About Us

In 2014 we voted to sell our church building because we believe we are supposed to focus our energy on being with people in our city, meeting their needs and spreading love and acceptance instead of working hard on the upkeep of a structure.

We are:

  • Your neighbors and friends.
  • From many different faiths, countries, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds.
  • Striving to find answers for ourselves rather than blindly accepting what is handed to us by someone else.
  • Progressive – Thinking – Questioning – Changing.
  • Community to each other.
  • Operating out of two offices:  one in the heart of Collegetown in Rochester, NY — an urban village with residential, commercial and entertainment opportunities all within walking distance; one in the heart of Downtown Rochester, NY — along the major thoroughfare of Monroe Avenue at the corner of Rosedale Street.
  • In partnership with the faith communities at St. John’s Meadows and Brickstone, New Life Presbyterian Church, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley, and area businesses, not-for-profits, business/merchant and neighborhood associations.
  • Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who are white-collared, blue-collared, and no-collared.
  • Women, men and children who speak English, French, American Sign Language, Japanese and Farsi.
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and straight; married, divorced, single, partnered, or celibate.
  • Students and teachers, business people and parents, unemployed, overly and under-employed, and retired.

We believe that God is big enough for everybody and that God finds a way to speak to us in a language we can understand. Often that is through music, art, science, study, nature and conversation.

We have been in southeast Rochester for over 165 years … since before Mt. Hope Avenue was even a part of the city itself. We would not have survived this long if we hadn’t recognized the changing nature of our neighborhoods and adapted to meet the needs of the people around us.

We don’t know all the answers, but we are learning how to ask the questions and then pay attention to what the Universe sends our way as an answer.

Most importantly, we hope that you will join us where you seem to it in.