Reflections from the November 13 Presbytery Meeting at Westminster

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 directly into your communications: https://albanypresbytery.org/november-13-presbytery-meeting/ The 320th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on November 13, 2018 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Albany. Below are a … [Read more...]

Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Murders and Our Lives Together

Eleven Dead in Attack on Jewish Service. The headline came as it does these days, not as a shock - - for our society has become too violent for murder even on an unprecedented scale to shock -- but as a clear sign that evil stalks the places we used to think of as safe – the synagogue, the mosque, the church, the school, the neighborhood business. The Bible tells us God said, Thou shalt not … [Read more...]

Open Space: Learning Together Before Presbytery Meetings

I'm really excited that Albany Presbytery now offers regular "Open Space" opportunities for presentation or conversation before each stated meeting. In National Capital Presbytery (2009-2016), I saw this practice work to great advantage.  Many came early to the host facility to engage in topics of their choice. There would be several options, making it hard to decide. Everyone is Invited - … [Read more...]

#GA223: Proposed Changes to the Rules of Discipline by Dan Rogers

The 222nd General Assembly (2016) created a Rules of Discipline Task Force, that was charged with: revising the entire Rules of Discipline to make the Rules of Discipline more accessible to the church, to preserve and enhance the accountability of councils and individuals to the church, to expand the role of mediation and alternate dispute resolution, and to provide flexibility in … [Read more...]

Reflections from the April 21 Presbytery Meeting at Cambridge

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 directly into your communications: https://albanypresbytery.org/april-21-presbytery-meeting/ The 317th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on April 21, 2018 at the United Presbyterian Church of Cambridge.  Below are a few … [Read more...]

Reflections from the February 10th Presbytery Meeting at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland

Reflections from the February 10th Presbytery Meeting at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland, NY. 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 directly into your communications: https://albanypresbytery.org/feb-10-presbytery-meeting/ The 316th Stated Meeting … [Read more...]

“I Wonder…” by Ted Wright

"I Wonder..." (flowing from the presbytery retreat) I wonder if our thirst for God may be changing. I wonder if we view one another differently. I wonder about reflections on recent gatherings. I wonder about folks who feel left out. I wonder what the next steps might look like, and when. I wonder what God wants us to hear... dare... and do. I wonder who is praying. I wonder who needs my … [Read more...]

A Farewell from Rev. Elizabeth Shen O’Connor

As we begin the new year, we can't help but be attentive to the new things God is doing in our midst. It is with joy that I tell you of God's new call for me. Mid-February, I will begin a solo pastor call serving Meadow Springs Presbyterian Church in Richland, WA. My last Sunday with Brunswick Church will be January 14th, and shortly thereafter my family and I will be "westward bound." Meadow … [Read more...]

Christmas Greetings from our Moderator & Vice Moderator

Merry Christmas! I am still enough of a kid at heart that the first real snow of the season always fills me with joy. The steady flakes and the white blanket covering the lawn and trees look magical. The muffled quiet of a steady snow makes me think of Silent Night. Of course none of us knows the actual time of year of Jesus’s birth. Growing up I remember some scholars said it actually took … [Read more...]

Reflections from the November 15th Presbytery Meeting at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs

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 directly into your communications: https://albanypresbytery.org/reflections-nov-15-presbytery-meeting/ The 315th Stated Meeting of the Albany Presbytery was held on November 15, 2017 at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church … [Read more...]