About Advocacy at Third
At Third Presbyterian our advocacy efforts are both internally and externally connected. Many
times our congregation has responded to specific calls for petitions, letters, calls and other
activities to our elected officials and community leaders. We partner with a number of other
congregations, community organizations, and partnerships with the Urban Presbyterians
Together (UPT) and the Genesee Valley Presbytery. We join with the national and international
Presbyterian governing bodies.
All are free to tackle issues important to them and to express personal positions as Christians
and citizens. You are welcome to get involved. The only restriction is that a position represented
as being the position of the church must be supported by Session. Actions taken by Third
Presbyterian may be supported by Advocacy, and then recommended to the Outreach Committee
for disposition by the Session.
There are many opportunities to support the advocacy efforts through Third Church.
Some, but not all, suggestions:
Become a volunteer in one of the many Outreach programs. Most have an advocacy element,
Hunger Programs: Dining Room Ministry, Food Cupboard, Bread for the World
Housing related: RAIHN, Habitat for Humanity
Peacemaking: Kihumo, Amnesty International
Education: Tutoring at School 3 and School 35, The Corner Place
Disaster Relief: Katrina & RHINO
Become a member of the Advocacy Committee
Get involved in a specific Social Justice Issue
Write a letter to your elected representatives (see CONTACTS)
Attend an Adult Education class on a Social Justice Issue
If there is an issue you feel passionate about, there are like-minded persons here that
encourage you to put your ideas into action and to support your efforts.
Dale Maddock, Advocacy Chair
Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
How can I help? Get involved.
Put your talents, experiences, interests and expertise to work with like-minded
persons to build a more Christ-like world today. Become part of our family and community.
Who are my elected representatives?
See the "Reps" Tab above
How have we supported it in the past?
Third Presbyterian Church has had a rich history of community involvement in Rochester. As early as 1838, stands against the abuse
of liquor and against slavery were presented. We have been involved in education reform for over 100 years. The church was an early supporter of the Girl Scout
movement. At various times in history, the church has started an employment agency, pushed for study of the city building code and helped in the reorganization
of the school board and the beginning of night schools.
For over 20 years our Dining Room Ministry has been providing meals for the hungry. Our Food Cupboard provides food supplies for
families in need. The RAIHN coalition provides shelter for families who find themselves without a home. Our support for Bread for the World is longstanding.
We are a Habitat for Humanity partner. Our tutoring programs and The Corner Place are testament to our longstanding commitment to education. In addition to
these hands-on programs, we press for social and legal measures through our advocacy actions so that permanent solutions to these issues can be realized.
Our advocacy actions also support Bread for the World, Amnesty International and other peacemaking programs to press governments to act in a fair and just
manner to their citizens. In addition, we offer many educational programs and talks concerning more topical issues such as hydrofracking and health issues.
What are we supporting now?
At this time, the events in Newtown, CT have been very much on our minds. The issue of gun violence is very complex and, and in some
instances, very divisive. God compels us to act to take actions that will help prevent these very unnecessary deaths and injuries in the future. A committee of
concerned members have formed to discern how we might address this issue. In March, there will be an educational forum concerning gun violence for the congregation. A
showing of the film documentary ‘Trigger’ is being planned for a public viewing off-site. A committee is gathering materials and determining actions that can be taken
to affect changes in gun laws and public health responses.
As a complement to our hunger programs, Third Presbyterian Church will host an area wide Bread For The World seminar. This presentation will
address hunger issues, current advocacy activities and initiatives, and offer training to strengthen advocacy efforts on our local level. This will also take place in
The Urban Presbyterians Together (UPT) task force on education continues its series of monthly gathering to hear other community
organizations and education professionals points of views regarding the important topic of the state of Rochester’s city schools. The goal is to develop actions and
recommendations that UPT can coalesce around as a strategy to affect positive measureable results for our city’s students. UPT represents the 12 Presbyterian
congregations within Rochester’s boundaries.
