From Fri, Aug. 18 – Sat., Aug. 19, the Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast Triennial Gathering will be at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Colonie.

The theme is “Houehold of Faith” based on the scripture:

“…you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household…” ~Ephesians, chapter 2:17-21

  • Who is the foreigner?
  • Who is the native?
  • What is it like to be “the other?”

These are the questions to be explored at our Gathering.

A diverse group of speakers, panelists and workshop leaders will highlight migration, immigration and cultural diversity. Our goal and hope is that all the attendees will have a renewed commitment to deal with others in love and understanding. This is an especially meaningful theme for us as our Synod is the most culturally diverse in PC(USA).

Two women well know in the Presbytery of Albany will be speaking.

Rev. Sandy Damhof, Chaplain for University Albany’s Cornerstone Protestant Campus Ministry, who has taken two  groups of students to the US/ Mexico will be a panelist on the “Immigration and Diversity Forum”.


Rev. Shannan Vance -Ocampo
will lead the closing worship serivce and celebrate Communion.

Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo served as the Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery and is now the General Presbyter-Elect for the Presbytery of Southern New England.  Previous to this call she has served in parish ministry for thirteen years.  She is an Elected Board Member of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and Co-Moderator of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.  She lives in Albany with her husband and daughter.

For more information, see the Event Listing on our Calendar or go to

Register for this event here: Deadline is August 1, 2017

You can also learn more about Presbyterian Women on the Albany Presbytery Presbyterian Women page on our website.

Charlotte has been involved in Presbyterian Women for 35 years and was Moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Synod of the Northeast (PWSNE) from ’11-14.  She was also the Synod Representative from PWSNE to the Presbyterian Women’s Churchwide Coordinating Team from ’14- July 17.  Charlotte is currently the Acting Moderator for PW in the Presbytery of Albany and a member of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland.

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