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We're an affiliation of nine Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations in Rochester NY.

Racism Retreat Planned

All UPT pastors and congregants are invited and encouraged to take part in a workshop about racism in our community and nation. Downtown Presbyterian's Justice Ministry arranged for Myra Brown to lead this event, "Healing the Fault Lines of Race," on Friday evening and Saturday until mid-day, February 27 and 28, 2015. Please register by February 18. More …

UPT Programs and Volunteer Opportunities Listed

We've added 21 such descriptions. The intent is to provide more events together than we can separately. Why should we invent a new program when an excellent one exists at a sister congregation? More …

Downtown Welcomes Homeless during Cold Weather

UPT congregation Downtown Presbyterian opened its gymnasium January 12 for people recently displaced when the city of Rochester closed "tent city." Church Session (board) member Bonnie Lloyd wrote in a Democrat and Chronicle guest essay, "Until we recognize that homelessness is everybody's problem, that its causes are rooted in social, economic and political challenges shared by all, we will continue to slide down that slippery slope that begins with the denial of the essential humanity of every individual. It is a very dangerous slope."

Lakeside Presbyterian Closes

Lakeside Presbyterian Church buildingOne of our UPT congregations, Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 75 Stutson Street, held its last worship service December 28, 2014.

With concurrence of the UPT joint core- and pastor teams in October 2014, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley agreed to form an administrative commission to explore other options for ministry from the Lakeside building. The daycare center continues operation.

UPT Advocates for Police Body Cameras

UPT pastors and non-clergy leaders resolved to advocate for Rochester police to wear body cameras. They wrote community leaders: "We support calls within the community to equip the Rochester police force with body cameras. We believe the police should be able to produce a record of police-citizen interaction in the same way citizens now produce cell-phone video of the actions of the police." More …

Raleigh NC Trip Highlighted

UPT's fourth annual education evening highlighted the progress of advocacy to improve urban education. More …

Katrina HebbMeet UPT Intern Katrina Hebb

A second-year seminary student at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Katrina Hebb chose UPT for her supervised ministry because she wanted to experience a different model for ministry. More …

Donate to the UPT School-Supplies Program

We're collecting your donations, which supplement what schools and teachers are able to supply. More …

UPT Picnic

More than 50 people attended our August 24, 2014. Only one of our (then) ten congregations was not represented; that congregation was hosting its own neighborhood event.

UPT picnic: grilling, serving lunch, South Presbyterian's T-shirt indicating their relocation

UPT Picnic at Rochester's Ontario Beach Park