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  1. Religious Faiths Represented in the Greater Rochester Area
  2. Religious Faiths Founded in the Greater Rochester Area
  3. Places of Worship or Religious Organizations
    1. African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
    2. Anglican
    3. Assemblies of God
    4. Baha'i' Faith
    5. Baptist
      1. American Baptist
      2. Regular Baptist
      3. Independent Baptist
    6. Buddhist
      1. General
      2. Mahayana and Vajrayana
      3. Zen
    7. Catholic
      1. Eastern Rite Catholic
      2. Melkite Greek Catholic
      3. Ukrainian Catholic
      4. Roman Catholic
      5. Rochester Catholic Organizations (non-parish)
      6. Roman Catholic inspired
      7. Other
    8. Christian Science
    9. Eckankar
    10. Episcopalian
    11. Evangelical Covenant Church
    12. Evangelical Free Church of America
    13. Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE)
    14. Hindu
    15. Jehovah's Witnesses
    16. Jewish
      1. Reform
      2. Conservative
      3. Orthodox
      4. Chabad Lubavitch
    17. Lutheran
    18. Mennonite
    19. Methodist
      1. Free Methodist
      2. United Methodist
    20. Metropolitan Community Church
    21. Mormon
    22. Muslim
    23. Nazarene
    24. New Age
    25. Nondenominational Christian
    26. Orthodox Christian, Eastern
      1. Assembly of Bishops
      2. Other jurisdictions
    27. Orthodox Christian, Oriental
      1. Coptic Orthodox
    28. Pagan
    29. Presbyterian
    30. Quaker (Religious Society of Friends)
    31. Reformed
    32. Santería
    33. Sikh
    34. Spiritualist
    35. Unitarian Universalist
    36. United Churches
    37. Uniterranism
    38. Wesleyan
    39. Zen Buddhism
  4. Other Sites of Interest

Religious Faiths Represented in the Greater Rochester Area

This is a (short) list of various faiths that have churches or civic centers in the Rochester area.

Anglicanism, Buddhism, Christianity, Roman Catholic, Eckankar, Hindu, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Judaism, Christian Orthodox, Mormon, Paganism, Protestant, Quaker, Sikh, Spiritualism, Unitarian Universalist, Uniterranism, Zen Buddhism

Religious Faiths Founded in the Greater Rochester Area

There are two religions that have their roots in the greater Rochester area. Spiritualism was founded right in the city of Rochester, by the Fox sisters. The Mormon faith originated in the town of Palmyra NY, just east of Rochester.

Places of Worship or Religious Organizations

African Methodist Episcopal (AME)

* African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Anglican

*All Saints Anglican Church (111 N. Chestnut St., Rochester NY, Lower Level Chapel of Reformation Lutheran) — (585) 342-1605

Assemblies of God

* Calvary Assembly of God (3429 Chili Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624) — 585-889-0190

Baha'i' Faith

* Rochester Baha'i' Community — 693 East Ave Rochester, NY 14607 — (585) 244-2220

Baptist

American Baptist

* First Baptist Church of Brockport (124 Main Street - Brockport, NY)
* First Baptist Church of Rochester (175 Allens Creek Road - Rochester, NY)
* Lake Avenue Baptist Church (57 Ambrose St - Rochester, NY 14608)
* West Henrietta Baptist Church (5660 W Henrietta Rd, West Henrietta, NY)

Regular Baptist

* Faith Baptist Church of North Chili (2954 South Union Street - North Chili, NY)
* Victory Baptist Chinese Church of Rochester (285 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14620)

Independent Baptist

* Abundant Life Bible Church (3285 Buffalo Rd, Rochester, NY 14624)
* Charity Bible Baptist Church (220 Avenue D - Rochester, NY)
* East Baptist Church - 64 Reeves Road, Henrietta, NY
* First Bible Baptist Church (1039 North Greece Road - Rochester, NY)
* Immanuel Baptist Church (15 Park Avenue, Rochester)
* Northridge Church (2052 St. Paul Street - Rochester, NY)
* Open Door Baptist Church (350 Chili-Scottsville Road - Churchville, NY)
* Rochester Bible Baptist Church
* Southeast Bible Baptist Church (1850 Nine Mile Point Road - Penfield, NY 14526)
* West Side Baptist Church (3955 Mount Read Boulevard - Rochester, NY)

