December 2015 Archive for Media Room

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A listing of when and where Metropolitan New York congregations and members appear in the media. For more information or to share an article with us, contact Rebekah Thornhill.

Where New Yorkers Worship: Finding God in a City of Bustle

Dec 24, 2015

25WORSHIP1-FULLBLEED-superJumbo-v2New York has an image. In the American imagination it stands for money, culture and entertainment. It is a city of restaurants, nightclubs, theaters and art galleries. It is not, in the popular mind, a spiritual city. Mammon is its god, worshiped daily at the New York Stock Exchange. Thus it has always been, and shall be.

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But wait. There is another New York. "In some respects, New York may be called the city of churches," the minister-turned-journalist James D. McCabe Jr. wrote in 1872, at the dawn of the Gilded Age....


...In a study conducted last year, the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of New Yorkers identified as having a religious affiliation, a figure that might startle the rest of the country — or indeed, the world.


Read the full article from the New York Times, which pictured St John's in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Where to Give Locally in Greenwich Village and SoHo

Dec 23, 2015

If you're moved by the holiday spirit to donate or volunteer your time, there are places and people in need right in Greenwich Village and SoHo...


St. John's Lutheran Church

81 Christopher St., West Village


The Lutheran church on Christopher Street is famous for its acceptance of people from all walks of life. They hold "Rest Stop" hours during the week, where they keep the church open for anyone who wants to come and just sit, but they need volunteers to "host."


Read the full article from DNAinfo here.

Have Yourself A Messy Little Christmas

Dec 23, 2015

One of the things I love about Christmas is that it comes whether we are ready or not. It comes if there is snow on the ground or its 60 degrees. It comes if there is peace on earth or the world seems to be going up in flames. It comes whether or not the shopping is done. It comes whether or not the grief is still present. It comes when pain is at its height or when healing has finally come. Christmas shows up. And why? Because Jesus shows up.


It is not contingent on us. That is the promise.


Read the full article from MNYS Pr. Danielle Miller in the Oceanside Herald.

City to Offer Legal Support to Immigrants

Dec 21, 2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the formation of hubs at immigrant service organizations in all five boroughs of New York City that next spring will begin providing legal support to immigrants.


The participating legal service providers are BronxWorks, CAMBA, Catholic Charities Community Services, Lutheran Social Services of New York, Make the Road New York, New York Legal Assistance Group and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation.



Read the full article from New York Law Journal

Pastor Forges a New Path in Brooklyn

Dec 18, 2015

BN-LT688_NYPROF_H_20151217173722In her own way, Ms. Scott, 35 years old, is making a radical push at St. Lydia’s, her storefront church in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Her "dinner church" service weaves song, scripture and prayer with a simple homemade supper, drawing a diverse set of worshipers—young and old, gay and straight, Quaker and Evangelical.


The service, held in a loft-like space without a cross or altar, could be mistaken for a hip social club, but the worship is deeply rooted in Christian traditions of humble table fellowship.


Read the full article from the Wall Street Journal here


Local officials, clergy express support for local Muslims

Dec 18, 2015

Rustico_Muslim_SupportWe are all children of God," the Rev. Peter Rustico, who heads the Middletown Interfaith Council, told the congregation at the Middletown Islamic Center after Friday prayers. "We are with you, we support you."


Rustico, the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, was one of a host of local officials: clergy, a state police sergeant, a county legislator, and the Middletown mayor, who visited the mosque Friday. They came to assure local Muslims that the community will be on watch to head off intolerance, given the recent incidents of terrorism in San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris.


Read the full article from the Times Herald Record here.  

Waffle Church– It’s A Real Thing!

Dec 16, 2015

In the spring of 2015, I took my then three and a half year-old son to a small church near our home in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The pews were sparsely populated by an aging congregation, as so many are these days. There were no other children; no Sunday school; no children’s message. Prepared for this, I had packed an arsenal­ toy cars, goldfish, crayons, more goldfish, and, for emergency use only, my iPhone.


