• July 14, 2020 - 1:54 PM Cathedral Health Compact

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    The Cathedral community—comprising clergy, staff, volunteers, residents, congregants, visitors, and more—is committed to minimizing the risk of COVID-19 as we begin to regather together. Drawing upon the wisdom teachings of Jesus, which tell us that love of neighbor is the highest human calling, second only to love of God, this Compact is our community’s pledge of respect and shared responsibility for one another. As we respond to the challenges and necessary changes brought about by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cathedral community acknowledges the need for us to take steps to protect the health and well-being of all people on the Cathedral Close. The Cathedral cannot guarantee that you or others you may come into contact with will not be expos...

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  • June 11, 2020 - 1:25 PM Update on Regathering at the Cathedral

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    As the city of New York begins a phased reopening, the Cathedral is firming up plans for what it will look like to regather together in our great building. In addition to following city, state, and diocesan guidelines, our biggest priority is maintaining the safety of our staff, volunteers, congregants, and visitors. All of our current plans are subject to change but we wanted to share our current thinking. The Cathedral will open on a very limited basis for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation beginning in early to mid-July based on when New York State moves into its Phase 2 of reopening. We will share exact dates, times, and procedures as plans are finalized. The Cathedral’s Close remains open. Physical distancing and wearing of masks will continue to be enforced....

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  • June 3, 2020 - 1:12 PM Prophesy to the Breath

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    Photo: Our Lady of Ferguson by Mark Dukes on view in the Cathedral in 2019. Over the past several days, the city- and nationwide protests against police brutality, specifically the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other Black people by the police, have sparked conversation and reflection by many in the Cathedral community, including our Congregation of St. Saviour, which has issued the following message. “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy human one! Say to the breath, The Lord God proclaims: Come from the four winds, breath! Breathe into these dead bodies and let them live.” -- Ezekiel 37:9 As George Floyd lay dying, pinned by a police officer’s kne...

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  • May 27, 2020 - 4:01 PM The Hard Questions

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    The cultural and structural racism of our country has long been obvious to those whom it oppresses, while it has been easy for many of us to ignore or avoid a full understanding of its ugliness. Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, where communities of color are being infected and dying at much higher rates than their white counterparts, day-to-day cruelties and acts of racist humiliation and violence highlight a problem that has been generations in the making. The news coming out of our own city, of a white woman falsely accusing a Black man of assaulting her because he asked her to follow a rule, and from our country, of a white Minneapolis police officer killing a Black man by kneeling on his neck while others looked on, has caused us deep sorrow, though perhaps not surpris...

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  • March 6, 2020 - 11:11 AM COVID-19 Updates

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    5:30 pm, Monday, March 16, 2020 Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the Cathedral will be closed to the public until further notice. All worship services, including Sunday services, have been suspended. More information will be released soon about any video services. More decisions on upcoming programs and services, including how the Cathedral will observe Holy Week and Easter, are currently being determined. An update will follow shortly. Following the guidance of the New York City public schools, ACT Programs will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17. CCC will offer a bagged lunch during modified Sunday Soup Kitchen hour...

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  • November 25, 2019 - 1:52 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. Toy DriveFrom December 1-18, CCC will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for infants, toddlers, children, and teens. Toys can be dropped off at the CCC offices in the Town Building through Wednesday, December 18th. Coat DriveThroughout the month of December, CCC will be collecting new or gently used jackets, gloves, scarves, hats, and other winter outerwear. Donations from city-wide drives do not arrive until January, so these items will...

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  • April 13, 2017 - 12:00 AM Sanctuary Resources from the Diocese of New York

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    The Diocese of New York is keeping an updated list of resources on Sanctuary. You can find that list here.

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  • March 3, 2017 - 12:00 AM Appointment of The Rt. Rev. Clifton “Dan” Daniel III as Interim Dean of the Cathedral

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    The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of New York, and Bruce Macleod, President, Board of Trustees, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rt. Rev. Clifton “Dan” Daniel III Interim Dean of the Cathedral, effective March 15, 2017.

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  • January 24, 2017 - 12:00 AM The Christa Project: Eiko Otake Photo Expansion

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    The Cathedral is pleased to have on view 29 photographs by Eiko Otake, Artist in Residence for the Dignity Initiative and co-curator of The Christa Project: Manifesting Divine Bodies. These photographs are an expansion of the selection of Eiko's works currently installed as part of The Christa Project. The 29 new selections are arranged throughout the Cathedral's Crossing and Nave, embodying Eiko's residency during her time at the Cathedral.

