Ideas on using Canoeing the Mountains in your Ministry

"For many Christians throughout the world today, the death of Christendom in the West simply means that there are more brothers and sisters joining them at the margins, more shared experience within the greater church, more equality of leadership roles, more valuing of previously ignored voices and more opportunities for shared witness to a world that is profoundly in need of the gospel.  In other … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Feb 4th Presbytery Meeting at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Albany

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 311th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on February 4, 2017 at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church, Albany. … [Read more...]

Resolution on a Way Forward in Angry and Anxious Times

This resolution was brought to the Presbytery at its February 4, 2017 Stated Meeting by the Peacemaking Task Force.  It came out of a deep concern around increased racial and anti-immigrant violence in the Presbytery that has been occurring for the last few months.  It was unanimously approved and added to the minutes of that meeting.   This is a time of deep divisions in our nation, within … [Read more...]

NYS Council of Churches Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum by Christy D’Ambrosio

Next week (Monday-Wednesday, February 20-22), 40 delegates (6 adults and 34 youth) from churches all over New York State will board a bus and travel down to New York City for the Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum.  Sixteen (16) youth from Westminster and First Presbyterian Church in Albany will attend.  Many with scholarship assistance from the Presbytery.    The program is offered … [Read more...]

Albany Presbytery Online Communication Resources by Kim Deal

We are Stronger Together It is easier than ever to gather together across vast distances to share ideas and collaborate.  Technology provides a myriad of solutions and it seems like as soon as you turn around, another potential opportunity pops up. Here in the Albany Presbytery, we have a wide variety of expertise.  Let's share our experiences and put them in one place. What is this … [Read more...]

Women from Albany Presbytery participate in the Women’s March

  Women around the world and on every world continent gathered together. It would be wrong to assume every participant engaged in the Women’s March for the same reasons.  We asked some of the women from Albany Presbytery to share: Why as a person of faith was it important for you to attend the Women's March and which Women’s March event did you attend? Rev. Gusti … [Read more...]

Uniting Communities Against the Politics of Hate: A Public Forum by Terry Diggory

Participants in an interfaith gathering on December 1, 2016, at the Al-Hidaya Islamic Community Center in Latham sing “Let This Flame of Love” by Elizabeth Meehan of the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, Saratoga Springs. (Photo: Jessalyn Meehan) Uniting Communities Against the Politics of Hate: A Public Forum February 12, 2017, 4:00 PM Presbyterian—New England Congregational … [Read more...]

Westminster’s Important Work In West Africa by John Kucij

Expanding Mission in Liberia A crowd of nearly 350 students, staff, and community members greeted Westminster Presbyterian Church's eight member delegation during a May 2016 mission trip to assist Hope Mission School in Bernard Farm, Liberia. What started over eight years ago as an effort to raise funds for a new well to provide clean water for a struggling Liberian mission school has grown … [Read more...]

Canoeing the Mountains: Book Study – Holly Cameron & Sam Jackling

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! As we begin a new year, we recognize the adaptive challenges of being church in our time and culture. In October, our presbytery was blessed with a presentation by the Rev. Deborah Wright, and she named some of the adaptive challenges we are all facing: 30% of our congregations have memberships … [Read more...]

Video Overview: Albany Presbytery Website Updates by Kim Deal

Watch this video to learn more about the 4 main areas where we focused our efforts to improve our website.     Kim is the Communications Manager for the Albany Presbytery.  Outside of this role, she is passionate about her family and inspiring people to grow and contribute in meaningful ways.  You can reach Kim [email protected] The purpose of … [Read more...]