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About Us

WE ARE PEOPLE IN RELATIONSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER UNDER AND WITH GOD.


Church suppers are opportunities where faith and fellowship mix.



                                     WHAT AND WHO WE ARE
The following statement has been part of our identity for over 40 years.

The Norris Religious Fellowship is an interdenominational community church which has grown from the desire of people with varied religious backgrounds to share experiences and to search together for spiritual enrichment.

Its idea is not to bind by creed but to weld through love of God and love of fellowman. In the spirit of the earliest Christian church is has sought to serve God through serving the wide town and country community of which it is a part.

It seeks to provide opportunity for spiritual growth through a deeper appreciation of the Christian heritage and an understanding of the insights of the worlds great religious faiths. Its membership is open to all.

In the spirit of Jesus, our church continues to build, hoping that those who join with us will find their burdens shared and their joys multiplied.


We are a non-creedal church though we are composed of a number of individuals who come to us from creedal churches.  In fact, as an inter-denominational church you can typically find, former Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Baptists, Roman Catholics, Episcopaleans, and non-churched individuals in our pews.

These same people can have and do have a wide-range of beliefs.  You will find a fairly conservative theology and a fairly progressive theology sitting right next to one another in the pew.  You will find these same people sitting in Bible or topical studies, sharing opinions and views, differing widely in beliefs and allowing, tolerating, understanding, accepting the other persons views as being true for them, and therfore acceptable. 

We are a church that not only accepts and tolerates differences but encourages this deiverse group to come together.  It is an incredible mix.

We also have a number of seekers who come to us from fairly fundamental or conservative churches who are looking for a differnet way of faith expression.  We encourage seeking; and while not always providing answers will help in the process of thinking and discovering.


We do have some truths that are absolute:

God is tolerant,loving and compassionate.
Jesus is in the best of the faith wisdom traditions who reveals the nature of and the way to God.
We are co-creators of life with God and as such are asked to be loving and compassionate and tolerant of all, including ourselves.



Our minister, Rev. Dr.Keith Haverkamp has been with us since June of 1998.  He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist church  and prior to coming to Norris was with the North Central New York conference.  

He received his B.S. degree from Syracuse University in Art as a sculpture major.  Three years later he received a M.A. from Goddard College in Art Therapy.  At that time he began to work in a private psychiatric hospital and also worked as a counselor, either by himself or with an agency.  In 1982 he received a call to the ministry and entered Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester,NY.  He began full time ministry in Elmira, NY in 1985.  In 1993 Keith received a D.Min from United Theological Seminary.  His focus of study was Biblical storytelling especially as applied to Christian education.

Keith has been married to Sally since 1970, has 12 children and 16 grandchildren. 

He invites you to come and worship, pray,fellowship, study and find the transforming opportunities of God that reside in all of us.  He and the church welcome any and all individuals.


Benevolence
The Norris Religious Fellowship is firmly committed to Benevolence giving.  We designate 10% of our budget to Benevolence giving.  We pick from a broad range of opportunities: local, regional, national, and international. The idea of service, giving and ministry in mission is a strong belief of our Fellowship.  We strongly believe that we are the hands of God in the world and take this responsibility seriously. We are presently supporting;

Church World Service
Red Cross
Heifer International
World Neighbors
Salvation Army

Local soup kitchens
Contact
Good Neighbors

CORA

In addition we have special benevolence offerings every quarter coupled with communion.


We would like to invite you to join with us as
God calls us into Beauty, Truth and Harmony.