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  • November 30, 2016 - 12:00 AM Cathedral Community Cares Toy Drive

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    Calling all Cathedral friends! Cathedral Community Cares is hosting a toy drive for kids this holiday season, but we need your help to make it come to life. Please help us make sure the children of our CCC clients and community members receive a festive surprise this year!

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  • October 31, 2016 - 12:00 AM Deborah Danner: A Remembrance

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    My brothers and sisters,

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  • August 12, 2016 - 12:00 AM Experience the Historical & Unfolding Culture of Cuba from March 10–17, 2017

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    Cuba, restricted to Americans for decades, is now accessible to travelers who want to experience the rich history and heritage this beautiful island has to offer. Join Cathedral Dean James Kowalski and his wife, The Rev. Anne Brewer, M.D., from March 10–17, 2017, for a cruise on the Celestyal Crystal, departing from Montego Bay. You'll explore Santiago de Cuba, Havana, Punta Frances (Isle of Youth), and Cienfuegos. As we visit historic Spanish cities and landmarks, you will experience the complexities of today’s multicultural Cuban society.

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  • June 24, 2016 - 12:00 AM Cathedral Chorale Auditions

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    The Cathedral Chorale seeks talented, enthusiastic singers for the 2016–2017 season. This auditioned volunteer ensemble draws members from the local Morningside Heights community and the greater New York City area. It meets for rehearsals on Wednesday nights from September through May. The Chorale often joins the Cathedral Choir for services and concerts throughout the year. For information on how to audition for the Cathedral Chorale, please contact Associate Organist Raymond Nagem at rnagem@stjohndivine.org.

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  • March 15, 2015 - 12:00 AM Phoenix Deinstallation Begins Monday, March 16

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    Dear Friends and Neighbors of the Cathedral,

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  • March 1, 2015 - 12:00 AM Join the Dean’s Pilgrimage to Germany from October 7–17, 2015

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    The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral, and his wife, The Rev. Anne Brewer, M.D., will lead a pilgrimage to Germany, including Reformation sites, the National Buchenwald Memorial and the Rhine Valley. This is an ideal time to explore the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 (before the crowds); to examine aspects of the Two World Wars and the Holocaust; and to travel a gorgeous country with beautiful architecture, countryside, romantic rivers and castles. The food is splendid, too!

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  • January 5, 2015 - 12:00 AM Public Education Department featured on EdLab's "Seen in NY"!

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    The Cathedral's Public Education Department was recently highlighted in EdLab's "Seen in NY," a series in which innovative NYC-based education projects are highlighted on 2-minute videos that serve as a jumping point to find out more about unique learning environments and projects in NYC. Published on Teachers College's New Learning Times in 2014, EdLab is a research, design, and development 'think tank' that envisions and pilots knowledge projects for a fundamentally different education sector. New Learning Times features current developments and future possibilities in education that make learning more accessible and powerful.

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  • December 5, 2014 - 12:00 AM Ebola’s Missing Solution

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    The Dean contributed the following blog post to The Hill Congressional blog.

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  • September 11, 2014 - 12:00 AM Xu Bing's "Phoenix" Featured on NYC-ARTS!

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    Friends of the Cathedral in the New York City tri-state area should turn to channel THIRTEEN tonight at 8 pm for a spotlight on our breathtaking exhibition, "Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral," featuring an interview with The Very Reverend Dr. James A. Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral, and exhibition guest curator Judith Goldman. Please tune in and set your DVRs for what is sure to be an engaging segment!

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  • August 5, 2014 - 12:00 AM In Memory of Ray Guyette

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    The Cathedral community is deeply saddened by the loss of Ray Guyette, Director of Maintenance and Facilities Manager from 1996 - 2014.

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  • December 5, 2013 - 12:00 AM Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

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    The Cathedral is deeply saddened by the news of Nelson Mandela's death. This son of South Africa belonged to the world, becoming one of its greatest global citizens in history. He taught us that "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ” He graced our time with wisdom, compassion, dignity, and hope. He showed us how to forgive as he lived into the role of South Africa's first black President. His tireless efforts for peace and human rights inspired people and nations everywhere.

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