Cathedral of St. John the Divine Blog

Immigrant Songs REBECCA MERRILL JUNE 20, 2018

Today, June 20th, is the United Nation’s World Refugee Day, held every year to “commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.”

Earlier this year, we were honored to premiere Immigrant Songs by Robert Sirota on a libretto by The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota, which celebrated immigrants Rafeal Guestavino, Marina Friedenberg Stern, and Ravi Ragbir. You can hear the full song here and read the lyrics here.

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AIDS Quilt Display KEVIN DE L'AIGLE JUNE 12, 2018

Last month, we revealed a display of three panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to coincide the with Congregation of St. Saviour’s support of the NYC AIDS Walk. While we initially expected the panels to be up for just a week, we are thrilled to announce they will be on display through November!

Each of the three panel contains a name of a victim of the epidemic with a close connection to our Cathedral community. In the early 1980’s, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was at the forefront of responding to the AIDS crisis when the disease first appeared in New York by providing support and sanctuary for those affected.

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The Feast of Absalom Jones REBECCA MERRILL FEBRUARY 7, 2018

portrait of Absalom Jones

On Saturday, February 10, the Cathedral joins the rest of the Episcopal community in celebrating The Feast of Absalom Jones. At a special 10:30 am Saturday Eucharist organized by the Diocese of New York activist Ruby Nell Sales will preach. Following the service, we’ll hold a reception featuring lively music and refreshments.

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Calling all Cathedral friends! Help Cathedral Community Cares collect new, unwrapped toys for their annual holiday toy drive! Toys can be dropped off at the CCC offices in the Town Building through Thursday, December 21st. Donations will also be collected at Sunday services on December 3rd and 10th. All donations are distributed to the families served by CCC.

Donations needed for Thanksgiving supper! REBECCA MERRILL NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Turkey Dinner

We need you to help make our annual Thanksgiving supper at the Cathedral Community Cares Sunday Soup Kitchen a success!

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Who Makes our Halloween Extravaganza? REBECCA MERRILL OCTOBER 23, 2017

We are less than a week away from one of our favorite festive events: the annual Halloween Extravaganza! In addition to showcasing our Great Organ, which will accompany this year’s screening of the silent film The Phantom of the Opera, the Halloween Extravaganza celebrates Cathedral Artist in Residence Ralph Lee and the puppets of his Mettawee River Theatre Company.

Ralph Lee and Puppet
Credit: Bernie Nunez

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Harlem/Havana Festival at the Cathedral REBECCA MERRILL AUGUST 15, 2017

This past Saturday, the Cathedral was honored to kick off the 2nd Annual Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural festival with a concert featuring Cesar Lopez y Habana Ensemble and the Obini Bata dancers. The festival, which takes place during the month-long Harlem Week celebration, highlights the connection between the two cities and facilitates an arts, culinary, and education exchange. (Harlem artists, chefs, and educators will travel to Havana in February 2018.)

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The 12th Annual CCC Health Fair REBECCA MERRILL JUNE 27, 2017

This past Saturday, our social services arm, Cathedral Community Cares, hosted their 12th Annual Health Fair offering free health screenings, Zumba, Yoga, and much more. One of the biggest hits was the table from The Honeybee Conservancy, which takes care of the 15,000 honeybees that have lived on the Close since 2012. These residents help pollinate the lush grounds of the Cathedral and keep nature's natural cycles in place.

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