• May 29, 2019 - 3:56 PM Sunday Sermon: Sixth Sunday of Easter

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    The Rev. Deacon Gene Bourquin preached the following sermon on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Who doesn’t love a Sabbath healing? Having listened to today’s Gospel, you’re probably expecting a recitation on this theme. Those Pharisees were always going after Jesus for working on Saturday. But I think it’s okay now. I read that gospel a few times, checked with the Dean this morning, and you got permission to go out today and help heal someone. If you’d like to take care of somebody sick, or visit a friend who’s ill, or help a fellow citizen with a disability get down the steps of the subway, please do. I think the matter is settled.

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  • May 22, 2019 - 1:32 PM Meet the Artists: Baseera Khan

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    Baseera Khan's iamulsima (2018) and Reading Room, On Purpose (2017-2019) appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral. You can find her on instagram @baseerakhan. What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work? Had you spent any time considering the word “sanctuary”? I was 100% thinking of safety and sharing a space of knowledge, which has always been the one thing that provides me with a sense of sanctuary. I see the shoe box and the footwear as it...

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  • May 8, 2019 - 2:36 PM Meet the Art: Muriel Rukeyser Poetry Wall

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    As a part of the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral, we've reinstituted the Muriel Rukeyser Poetry Wall with a printed and digital display as well as online archive. Shirley Paxton Fofang has curated the Wall and responded to her work below. How did you first learn about the Muriel Rukeyser Poetry Wall? What were your first impressions? I first learned about the Muriel Rukeyser Poetry Wall as a student at The Cathedral School. One afternoon in middle school, my classmates and I read through selected poetry submissions and wrote letters in...

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  • May 8, 2019 - 2:27 PM The Reverend Doctor William J. Barber, II Preaches

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    On Sunday, May 5, The Reverend Doctor William J. Barber, II preached at the Cathedral on the need for a moral Pentecost.

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  • April 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM Meet the Artists: Andrew Mroczek and Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo

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    Works from Andrew Mroczek and Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo's series Virgenes de la Puerta (Virgin of the Door) appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral. You can find Andrew on instagram @andrewmroczek. What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work? Had you spent any time considering the word “sanctuary”? The process of creating the Virgenes de la Puerta series began with in-depth conversations with several transgender women in Peru. Aside from the violence and oppression they each...

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  • April 18, 2019 - 4:08 PM An Easter Message from the Dean

    By The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III - 1 Comment

    Photo Credit: Kay Friday In the musical "Man of la Mancha," based on Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote de la Mancha," Don Quixote sings "To dream the impossible dream..." The Quixotic hero's varied adventures were in search of love, justice and mercy. Sometimes these far-off goals seem like remote ideals, unattainable goals or simply frustrated and unfulfillable hopes. Perhaps the title of the song might be better changed "To live the impossible life..." How much time, energy and money is spent on our illusion and fantasy to live the impossible life - the perfect life without worries, care-free, pain-free, illness and disease vanquished, conflict banished, hatred abandoned, all hope and no despair, plentiful food for everyone and justice for all. This world does not...

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  • April 3, 2019 - 1:58 PM Meet the Artists: Fredericka Foster

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    Fredericka Foster's Mediterranean Sanctuary and J-35 Pushing Hear Dead Calf appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral.What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work?I had been making meditative paintings of water, intending to pull both me as the maker and any viewer into the painting, thus attempting to move beyond the conceptual mind and increase our identity with this critical element for our lives. Yet the tragedy we called Hurricane Katrina had begun to affect my thinking. In 2011,...

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  • March 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM Meet the Artists: Adam Kuby

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    Adam Kuby's Lean-to appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral. What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work? Had you spent any time considering the word “sanctuary”? Standing in the Cathedral on my first visit I thought about how shelter and sanctuary overlap and I thought of all the people worldwide who are seeking shelter in tents and makeshift quarters. I asked myself how I might create a conversation between those fragile, temporary living situations and the (relatively) permanent stone edifice of St. John the Divine. I was immediately drawn to the carved but unins...

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  • March 22, 2019 - 11:29 AM Meet the Artists: Francis Cape

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    Francis Cape's Utopian Benches appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral. What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work? Had you spent any time considering the word “sanctuary”? There is not a short answer to that question. One inspiration is the small town where I live and where neighbors do things for each other without regard to personal gain. In other words, they exhibit behavior that is motivated by values other than the materialist individualism that we are encouraged to live by. My neighbor on one side would cook three meals and walk one across the street to the o...

