Saratoga Springs Church Prepares Sanctuary for Immigrants by Terry Diggory

Undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation may seek sanctuary in the Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church (PNECC) of Saratoga Springs, according to a policy affirmed by the church Governing Board (Session) on June 5.  A special meeting of the congregation had previously approved the policy by unanimous vote (105-0). The action aligns the Saratoga Springs church with a growing … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday | Locusts and Lent

Blow the ram’s horn trumpet in Zion! Trumpet the alarm on my holy mountain! Shake the country up! God’s Judgment on its way—the Day’s almost here! A black day! A Doomsday! Clouds with no silver lining! Like dawn light moving over the mountains, a huge army is coming. There’s never been anything like it and never will be again. Wildfire burns everything before this army and fire licks up everything … [Read more...]

Advent Three: Returning to Joy (Isaiah 35: 1-10)

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful … [Read more...]

Serving in Tucson: Borderlinks by M.J. Pattison

Updates from the Team in Tucson, AZ April 24th, 2016 The Hamilton Union Travel Team is now settled into the Borderlinks dormitory after a long and full day. After a smooth flight through Atlanta where we met up with the eighth member of our group Edie Morris, from the Cincinnati Presbytery.  We checked into the “Airport Comfort Suites” and most of  us got a pretty good night sleep. Although it … [Read more...]

Why I Am Going to Tucson by Stewart Pattison

When MJ decided to help organize a team to travel to Tucson and was willing to go herself, I was very pleased. For one, I have wanted us to make use of the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church (HUPC) Mission Trip Fund. Second, I believe it is important for us to become informed about the complicated issues related to immigration at the US-Mexican border—especially with all the polarized and often … [Read more...]

Immigration Crisis – An Opportunity to Learn More and Make a Difference by M.J. Pattison

Borderlinks, Tucson, Arizona April 24-30, 2016 Join Us! We invite YOU, members of the Albany Presbytery, to prayerfully consider joining Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church on a service learning mission trip to Borderlinks in Tucson Arizona April 24th-30th, in 2016.  So far we have 7 committed travelers ranging in age from thirties to seventies, but we would really like to have at least 8-10 in … [Read more...]