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
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
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.
NYSCC Statement Against Expansion of Gambling in NY
- Interim Executive Committee Adopts Statement on Gun Violence
On Thursday, January 30, the NY State Council of Churches adopted a statement addressing gun violence.
On Monday, February 4 members of churches across the country are planning to call their Member of Congress and ask them to support measures that will reduce gun violence in our country. We hope you will consider not only joining us in this widespread inter-faith effort but promoting it with your friends and colleagues. Congress needs to hear from faith voices on this issue. To have an impact, our reach must be far. Please help spread the word in your church community. Click here for sample pulpit, bulletin, website, and social media announcements. To directly encourage friends to join in, ask them to sign up to receive a reminder email on February 4 or join the Facebook event. The call-in number, which will be activated on February 4, is 1-877-897-0174. Check for additional resources at Faiths Calling.
- In Response to the Tragedy in Newtown
Along with people of faith across the land, NYSCC member churches grieve with the people of Newtown, Ct. and offer prayers for them in their unspeakable suffering. Many denominations have offered responses and resources to help us all grieve and heal faithfully. A number of these are linked here, provided by the National Council of Churches. Also, here is an article, published by The Hill, about new steps being taken by our political leaders to address the crisis of violence in our country.
- New York State Council of Churches adopted three issue advocacy Statements:
- New York Quakers Oppose Fracking
See their Minute on Fracking here.
- Interim Executive Director Writes on Solitary Confinement
After the Collegium voted to oppose extreme solitary confinement, the American Civil Liberties Union asked our Interim Executive Director, Robert White, to explain how and why. Here’s his blog in response.
- You Can Be an Advocate for Prisoners