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January 2016 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.

The Women Who Should Love Hillary Clinton

Jan 29, 2016

The Rev. Katrina Foster, a Lutheran pastor for 21 years, told me, "I’m no longer interested in the physical packaging of these candidates." Pastor Foster, who is gay, acknowledged that Mrs. Clinton finally had the right position on gay issues. "But we now have won rights, I’m more concerned with what we have lost — what it means to be an American."


Read the full article in The New York Times

Brooklyn celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 19, 2016

Rather than stay home and keep warm on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, about 200 Brooklynites braved frigid temperatures and icy winds of sufficient magnitude to warrant an advisory from City Hall to rally and march through the streets of Bay Ridge on Monday. The participants marched in support of their Muslim neighbors in an area that has become New York City’s largest Muslim-populated neighborhood.


Kids wielding signs gaily decorated with hearts and messages of conciliation — many crafted the day before under the supervision of noted local artists such as Tamara Zahaykevich — marched with their parents behind the ecumenical leadership of Reverend Khader N. El-Yateem, Dr. Ahmad Jaber of the Arab American Association of New York, Rabbi Jeffrey Marker and Rev. Robert Emerick of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church.


Read the full article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

City pre-K programs lag behind nonprofits in quality: analysis

Jan 10, 2016

astoriapreschoolCity-funded pre-kindergarten programs run by nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations rated an average 12 percent higher in quality than those run by the city Department of Education, a stunning analysis shows.


The findings are based on the city’s "quality reports," which evaluate factors such as health and safety, classroom environment, and meaningful activities. ... The program with the highest score — 5.9 — is run by the Grace Lutheran Church in Astoria.


Read the full article from the New York Post here.

Our Savior pastor pick 3 years in the making

Jan 07, 2016

The Church of Our Saviour Lutheran in Manhasset had expected to spend a year finding a new pastor who could form a strong connection to community, according to congregation president Kathy McNally.


That, McNally said, was three years ago.


As it turned out, she said, the extended process was a blessing, allowing them to select Rev. Marc Herbst, who was installed as the church’s fifth pastor on Dec. 6.


Read the full article from The Island Now here

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