We are a council, a collaboration, and a conscience shared by Christian denominations of many types. We welcome your involvement.
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.
2016 Year-End Appeal
During this season of Advent, The New York State Council of Churches brings you greetings in the name of Jesus Christ who invites us to embrace God’s blessing and the promise of a more just and peaceful world.
On behalf of the New York State Council of Churches, we write to make you aware of the work of the Council and ask for your support.
While our purpose and work may already be familiar to you, The New York State Council of Churches represents about 7,000 churches from 8 Protestant denominations in every part of the state. Our purpose is to work ecumenically and with a spirit of hospitality to help congregations live into God’s call to do justice and to love our neighbor. Together, we point to the Kingdom of God on earth where the marginalized are freed from poverty, where prisoners can be restored to live happier and healthier lives, and where we help young people grow in their Christian discipleship.
As Council we have three foci:
1. We work across denominational and secular lines to do justice by seeking to impact public policy and laws which can help lift people up in more significant ways than charity alone.
2. Certify and support chaplains in our state prison system and other institutions.
3. We offer ecumenical experiences to help high school students and young adults to grow in the Christian faith and build a better world.
In our time, the need for the Council to work ecumenically and partner with many to advocate for policies and laws which lift people up and not discriminate is more palpable than ever. Your investment in our work to build a just and compassionate society is so important.
As you may be aware, denominations across New York State support the Council to varying degrees. As denominational budgets tighten, however, we cannot rely alone on denomination based support. In this spirit, we invite you to be a Friend of the Council and ask you to consider making a gift to support our work. All gifts which are $60 or more bring with it a free ticket to our Annual Awards and Fundraising Luncheon to be held on May 18, 2017 in Albany. We welcome recurring or single donations. We also accept credit cards.
All gifts of $60 or more will also be listed in our luncheon program as a Friend of the Council unless you prefer otherwise. Giving levels at $120 or more will be listed as a Sustainer, $180 or we will list as a Partner, $240 or more will be named as an Advocate, and $360 or more as a Leader.
Here is the link to make your donation or a check made payable to New York State Council of Churches may be sent to our office at 1580 Central Ave. Albany, NY 12205.
Thank you for your consideration. May every blessing be upon you.
Dustin Wright President Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Rotterdam
Photos from some October 2016 Events
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.