Buddhist

General

* [WWW]Center of Harmony Chan Buddhist Sangha (1040 Winton Road North - Rochester, NY. 585.482.4872)
* [WWW]Rochester Nichiren Shu Buddhist Sangha - Meets in Suite #228 1115 E. Main St, Rochester, NY 14609 @ Kuma Gama - Clay Studio +1-585-820-2638

Mahayana and Vajrayana

* Dharma Refuge - Practice and study center located within Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, First Floor, 1100 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620. Meets on Wednesdays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, Saturdays from 9:00AM - 11:00AM; offers additional training in Buddhism and meditation. See [WWW]Dharma Refuge for weekly schedule and special events
* [WWW]White Lotus Buddhist Center - Meets at 815 Park Ave, Rochester. Mailing address PO Box 10384, Rochester 14610

Zen

* Rochester Zen Center (7 Arnold Park - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Blooming Lilac Sangha (Meets at various locations, see [WWW]calendar for more information. Mailing address 257 Fishell Road - Rush (Rochester), NY. Phone: 585-533-1461)

Catholic

The term [WWW]Catholic, which means "universal", is an umbrella term covering many churches other than the [WWW]Roman Catholic church. The Uniate churches, or [WWW]Eastern Rite Catholics, are one such group of churches under that umbrella.

Eastern Rite Catholic

The Eastern Rite Catholic, or Eastern Catholic churches have an "Eastern" Christian style of worship and theology making them very similar to Christian Orthodox churches (such as Greek, Russian, Ukranian etc). The most significant difference is they hold recognition of the supremacy of the Pope of Rome, whereas the Eastern Orthodox recognize the Pope only as the Bishop of Rome who is "first among equals." This is in reference to the [WWW]Apostolic Sees.

The following churches are considered to be Eastern Rite Catholic:

Melkite Greek Catholic

* St. Nicholas Melkite Greek Catholic Church — 1492 Spencerport Rd Rochester, NY — (585) 426-4218

Ukrainian Catholic

* St. Josaphat Ukrainian Church - [WWW]website — 940 Ridge Road East Rochester, New York 14621 — (585) 467-6457
* [WWW]Epiphany of Our Lord — 202 Carter St, Rochester, NY 14621 — (585) 266-4036

Roman Catholic

Rochester Catholic Organizations (non-parish)

* St. Irenaeus Center — 542 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610 — (585) 288-1618 — [WWW]website

Roman Catholic inspired

* [WWW]Spiritus Christi Church - (see also [wikipedia]Wikipedia Article) - Spiritus Christi used to be a Roman Catholic church. While Spiritus Christi and its parishioners were excommunicated in 1998 for supporting the ordination of women and sanctioning unions between gay and lesbian couples, Spiritus Christi conducts mass in a way that will be familiar to most Catholics. Spiritus Christi welcomes people of all denominations and all faiths.

Other

* St. Stanislaus Kostka Church - Polish - 1124 Hudson Avenue

Christian Science

* First Church of Christ, Scientist - 701 Mt. Hope and 1104 E Main St, East Rochester

Eckankar

* [WWW]Eckankar Center of Rochester (26 South Goodman Street)

Episcopalian

The [WWW]Episcopal Church in the USA is part of the worldwide [WWW]Anglican Communion —which is composed of autonomous national churches with historic ties to the Church of England.

* Christ Church Rochester (141 East Ave - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Episcopal Diocese of Rochester (at St. Peter's Church: 3825 E. Henrietta Rd., Henrietta, NY 14467)
* [WWW]St Luke & St Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church (17 S Fitzhugh St - Rochester, NY) — in the historic St. Luke's Church
* St Luke's Episcopal Church (77 Country Corner Lane, Perinton)
* [WWW]St Paul's Episcopal Church (13 Vick Park B - Rochester, NY)
* St Stephen's Episcopal Church (350 Chili Ave - Rochester, NY)

Evangelical Covenant Church

* Artisan Church (1235 Clinton Avenue S - Rochester, NY)

Evangelical Free Church of America

* [WWW]Crossbridge Community Church (2070 Five Mile Line Road - Penfield, NY)

Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE)

* Clarkson Community Church
* [WWW]Evangelical Church of Fairport (38 East Church Street - Fairport, NY)

