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Spring 2022

Sustainable Development Goals Fund Grants Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for applying for a 2022 Sustainable Development Goals Fund Grant has been extended to Friday, June 3. The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) aims to provide support for partnerships between congregations, schools and mission networks within the Episcopal Diocese of New York (EDNY) and global entities outside of the EDNY. The EDNY partner applies for…

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Absalom Jones Celebration at St. Philip’s

In a departure from recent practice, the diocese this year celebrated the life and ministry of the Blessed Absalom Jones not at the Cathedral, but at St. Philip’s Church in Harlem. Bishop Dietsche officiated, and the preacher was the presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry preached. Video is available in English at https://vimeo.com/edny/absjones22-eng…

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Presiding Bishop Curry preaching

Return of the Common Cup

On March 14, two years almost to the day after the suspension of public worship in the diocese, Bishop Dietsche wrote to the diocese to authorize, with immediate effect, the return to Communion in Both Kinds, and to “permit, and encourage, the restoration of the Common Cup in the worship of our churches.” At the…

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Dean Daniels Departs

The Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III, announced March 15 that he would be leaving the post that he has held for the past five year on June 30, 2022 in accordance with the terms of his original agreement with the Bishop and Board of…

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The Climate Crisis: Reflections on Family, Politics, and Our Common Home

The Rev. Canon Jeffrey Golliher PhD.

We all know how helpful it is to remember important lessons that we’ve learned in life – lessons from mom and dad, family and friends, co-workers, teachers, clergy, political leaders, or whoever it might be. This is especially true in difficult and confusing times. I want to share one of the last face-to-face conversations I…

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Holy Trinity, Manhattan, Explores Christianity in the Arabian Gulf

Helen Goodkin

During Epiphany, Holy Trinity, Manhattan, devoted three Sundays to exploring Christianity in the Arabian Gulf. Using the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf as a starting point, Helen Goodkin shared her knowledge of the 14 congregations in the 10 countries in the Gulf where Christianity is thriving.  Because countries such as Qatar and Dubai…

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Do Not Cease from Exploration!

Helen Goodkin

And doubts appall and sorrows still increase; Lead us through Christ, the true and living Way.                                                              (The Hymnal 1982, 703)   Lately, I have been working with a physical therapist to try to return my aging body to its pre-Covid quarantine self. I, of course, envisioned a bodily return to myself at 25 or…

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LGBTQ+ Pride in Northern Westchester: Raising the Flag, Raising Awareness

Julia Whalen

In June 2021, I—a high school student in Yorktown and member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Granite Springs—advocated raising the pride flag for a day as part of my confirmation project, to show that our church was a welcoming place. The rector and wardens advised against doing this at that time, aware…

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Not All Certainties Were Created Equal

The Rev. Margaret Sullivan

Doubt is not something I’ve struggled with in my faith or in my relationship with God. I’ve struggled mightily with it, however, when it comes to my experience growing up in Christian Science, a religious tradition that claimed to be Christian when it was actually more of a cult. Even though it’s nearly 25 years…

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Gladness: In Doubt

The Rev. Paul Anthony Daniels

The late Martinican psychoanalyst Frantz Fanon concluded his monumental text Black Skin, White Masks by exclaiming, “My final prayer: O my body, make of me always a man who questions!” Indeed, at the heart of every question, and the desire to question, is something of doubt. The main entry of doubt in the Merriam-Webster dictionary…

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