OCTOBER 2, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"Francis the Extremist"
by the Reverend Peter Thompson
This week, we turn from St. Bartholomew to St. Francis, the thirteenth-century Italian friar whom we commemorate each year with a Blessing of the Animals. Though we won’t be able to gather physically this year for the Blessing, it will still take place virtually on Sunday at 2 pm. I hope you’ll grab your furry or scaly friend and join us on Zoom!
Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester (UK) and the co-founder of CreatureKind, outlines the responsibilities Christians have to protect and care for non-human animals.
The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

Sunday, October 4 at 2 pm
Each year, in observance of the Feast of St. Francis, we celebrate the beauty of God’s creation and bless the creatures who provide joy and companionship in our lives. This year, our Blessing of the Animals will take place virtually via Zoom. We plan on incorporating a slideshow of our beloved animal friends as part of the festivities. Please submit a photo of your pet by Saturday, October 3: central@stbarts.org.

Fall is historically the busiest period on the Stewardship Calendar as efforts are made to close out the year in as strong a position as possible. This Fall is particularly important as the Church continues to suffer the loss of rental income from our various facilities. We are pleased to announce that Michael Collins has joined St. Bart’s as the Interim Coordinator of Stewardship and Development to assist the Stewardship Co-Chairs. Previously, he was the Director of Development, Major Gifts at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. His prior roles include 10 years as Director of Development at the George Washington University Law School. Some will remember Michael from his service as a Head Verger at St. Bart’s a number of years ago. Said Bishop Wolfe, "I am delighted Michael Collins has returned to St. Bart’s to assist us with Stewardship and Development at this crucial time."

for a list of groups meeting after church each week.
Newcomers welcome to all groups!

Proceeds from an upcoming auction of 15,000 items from the historic Waldorf Astoria will benefit St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy and their ongoing work of restoration and preservation of the exteriors of St. Bartholomew's Church, Community House, and gardens. Online bidding and in person previews begin on October 3. 

Saturday, October 3 at 12 pm
Each week, the Reverend Peter Thompson hosts a different Instagram Priest as they together talk about the assigned readings for the next day. This week's guest is The Reverend Sam Vaught, Curate of the Episcopal Church of All Saints in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Fridays at 9 am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez.

Tuesdays, October 13 - November 17
(no class November 3), 6:30 pm-8 pm
For hundreds of years, Christians have honored the dead through a liturgy called the Requiem, and musical settings of the Requiem are some of the most beloved masterpieces in the history of Western classical music. Join Dr. Paolo Bordignon and The Reverend Peter Thompson for a journey through the centuries, as they explore how different composers approached death, the afterlife, and our connection with those who have gone before.

Wednesdays, September 16 - October 28, 6:30-8 pm
This seven week class, led by the Reverend Peter Thompson, will focus on a series of beliefs rejected by the Church in the first few centuries after Jesus’ death. Sessions will be based on the book Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it Matters what Christians Believe (edited by Ben Quash and Michael Ward), though no advance reading is required. In the next session, we will continue our focus on the relationship between Jesus’ human and divine natures. For background on the issues to be discussed, consult Chapter 5 (Adoptionism) and Chapter 6 (Theopaschitism).

Thursdays, September 10 - October 15 at 7 pm
This fall, all 200 parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York are invited to form local groups to read, discuss, and learn from one of the most timely and important books of our day: How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. St. Bart's and St. Mark's in the Bowery will read and discuss this book online for six weeks. Our journey will culminate in an exclusive Diocesan online event on October 22, when the author will answer questions and reflect on the nationwide antiracist movement. Please read Chapters 13-15 before the next meeting.

Saturdays, September 12 - October 17, 10 am-11 am
During one of the more difficult times in his life, Roman Catholic priest and theologian Henri Nouwen wrote a series of lectures recently published for the first time in the book Following Jesus: Finding our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety. Join the Reverend Peter Thompson and an intimate group of other Jesus followers for a discussion about how Nouwen’s words speak to the difficult times we are living through now. Please read Chapter 4 (The Cost: Take Up Your Cross) ahead of the next session.
Sunday, October 11, 1:30 pm
Please join us for our final session on White Fragility. The focus will be Chapter 12, “Where do we go from here?” We encourage you to think about the clarifications, ideas and processes that have been discussed in previous meetings, and consider what the next steps might be—where we want to go, whom we might join, what “good trouble” we might start.

Please join us for the next Interfaith ROV phone banking sessions. Phonebanking is second only to canvassing for Getting Out the Vote (GOTV). It might not seem you’re making much headway with all the unanswered, out-of-service calls, but at scalewhen we’ve made thousands of dials, the effect is substantial. We need you!

The U.S. Census Bureau will end the census on October 5. This means we have a short time to get every New Yorker counted or the city will lose crucial funding, at a time when the city is already struggling to recover from COVID-19. If you have left the city, we still need you to do your part. Complete the census today in just five minutes at my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

In the month of October, join Episcopal Migration Ministries, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Lutheran Family Services of the Rocky Mountains (LFSRM), for a three-part training series for congregations interested in supporting and walking alongside asylum seekers.

The 38th Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreat for Social Justice
Thursday, October 8 from 9 am-2 pm via Zoom
The climate crisis poses an existential threat to New York City, and indeed to our entire world. Marginalized communities in New York and elsewhere are uniquely vulnerable, as they face a future of displacement and dislocation. The conference will catalyze much-needed action, by exploring the role of faith-based organizations in confronting this crisis. Learn more and register.

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Do you need a few moments of peace to embark upon your daily rounds? Watch the Reverend Deborah Lee's one- to three-minute scripture-inspired video meditations, released at 7 am weekdays on YouTube and Facebook.

Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30 pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

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