THEME: Finding Common Ground

Sunday, July 21
11:00 AM

Rev. Dr. Amaury Tanon-Santos
Executive Director/CEO

Schenectady Community Ministries
Schenectady, NY

“Being Found”

A pastor by vocation, a historian by training, and a networker by calling, Amaury Tañón-Santos (él/he/him) serves as the Executive Director/CEO of the Sycamore Collaborative. A half-century-old network of faith communities in the greater Schenectady, NY, area, they seek to address the injustices that emanate from and perpetuate systemic poverty through food access and community resilience work.

Before his call to social NGO/not-for-profit leadership, Amaury served as pastor of congregations in urban contexts of New York and New Jersey. He also served in higher theological education as program director in multicultural ministry, faith and public life, and Latina/o leadership formation, and as staff in regional church ministry. His journey in religious vocation, community engagement, and urban life began in his native Puerto Rico (the traditional land of the Borikén Taíno).

Amaury has degrees in Spanish Caribbean and Latin American history from the Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey (BA), in religion and society from Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and in urban studies and intercultural engagement from New Brunswick Theological Seminary (DMin). He is also an alumnus of Duke Divinity School’s Foundation of Christian Leadership, and part of the Glean Network through its SHIFT and START programs.

Amaury lives in the Capital Region of New York State (in the traditional land of the Mohican people), is the spouse of Jeannette, and the parent to Aiden Paul and Sebastián Mikel..

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220th Anniversary Celebration Service

A service of remembrance and celebration in observance of the 220th anniversary of the first service of worship in our first church building on September 11, 1796 was held on September 11, 2016.

Moderator Rev. Alexandra Lusak officiated. Rev. James Miller brought greetings from former moderator Rev. Robert Lamar and spoke about his own term as moderator. Members of the Session read remembrances from former moderators Rev. Donna Elia and Rev. Joseph Shook, passages from scripture and excerpts from the church history authored by Barbara Dudley and Nancy Chase. The Village Voices sang, led by church Music Director Jan Bishop.
Four new members were received into the church during the service. A gala reception followed in Conkling Hall.

Anniversary Service Program

Montage of Anniverary Service Photos by John Eldridge: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I-yTQSgMxW74vH1hENSS4_2xHXVDh2Ty/view

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