Welcome to the New York State Council of Churches.

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. 

A Letter from the Rev. Paula Gravelle

Dear Friends:

The New York State Council of Churches is helping to support an initiative of the NY Prison Action Network to bring public awareness to Parole Reform Legislation. We are inviting congregations across the state to ring their church bells for one minute at noon on April 16th. Would you consider assisting us in this effort by sharing the information in the links below with your congregations?

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this initiative. 

Blessings to you in your journey through Lent.


The Rev. Paula Gravelle is the Executive Director of the New York State Council of Churches

The Latest

Faith Leaders Hold "Moral Monday" Prayer Session outside Legislative Offices

The Rev. Dr. Paula Gravelle and the Rev. Brooke Newell (center), represented the New York State Council of Churches among the many faith leaders who turned out to pray for legislators as they deliberated on the state Budget on "Moral Monday," Feb. 10, 2014.
Check out the coverage by the Legislative Gazette.
See Rev. Gravelle's Op-Ed in the Albany Times Union.

Highlights 2013

  • NYSCC Statement Against Expansion of Gambling in NY
  • NYSCC Adopts Statement on Immigration Policy

    • The Rev. Robert White featured in "Faith and Fracking"