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  • March 20, 2019 - 2:12 PM Dean Daniel on Stage at the Met!

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    Dean Daniel fulfilled a lifelong dream to be on stage at the Metropolitan Opera last week, when he took the stage during the triumphal march in the opening of the second at of Aida. Thankfully for all of us, NY1 was there!

  • March 13, 2019 - 12:06 PM Meet the Artists: Nicholas Galanin

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    Nicholas Galanin's Your Inane Perspective: Haa Aaní Haa Kusteeyíx̱ Sitee (Our Land is Our Life) and Get Comfortable appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral. You can follow Nicholas on Twitter. Editor's note: Capitalization has been left as written by the artist. What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work? Had you spent any time considering the word “sanctuary”? The photograph Get comfortable was shot in my home community. The alter...

  • March 6, 2019 - 10:31 AM Meet the Artists: Eva Petrič

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    Eva Petrič's Collective Heart and Safety Blanket appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral. Collective Heart hangs above the High Altar and was lowered to veil the crucifix for the duration of Lent. You can follow Eva on Instagram. What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work? Had you spent any time considering the word “sanctuary”?...

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  • February 28, 2019 - 11:17 AM David Briggs Premieres Bruckner's 7th

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    Editor's Note: On February 26, Artist in Residence David Briggs performed the world premiere of his transcription of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E Major. These notes accompanied the performance. I’m very pleased to welcome you to this, the world premiere of my new transcription of Anton Bruckner’s monumental Seventh Symphony. It represents the culmination of a huge and wonderfully enjoyable project, spanning just over 6 months. In truth, this project started with a distinctly stressful interlude. Last September, after having finalized the program at St. John the Divine several months before and in an attempt to stay two steps ahead, I drove up to our storage unit in Yonkers to unearth the score of my Bruckner Seven transcription which I made...

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  • February 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM Meet the Artists: Rania Matar

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    Four of Rania Matar’s photographs from the series Invisible Children, 2011-2014 appear in the Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, now on view in the Cathedral. You can follow Rania on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. What were you thinking about when creating this piece of work? Had you spent any time considering the word “sanctuary”? I started this work in...

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  • January 15, 2019 - 12:42 PM Team Spotlight: Textile Conservation Lab

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    Those who visit the Cathedral will have seen Cathedral's tapestry sets The Life of Christ and The Acts of the Apostles. What you might not know is that the reason we all enjoy those works is because of the hard-working and dedicated group of people who work in the Cathedral's Textile Conservation Lab. These 8 professionals conserve textiles of all kinds belonging to leading museums, private collectors, and clients concerned with one or more family pieces. In today's Staff Spotlight, we'll learn a little more about this team!

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  • January 15, 2019 - 12:40 PM The Peace Tree Explained

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    As the Cathedral becomes decorated for Christmas, one piece that often catches visitors’ eyes is Peace Tree in the Cathedral’s Narthex and many wonder why, exactly, the Cathedral has a Christmas Tree covered in 1000 paper cranes.

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  • January 4, 2019 - 10:29 AM An Epiphany Message from the Dean

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    Poor Epiphany: squeezed in between the glory of the season of Christmas and the austerity of the observance of Lent. And, perhaps not so many even know what the word "epiphany"* means. Perhaps many of us know the dramatic basis of this "in between" season: The account in Matthew's Gospel of mysterious visitors coming to visit and pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews. (Matthew 2:1ff). The Greek word to describe these mysterious visitors is not "king" (i.e., "basileus") but rather the Greek word for "astrologers" ("Magi" - the Greek noun indicates male), sometimes translated as "wise men." The first thing we know about them is that they were star-gazers; their workaday world was to study the motions of the stars and to offer interpretation of the meaning of their movement.

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  • December 2, 2018 - 12:00 AM An Advent Message from the Dean

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    Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, spent his childhood in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a boy in the 19th century, Robert was intrigued by the work of the old lamplighters who went about with a ladder and a torch, setting the street lights ablaze for the night.

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  • November 29, 2018 - 12:55 PM Help Make the Holidays Special for Families in Need

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    As the holidays draw near, many of us are thinking of those who might need some support to make the season special and warm. Cathedral Community Cares has many ways those looking to help can lend an extra hand.

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  • November 15, 2018 - 12:00 AM Limited Access and Early Closings in the Cathedral

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    Please see the following early closings and updates to access in the Cathedral: Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 There will be limited access to the Ambulatory and Chapels beginning at 2 pm. Saturday, June 22 There will be limited access to the Ambulatory and Chapels all day.

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