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November 18, 2016
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(Music, performance and the arts are listed separately below) 

Disturbing the Peace: A Film of Hope and Peace in the Holy Land
With the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool and Stephen Apkon, filmmaker
Sunday, November 20, 5:00 p.m.
Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Road, Pleasantville

Join churches in the Westchester Sawmill Clericus for an exclusive screening followed by a special Q&A with its creator and two of the Combatants for Peace who appear in the film. Bishop Glasspool will also be present to offer her comments.  Tickets: $10.  For more information and to purchase, click here . For the flyer, click here .
Thanksgiving at Incarnation Center
Thursday to Saturday, November 24-26
Incarnation Center, 253 Bushy Hill Road, Ivoryton, CT

Families, couples, friend groups and singles are invited to celebrate, relax and give thanks over a traditional evening turkey dinner followed by a "vacation period" packed with activities for all ages. Check-in Thursday beginning at 3:00 p.m.  Check out Saturday at 12:00 noon.

Cost: $200 adults, $125 children. Accommodations, meals and activities are included. For more information, including a complete schedule, click here or call 860-767-0848. Deadline to register is Tuesday, Nov. 22. (Note: Transportation from/to the Old Saybrook train station is available.)
Advent Quiet Day: "The Refugees' Bible: Reading Scripture in a Time of Displacements and Migrations"
Led by William Shullenberger
Saturday, December 3; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Christ Church & San Marcos, 43 South Broadway, Tarrytown

Readings from the Bible and Book of Common Prayer, discussions, and quiet periods of meditation will give attendees the chance to reflect on the human dimensions of very contemporary matters of life and death for many people, and the challenge to Christians to live in faith, hope, and charity in the face of local and worldwide poverty, violence, and despair. 
Cost: Free will offering for Cristosal's work in Central America. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to .
Care for Caregivers
With the Rev. Kristin Miles and the Rev. Sarah McCaslin, LMSW
Saturday, December 3, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Trinity Church Parish Center, 2 Rector Street, Manhattan

An afternoon of reflection and replenishment especially for those who provide care to loved ones suffering from chronic illness. Be replenished by the sharing of a meal, the catching of breath, the comfort of prayer, and the practices of resting in the presence of God. Space is limited; RSVP by November 23. Contact Ellen Andrews at

Christmas Boutique
Sunday, December 4, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
St. James' Church, 865 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

Finish your Christmas shopping while supporting social service agencies serving those in need throughout the city. Artisan vendors will sell edible treats, clothes, toys, and more. For more information, visit or call 212-774-4200.
Dialogue on Race and Religion:  The Church and Immigration
With Ravi Ragbir, Executive Director, New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City
Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Cathedral House, on the Close of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan

A discussion about how churches and individuals can help the most vulnerable immigrants in our society, including refugees and asylum seekers. For more information, click here or call 212-316-7483.
Annual Advent Retreat
Led by Dr. Janet K. Ruffing, RSM
Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street, Manhattan

Dr. Ruffing is Professor of the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School. Subject to be announced.

Fee: $25, lunch provided. Space limited, reservations required. Held in conjunction with Church of the Heavenly Rest. To reserve, email the Rev. Tuesday Rupp at
Celebration of a New Ministry
Saturday, December 10, 12:00 p.m.
Church of the Mediator, 260 West 231st Street, Bronx

The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool will preside at the institution and induction of the Rev. Loyda Morales as Priest-in-charge. Reception to follow. RSVP to Melida Vanderhorst at or call 718-548-0944 or 718-548-3312.
Evensong of Lessons and Carols
The Rt. Rev. Michael Lewis, Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, preacher
Sunday, December 11, 5:00 p.m.
Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue at 74th Street, Manhattan

The Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, which includes Iraq and Iran, has been actively engaged in issues relating to the refugee crisis in Baghdad for which several parishes in the diocese have given generously. At a reception following Evensong, the Gulf's Archdeacon Bill Schwartz will talk about the refugee issues in Iraq and the situation in the Middle East.
Free and open to the public. For more information, click here  or call 212-737-2720.
Join the Choir!
Rehearsals December 11, 16 and 17
Performance Saturday, December 17
Christ Church Riverdale, 5030 Henry Hudson Parkway, Bronx