There are many other efforts from within the Outreach programs and other ministries of the church. We continue to press for our NYS
legislators for a more balanced allocation of funding for programs within the state directed toward hunger needs. We anticipate that there will be additional letters
and petitions to follow for these initiatives.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
As citizens we have not only the right, but the responsibility to express our opinions about the workings of our government.
Become aware of the issues before the legislature. Write, e-mail - or better yet - visit your elected officials when they are in the district
(usually on Friday) to tell them your views.
To find your federal or state representative
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Below you will find links to all elected representatives.
Federal: The President
New York State: The Governor
New York State: Senate
New York State: Assembly
City of Rochester and City/Village Officials
Email addresses: To
contact officials by email, click on their address
Web page addresses: To
contact officials through their web pages, click on the link
and it will take you to their web site.
The Honorable Barak Obama, President of the United States, The White House,
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
to comment, call: (202) 456-1111
To contact by email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Senate majority leader
The Honorable Harry Reid, US Senate, 522 Hart Senate Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20510,
To contact by email: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Senators for New York state
The Honorable Charles Schumer
Senate, 322 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
To contact by email: http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contactchuck.cfm
The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand
Senate, 478 Russell Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
To contact by email: http://gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/
US House of Representatives
Speaker of the House
The Honorable John Boehner,
Speaker of the House, 1011 Longworth, HOB, Washington, DC 20515
To contact by email: http://www.speaker.gov/Contact/default.aspx
House of Representatives for Rochester area by legislative districts
The Honorable Richard Hanna, US House of Representatives, 319 Cannon, HOB, Washington, DC 20515
To contact by email: https://hanna.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
The Honorable Ann Marie Buerkle, US House of Representatives, 1630 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515
To contact by email: https://buerkle.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
The Honorable Chris Lee, US House of Representatives, 1711 Longworth, HOB, Washington, DC 2051
To contact by email: http://chrislee.house.gov
The Honorable Louise M. Slaughter, US House of Representatives, 2469 Rayburn, HOB, Washington, DC 20515-3228
To contact by email: http://www.louise.house.gov
The Honorable Tom Reed, US House of Representatives,
1037 Longworth, HOB, Washington, DC 20515
To contact by email: https://reed.house.gov/contact/email-me.shtml
New York State
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York State, NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224-0341
To contact by email: http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php
Senate Majority Leader
The Honorable Dean Skelos, Room 907, LOB, Albany, NY 12247
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New York State Senate districts for Rochester area
The Honorable Michael F. Nozzolio,
188 State Street, Room 413, LOB, Albany, NY 12247
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The Honorable James S. Alesi, 188 State Street,Room 304, LOB, Albany, NY 12247,
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The Honorable Joseph E. Robach, 188 State Street, Room 608, LOB, Albany, NY 12247
To contact by email: Robach@nysenate.gov
The Honorable George D. Maziarz, 188 State Street, Room 708, LOB, Albany, NY 12247
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New York State Assembly Speaker
The Honorable Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the NYS Assembly, LOB 932, Albany, NY 12248
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Assembly districts for Rochester area
The Honorable Bob Oaks, LOB 448,
Albany, NY 12248,
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The Honorable Sean Hanna, LOB 543, Albany, NY 12248,
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The Honorable Harry B. Bronson, LOB 553, Albany, NY 12248,
To contact by email: BronsonH@assemblhy.state.ny.us
The Honorable Joseph D. Morelle, LOB 716, Albany, NY 12248,
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The Honorable David F. Gantt, LOB 830, Albany, NY 12248,
(518) 455 5606
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The Honorable Bill Reilich, LOB
322, Albany, NY 12248,
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The Honorable Mark Johns, LOB
643 ,Albany, NY 12248,
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The Honorable Daniel Burling, LOB 635, Albany, NY 12248,
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Monroe County and Towns/Villages
(No single site lists all officials)
http://rocwiki.org/Government (a comprehensive cross-indexed site to all federal, state, and local officials)
http://www.monroegop.com/Officials-Monroe-County-Republican-Party.aspx (Republican office holders across the county)
http://www.votesmart.org/search.php (Current federal and state representatives)
City of Rochester
All city officials and services are located on this up-to-date site