Truth Commission on Poverty in NYS by Joe Paparone

Despite New York’s great wealth, more than 3 million New Yorkers live below the federal poverty line, and millions more struggle to make ends meet. In Schenectady, Albany, and Rensselaer counties, 4 in 10 households earn less than the cost of living. The Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State will seek to shine a light on these realities and - most importantly - the leadership and … [Read more...]

Keeping Our Information Secure by Kim Deal

This past Fall we launched our new website and it has been very well received. You can review the 4 main areas where we focused our efforts to improve our website in the blog: Video Overview: Albany Presbytery Website Updates Next Step: Securing Confidential Information on Our Website We place a high value on transparency and openness however there are times when business posted on the website … [Read more...]

Reflections from the March 29th Presbytery Meeting at the First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls

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: The 312th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on March 29, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, Glens Falls. … [Read more...]

Reflections from the 2017 NEXT Conference by Katy Stenta

This is my fourth year at Nextchurch, a conference which often has a pulse on where the church is right now. The conference this year focused on Division and Reconciliation with its theme of “Walls and Wells” based upon the “Woman at the Well” scripture. (Great links to most of this were provided in Tim Coomb’s blog) I go to Nextchurch to be energized in ministry, hear excellent preaching and … [Read more...]

Second Annual Convention of Northeast Presbyteries by Arthur Fullerton

Though the normal response to an invitation to a Synod meeting might be "What sin have I committed to be punished so?", in fact the Synod of the Northeast Second Annual Convention of Presbyteries was a great opportunity for fellowship and learning about what some of our fellow presbyteries are doing to embrace 21st century ministry. We had representatives from 21 out of 22 presbyteries in … [Read more...]

Letter from Some Officers & Leaders of Albany Presbytery to the SARC: 12/28/16

Some officers and other leaders of the Presbytery, writing as individuals, sent the following letter to the SARC on Wednesday, Dec 28th. To: The Special Administrative Review Committee for Albany Presbytery Grace and peace to you, our brothers and sisters in Christ. We appreciate your sacrifice of time and energy to serve our Presbytery, the Synod and the larger church. We are, however, … [Read more...]

What is a SARC??? The Synod of the Northeast

A request from several members of the Albany Presbytery (letter dated August 3, 2016; snail mailed sent to the attention of The Rev. Nancy Talbot) was received by Synod office August 11, 2016.  At the referral of the Synod Stated Clerk, The Synod of the Northeast Mission and Ministries Commission on September 16, 2016 considered the request and voted to establish a Special Administrative Review … [Read more...]

Important End of Year Information by Carlie D’Annunzio

I know you are all on the edge of your seats…hang tight people.  2017 is upon us and it is time to do our due diligence. Basic and Shared Witness Support Please check the status of your Basic and Shared Witness Support payments for 2016 and make every effort to pay any remaining balances by December 31, 2016. Where can I find resources I need to complete this process? We mailed out a … [Read more...]

Waiting with Our Veterans by Linda Martin

Our congregation has been looking for ways to help returning veterans find healing.  We got acquainted with Heroic Foods in Hudson, New York through researching missions to support with our Earth Day Celebration Dinner profits. Heroic Foods is a 20-acre farm outside of Hudson purchased by screen writer Leora Barish to house several veterans and their spouses/partners yearly while they intern for … [Read more...]

Canoeing the Mountains: A New Reformation by Shannan Vance-Ocampo

Over the next eight months, six of our congregations along with six apprentices in our Presbytery will be taking the journey of deepening their learning about adaptive change along with our partners from Pneumatrix.  Together they will be reading through the book, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.   I’ll be blogging through the book for the larger Presbytery … [Read more...]