Join the adult choir for Christ Church Riverdale's Christmas Concert & Festival of Carols. Three rehearsals prior to the event.  For more information, click here to see the flyer or email
Annual Holiday Party
Monday, December 12, 6:30 p.m.
House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street, Manhattan

Anthony Newfield, Broadway performer and artistic director of I Fabbristi, will continue the House tradition of a holiday reading followed by caroling and a festive reception.  Suggested donation $20.  To reserve, email or call 212-289-0399.
Advent Retreat: "Preparing for the Incarnation (or) One Prayerful Week until Christmas"
With the Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy
Friday-Sunday, December 16-18
Holy Cross Monastery, 1615 Route 9W, West Park

An opportunity to leave behind the culture's Christmas frenzy and enter together into the deep calm of the Monastery's observance of Advent.  Cost: $300. For the flyer, click here . For more on the monastery and its programs, click here . To register, call 845-384-6660.
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Service
With Bishop Andrew Dietsche and Iryna Makuruk, guest preacher
Wednesday, January 11, 6:00 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Avenue at 35th Street, Manhattan

For more information, click here. For more information on the diocesan Task Force Against Human Trafficking, click here.
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
St. Michael's Church, 225 West 99th Street, Manhattan

CareerSearchers is a job search support group open to all. For information, click here
or email
Wednesday Night Interfaith Bible Study
Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Cathedral House on the Close of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan

All are invited to join rabbinical students from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Christian seminary students, and Cathedral clergy for a study of the Hebrew Bible. Readings will be taken from the traditional Jewish lectionary. Sessions will be held Wednesday nights throughout the fall, with some exceptions. For more information and to confirm your attendance, contact the Rev. Mary Julia Jett at
Phone Line Prayer
Wednesdays, 9:00 p.m.
Call 641-715-3865, and use Access Code 153978

Call in to pray together with the people of St. Augustine of Hippo, Manhattan and Christ Church, Riverdale - whether you are at home or on the road. The time together includes healing prayer, scripture reading, and reflections. Everyone is encouraged to participate at whatever level they would like - leading the service, praying extemporaneously, singing hymns, or contributing to the discussion of each evening's readings. For more information, email Fr. Nathanael Saint-Pierre at or Fr. Andrew Butler at For the Healing Service leaflet used during this service, click here.
And don't forget to check...
the Diocesan calendar here  and the Cathedral calendar here.

The Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies
Open now through March 12, 2017
The Cathedral Church of Saint John Divine, Manhattan

After 32 years, the controversial Christa by sculptor Edwina Sandys returns to the Cathedral as the centerpiece of an exhibition of artworks by 22 contemporary artists exploring the language, symbol, art and ritual associated with the historic concept of the Christ image, and the ways the divine is manifested in every person, across every gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.  For more information, click here.
Tutu: Then and Now - A Photo Exhibit
Open November 30-December 18
Opening reception: Friday, December 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway at Fulton Street, Manhattan

Co-sponsored by the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, this exhibit depicts Archbishop Desmond Tutu's leadership throughout the apartheid movement and his justice work in recent years. Photographs are by two South African photographers, Sumaya Hisham and Eric Miller.  Free and open to the public. For more information, click here  or call 212-602-0800.
A Boy is Born: Music for Christmas Day 1554
Choir of St. Luke in the Fields ~ David Shuler, director
Thursday, December 1, 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 7:00)
Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, Manhattan

In addition to the Tallis Missa Puer natus est, this concert will present works for the Christmas season by Sheppard, Guerrero and Manchicourt.  Tickets: $35 general admission ($25 students/seniors).  For more information and to purchase, click here  or call 212-414-7440.
Great Organ Series - A Recital
Erik Wm. Suter, organ
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan

The prize-winning former Washington National Cathedral organist performs DuruflĂ©'s complete works for organ.  Tickets: $25 general admission. For more information and to purchase, click here .
Handel's Messiah
The St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys with Concert Royal and soloists ~ Daniel Hyde, conductor
Tuesday, December 6 and Saturday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
St. Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street, Manhattan

World renowned voices with a period-instrument ensemble perform the work of sacred choral music that has won the hearts and minds of music lovers around the world like no other. Tickets: $40-95. For more information and to purchase, click here or call 212-664-9360.
A Rainbow Christmas
Benefit Concert for Homeless and Foster Care LGBT Youth
Friday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.
St. Philip's Church (Harlem), 204 West 134th Street, Manhattan

Featuring a host of wonderfully talented musicians and artists from throughout the community. Spread the word! Bring a friend! Enjoy a wonderful evening of music and entertainment and make Christmas a little more joyous for someone else!

