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January 2017 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.

Interfaith Council repudiates Trump's ban on refugees

Jan 30, 2017


Clergy from the Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council gathered with the local Muslim community at the Masjid Al-Ihklas Mosque in Newburgh on Saturday to publicly repudiate President Trump’s ban on refugees and stand in solidarity with "the poor, the needy and the traumatized."


Read the full article from The Photo News here


Port Jervis church's Sister March draws a crowd

Jan 21, 2017


A Sister March in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington drew some 500 participants to St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Port Jervis on Saturday for a mile loop-around walk from the church through downtown streets.


The group — a mix of men, women and children — walked slowly and quietly. Some carried homemade signs in support of a variety of human rights, ranging from women's reproductive choices to LGBTQIA issues to fracking and environmental concerns. Others toted downloaded posters from artist Shepard Fairey's "We the People" campaign, provided by the church. The Fairey images depicted ethnically diverse women — a Muslim wearing a hijab; a Latina; and an African-American.


Read the full article from The Record Online here

Women's March in Port Jervis on Saturday

Jan 17, 2017


Members of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Port Jervis were unable to go to Washington, D.C., to join the Women’s March on Saturday, so they decided to organize a march of their own.


The protest was started by just a few church members, but the numbers are growing quickly. The march will begin at the St. Peter’s Church. 31 West Main St., at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, and loop around the streets of Port Jervis.


Read the full article from The Chronicle here

Downtown Kingston church getting $10K from NY state Landmarks Conservancy for restoration work

Jan 12, 2017


The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church at 22 Livingston St. has received a $10,000 grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy.


The money, earmarked as a Conservancy Grant, will help the Downtown church pay for removing asbestos in its education wing and replacing the wing’s roof.


The outlay for the Kingston church is part of $260,000 from the conservancy being divided among 19 historic religious properties in the state.


Read the full article from The Daily Freeman here.

A Place for All at St. Lydia’s: Brooklyn’s Progressive Church Gem

Jan 10, 2017

"Welcome to St. Lydia’s. We are a dinner church that gathers each week to cook and share a sacred meal, and you are very welcome here."


The candles glow, a shruti box hums, and congregants—Lydians, as they’re called—look to Pastor Emily Scott, who offers warm benediction (and bread) toward the start of each worship.


"The church was formed from hunger I was detecting when I first moved to New York," Scott remembers. "I found that I was meeting a lot of people who had spiritual interests but hadn’t found a church community, and sometimes they’d say they had tried going to a church but found it was too formal. I started thinking: what would a church for the people I’ve been meeting look like?"


Read the full article from Brooklyn Magazine here.

What is Late Modernism? And why you should care

Jan 05, 2017


If non-architects know the Citicorp Center—New York’s youngest landmark when designated at 38—they know it for its flaw. Shortly after its completion in 1978, a student called the office of its engineer, William J. LeMessurier, and asked about the four 24-foot-square, 100-foot-tall "super" columns, unusually positioned at the center of each of the skyscraper’s facades, that help to hold the building up. ...


Similarly, it is a shame that religious interiors are exempt from the Landmarks Law, because Massimo and Lella Vignelli’s warm, Scandinavian-inspired design for St. Peter’s Church, a diamond embedded at the base of the Citicorp cantilever, looks better than ever, down to the Op Art bargello embroidery on the seat cushions. Many a modernist marriage has chosen that backdrop.


Read the full article from Curbed here

Church donates packages to seafarers

Jan 04, 2017

SeafarerSatchelsatSTJohnsSeafarers, people who work on rigs at sea, had a brighter Christmas thanks to this group of people from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie who put together 44 satchels of donated items. The satchel gifts were purchased by church members and through Action Team money from Thrivent Financial.


"The satchels were given to let the seafarers know they are not forgotten and are cared for; making Christmas special despite the miles between them and their loved ones back home," said Jeanne Jones, director of lay ministries at the church.


See the full post from the Poughkeepsie Journal here



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