March 2016 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.

Pastor’s flock fellowships with shaved heads at St. Baldrick's event

Mar 25, 2016

Good_Shep_PLainview_st._BaldrickEver since St. Baldrick’s Foundation events began at H.B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview, members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Plainview have brought a team together to participate and raise awareness to children suffering from cancer.


"It’s been a great experience for the congregation and for my family personally," explained the church’s pastor, Eric Olsen.


Read the full article from Newsday here

Unity campaign reaffirmed at task force meeting

Mar 24, 2016

The meeting and recent efforts of the group were responses to a sense of growing unrest and a perceived backlash toward Muslims in the neighborhood and beyond, in the wake of attacks such as those in Paris and San Bernardino (and, subsequent to the meeting, in Brussels), as well as divisive statements by presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.


"This community is amazing," said El-Yateem, who is the spiritual leader of the Salam Arabic Lutheran Church. "It stands for welcome. It stands for working with each other. The relationship between the houses of worship is fantastic. We work together on any issues in the community, should they arise, and we’re not just building bridges, but crossing them, to work with each other."


Read the full article in The Home Reporter here

Preachers on Preaching: Episode 20: Emily Scott

Mar 21, 2016

Emily Scott is pastor of Saint Lydia’s church in Brooklyn, New York.


In this episode, Matt talks to Emily about preaching at liturgies around the dinner table, the immediacy of homiletic dialogue, and the challenge of writing sermons that will elicit storytelling from the congregation.


Listen to the full podcast from The Christian Century here

Congregations re-enact Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem

Mar 20, 2016

Parishioners from two congregations on Long Island came together for a special Palm Sunday service.


The pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church and the minister of Congregational Church in Manhasset thought it would be a good idea to make Palm Sunday as realistic as it was in the past.


The two congregations came together to re-enact Jesus Christ's arrival in Jerusalem.


A donkey was part of the service to commemorate how Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem riding one.


Read the full article and watch the video from New 12 Long Island here.

Easter Events for the Faithful and Festive

Mar 17, 2016

A sampling of seasonal celebrations in New York, including musical and choral services, screenings, readings and processions. All events are free and in Manhattan, unless otherwise noted.


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church This Bach-championing church also presents the music of Heinrich Schütz in a program that includes the composer’s "Die Sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuz." Donald R. Meineke, music director. At 5 p.m.; with a lecture from Michael Marissen at 3:45 p.m.; 3 West 65th Street; 212-877-6815;


St. Peter’s Church (Lutheran) Bach’s "St. Matthew Passion" is performed in its entirety, with arias and poetic choruses in German and biblical portions of the libretto in English. Bálint Karosi, the church’s recently appointed cantor, leads this performance, which features period instruments, including the 400-year-old archlute. At noon; 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th Street; 212-935-2200;


Read the full article from the New York Times here.

Plenty of options to keep kids occupied while NYC public schools go on spring recess next month

Mar 16, 2016

springbreak16stjohnbrooklynChess NYC Spring Break Camp

(St. John’s Lutheran Church, 155 Milton St., Brooklyn; 866-321-2437,; Full week, $295; single day, $79)


Your kid can feel like a player at this all-levels chess camp taught by nationally ranked champs who both educate and motivate young strategists. An eight-hour day includes at least three hours of chess — but also pizza, ice cream, outdoor activities, and brain games. Since the program’s designed for all levels — beginner to Grandmaster — kids associate chess with fun. And that’s a great move.


Read the full article from the NY Daily News here


The 10 best places for reflection

Mar 15, 2016

Saint Peter's NYCFrom Reykjavik to Tate Modern, we look at spaces to inspire contemplation during Lent


6. Nevelson chapel

St Peter’s Lutheran church, New York

In the 1970s, St Peter’s church, in the heart of midtown Manhattan, tore down its neogothic building in favour of a sleek modern structure in the shadow of a skyscraper. The transformation was not only architectural. Inside, Louise Nevelson created a shimmering, silent chapel full of her signature assemblages of painted scrap wood.



Read the full article from The Guardian


Safe, Warm, Supported and Homeless: Sheltering LGBTQ Youth Who Need Our Help

Mar 01, 2016

trinityplaceI learned not long ago that many of the homeless youth and young adults who call Trinity Place Shelter (TPS) home, have their very first birthday there. In my world of privilege, it had never occurred to me that children might grow up without ever having a birthday cake. Or a birthday present. But yes, it happens. Often. When I think of the faded photographs of my own birthdays, at age 5, and 7, and 12 years old, a cake adorned with candles in the dining room, family gathered. I can't imagine if those photographs were taken away from me, the memories never made. It doesn't take much for us to buy a cake, and a gift. To gather around, offer support and love, and a safe, welcoming space; the feeling of a dozen people singing happy birthday to you, for the very first time. Is there anything you wouldn't do to make sure every young person has that? That is part of what makes TPS more than a shelter; what makes it a home for the youth who live here. 


Read the full article on the Huffington Post.