November 15th

In a few hours a group of students from Jewish Theological Seminary will join with some congregation members as well as people who have just seen the announcement in the bulletin to study Scripture together. It starts by folks breaking off into groups of 1-2 people to read the Scripture, and then everyone comes back together. They work off the Jewish lectionary taking just a small portion selected for the week from Genesis. They will also consume a fair amount of cookies and tea.

November 4th - Update

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Installation of Canon Malloy

God willing and upon the election of the Board of Trustees, the Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, XVI Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, will install the Reverend Doctor Patrick Malloy as Cathedral Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at an Evensong for the Health of the Nation on Tuesday, 8 November 2016, Election Day at six o’clock in the evening

Your presence and prayers are requested. Reception immediately following.

 

R.S.V.P. Laura Fois Bosley, 212.316.7493, lbosley@stjohndivine.org

Service for Deborah Danner

Many in the city know Deborah Danner as the woman shot by the police about a week ago. For many throughout the country, she has become the symbol of the concerns that fill the world -- from the care for those with mental illness to the tangible consequences of systemic racism to the proper training and accountability of the police.

St. Francis Day, 2016

If you spend time reading about the life of St. Francis or his works, he is a complicated guy. He's the patron saint of all sorts of things - from ecologists, and merchants - two groups not always yoked together in unity, though perhaps they should be. However, it reflects a life and a spirituality of a person who existed across a spectrum of thoughts, people, and positions who were all rarely in clear cohesion and peace.

Summer Fruit

This is what the Lord God showed me-a basket of summer fruit. He said, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Amos 8.1-2 (NRSV)

Dear Cathedral Congregation and Friends,

I am fully aware that the quote above is not, in itself, particularly inspirational. Just before it, Amos stands up to an oppressive king. Just after, the Lord makes declarations about the hope of Israel and the destruction of those who systematically oppress others. In between, Amos has this soul dialogue with God. It's one of my favorite pieces of Scripture, and as I think of what to write you in the wake of the violence especially in the past few weeks, there is a futility to it that I find strangely comforting....