Henry fidgeted; he asked questions; he rustled the bulletin; he dropped his metal cars on the wooden pews and the sound reverberated through the empty sanctuary. This was in the first five minutes. Beads of sweat formed on my brow. I shushed. I pleaded. Please sit still. Please be quiet. My three year ­old did the best a three year ­old can do under those circumstances. I did not. I was so worried about disturbing the worship of the adults around us that I paid no attention to what was taking place in front of me.


...And then came the waffles…


Waffle Church began this past July, when Emily Scott, pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church and Co­Working Space, asked if I might be willing to help her church create a Sunday morning, all­ages, worship service. St. Lydia’s is a progressive, GLBTQ­ affirming congregation where life is lived out, literally, around the table. Sharing a meal is a tradition from the earliest days of the church— one that is now revived each Sunday and Monday evening at Dinner Church, and now, once a month on Sunday mornings at Waffle Church.


Read the full blog post from A Child Grows in Brooklyn...

Christmas Pageant at the Lutheran Church

Dec 16, 2015

2015125672239753823"A Star is Born!" The Almighty commissions Archangel Luke and the heavenly host to devise a plan for announcing the birth of His Son, Jesus. Angel Bridget suggests a talent show be held the angels to determine a spectacular announcement. She herself performs a masterful liturgical dance to the Cameroon traditional song, "He Came Down." Angel Bella sings and dances the "Reindeer Pokey." The Almighty interrupts the talent show to express a preference for a song that will rock the vaulting of eternity and always be remembered. What song will that be? Come and see and hear!


Read the full story from the Port Washington Patch.



Review: A Broadened Christmas Repertoire at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Dec 13, 2015

14TENET-master675When it comes to festive Christmas dazzle, Handel and Bach have cornered the classical market with performances of their "Messiah" and "Christmas Oratorio" taking up much of the season’s real estate. On Saturday at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, two stellar early-music ensembles, Tenet and the Dark Horse Consort, made a strong case for allowing the glittering and refined Christmas music of Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) into the competition. The concert also counted members of Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity among the excellent performers.


Read the full review from the New York Times



Hundreds rally against Donald Trump outside his NYC hotel: ‘We are asking for basic respect..."

Dec 11, 2015

Anti-Trump-rally-NYC-REUTERS-800x430A woman [MNYS Pastor Emily Scott] shouts slogans as she takes part in an anti-Donald Trump, pro-immigration protest in the Manhattan borough of New York December 10, 2015.


Read the full article from Raw Story.





Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church hosts benefit concert for Family on Friday, December 11

Dec 07, 2015

redeemer-HZTFor the third year running, New Paltz’s Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church will be hosting a Christmastime Benefit Concert for Family of Woodstock, Inc. next Friday evening, December 11. Titled "Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding!" the musical event will feature the acoustic quartet Betty and the Baby Boomers, bluesman Big Joe Fitz, Debbie Lan’s Rosendale-based women’s vocal ensemble Bloom and the fourth- and fifth-graders of the Mountain Laurel Youth Choir.


"Our pastor, Tobias Anderson, is going to be performing too," says the church’s community coordinator, Erich Markert. "He was part of a music ministry called Faithful Folk, and put out a CD of Christmas music with some great musicians from the New York City area. But in the last year he has been doing more solo work, mostly singing gospel music."


Read the full article from the New Paltz Times here or from Myinforms.

Candlelight Vigil, March, & Gathering Mark Out of the Darkness World AIDS Day Observance

Dec 03, 2015

The 27th annual World AIDS Day and its 24th annual Out of the Darkness observance took place on December 1. While events all around the city marked the day, the one on the Upper West Side of Manhattan included a candlelight vigil at Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, on West 100th Street; a candlelight march along Broadway; and an interfaith gathering at the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, on West 86th Street.


Read the full article from New York Q Times here

Marchers remember AIDS victims on Upper West Side

Dec 02, 2015

Just over a dozen activists marched down Broadway Tuesday night carrying candles through the rain in remembrance of the many who have succumbed to AIDS.


The marchers proceeded from Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan on West 100th Street to the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on West 86th Street, where nearly 100 activists were in attendance for a vigil to mourn AIDS victims.


Read the full article from amNY here