We are cosmopolitan: people who love downtown Rochester and want to contribute to it by serving in this place. We joined with the Eastman School of Music to build the internationally renowned Craighead-Saunders organ. We are also partners with the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and Meal and More community outreach program. Our large front garden brings in neighbors and newcomers. We are part of our downtown community. In all of these, we seek to know our neighborhood and to do more - right here on our own block and in the wide world beyond.
We are hosts: we provide rides for those without cars, support for those who are ill or in grief, and both clergy and lay pastoral visiting. Our services, coffee hours, Meal and More soup kitchen, theater, various study groups, and garden are open to all.
We are diverse: a community of old and young, uncertain and sure, broken and whole, city-dwellers and suburbanites, gay and straight, long-time members and college students new to Rochester, who all believe in the unifying power of God’s love.
We are music fanatics: we believe in the power of a liturgy steeped in musical traditions, from organ and choir on Sunday mornings to candlelight Compline, sung by the Schola Cantorum Sunday evenings at 9:00 P. M. (October - April). We joined with Eastman School of Music to build the internationally renowned Craighead-Saunders organ Music and liturgy hold us together.
We are volunteers: we work with refugee resettlement, with a family homeless shelter, and in diocesan organizations that enable us in all kinds of ministries to those in our midst and to those who live far away from us.
We are Adventurous and Attentive Learners: we share insights and ask questions in an intellectually open environment. We read all kinds of literature together, study theology, Church History, the Bible, the meaning and symbols of our liturgy, and Ethics. We come together around these topics – and more – in our children’s and youth Sunday School, the College Colloquium, the Book Study Group, the Inquirer’s Class, Sunday Bible Study, and Advent and Lenten programs.