Learn More About the Upper Room Community

Welcome to the web site of the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community.

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 (click here) for time and place of Liturgies.

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

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


New Video about ARCWP

Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan and Mary Theresa Streck have created a new video about the Association of Roman Cathloic Women Priests. You can view it here. (Click the arrow to start the video, slide right and click on full screen mode.

Kathy Ryan to Celebrate St. Baldrick’s Day

St. Baldrick's Flyer - Kathie Ryan - FINAL-2

Jan Phillips – Friday Night

Please consider coming to Jan’s Friday evening session at the St. Joseph Provincial House in Latham. It begins at 7:00pm, is free and open to the public. Please view attached video and flyer below.

Here’s a link to the Friday night video. Pretty pithy, so good to see in advance…


SAVE THE DATE: Diaconate Ordination of Julie Corron and Denise Hackert-Stoner

All are welcome!


Cracks of Hope in a Rigid Institution – June 5

The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community is pleased to co-sponsor Upstate Call to Action’s 2019 Spring Thruway Tour

Debra Rose-Milavec, co-director of Future Church, will present “crACKS OF HOPE IN A RIGID INSTITUTION: DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL”

Time: Wednesday, June 5th, 7:00 PM
Location: New Covenant Presbyterian Church
916 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
Presentation will be in the Fellowship Hall at the New Covenant Presbyterian Church. The church building is on the south side of Western Avenue between Orlando and Daytona. There is a large parking lot in the rear of the building. Enter the parking lot from either side street. Enter the building using the doors toward the left end of the building.

Free will offering

Walk a Spring Labyrinth April 27 at the Upper Room

Jan Phillips Retreat Weekend at St. Joseph’s Provincial House June 21-23

Please join Jan Phillips for a weekend retreat at the St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham, NY. Details are on her website and printed below:*

Where Do We Go From Here?
*June 21 @ 7:00 pm-June 23 @ 12:00 pm*
*June 21-23, Latham, NY, St. Joseph Provincial House***
*A weekend retreat to ponder our next steps in light of the evolutionary changes we are experiencing in our religions and our faith. Is the God we knew relocating from the heavens to our hearts? What does it mean for us to act prophetically? What does it mean to be a mystic and what do we have to learn from them? How do we create conversations of consequence that are inclusive and inspiring?*
*Commuters $150. Residential $350**(includes private room and 5 meals, starting with Friday pm dinner, ending with Sunday breakfast) Can pay by Paypal, credit card or send check to Jan at 5187 Arlene Place, San Diego, CA 92117*
*For more information, contact Jan at jan@janphillips.com <mailto:jan@janphillips.com>*
*Click Here to register <janphillips.com/shop/retreat-st-joseph-provincial-house-latham-ny/>***


Peace Prayer Night with Kathy Kelly – Friday, March 1st

Prayer Evening

ARCWP members speak: What I want the world to know about my call to priesthood

*At the last Association of Roman Catholic Women Priest (ARCWP) annual retreat in July, 2018,  20 ARCWP members answered the question, “What do you want the world to know about your call to priesthood?” Their responses may be viewed in this YouTube Video.

Our Christmas Liturgy – Sunday, December 23rd — Peace through Justice

On Sunday we will celebrate our Christmas liturgy at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall of New Covenant Presbyterian Church and the readings are printed below. The theme for our liturgy is Peace through Justice and during the liturgy we will be singing familiar carols with added verses on a justice theme. Light refreshments follow liturgy and we remind you to please consider bringing a donation for Family Promise. Also, please bring a stole or scarf to wear during liturgy.

This liturgical year (C) focuses primarily on the Gospel attributed to Luke, who was thought to be one of St. Paul’s co-workers and also the author of the Acts of the Apostles. In his writing, Luke appears to be a master of detail and what appears at first to be a simple story, on further inspection, has hidden depth and complexity. Luke’s interpretation of the life of Jesus was probably written around 85-90 CE, after the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, and expanded on Mark’s story incorporating many of the sayings of Jesus attributed to a source called “Q”.

As we listen to the readings, we will be asking ourselves, What did and do these stories mean? The stories about Jesus concern the conflict between an imperial theology (Caesar) and a theology grounded in the God of Israel. On Sunday, we listen to the parable of Jesus’ birth as told by Luke and we contemplate the hidden depth and complexity beneath what seems like a simple and sentimental story. Remember, parables are meant to be interactive and challenging.

To help prepare for our shared homily, we invite you to listen to an interview of John Dominic Crossan, one of the authors of The First Christmas, as he provides some background on the infancy narratives told by Luke and Matthew.

John Dominic Crossan’s The Birth of Jesus


We look forward to being with you on Sunday,



A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah 9:2-7a

Isaiah 9:2-7a

In darkness, a light was born.

From deep darkness, a crest of dawn shines.

You enlarged life, and Your people were born.

Even though they knew pain and suffering,

You increased their joy.


They rejoice before You as with joy at the harvest,

as children exult at play, and delight in sharing gifts.

For You have shattered the yoke that burdens them,

the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.

Every warriors boot used in battle

and every garment rolled in blood

will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.


For unto us a baby is born.

For unto us a child is given

on whose shoulders our future rests.

The child will be called: Wonderful Counselor,

Strength of God, Everlasting One, Voice of Peace.

And of the peace the Child brings,

there will be no end.


These are the inspired words of the Prophet Isaiah.



A Reading from the Good News attributed to Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:1-20


In those days, a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first census and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David and Bathsheba. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was pledged to be married and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. She gave birth to her firstborn and wrapped the babe in bands of cloth. She laid the newborn in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


In that region, there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. Then an angel, a messenger of God, stood before them. The glory of God shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. For I am bringing you good news of great joy for all people:


Unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Messiah, the Anointed One. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”


Suddenly, there was with the messenger a multitude of the heavenly beings, praising God and singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to all God’s people!”


When the angels had left them, retreating into cosmic splendor, the shepherds said to one another, ““Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which God has made known to us.” They went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.


Mary treasured all these words, and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned to their pastures, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, which was just as they had been told.


These are the inspired words of Luke, Disciple of Jesus.