Learn More About the Upper Room Community

Welcome to the web site of the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community of the New York State Capital Region.

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We celebrate Sunday morning liturgy in person at: 431 New Karner Road (Route 155) in Colonie, NY. For the benefit of our distant members and for those who at this time prefer not to attend in person,  our liturgy is available on ZOOM each Sunday at 10 AM Eastern Time  (Come at 9:30 for socializing). The presider for each week will send out the readings and a homily starter for your personal reflection. They may also be found at
(If you are not already on our email list, see the instructions at the end of this post.)

We also celebrate a Zoom only Liturgy Saturday evenings at 5 PM (Eastern Time).  Readings, etc. are also posted at the link above. The Zoom link is the same as Sunday’s.

Here is the Zoom Video Link to join either Liturgy:
Meeting ID: 825 1215 9155
Phone Number: 646 558 8656
Check our Calendar for details


Wednesdays at 7:00 PM some of us come together to share a Moment of Oneness: a ten to fifteen minute reflection and prayer on a timely theme. All are welcome to join  on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81507551772  Gathering usually begins five or ten minutes before.  The readings are also available at https://upperroomliturgiesrituals.blogspot.com

Click here to watch our slide show video about this intentional Eucharistic community whose goal is to achieve full equality for all people through the vision of Jesus in a renewed Roman Catholic Church. Please consult the Calendar for time and place of Liturgies.

Ordained members of the community are available for ministerial  services such as weddings, baptisms and funerals. Community Chaplains are also available to lend a listening ear.  To request a service or speak to a member, please call 518-952-4172.

For transcripts of current and past liturgies and rituals visit our blog at https://upperroomliturgiesrituals.blogspot.com

To join our email group, send an email to icc-nyscapitalregion+subscribe@googlegroups.com

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PCS 720 The Poetics of Stitched Prayers

PCS 720 The Poetics of Stitched Prayers
3 Month Course Beginning September 1st, 2024
with Sibyl Reynolds


We are living in a time of chaos; uncertainty, and information overwhelm. The sacred practice of moving needle and thread through cloth, in tandem with breathing in and breathing out, is healing and restorative for body, mind and spirit. Women have gathered in circles to stitch and pray for centuries. Join us as we experience the blessing of slow, meditative, hand-stitching.

During this three-month course, Sibyl will provide extensive video tutorials and downloadable hand-outs for step by step guidance for a variety of ways to stitch your prayers. Bi-monthly Zoom practice circles will offer opportunity for sharing your work and exploring various techniques and materials. Monthly bonus tutorials for additional techniques will be included. No previous stitching experience is required.

Using simple materials and needle and thread, you will learn basic stitches for stitching your prayers. You will also learn techniques to create a prayer cloth, amulet, prayer pocket, and a hand-crafted journal to record your stitching process. Each suggested project will be an invitation to use your creativity to discover your personal stitched prayer forms. Individual/personal self-expression is encouraged.

Hand-stitching, using a simple running stitch whilst praying, imbues the cloth with intention and meaning. In this way, energetically, the poetics and prayers of stitching is impactful. Imagine this stitching practice as a metaphysical way to contribute to mending the soul of the world.

Three Forums on the Journey Together in a Church for Everyone: Next Steps in a Synodal Church.


Imagine Synod 2024 with Women Priests at the table in Rome presenting theologies and ministries in a Church for everyone.

People’s Catholic Seminary presents Three Forums on the Journey Together in a Church for Everyone: Next Steps in a Synodal Church. 

Join us for three sessions of mutual listening and sincere dialogue to continue  exploring possible paths ahead on the journey together in a Synodal Church.

Session 1: Tuesday, January 16, 2024
1pm-2pm EST: 
8:00pm-9:00pm EST

Topic: The Face of the Synodal Church on the Road Together

Session 2 Tuesday, February 6, 2024
1pm-2pm EST
8pm-9:00pm EST
Topic: All Disciples, All Missionaries

Session 3: Tuesday March 12, 2024
Topic: Weaving Bonds, Building Communities
1pm-2pm EDT
8pm-9:00pm EDT

These sessions will be recorded and a report sent to the Vatican for the Second Session of the Synod on Synodality in October 2024 in Rome. 

To prepare for the Forums, please visit the PCS Forum Blog:

Synthesis Report: https://pcseminaryforum.blogspot.com/2023/12/synod-synthesis-shows-agreement.html


Enroll Today PCS 509 – The Secret Revelation of John begins Thursday, September 7 at 7PM EDT

Greetings fellow explorers and thinkers!

Now that summer is really drawing to a close, this is the time to get organized for the next deep-dive course into the world of the lesser-known ancient Christian texts. The Secret Revelation of John runs from September 7 through November 16.

We start this THURSDAY! And you won’t want to miss the opening session. If you missed the preview I sent earlier in the summer, you can still check it out here: https://pcseminary.teachable.com/p/pcs-509-the-secret-revelation-of-john (right under the course title).

This ancient text has layers and layers of spiritual insight and practical relevance. It’s a healing message that spoke to the early followers of Jesus who needed comfort and guidance. This is the earliest known text that covers the Christian story of creation, explains the source and action of evil, and concludes with a deep reckoning with salvation.

When you keep in mind this remarkable text was composed around the same time as the later books of the New Testament, you see why this expands our understanding of the earliest years following Jesus.

It would be great fun to have you join us for more thought-provoking discussions!

Zoom meetings provide an opportunity to discuss the material with others and are optional. Participate at your level of availability and comfort. This course is available as an independent study.

Here is the link to enroll: https://pcseminary.teachable.com/p/pcs-509-the-secret-revelation-of-john


Bridget Mary Meehan, D.Min.
Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., D.Min