While the concert is free and open to the public, all attendees are asked to bring at least one gift card, in denominations of $10-$20, for Old Navy, McDonald's, and iTunes. 
For more information, click here  or call 212-862-4940.
Cathedral Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 10, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan

Featuring Poulenc's Organ Concerto and Four Motets, and Charpentier's In Nativitatem Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Canticum, with the audience joining to sing favorite Christmas carols and the Cathedral Choristers singing seasonal selections by Willcocks, Britten, Rutter and Fraser, accompanied by harp.  Tickets: $75 reserved, $50 general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here .
Renaissance Christmas
Early Music New York ~ Frederick Renz, director

Carols, noels and motets for voices and instruments from European sacred and secular rituals. Tickets: $40 ($20 students with ID at the door). For more information and to purchase tickets, click here or call 212-280-0330.

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Central Park West at 68th Street, Manhattan
    • Saturday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    • Sunday, December 11, 2:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, December 18, 2:00 p.m.
    • Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
A Ceremony of Carols and Dancing Day
The Boys of St. Thomas Choir with Bridget Kibbey, harp ~ Daniel Hyde, conductor
Thursday, December 15, 5:30 p.m.
St. Thomas' Church, Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street, Manhattan

Experience the spirit of the season with this delightful hour of music by British composers Benjamin Britten and John Rutter. Tickets: $40. For more information and to purchase, click here or call 212-664-9360.
New Year's Eve Concert for Peace
Saturday, December 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan

The annual Cathedral event founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, this year featuring the work of Haydn, J.S. Bach, Hailstork, Dawson, Hogan and Moravek and Campbell.  Tickets: $150, $100 reserved; $40 general admission. For more information and to purchase, click here .
And don't forget to check...
the Cathedral calendar here.

The Diocesan Fund for Clergy Critical Needs
Applications due Thursday, December 1
(for consideration at the December 8 meeting of the Committee)

The Diocesan Fund for Clergy Critical Needs Committee allocates grants to canonically resident priests, deacons or congregations of the Diocese of New York, as follows: 


1. Medical/dental and other needs:  To assist priests or deacons who have expenses related to severe illnesses or other household crises, lapsed medical insurance premiums, financial emergencies caused by unemployment and unusual medical or dental expenses.  See the application form here .


2. Educational grants: a.) to the children of priests or deacons with special needs or liv ing in critical mission areas where public schooling is clearly inadequate; and b.) to aid undergraduate college tuition for children of priests or deacons. Undergraduate education grants, which are only processed during the June meeting each year, have in recent years been in the amount of $2,000 for each student.  See the application form here .


If you have questions about submitting either application, please contact Ms. Zoraida Marte at 212-316-7478 or

In cases where there is a need that cannot be met under these criteria, please contact the Rev. Canon Blake Rider at 212-316-7415 or . Other funds are available that might be able to address the situation.

Hispanic Ministries Grants
Applications accepted for 2017 grants
Applications due Saturday, December 31

Hispanic Grants are offered for support of Hispanic ministries (not for clergy salaries).  For more information and the application form, click here. If you have questions, please contact the Rev. Claire Woodley, Chair of the Congregational Development Commission, at or 914-528-3972.

Young Adult Service Corps
Applications accepted for 2017-2018 placements
Applications due Friday, January 6

Applicants must have a high degree of maturity and possess a faith commitment, the willingness to be a humble guest, and the ability to be an authentic companion. The Young Adult Service Corps brings young adults into the life of the worldwide Anglican Communion and into the daily work of a local community. At the same time, it brings the gifts and resources of the church into the lives of young adults as they explore their own faith journeys. For more information and the online application form, click here.

