May 2015 Archive for Media Room

RSS By: Metropolitan New York Synod

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.

Just Another Boring Married Couple

May 12, 2015

fosterboringcoupleI had no idea this wedding would change our nation.


In the summer of 2011, shortly after New York State had legalized marriage for all, I received a phone call. The man on the other end was Ijpe DeKoe. Ijpe told me he wanted to get married to the love of his life -- Thom Kostura -- the very next day and he was asking me to do it.


At some point Ijpe remarked, "We just want to be another boring married couple." And that was it. Until last week.


Now, Ijpe and Thom's marriage is being scrutinized by the highest court in the land.


Read the full article by Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster on The Huffington Post here


The Surprising Sacred Gathering Spaces That Are Moving Into Your Neighborhoods

May 11, 2015

stlydiashuffpoTwice a week, every Sunday and Monday night, around a dozen New Yorkers gather in long, candle-lit studio apartment nestled between a hair salon and some warehouses in one of Brooklyn's latest hip neighborhoods. They’re actors, singers, seminarians and new parents, and they sit in groups of six around tables in one of the simplest and most untraditional Christian worship spaces the city has to offer.


St. Lydia's Church has no pews, no altar, no vestments, no band or choir, and little formality of any kind. Instead, church means drums and chanting, with frequent references to Jesus; breaking bread and drinking communion grape juice; and a long, three-hour homemade vegetarian dinner punctuated by Bible readings, a sermon and frequent talk of what it means to be a young spiritual seeker in Brooklyn. The pastor is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, but the members themselves range from atheist and agnostic to evangelical, Catholic and Episcopalian.


Read the full article on The Huffington Post here.