We are a council, a collaboration, and a conscience shared by Christian denominations of many types. We welcome your involvement.Photos from some October 2016 Events
We covenant to care for one another, safeguard the presence of a vital Christian faith community in each place, provide hospitality to all, proclaim the Gospel boldly in each place, and declare God’s just will among the powers and principalities.
Our mission goals focus on social justice, institutional pastoral care, and ecumenical cooperation in education, worship, and action.
On Monday, October 17 the New York State Council of Churches joined 90 other organizations under the auspices of NYrenews at the Greater St. John's Church of God in Christ in Albany to advocate for a 100% renewable energy law in New York which would also address the needs of social justice communities and displaced workers. It was a full house. The next town hall will be December 7 at the Friends Meeting House on Rutherford Street in New York City. We are building a movement for a just energy future.
On Tuesday, October 18, It was a pleasure for the New York State Council of Churches to be at Unitarian Universalist Church in Garden City on Long Island with such a diverse crowd to discuss the adverse consequences of Dog Whistle Politics. How do Dog Whistle Politics work in this election? When politicians refer to "law and order" or "crack downs on illegal aliens", or supporting "real and hard working Americans" these are benign but coded ways to use race bating to build political support without being overtly racist. The conversation is the third one we have held in New York where we call on each other to bring our best selves to the conversation. In every interaction, seek to disrupt the narrative then gently offer an alternative narrative. Call out your candidates if you see them using these appeals in their literature, ads or speeches.
Photos from September 25-27, 2016 Conference and Rally
The New York State Council of Churches is pleased to offer a new series of 4 videos to facilitate congregational discussion and discernment on the issue of gun violence. In each of the 4 videos, Our Director of Social Witness, the Rev. Brooke Newell, leads reflections on various aspects of gun violence through the lenses of Scripture, Christian Tradition, statistics surrounding gun ownership and gun violence, and an Albany area "person in the pew" who tells her story.
The 4-video series and other resources are free for congregational and personal use.