Within the Diocese 

Church Club of New York Welcomes Episcopal Clergy to Join
The Church Club of New York has made changes to its Constitution and Bylaws, allowing Episcopal clergy to join for the first time in its 130 year history.  The Church Club provides inter-church fellowship and educational programs, and supports theological education and service ministries conducted by young adults. In addition to inviting clergy to become members, the Church Club has revised its dues structure to make it easier for everyone to connect and engage. Anyone interested in learning more about the Church Club may call Susan Ridgeway at 212-828-7418, email, or simply click here to view the membership page.
Nightwatch Crossroads at the Cathedral
2016-2017 Season
For information on the Crossroads Christian and Crossroads Interspiritual retreats for middle and high school students, youth groups and their adult chaperones at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, click here.
Bedell Fund Grant
Open to churches in Region II (Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties)
St. Matthew's Church, Bedford is accepting applications from Region II churches for a grant for capital projects from the Bedell Fund.  The applicant must demonstrate stability and vitality and the commitment of the congregation to the project.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Clergy Rental Housing Available ~ Note cost reduction!
City Island, Bronx
Light, airy 4BR rectory in waterfront community. Renovated eat-in kitchen. 1-1/2 baths/tub. Wood floors throughout. Washer/dryer on main floor. Spacious DR. LR with French doors to full front porch. Den/office. New windows, siding and roof. Closets in all BRs. Expansive side and back yards. Walking distance to highly ranked public school (K-8). Steps away from bus stop and express bus; 45 minutes from Manhattan. Walk to restaurants/all shopping. $2,000/month, NEWLY OFFERED UTILITY SUBSIDY FROM CHURCH. At least one occupant must be a deacon, priest or bishop. For more information, contact Grace Church City Island vestry member Paul Nani at
New Grant Opportunities from Episcopal Charities
Program Investment grants will support capacity building projects and new outreach ministries affiliated with parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Grants will range in size from $10,000 to $30,000 annually over a period of one to three years. For more information, click here .
Current Episcopal Charities' grantees are also eligible to apply for
Professional Development grants to pay for training for both staff and volunteers. For more information, click here .
Questions? Contact Executive Director Mary Beth Sasso at or 212-316-7403 or Program Director Leeanna Varga at or 212-316-7426.
Anti-Racism Workshops
and other events in 2017
sponsored by the Anti-Racism Committee
Save the dates or register now!

For information on each of the upcoming events, click on the event name.
  • Anti-Racism Workshop
    (Registration is open)
    January 28 and February 4
    (A two-part program held on two consecutive Saturdays)
    Trinity Church, Manhattan
  • A Conversation with Sabrina Fulton and Tracey Martin
    (Registration is open)
    On the publication of their biography of their son, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
    Wednesday, February 1, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    St. Philip's Church (Harlem), Manhattan
    Free and open to the public. Register to receive a copy of the book ($26.00) and attend the pre-conversation reception at 5:30 p.m.
  • Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration
    (Help us plan!)
    Saturday, February 11, 10:30 a.m.
    Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Manhattan
  • Anti-Racism Workshop
    (Registration is open)
    April 29 and May 6
    (A two-part program held on two consecutive Saturdays)
    St. Andrew's Church, Bronx
  • Jonathan Daniels Civil Rights Pilgrimage
    (Advance notice - exact dates and details to follow)
    August 10-13 (approximate)
    Visiting Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Hayneville, Alabama
  • Anti-Racism Workshop
    (Registration is open)
    (A two-part program held on consecutive days)
    Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30
    St. Paul's on the Hill, Ossining
For information on the diocesan Anti-Racism Committee, click here.
New York Altar Guild Annual Grants Program
Application deadline: February 1, 2017

Grants assist with larger parish projects such as new sacristy cabinetry, repair of stained 
glass windows and the like. For the grant guidelines and application form, click here or contact Grants Chair Charlotte Barnard at
Clergy Study Day: "Preaching the Just Word: New Perspectives on the Lections of Holy Week"
Save the date and register now!
Thursday, February 16, 2017

For more information and to register, click here.
Annual High School Youth Leadership Forum: Islamophobia
Sponsored by the New York State Council of Churches
Monday-Wednesday, February 20-22, 2017
Application deadline: December 1

The forum will include a seminar and a tour of the United Nations.  Cost: $400, includes transportation to and from New York City, lodging for two nights, two lunches and one breakfast.  Limited scholarship assistance is available.  For the flyer, click here.  For the application, click here.  For more information, contact Christy D'Ambrosio at or 518-423-4763.
Water Justice: Trinity Institute 2017
Wednesday-Saturday, March 22-24, 2017
Trinity Church, Manhattan

The conference will provide guidance for churches and individuals wishing to take unified, faith-based action on the front lines of the water justice movement. Featuring Jeffrey Sachs, Maude Barlow, Winston Halapua, Katharine Hayhoe, Thabo Makgoba, Christina Peppard, and others.  For more information, click here . To pre-register, click here .

