AUGUST 28, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
''Love Your Enemies"
by the Reverend Peter Thompson
The poet Elizabeth Alexander speaks of a “love beyond marital, filial, national,/love that casts a widening pool of light,/love with no need to pre-empt grievance”—a kind of love that has always struck me as particularly Scriptural in character. Many don’t realize that when Paul waxed on about the patience and kindness of love, the greatest of all gifts, he wasn’t talking about the romantic love that two people share.
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
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.

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment, Lee Ann Banaszak, Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, reflects on the past, present, and future of the women’s rights movement. Professor Banaszak is the author of Why Movements Succeed or Fail: Opportunity, Culture, and the Struggle for Human Suffrage and several other volumes. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

The Church was the beneficiary of a gift last December to support the purchase of new audio visual production equipment. Our kind donor was prescient in that this equipment became vital in just a few short months. Our communications team has been the backbone of the Church’s virtual programming and we are all grateful to them for bringing St. Bart’s into our homes during this very challenging time. It is safe to say that virtual worship will transcend the pandemic and further gifts will help us maintain this essential ministry. We invite those who are viewing our wide ranging offerings to join in supporting St. Bart’s.

Over 350 people have completed our St. Bart's Census, our summer initiative to update as many records as possible in our database. This is an important way to make sure we have the accurate information we need to be in touch with you. If you haven't yet completed this short online form, please take a moment to do so—even if you think we already have your information. 

MEET US AFTER CHURCH

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Newcomers welcome to all groups!

UPCOMING
U.S. Census Bureau will end the census on September 30th, one month earlier than previously planned. 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. Our political representation is also at stake, with up to two congressional seats that could be nixed if we do not have a fair and accurate count. Complete the census in just five minutes online by calling 844-330-2020.

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 scale – when we’ve made thousands of dials, the effect is substantial. We need you!

Tuesdays, September 8-29, 6:30-7:30 pm
Are you interested in bridging the gap between the image of God you hear about in Church and your everyday life? Dana Catharine, a St. Bart’s parishioner and experienced workshop facilitator, aims to help you do just that in this four-week exploration of Celtic spirituality. Known especially for its enthusiastic embrace of the natural world, Celtic spirituality is a form of Christianity rooted in the ancient traditions of Scotland and Ireland.

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.

Saturdays, September 12-October 17, 10 am-11 am
What really matters when everything seems to be falling apart? During one of the more difficult times in his life, Roman Catholic priest and theologian Henri Nouwen contemplated this question in 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 the Foreword, the Introduction and Chapter 1 before the first session. 
Sunday, September 13 at 1:30 pm
“Come let us reason together,” says the Lord. In this spirit, the Peace Book Club will meet to examine Chapter 5, “The Good/Bad Binary,” from White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. This is not a journey into guilt or anger, but into deeper understandings. As we realize, race is not real, but racism is.

Wednesdays, September 16 - October 28, 6:30-8 pm.
We often talk about what Christians believe, but what about what they don’t? 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. 

WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
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.

Wednesdays, August 19-September 9 from 6:30-8 pm
In a four week class, Deacon John Wirenius will explore the life and legends that have gathered around the life of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister. The recent publication of Hilary Mantel’s third novel about Cromwell invites us to explore what can be known about Cromwell, to inquire whether he was a Reformer or a political partisan, and to rethink our beliefs about this seminal time in Christian History.

Thursdays, June 4-September 3 from 6:30-8 pm
When it comes to gender, the Bible’s legacy is a mixed one. The collection of sacred texts we hold so dear is undoubtedly a product of the patriarchal cultures in which it was written, yet the Bible also features some women in positive and empowering ways. Explore the full complexity of the Bible’s approach to women in this twelve-week series facilitated by the Reverend Peter Thompson. Women in the Early Church will be the focus of the next session on August 27.

DAILY PRAYER
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.

LAST SUNDAY
Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with Lauren Smith, a PhD student in Religious Studies at Brown University, who examines the close connections between the experience of reading great literature and the experience of conversion.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Clayton Crawley, “Carrying the Truth of Christ during the Pandemic.”

Watch St. Bartholomew's Choir perform Pearsall's "Tu es Petrus"

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