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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Monday, October 6

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Season of Peace

The Presbytery of Hudson River

New York

2011–12 group of YAVs who helped Stony Point Center prepare for Hurricane Irene Photo courtesy of Rick Ufford-Chase


2011–12 group of YAVs who helped Stony Point Center prepare for Hurricane Irene


Photo courtesy of Rick Ufford-Chase


Stony Point Center, a national conference center of the PC(USA), is located about 35 miles north of New York City in the Presbytery of Hudson River. In addition to hosting thousands of guests each year, Stony Point is unique in that it is the home to a multifaith residential community, the Community of Living Traditions. Members of this community work to better understand one another’s traditions and to find common ground for providing hospitality and organizing for peace, nonviolence, and justice.

The community draws people of all ages, but more than half of its residents are young adults seeking ways to understand and live their faith in a religiously pluralistic United States. Each summer Stony Point Center hosts a multifaith institute for young adults called “Farm the Land, Grow the Spirit.”

As part of its commitment to young adults, Stony Point hosts the Young Adult Volunteer orientation in late August, before the YAVs embark on a year of service throughout the country or world. On the last day of orientation, YAVs participate in leading worship at one of the 85 congregations in the Presbytery of Hudson River, inspiring others with their faith stories and sense of call. The YAVs are also commissioned by these congregations for their year of service, which gives them a sense of connection to Christ’s church beyond their home congregations and the communities they will be serving.

Elder Rick Ufford-Chase, codirector, Stony Point Center, and Rev. Benjamin Larson-Wolbrink, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Beacon

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Susan Andrews, general presbyter
Rev. Rhonda Kruse, connections and change presbyter
Rev. Susan De George, stated clerk
Elder Jean Kaiser, administrative assistant
Emily Monk, manager of finance
Rev. Sarah Henkel, cross-cultural network coordinator
Rev. Peter Surgenor, director, Holmes Camp and Conference Center
Dr. Hans Hallundbaek, prison partnership coordinator
Lori Hylton, hunger action enabler and office assistant
Rev. Abbie Huff, spiritual leader, Nyack Project
Rev. Noelle Damico, communications director

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. Chris Roseland, PMA
Greg Rousos, FDN

Let us pray

Holy One, inspire us to serve you and all your people with passion and purpose. May we—like our young adults—be empowered to take risks to follow you wherever you may lead us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 5; 145
First Reading Hosea 6:7-7:7
Second Reading Acts 22:30-23:11
Gospel Reading Luke 6:39-49
Evening Psalms 82; 29

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