Learn More About the Upper Room Community

Welcome to the web site of the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community. Click here to learn more 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 above) 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

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

All are welcome!

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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:*
*http://janphillips.com/event/where-do-we-go-from-here/*

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
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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

https://youtu.be/-M2SYAfYsBQ

We look forward to being with you on Sunday,

FIRST READING

 

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.

Advent Reflection with Roy Bourgeois December 6

 

Friends of ARCWP informational meeting

All are invited to a Friends of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) informational meeting on Wednesday September 12 at 7:00 pm. The location is yet to be determined. Please RSVP to donna.arcwp@gmail.com <mailto:donna.arcwp@gmail.com> if you plan on coming to the meeting. We would like to know how many people to expect. We will give a brief overview of the current status of our movement and will answer questions. Please pass this information to anyone you think may be interested in hearing more about our movement. Being a Friend of ARCWP is not necessarily a financial commitment. It is a way of supporting our work.
Thank you,
Donna Rougeux

Lynn Kinlan’s Ordination Saturday, September 8

LYNN KINLAN, A MEMBER OF THE UPPER ROOM INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY, WILL BE ORDAINED A ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMAN PRIEST ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018, AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH AT 405 WASHINGTON AVENUE IN ALBANY AT 1:00PM.

Lynn Kinlan, area educator, and one of the pastoral leaders of the  Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community at 916 Western Avenue, in  Albany, NY , will be ordained a Roman  Catholic priest by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan of the Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 8 at the Unitarian  Church located at 405 Washington Avenue in Albany, NY. Lynn is following in the footsteps of courageous women who are  claiming their rightful place as equals in the Roman Catholic Church.  In the words of Bridget Mary, €”We are leading the church, not  leaving the church.€”

Women priests are a major reform movement working for gender justice in inclusive communities like the Upper Room. In a recent letter to the editor appearing in the Albany Times Union, Rev. Mary Theresa Streck, a  pastoral leader of the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community wrote, €œRoman Catholic Church members are forming small, inclusive faith  communities of support where all are welcome at the Eucharistic table.  The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany is among the  growing number of faith communities in the United States modeling a  new church structure rooted in a theology of blessing. Pastoral ministers are women and men ordained through the Association of Roman  Catholic Women Priests. Change is happening at the ground level. Roman  Catholics who still wish to be part of a prayerful community are encouraged to join with these smaller groups. It may be the only way  the church will survive. This is a public ordination. All are welcome to attend.

 

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests https://arcwp.org/

People’s Catholic Seminary  https://pcseminary.org