Reflections on the SARC Report from the Staffing Process Advisory Team (SPAT)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: The final report of the Synod of the Northeast Administrative Review Committee (SARC) for Albany Presbytery is now available on the presbytery website on the Presbytery Meetings page of the website.  On Nov. 15, members of the SARC will present it in person during our meeting at Saratoga.  Having been charged on your behalf with designing a process to help … [Read more...]

Guatemala Partnership Invites You to Join Us in Aiding those Affected by Natural Disasters in Guatemala & Elsewhere

In 2015, the Albany Presbytery Guatemala Partnership invited congregations and others in the Presbytery to give funds to provide for Water Filters for Guatemalan families.  These filters, called “Eco-filters” were designed and are made in Guatemala.  This means that they were created specifically for the kind of purification needed in Guatemala, and that their manufacture and sale provides jobs … [Read more...]

A Farewell from Rev. Brandan Scott Eddy

To the Community of Albany Presbytery: Dear Friends and Family in Christ, It is with both joy and excitement, but also a heavy heart for me to share with you the recent news that I have been extended and accepted a new call to be the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Monticello, Indiana, within the Presbytery of Wabash Valley.  While I have found a home here within the Northeast these … [Read more...]

Reformation Reflections by Kathy Gorman-Coombs

Luther’s 95 Theses. Ferdinand Pauwels, via Wikimedia Commons Here I stand, I can do no other. This is what Martin Luther, the original reformer, has been believed to have said at the close of his speech at the “Diet of Worms,” a meeting at which he was told to either “take back” what he’d written in the 95 Theses that he’d nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517—or be … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Nov. 1 Special Meeting of Presbytery by Samantha Brewer

The air temperature had cooled, the leaves had changed to brilliant shades of red and orange, and SPAT, the Staffing Process Advisory Team, was “at it” again. This time, the venue was First United Presbyterian in Troy on Wednesday, November 1st for a Special Meeting of Albany Presbytery. Being that it was All Saints Day, much of the worship elements throughout the meeting touched upon that … [Read more...]

What the PC(USA) measures matters by Arthur Fullerton

This article was first published in the Presbyterian Outlook. Attending the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s most recent mid council leader gathering in St. Louis earlier this month, it was clear that the church is busy birthing something new. But like new wine in old wineskins, what we are becoming likely won’t fit our familiar categories. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our choice of what … [Read more...]

Energetic Activist Will Lead 2018 UN Youth Leadership Seminar by Christy D’Ambrosio

We are excited and pleased to announce the facilitator for the 2018 High School Youth Leadership Seminar at the United Nations in NYC: Edgardo Acevedo aka Solomon Starr Solomon has been recommended in absolutely glowing terms by the head of the Seminar program at the United Methodist Women's Office to the UN.  He is a theologian and social justice activist, as well as a musician and performer. … [Read more...]

Goals for Your Ministry by Tim Coombs

One thing I have noticed about Sessions and leadership teams across the presbytery is that we are most reluctant to name concrete goals for our churches. Now I understand the fear of naming a goal or a vision. We don’t want to feel like a failure if we don’t reach them. We believe there is nothing more defeating than naming an outcome and coming up short. I believe, however, if we don’t have a … [Read more...]

The Reformation For Us Today by Larry Deyss

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517 Martin Luther, a professor at the University of Wittenberg, posted the ninety five theses, or points, which he believed needed to be discussed. The act itself was not out of the ordinary, since making public concerns for discussion was a practice of the time. What was out of the ordinary was how this unfolded in a great struggle out … [Read more...]

Reflections from the September 30th Presbytery Meeting at the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam

Please share this information with all those interested in the work and opportunities happening in the Albany Presbytery. You may use the following URL to embed the directly into your communications: https://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-sept-30-presbytery-meeting/ The 314th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on September 30, 2017 at the United Presbyterian Church of Amsterdam. … [Read more...]