The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas), 2017

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Collect for the Presentation of our Lord (Candlemas) BCP,  239

Dear Congregation and friends of the Cathedral,

Over the past several weeks, people have reached out to the office at the Cathedral for many of the usual reasons - to schedule a wedding, baptism or funeral... to reach out in times of crisis... to find a spiritual home... to fail at navigating our phone system thereby contacting me to contact someone in the bishop's office. However, in recent weeks, a new cross section of phone calls have come in the wake of the most recent presidential election.

Immigrants are scared. Many people are realizing that the world may not in fact be a progressively better place. Many people who have not had the privilege of feeling that way feel more in danger than before. Many of the calls I receive reflect that. People in need of assistance, of attorneys, of support. Of those not in immediate danger, the requests are often a mix of wanting to feel better or if they can do "something." And there is no shortage of things to do. A list is below of events and activities at the Cathedral and in the area, and there are protests somewhere in this city every day.

There is also an option to "do something" at the Cathedral and with the Congregation here. This week, I'm struck by the place of the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, and one incredibly simple aspect of our ministry here. People need a welcoming and supportive place - if even for a season or an afternoon or a tour or a time of worship. Every day, our building is full of people from the area, from across the country, immigrants, and visitors from other countries all partaking of a time of sanctuary - at some point in every sense of the word. What are we doing to welcome them? How do we see Christ in each of them when they come to this place? How are we using our privilege to ensure that all find this to be a place dynamically different than the agenda driven world that surrounds - and even more, present a different agenda in the tumult of the world?

Below are some events and opportunities in the near future hosted by the Cathedral or the Congregation to be more educated and engaged with issues of immigration as well as a host of other things that have required people of faith to be engaged for years and years before. Also below is the announcement again about the annual meeting this Sunday, February 5th at 1 PM in Cathedral House. It'll be a chance for us to gather in fellowship and to discuss the future and mission of the Congregation that calls this vast place "home."

In the meanwhile, you have my prayers.
Mary

This Sunday, February 5th - Annual Meeting at 1 PM

The Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, February 5th at 1 PM in Cathedral House. We will elect officers, discuss the various ministries and missions of the Congregation, and share in what will surely be a good meal. If you wish to receive biographies of the candidates or if you cannot attend and would still like to receive a copy of the Annual Report, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Notably, this will be the end of Senior Warden Sonia Omulepu's term. We will honor her at the meeting as well, and even now, greatly thank her for her service.

Faith and Formation Opportunities Described below

Saturday, February 4th
1:00 - 3:00 | Diocesan House |  Theology and Health Pastoral Dialogue on Domestic Violence
10:00 - 4:00 | Cathedral House | Peter Azrak workshop on the Feminine face of God.

Sunday, February 5th
1 PM | Cathedral House | Congregational Annual Meeting

Monday, February 6th
7 PM | Cathedral House | Episcopal Rural and Migrant worker talk on immigration

Tuesday, February 7th
7 PM | Cathedral House | Congregation Anti-Racism Committee showing of The 13th

Wednesday, February 8th
7:30 PM | Cathedral House | Hebrew Bible study with Jewish Theological Seminary students

Along with notes of other ongoing formation opportunities on Sundays and throughout the week for people of all ages.

This Saturday, February 4th - Two Events on Gender at the Cathedral

Theology and Health Pastoral Dialogue on Domestic Violence
Saturday 1:00- 3:00| Diocesan House Donegan Hall
Join us for a workshop hosted by the Cathedral, Deacon Kent Curtis, and CONNECT, an organization dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice by building partnerships with individuals and communities. Rev. Dr. Sally MacNichol, Co-executive Director of CONNECT and Rev. Keisha Kogan will speak what domestic violence looks like in a community and ways to respond to build a safe community.

The Feminine Face of God
Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 | Cathedral House
Join psychotherapist Peter Azrak for a full-day workshop on feminine aspects of the Divine, hosted by the Cathedral's Nightwatch program. Through various exercises including drumming, prayer and meditation, participants will explore their relationships with God and themselves. Visit stjohndivine.org for more information and to RSVP.


February 7: Congregational Anti-Racism Committee showing of The 13th

Tuesday at 7:00 PM| Cathedral House
Academy Award nominated documentary will be The 13th will be shown on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral. Sponsored by the Congregation of Saint Saviour's Standing Committee on Racism, the documentary chronicles how slavery morphed into the criminalization of black men after the Civil War. There will be a discussion after the movie. Refreshments will be served.


Cathedral Dialogue on Race and Religion: Immigration

This Monday, February 6 | The Plight of Immigrant Youth
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM in Cathedral House Conference Room
DREAMers Among US is a short, award-winning, documentary film made by high school students involved in the Rural & Migrant Ministry. Katia Chapman, Education Coordinator at Rural & Migrant Ministry, will present the film and facilitate a discussion about the challenges facing undocumented students in upstate New York, and commendable efforts by such students to create a change even in light of a changing sense of security.

Monday, February 13 | Refugee Resettlement
7:00 PM in the Cathedral House Conference Room
Join the Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries, and Allison Duvall, Church Relations Manager for EMM, for a talk and a discussion about how churches and individuals can welcome refugees into their communities. The talk will also address changes under the new administration.

Ongoing Opportunities for Formation

Sundays at 10:10 AM in the American Bay - Bible Study
Bible Study on the lectionary Readings

Sundays at 10:10 AM at the center altar - Children's Program
Little Pilgrims program for young people. More events are currently being prepared for families with young children. Please contact slee@stjohndivine.org to receive more information.

Sundays at 12:30 PM in St. James Chapel (on break for two weeks) - Liturgy Class
Led by Canon Malloy

2nd & 4th Sundays at 1:30 PM - Youth Confirmation

Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in Cathedral House
A Bible Study on the Hebrew Bible led by students from Jewish Theological Seminary