Read our letter from Session regarding our re-opening plan

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COVID Screening Questions

Read our letters from Session about our COVID-19 response

Update from the COVID Task Force Committee – March 18 2021
Update from the COVID Task Force Committee – January 15 2021
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Churchview Commons – our partnership for affordable housing
Gates Presbyterian Church has partnered with PathStone Corporation, developer of affordable housing, having entered into a 99- year land lease agreement for PathStone to build a two story 45 unit apartment building on land behind the church. CHURCHVIEW COMMONS will consist of 24 – 1 bedroom and 21- 2 bedroom units. We have also partnered with the YWCA of Rochester whose mission is to offer a continuum of supportive housing resources to single women and families who need a safe and secure home during times of crisis or homelessness.  Read more about this partnership here.


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Presentations/Classes offered by the Presbytery or from other resources

2021 National Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD)The 2021 national Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) event will be virtual, and will take place from April 18-21.  This year’s EAD will advocate for Climate Justice, and will be an opportunity to support the global movement for climate justice centered on and led by the people and communities most vulnerable to climate impacts due to historic racial and colonial inequities.  If you or any member of your congregation is interested in receiving more information about this year’s virtual event, sign up for e-mail updates at the link below:


A course based on the book “Caste”, being offered by the Presbytery: Historical Roots of Racism

Thursday, April 22 & 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m.—via Zoom

Presenters: Rev. Dr. Carson Mouser and Elder Mindy Shaffer

This course explores how the roots of racism began in Europe through language and social structure before slavery began in the Western Hemisphere and continued in the creation of an American Caste System that is the heart of racial inequality today.

Historical Roots of Racism is designed as a two-part series, but each class can stand alone. It is based in part on the books: Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson, and White Man’s Burden, by Winthrop D. Jordan.  While not “required” reading for this course, these books provide a wealth of information.

Contact Elder Mindy Shaffer with questions about this event at


Anti-Racism Update

Learn about Redlining (refusing a mortgage or insurance to someone because they live in an area deemed to be a poor financial risk).

Simeon Banister (from GRBAG) Video (start at minute 18:00)  (must be logged into Facebook to view)

National Perspective (from Family Promise, 1 hour).

Rochester’s History of Segregation and Structural Racism by Shane Weigand

(Primer, 11 minutes) (Expanded, 50 minutes)