Hindu

* [WWW]Hindu Temple of Rochester
* [WWW]Gaudiya Mission (180 Fulton Ave. Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Srí Rájarajeswari Peetam (6980 / 6970 East River Road, Rush, NY)

Jehovah's Witnesses

* Ellison Park/Portland/Monroe/Spanish East Congregations (510 Helendale Road - Rochester, NY)
* Genesee Valley/Arnett Congregations (1037 South Plymouth Avenue - Rochester, NY)
* Irondequoit/Russian Congregations (500 Kings Highway South- Rochester, NY)
* Maplewood Park/Upper Falls/Spanish South/Spanish West Congregations (880 Saint Paul Street - Rochester, NY)
* Parkway Congregation (4343 Mount Read Boulevard - Rochester, NY)

Jewish

Reform

* [WWW]Congregation Etz Chaim (2 Mountain Rise - Fairport, NY)
* [WWW]Temple B'rith Kodesh (2131 Elmwood Ave. - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Temple Emanu-El of Irondequoit (2956 St. Paul Blvd. - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Temple Sinai (363 Penfield Rd. - Rochester, NY)

Conservative

* Congregation Beth Hamedresh - Beth Israel (1369 East Avenue - Rochester, NY)
* Temple Beth Am (at Temple B'rith Kodesh 2131 Elmwood Ave. - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Temple Beth El (139 South Winton Road - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Temple Beth David (3200 St. Paul Blvd. - Rochester, NY)

Orthodox

* [WWW]Congregation Beth Hakneses Hachodosh (19 St. Regis Dr. N. - Rochester, NY)
* Congregation Beth Sholom (1161 Monroe Avenue - Rochester, NY)
* Congregation Light of Israel (1675 Monroe Avenue - Rochester, NY)

Chabad Lubavitch

* [WWW]Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester (1037 Winton Rd. S. - Rochester, NY)

Lutheran

* [WWW]Atonement Lutheran Church (1900 Westfall Road)
* [WWW]Bethlehem Lutheran Church (48 Perrin St., Fairport, NY)
* [WWW]Hope Lutheran Church (1301 Vintage Lane - Greece, NY) — good youth programs & large VBS program.
* [WWW]Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (131 W. Main St., Webster, NY) - an ELCA congregation
* Incarnate Word Lutheran Church - (597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607)
* [WWW]Lutheran Church of Our Savior (2415 Chili Ave - (585) 247-7824)
* Lutheran Church of Resurrection (3736 Saint Paul Boulevard)
*[WWW]Messiah Lutheran Church (4301 Mount Read Blvd. Rochester, NY 14616) — an ELCA welcoming congregation with weekly fellowship dinners
* [WWW]Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (6020 Pittsford-Palmyra Rd Fairport, NY, 14450) - A congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
* Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation (111 N. Chestnut St. - Downtown across from the Eastman Theater) — only German language service in upstate NY — active community outreach ministries
* South Wedge Mission (125 Caroline St, Rochester 14620) — ELCA church trying to "bake a church from scratch" in the South Wedge.
* St. John's Lutheran Church Elca

Mennonite

*Rochester Mennonite Fellowship (111 Hillside Avenue - Rochester, NY)

Methodist

Free Methodist

* [WWW]Community of the Savior (4 East Henrietta Rd. - Rochester, NY 14620)
* [WWW]Edgewood Free Methodist Church
* [WWW]New Hope Free Methodist Church (62 North Union St. - Rochester, NY)
* Pearce Church (4322 Buffalo Rd. - North Chili, NY 14514)

United Methodist

* Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Avenue - Rochester, NY)
* Faith United Methodist Church (174 Pinnacle Road, Henrietta NY)
* Hilton United Methodist Church (21 West Ave, Hilton NY 14468)
* United Methodist Church of Webster

Metropolitan Community Church

* Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church

Mormon

* [WWW]The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Muslim

* [WWW]Islamic Center of Rochester
* [WWW]Masjid Tawfiq Of Rochester NY
* Barakah Muslim Charity

