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Statewide Interfaith Prayer Breakfast with Governor Cuomo

February 27 in Albany

The New York State Council of Churches cordially invites you to participate in the statewide interfaith prayer breakfast in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Faith Based Community Development Service in Albany on Tuesday, February 27 at 9:25 at the Albany Capital Center. Simply click on this link to register and write “NYS COUNCIL” in the Organization Tab, in order to secure your place at our table. We would love to have friends and members of the Council join us at our specially designated tables. Peter Cook serves on behalf of the Council on the Governor’s Statewide Interfaith Advisory Council.




There is currently a statewide campaign asking religious bodies and people of faith across the state to consider signing two letters:

  1.     A letter to NY Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, calling on him to divest its NYS public pension funds currently invested in fossil fuels. See letter here
  2.     A letter to Governor Cuomo asking him to support the Climate and Community Protection Act and a companion bill which would impose a “polluter penalty” fee the revenue of which will be invested to pay for clean energy infrastructure while supporting social justice communities and displaced workers. See letter here

The signed letters should be sent to The Reverend Peter Cook, Executive Director of the New York State Council of Churches at 1580 Central Avenue, Albany, New York, 12205 or e-mail a PDF to Pcook@nyscoc.org.

Please see further information here – SUPPORT FOR FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT



 More information at the link below, Buffalo on February 13, Potsdam on March 1.


Faith leaders, unions, advocacy groups, government officials, and interested citizens are invited to spend a day conversing together about doing social justice in congregations, city suburbs and rural areas which are politically very diverse. What are the possibilities of working together and how can we encourage others to do justice?
Come join us for an exciting day in six locations around New York: Click on the link to our website below for complete details, date and location which is best for you.

Doing Social Justice with Politically Diverse Communities

Resources Distributed at Seminars




Bring It Home Faith Letter 2018 Call for Increased Financial Support of New York’s Mental Health Housing Programs – The “Bring it Home, Better Funding for Better Care” campaign has been asking Governor Cuomo since the beginning of October 2017 for increased financial support of New York’s community-based mental health housing system. We now have to urge the legislature to give housing providers the funding levels they deserve, before the system is no longer viable and our most vulnerable friends, family members, and neighbors are left to suffer. We really need your help with this opportunity to take action. Through this link, you will be able to send a pre-written message to Governor Cuomo, the leaders of the legislature, and your personal representatives, urging them to take action on this important issue THIS budget cycle (FY19).

People of Faith for Home Stability Support signers 2017

Collaborative Brochure

FACTSHEET – Home Stability Support The New York State Council of Churches strongly supports the Home Stability Support Program. One of the strategies to address homelessness is to take steps to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. So often people become homeless because they just cannot afford escalating rent with a meager shelter allowance. The Home Stability Support Act pays for the difference between the shelter allowance and the market rate of the rental. To show your support, take action here.

Governor’s Housing Proposal

Pray Thursday mornings at 7 AM!

From now till April 5 (at least!) let’s agree to pray for the ACT Now:
Unite to End Racism challenge every Thursday morning at 7AM your local time.
It will be a rolling wave of prayer as 7AM dawns from time zone to time zone across the country and around the world.
Let’s pray that our country will:
A– Awaken to the truth that racism hurts us all
C– Confront the ways in which we have been complicit, complacent, or coerced
T– Transform– as stories are shared and truth is revealed, as we name the ways we can
change and be transformed: as individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities of faith, and
society as a whole.
Let’s pray that we will UNITE to end racism!
More information at this link – 2018 call to prayer ACT Now






We urge you to pay close attention to the votes and positions of your senators and representatives at both the national and state level and advocate accordingly. We will keep you informed of new developments on our web page. Our Facebook page, however, is an excellent place to go for the most immediate updates. We also urge you to get involved with various advocacy networks in your local communities like Citizens Action and to sign up for advocacy updates by denominations and the National Council of Churches.




Action on Tax Bill, Immigration, and Arctic Wildlife Refuge