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InterFaith Works of Central New York Agency Appoints Interfaith Initiatives Director

Syracuse, NY– Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter was appointed by InterFaith Works of Central New York to serve as its director of Interfaith Initiatives. Among her chief responsibilities, Matthews-Carter oversees chaplains and chaplaincy contractual obligations with area hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities, as well as provides consultation, interfaith education, dialogue, and training to promote interfaith understanding. More »




In Address to Three New York Churches, Governor Cuomo Reassures New Yorkers in Hardest Hit Communities that the Covid-19 Vaccine is Safe and Will Save Lives: “We All Need to Trust the Vaccine”


Address Delivered to The People’s AME Zion Church in Syracuse, Mount Olivet Baptist Church in Rochester, and Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn All Three Churches Will Host Pop-Up Vaccination Sites; Rochester and Syracuse Open Tomorrow, Brooklyn Opens Tuesday Governor Cuomo: “We now have a vaccine that will save lives, but it will only save lives More »




Governor Cuomo in Remarks to Abyssinian Baptist Church: “I Will Not Take the Vaccine Until the Vaccine is Available for my Group in Black, Hispanic, and Poor Communities around the State”


Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered pre-recorded remarks at Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. VIDEO of the Governor’s remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here. AUDIO of today’s remarks is available here.  A rush transcript of the Governor’s remarks is available below: Thank you, Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts. Thank you for More »



Watch Night Services: An African-American Tradition Bringing in the New Year (Local churches have scheduled Virtual Night Watch Service or scaled back attendance due to COVID-19)

On New Year’s Eve, many African American congregations in churches across the country will pour into the pews for “Watch Night Service,” a special night of prayer, commemoration and celebration. Due to COVID-19 many churches have scheduled virtual services via the internet or scaled back attendance due to attendance restrictions. The service usually begins anywhere from More »


Kwanzaa 2020: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture December 26 — January 1


Annual Founder’s Kwanzaa Message 2020 “Kwanzaa and The well-Being of The World: Living and Uplifting The Seven Principles” Kwanzaa is a pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966.  There is no way to understand and appreciate the meaning and message of Kwanzaa without understanding and appreciating its More »