Nazarene

* Trinity Church of the Nazarene (855 Long Pond Road - Greece

New Age

* See New Age page

Nondenominational Christian

* [WWW]Anchor Christian Church (375 Beaver Road - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Bethel Christian Fellowship (321 East Avenue - Rochester, NY)
* Blessed Hope Community Church a.k.a. "Church at the Movies" (2190 Empire Blvd. - Webster, NY)
* [WWW]Browncroft Community Church (2530 Browncroft Blvd. - Rochester, NY)
* [WWW]Calvary Chapel of Rochester (2505 Browncroft Blvd, Rochester, NY, 14625)
* Church of Life Ministries - Clifford Ave.
* The Father's House (692 Paul Road - Rochester, NY)
* First Harvest Church
* Good News Community Church [WWW]Site (4797 Ridge Road West - Spencerport, NY)
* Grace Road Church (315 Gregory Street - Rochester, NY)
* Iglesia de Cristo Misionera - Pentecostal
* Joining Hands of Rochester [WWW]Site — Contemporary Christian church 585 324-0230
* Koinonia (500 Main Street - East Rochester [WWW]http://www.koinoniafellowship.com)
* Lakeshore Community Church (3651 Latta Rd - Greece)
* Megiddo Church - 481 Thurston Rd
* New Day Church - Dewey Avenue - Spanish language
* [WWW]New Hope Community Church (North Chili)
* [WWW]NewSong Church (meets at Monroe Community College, popular with college-aged Christians)
* [WWW]Northridge Church (2052 St. Paul Street - Rochester, NY)
* Rochester Chinese Christian Church (RCCC) — 1524 Jackson Road, Penfield, NY 14526 — 585 872-6708
* Rochester Chinese Christian Church - West (RCCC-West) — 70 Thompson Road, Rochester, NY 14623 — 585 359-3217
* Rochester Pillar Church - 46 Mt. Hope Ave (fellowship of the United Methodist Church)
* [WWW]Trinity Communion Church (759 Winona Blvd, Rochester, NY14617 - (585) 266-5040)
* [WWW]Wheatland Community Church (6746 East River Road - Rush, NY)

Orthodox Christian, Eastern

The [WWW]Eastern Orthodox Church is a collection of churches with a fundamentally agreed on theology, but unique cultural distinction (i.e. Russian versus Greek). It is one of the most ancient branches of Christianity, with Roman Catholicism the only other Church sharing that distinction (they were both one church before 1050 AD).

Assembly of Bishops

* Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation— 962 East Ave Rochester, NY 14607 — (585) 244-3377. Services in Greek and English.
* [WWW]Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church — 835 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 — (585) 244-1976. Services in English and Greek.
* [WWW]Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church — 56 Andrews Street, Victor, NY 14564 — (585) 924-8737. Services in Romanian.
* [WWW]Protection of the Mother of God Russian Orthodox Church — 100 Stanford Drive Brighton, NY — (585) 224-0554. Services in English and Church Slavonic.
* [WWW]St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church — 855 South Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14620 — (585) 442-6860. Services in English.
* [WWW]St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church — 3176 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester NY 14617-3433 — (585) 342-1076. Services in Ukrainian.

Other jurisdictions

* St. Dimitria Macedonian Orthodox Church — 235 Telephone Road West Henrietta, NY — (585) 334-6675

Orthodox Christian, Oriental

The term [WWW]Oriental Orthodoxy refers to the communion of Eastern Christian Churches that recognize only the first four ecumenical councils — the First Council of Nicaea, the First Council of Constantinople, the First Council of Ephesus and the Second Council of Ephesus — and reject the dogmatic definitions of the Council of Chalcedon. Hence, these Churches are also called Old Oriental Churches. Despite potentially confusing nomenclature, Oriental Orthodox churches are distinct from the churches that are collectively referred to as Eastern Orthodoxy.

Coptic Orthodox

* [WWW]St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church — 530 Lehigh Station Rd. West Henrietta, NY 14586 — (585) 334-1040
* [WWW]St. Shenouda Monastery — P.O. Box 20433 Rochester, NY 14602 (No visiting address listed) — stshenouda@rochcopts.org

Pagan

* Church of the Ancient Paths - [WWW]wwwChurchOfAncientPaths.org (PO Box 23251, Rochester, NY 14692) — Interfaith Pagan —
* Circle of the Green — Goddess Religion — 585-721-8031
* Pagan Church of the Sacred Pentacle
* Pagan Outreach Center
* Shining Valley Protogrove, ADF — Druidism
* Universal Terran Church

