May 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.

2016 Memorial Day Run: A man, a scooter, and a dream

May 15, 2016

20327064-mmmainJohn Daggan's first stroke, when a Snug Harbor security guard found him sitting under a tree after struggling during a routine jog, was bad enough.


The second stroke, a day later, was devastating.


"We overheard someone in the hospital say that he'd probably never walk again, that he'd have a tube in his body for the rest of his life," said Jean Daggan, his wife. "My son and I just sat down and wept." ...


Medical speculation, it turned out, hadn't measured Daggan's indomitable spirit.


Read MNYS congregation member John Daggan's story from  




Kids' Table

May 15, 2016

Students from Little Blessings Preschool at Resurrection, Mt. Kisco were interviewed by Dateline NBC to participate in several short segments on their Sunday evening On Assignment broadcast, called Kids' Table.


View the May 8 segment on money matters from


View the May 15 segment on the presidential election from


Joseph Mantovani: Pastor shared church with community

May 12, 2016

The pastor of St. Jacobus Evangelical Lutheran Church in Woodside has helped the church become more connected to the surrounding community.


Joseph Mantovani, 35, has been the church’s pastor for the last seven years. He said that when he first joined the church, attendance was low, with a general lack of church-community engagement.


Since then he has worked to bring the church back into prominence by sharing space with other congregations, community groups, sports teams and Little Leagues as well as Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous meetings. The church has always hosted a preschool that serves about 150 families.


Mantovani said the church’s greatest accomplishment has been using its space to welcome other congregations and taking part in neighborhood improvement efforts such as graffiti removal, painting and greening. 


Continue reading in the Times Ledger.


Tennessee Williams’s Rare Play, Orpheus Descending, Hits the Stage

May 05, 2016


The current theater trend running through the thesbian world is a reexamination and revitalization of Tennessee Williams's lesser known works. Currently, Beth Bartley and Irene Glezos, in association with the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, are presenting Orpheus Descending, a production that’s skillfully directed by Austin Pendleton.


The play originally premiered in 1940 in Boston under the title Battle of Angels. It closed amid scandal for its controversial juxtaposition of religion and sexuality. Later, however, the play was rewritten by Williams and arrived on Broadway in 1957 as Orpheus Descending. While a critical and commercial flop, The New York Times's critic Brooks Atkinson praised the script and the play was revived on Broadway in 1989. It now returns to New York at St. John’s Lutheran Church.


Read the full article from Out Magazine here