July 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.

NYC congregation theater troupe heads to Germany

Jul 27, 2017

st-johns-group-to-wittenberg-300x162In New York City, members from St. John’s Lutheran Church are preparing for their theater debut in Wittenberg, Germany.


St. John’s is participating in "gasthaus ecumenism" at the World Expo Reformation in Wittenberg, an international gathering hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany Aug. 15-22. The event will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and also includes groups from Cairo, Egypt, and Bangalore, India.


Read the full article from Living Lutheran here


Bay Ridge City Council Candidate Khader El-Yateem Thinks Southwest Brooklyn Is Ready For Socialism

Jul 20, 2017

072017elyateemIn a continuing push to become a force in New York City politics, the Democratic Socialists of America have endorsed a second candidate in a City Council race, and this time it's a competitor in the hotly-contested Democratic primary in the 43rd District, which includes the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach.


Lutheran pastor Reverend Khader El-Yateem is the latest DSA member to jump into city politics, and like the 35th District's Jabari Brisport, he's secured an endorsement from the rising group of socialists. But unlike Brisport, who told Gothamist he's running as a member of the Green Party because a multi-party system "allows for more nuanced politics," El-Yateem said he's running as a Democrat to reform the party from within.


Read the full article from Gothamist here


Vacation Bible School Concludes in Greenwood Lake

Jul 19, 2017

Grace-Lutheran-VBS-2Vacation Bible School at Grace Lutheran Church in Greenwood Lake wrapped up their Deep Sea Discovery theme on Fri., Jul. 14. A group of 53 children as well as 47 adults and teen volunteers spent the week enjoying crafts, sports, music, Bible study, and making friends. Friday evening ended with the children singing songs to their family and friends. The group is looking forward to another great year in 2018.


Read the full article and see pictures from the Warwick Valley Dispatch here.






11th annual Bay Ridge Arab-American Bazaar brings families and fun to Shoreline Park

Jul 14, 2017

One very visible candidate for the City Council’s 43rd District seat, soon to be vacated by a term-limited Vincent Gentile, was Rev. Khader El-Yateem. The Salaam-Arabic Lutheran Church pastor stood by himself on the grass with an order of freshly cooked falafel.


"[My campaign has] more than 3,000 signatures now," El-Yateem said. "I feel there’s a chance for us to demonstrate that people’s voices count; they can be heard, and each one of their votes will matter."


Read the full article from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle here


Watch full video of funeral for NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia

Jul 11, 2017

Thousands came together at a Bronx church to honor and remember NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia, who was laid to rest Tuesday, exactly 12 years after joining the police force.


Read the full article and watch the video, including MNYS Pr. Jonathan Recabarren who serves as a chaplain to the police department, from Pix11.  

El-Yateem will file 2,850 petition signatures to get on ballot

Jul 10, 2017

el-yateem-signaturesRev. Khader El-Yateem apparently isn’t taking any chances. A City Council candidate hoping to get his or her name on the ballot for the Sept. 12 primary is required by election law to submit at least 450 signatures from voters in the district who are registered in the candidate’s political party to the New York City Board of Elections.


El-Yateem said he plans to submit 2,850, more than six times the amount he would need to qualify for the ballot for the Democratic Primary in the 43rd Council District (CD). 


Read the full article from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle here

News from ELCA Advocacy

Jul 01, 2017

In March, students from The Vine NYC, a Lutheran and ecumenical campus ministry in New York City, traveled to Washington, D.C., on a spring break "faith in action" pilgrimage. While most of the students had participated in direct service to neighbors, this trip sought to effect change in a different way—through advocacy to elected officials.


Read the full article from Living Lutheran here