekend is packed with many exciting as well as challenging workshops, and plenty of fun and free time!

We will also have many workshops for you to choose from as well as the ever-popular dance on Saturday night, Bible studies, and creative worship. Bring your musical instruments if you wish. BRING YOUR PILLOW AND SLEEPING BAG or SHEETS FOR YOUR BED- WE DONT WANT ANYONE TO BE COLD... If we have snow there will be plenty of outdoor activities, as well.

Please note these very important points

  • The State Youth Event is for high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in taking part in this exciting weekend. An adult advisor (21 or older) must accompany all youth. Groups attending should plan on one adult for every 7 youth.
  • Do not expect to register at Watson Homestead!All participants (youth and adult) must register online:     (or send in the fully completed & signed registration, covenant, and health history forms with the prepaid fee $160 by March 2, 2020.  When you pay, the conference office will send confirmation of that payment & registration.  Mail forms to SYE, 5575 Thompson Road, Dewitt, NY  13214.
  • Rooms will be pre-assigned by the registrar (each group will be together in the same building). You may request one roommate, if that person also requests you.
  • We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen articles while at Watson! Only personal music devices with ear plugs will be allowed. Bring your phone -- if you think you need it -- but cell connection is not very good at Watson.
  • All advisors are asked to help lead the small groups, and to help chaperone the dance, and late night rooms.
  • No dinner will be served on Friday night! You might want to eat before you arrive.
  • Do not be late!Registration is from 5PM to 6:30PM in the Main Lodge lobby. The kick off starts promptly at 6:30pm, followed by family group activities and workshop sign up at 7:30pm.  Mandatory advisors meeting will be at 7pm in the Elm room. The event ends Sunday at noon.

We know you will enjoy your weekend with us at Watson Homestead. We look forward to seeing you there. Do not forget to send your forms and payment in the mail TODAY! We will respond to you by e-mail once we receive your registration. There is room at the table for you..

Questions: Call the Conference Office 315-446-3073 or email

​See you at Watson Homestead,

The New York State Youth Committee

Important Materials: 

Online registration link: 

State Youth Event Registration Form - download here

State Youth Event Health Form - download here

State Youth Event Youth Covenant - download here


What Are the Foundations of NYE 2020?

Leading up to NYE 2020, the planning team has built upon the original pillars of faith, leadership, service and social justice. Adding community building so that youth might be sustained in their faith beyond NYE and expanding justice to include encounter and reflection, ensures our work comes from a place of solidarity and does not reinforce systems of power and privilege.

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Who's Going to Be There?

Find out who's presenting and performing. Check out the list of NYE Speakers & Artists.

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What Are You Doing July 22-25?

Having a blast at NYE 2020! Registration opens February 1. Mark your calendar, set a reminder, and sign up to receive more information here.

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NYE is made possible by the generous gifts of donors from across the UCC. Click here to give and support our youth.

Text to donate right now!
Text UCCNYE to 41444.

Did you know that changing the world begins with you?
Welcome to JustAct, the 3 Great Loves Daily Action calendar by the United Church of Christ! We believe that every day brings new beginnings and new opportunities. Because of this, we bring you a calendar inspired by 3 Great Loves, our denomination-wide mission initiative. We are telling the story of how God’s love inspires us to engage in acts of love towards our neighbors, children and creation. Use this calendar as a guide and share your actions with us; No action is too small, and no story is too insignificant to share.

We invite you to live out the love of God and JustAct every day towards a Just World for All.

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  • Confirmation gifts
  • Graduation gifts
  • Use in church bulletins & newsletters

365 Daily Actions. Click here for daily samples.

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Attention All Association Churches and Members

We are living at a time of escalating fear that is leading to hate.  The most important thing we can do to stop this trend is to not be part of it.  We must do as we are called to do as Christians. It is important to show this video and have discussions at your churches. Please refer to the information in the poster that is also displayed.


Rev. Dr. Anesta Vannoy

Metropolitan Association Disaster Response Chaplain

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