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Welcome to the Capital Area Council of Churches

CACC-Color-Logo-2For over 70 years, the Capital Area Council of Churches—YOUR CHURCH—has been directly involved in bringing congregations together as part of the ecumenical movement. The Council has been dedicated to responding to critical needs in the Capital District of New York State.

The Council is committed to the ecumenical mandate in a changing world: working together, exploring our many divergent viewpoints, seeking to bear faithful and effective witness in our time and place. We will work with and encourage our member churches to move toward a faithful future of service, advocacy and celebration.

Our Mission

The Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC) was founded in 1941 as the Federation of Churches of Christ in Albany, N.Y. and Vicinity. Throughout its history the Council has been committed to the ecumenical mandate in a changing world: working together, exploring our many divergent viewpoints, seeking to bear faithful and effective witness in our time and place. We will work with and encourage our member churches to move toward a faithful future of service, advocacy, and celebration.

The Capital Area Council of Churches is an ecumenical fellowship of some 90 churches, primarily located in Albany County, working together on many projects and activities. Among them are:

  • ecumenical and interfaith dialogue and special events
  • ecumenical worship service on Good Friday
  • Emergency Overflow Homeless Shelter
  • communication of ecumenical and interfaith news through our monthly newsletter, “Connection
  • involvement with the planning and maintenance of the Interfaith Prayer Room at Albany International Airport
  • the Ecumenical Witnesses at Baptism program, whereby members of other churches serve as witnesses to baptisms in local churches
  • celebration of our unity in Christ

For over 70 years the Council has been directly involved both in bringing churches together as part of the of the ecumenical movement and in responding to critical needs in the Capital District.

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Recent Posts

A Message from our Executive Director – April 2014

As I look outside my window and notice folks walking by still bundled up, I am thinking it is time to make the groundhog accountable for his predictions! This seems to be the winter that will not end.

The Council is always busy– rain, snow, sleet or sun. These cold nights have our shelter at capacity. Although there are reports of a stabilizing economy with unemployment down and the stock market up, our shelter has been busier than ever. Our shelter manager, Pam Bullock, continues to amaze us with her constant vigilance and devotion to our guests. You can all be proud.

We’re gearing up for the CROP Hunger Walk. The CROP Rally was a huge success. I saw Kitt smiling from ear to ear. And we were thrilled that our Honorary Chair for the Walk, Congressman Paul Tonko, attended the Rally and helped hand out the awards for last year’s winners. In the book Waterless Mountain, a coming of age story about a Navajo youth who wants to become a medicine man, the narrator remarks, “he could tell by the way the animals walked that they were keeping time to some kind of music. Maybe it was the song in their own hearts that they walked to.” Please make plans NOW to attend the CROP WALK on May 4 and walk to the “beat of whatever song is in your heart.”
For many of us the holiest time of the year is fast approaching. As we look ahead to Passover and Easter, we recognize that both festivals take us from a place of despair to a place of hope. Jews are called on to repair a broken world, while we as Christians are invited to experience a force that transports us from a world beyond repair.

May your Easter holy days be blessed with the Peace of Christ.

–Deb Riitano

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  4. Installation of Deb Riitano as CACC Executive Director Leave a reply
  5. 41st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service Held Leave a reply
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  9. Capital Area Council of Churches Appoints New Executive Director Leave a reply