Presbyterian

* Presbytery of Genesee Valley ([WWW]website)
* [WWW]Presbytery Church List
* Brighton Presbyterian Church- [WWW]web page - 1775 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14610 - 585 475 5876
* Covenant Presbyterian Church - [WWW]website - 3201 Dewey Avenue, Greece -585 865 3917
* Downtown United Presbyterian Church - [WWW]website - 121 N Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614 - 585 325 4000
* Gates Presbyterian Church - [WWW]website - 1049 Wegman Road Rochester, NY 14624 - 585 247 5292
* First Presbyterian Church of East Rochester - 109 East Ave., East Rochester, NY 14445 - 585 586 7120
* Lakeside Presbyterian Church -[WWW]website 75 Stutson Street, Charlotte - 585 663 0644
* Laurelton United Presbyterian Church
* Memorial Orthodox Presbyterian Church - [WWW]website - 650 Merchants Rd., Rochester, NY 14609 - 585 482 1174
* [WWW]Parkminster Presbyterian Church (2710 Chili Avenue - Rochester, NY)
* Reformed Presbyterian Church of Rochester - [WWW]website - 115 East Ave., East Rochester, NY 14445 - 585 385- 540
* Calvary St. Andrews Parish - South Wedge
* South Presbyterian Church - [WWW]website - 4 E. Henrietta Rd. Rochester, NY 14620 - 585 271 5078
* Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church - [WWW]website - 1200 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14618 - 585 254 8585
* Third Presbyterian Church - [WWW]website - 4 Meigs St. Rochester, NY 14607 - 585 271 6513

Quaker (Religious Society of Friends)

* Rochester Friends Meeting (84 Scio Street [Directions]) — [WWW]http://www.nyym.org/rochester/

Reformed

* Brighton Reformed Church (RCA)
* [WWW]Rochester Christian Reformed Church (CRCNA) 2750 Atlantic Avenue Penfield, NY 14526 585-381-7861 [WWW]http://www.RochesterCRC.org/

Santería

* Botanica Obatala Shango
* Botanica Okanasodde - Not quite Santeria but follows related African faiths

Sikh

* [WWW]Sikh Gurdwara of Rochester (2041 Dublin Road, Penfield, NY)
* [WWW]Guru Ram Das Ashram, Penfield (7 Thoroughbred Trail , Penfield, NY)
* [WWW]Guru Ram Das Ashram, Rochester (98 Southern Parkway , Rochester, NY)

Spiritualist

* Plymouth Spiritualist Church [WWW]http://www.plymouthspiritualistchurch.info (29 Vick Park A)
* Spark of Divinity Congregation [WWW]http://www.sparkofdivinity.net (236 East Main Street, Palmyra, NY 14522)
* Church of Divine Inspiration [WWW]http://churchofdivineinspiration.com/ - Rochester's oldest - (27 Appleton Street, Rochester)
* Note: Spiritualism was founded in Rochester.

Unitarian Universalist

* First Unitarian Church of Rochester (220 Winton Road South)
* First Universalist Church of Rochester (150 South Clinton Ave.)

United Churches

* Salem United Church of Christ
* United Church of Christ (570 Klem Road)

Uniterranism

* Universal Terran Church - an outdated page created by MirlinPoplar in 2005

Wesleyan

* [WWW]Penfield Wesleyan Church - 1580 File Mile Line Rd, Penfield

Zen Buddhism

* Rochester Zen Center (7 Arnold Parkway)
* [WWW]Blooming Lilac Sangha (Meets at various locations, see [WWW]calendar for more information. Mailing address 257 Fishell Road - Rush (Rochester), NY. Phone: 585-533-1461)

Other Sites of Interest

* The Rochester Pluralism Project (formerly at  http://www.monroecc.edu/depts/sociology/pluralism/overview.htm ): is no longer a valid link, but you can enter it at [WWW]The Internet Archive and you will get results such as below, they stored it from 2007 and earlier: at example of pages: *[WWW]Part of The Rochester Pluralism Project
"Mapping Religious Diversity in the Rochester, New York Area." An ethnographic study done by MCC students, and Harvard University, with links to many of the lesser-known religious organizations in the Rochester area. Fantastically thorough and diverse.
* The Assisi Institute
* Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society: An interfaith organization dedicated to social and economic justice.* [WWW]http://www.rochesteracts.org

* Faith In Action Network and Greater Rochester Community of Churches. (2 Riverside Street 14613)
* [WWW]http://www.grcc.org