Beyond the Diocese 

Experience the Historical and Unfolding Culture of Cuba
March 10-17, 2017

Cuba, restricted to Americans for decades, is now accessible to travelers who want to experience the rich history and heritage this beautiful island has to offer. Join Cathedral Dean James Kowalski and his wife, The Rev. Anne Brewer, M.D. for a cruise on the Celestyal Crystal departing from Montego Bay, and explore Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Punta Frances (Isle of Youth) and Cienfuegos. As we visit historic Spanish cities and landmarks, you will experience the complexities of today's multi-cultural Cuban society.

Airfare (New York to Montego Bay) and airport transfers, 7 nights accommodations (inside cabins), meals on board the ship, port charges and Cuban Visa are included in the price of $3,698.00 per person, double occupancy. An early bird discount of $100 applies, if you register with a deposit of $350 by September 6. For more information, contact Laura Bosley at 212-316-7493 or
Tour: The Best of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Hosted by Bishop Mary Glasspool and Canon James Newman
June 12-23, 2017

Itinerary includes Belfast, Derry, Galway, Connemara, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney and Dublin. For more information, including the trip brochure and reservation form, click here.


Bookkeeper/Parish Administrator/Office Assistant (part time)
For the announcement, click here.

Clergy Positions Open in the Diocese of New York
Click here to view them on the diocesan website.
Positions at The Episcopal Church
Job listings on the Episcopal Digital Network 
(Includes clergy and lay positions from around the country)
Browse all.
Positions at Trinity Wall Street
Episcopal Diocese of New York, Manhattan
For the announcement (current 11/17), click here.
Port Newark Chaplain
Seamen's Church Institute, Port Newark, New Jersey
For the announcement (current 11/17), click here.

Advent Observations for 2016: Make Ready the Feast
Daily from November 27 (Advent 1) through December 25 (Christmas Day), this blog will highlight one scripture citation and one recipe with background information on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and the Episcopal Church website.  The resources are ideal for personal, congregational and community planning and scheduling of Advent observances. Click here.
Dalit Rights Report Published

In accordance with the Dalit Rights resolution passed at the 2015 Diocesan Convention, the diocese's India Network has prepared and published a paper describing the plight of the Dalit (formerly known as "Untouchables") in India and in the Indian diaspora. The convention resolution and the report can be downloaded or read online on the web (where it includes links to video content) by clicking here.

Diocesan Clergy ID Cards
Contact Gina Brown at or 212-932-7326.
Episcopal Church Foundation - Vestry Resource Guide
The Episcopal Church Foundation has published a new edition of the
Vestry Resource Guide which is distributed through Forward Movement and is available in English and Spanish, and in both print and e-book formats.  This new edition helps vestry members and clergy work together to become an effective, even transformational leadership team. Topics include the ministry of the vestry, leading a community of faith, stewardship, and navigating transitions in clergy leadership. Cost:  $15.  To order, please call Forward Movement at 800-543-1813 or visit .
Episcopal Church Foundation - Vital Practices
The Episcopal Church Foundation's Vital Practices is an invaluable, engaging and vibrant resource for congregations, including
  • Vestry Papers
  • Blog Posts 
  • Tools and Resources
  • And much more.  
Visit the ECF Vital Practices website:

Episcopal Church Foundation - Webinars
As part of ECF's ongoing efforts to assist congregations in developing their leadership and financial resources, they offer a wide range of webinars for clergy and lay parish leaders. There is no cost to participate and all lay and clergy leaders are welcome.

For more information and schedules, click here.
Episcopal News Service - News in English, French and Spanish
  • For news and information about the Episcopal Church, click here.
  • For French-speaking readers, click here for ActualitĂ©s.
  • For Spanish-speaking readers, click here for Noticias.

Each version has its own e-newsletter which can be subscribed to on its respective page.

NYC Clergy Parking Permits

For information on parking permits for New York City clergy, click here.


Paid advertising in The Episcopal New Yorker
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