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"Prayer Service for Christian Unity"

January 18, 2017

The Capital Region Ecumenical Organization will sponsor an ecumenical prayer service on Wednesday, January 18, in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It will be from Noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese offices at 40 North Main St., Albany.

Theme for the service is "Reconciliation--the Love of Christ Compels Us," based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-20.  Rev. Eleanor Stanton, Ecumenical Officer for the United Church of Christ, will preside. The message will be given by Ian Leet, Ecumenical Officer for the Reformed Church in America. All are welcome to attend.

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Mission Statement


The Capital Region Ecumenical Organization exists to promote the gift of visible unity offered by Jesus Christ, doing so by strengthening communication, promoting community and engaging in mission among various Christian traditions, while seeking partnerships for action with other faith traditions. 

Who We Are


The Capital Region Ecumenical Organization (CREO) is a 501c.3 organization that encompasses eight Christian expressions of faith.


They are:

  • American Baptist Churches USA

  • Episcopal Church of America

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  • Presbyterian Church (USA)

  • Reformed Church in America

  • Roman Catholic Church

  • United Church of Christ

  • United Methodist Church


It also includes representatives of five organizations that provide ecumenical and interfaith ministries in the Capital Region.


They are the:

  • Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC)

  • FOCUS Churches of Albany (FOCUS)

  • Schenectady Inner-City Ministries (SICM)

  • Troy Area United Ministries (TAUM)

  • Albany United Methodist Society (AUMS)

How We Operate


Each of the eight churches that are members of CREO names a Judicatory Executive (JE) and an Ecumenical Officer (EO) to represent them.



Judicatory Executives

The Judicatory Executives meet together periodically to discuss mutual concerns and ways to share ministries. They represent CREO to their church governments.


Judicatory Executives for 2016 are:


  • Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, American Baptist Churches USA

  • Right Rev. Bishop William Love, Episcopal Church

  • Rev. David Preisinger, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  • Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Presbyterian Church (USA)

  • Rev. Abby Norton-Levering, Reformed Church in America

  • Most Rev.Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Roman Catholic Church

  • Rev. Marsha Williams, United Church of Christ

  • Rev. Richard Weihing, United Methodist Church



Ecumenical Officers

The Ecumenical Officers meet together to plan CREO’s special events, and they serve on the CREO Board.


The Ecumenical Officers for 2016 are:


  • Edith Leet, American Baptist Churches USA

  • (Currently vacant) Episcopal Church of America

  • Rev. Paul Rees-Rohrbacher, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

  • Rev. Donna Elia, Presbyterian Church (USA)

  • Ian Leet, Reformed Church in America

  • Rev. Fr. James Kane, Roman Catholic Church

  • Rev. Robert Loesch, United Church of Christ

  • George Herrick, United Methodist Church




CREO Board

The CREO Board meets five times a year (January, March, June, September, and November) and governs CREO’s operations. Besides the Ecumenical Officers, Board members include additional representatives from the eight denominations and representatives from the five member ecumenical organizations.


Members of the Board for 2016 are:


  • Ian Leet, EO, President

  • Rev. Robert Loesch, EO, Vice-President

  • (currently vacant), Secretary

  • (currently vacant), Treasurer

  • Deacon Walter Ayres

  • Donald Bunk

  • Rev. Mark Chaffin

  • Kathleen Duff

  • Rev. Donna Elia, EO

  • Peter Fish, AUMS

  • Rev. Philip Grigsby, SICM

  • George Herrick, EO

  • Rev. Fr. James Kane, EO

  • Rev. James Ketcham

  • Rev. Robert Lamar, emeritus

  • Rev. Robert Linder

  • Edith Leet, EO

  • Rev. Charles Lindholm

  • Deacon James Netzer

  • Deborah Riitano, CACC

  • Rev. Paul Rees-Rohrbacher

  • Rev. Eleanor Stanton

Ecumenical Officers

The Ecumenical Officers meet together to plan CREO’s special events, and they serve on the CREO Board.

The Ecumenical Officers for 2016 are:

Edith Leet

American Baptist Churches USA

Board Member

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