The First Presbyterian Church of Albany is a house of prayer for all people.
We welcome persons of differing abilities, of all economic and ethnic groups, of any sexual orientation to share with us the joy, the power, the challenge of God’s good news in Jesus Christ.
Jesus taught his church to love others.
We believe that God has called us to reduce the widening gap between rich and poor, since alleviating someone’s misery is a way of loving them.
Jesus taught us to love one another.
Since no one can do this alone, we believe Jesus wants his church to be a community, called not only to love our fellow church members, but to love those beyond our walls. We also strive to help reduce the widening gap between rich and poor, since alleviating human misery is a way of expressing our love.
We value equality in our leadership;
We are part of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It is the largest and oldest Presbyterian denomination in the United States.
We value the Christian faith as it has been handed down to us through the centuries.
We are a Christian church. Thus we believe that God’s self is more fully revealed in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. Much of what we believe and do is anchored in Jesus Christ. We believe his life, death and rising forged a relationship with God for each of us, and at the same time started a collective effort to infuse human community with justice, peace and compassion. We are called to continually work toward building this ‘collective effort,’ which we more often call The Kingdom of God. We believe the ‘peace on earth’ declared at his birth at Christmas truly begins with his rising at Easter. In creating the Kingdom of God; in helping those in the misery of poverty; in bringing into community those left out of society’s embrace, we are loving our neighbor and responding to God’s call to live with compassion.