• June 30, 2020 - 12:59 PM Celebrating the Rev. Pauli Murray

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  • July 22, 2019 - 4:32 PM Update on the Feast of St. Francis 2019

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  • June 24, 2019 - 11:56 AM Care Beyond Borders: Care Beyond Borders: Centering Women and Girls in Humanitarian Response Efforts

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    Lisa Schubert: Tonight’s program is part of an ongoing series we now have at the Cathedral that looks at sanctuary from many, many different perspectives. When we think about a sanctuary, we really come down to thinking about the safety of each individual and what it means to have a culture and a society that respects the dignity of everyone, no matter where they are, whoever they are, wherever they live. And from our perspective, International Planned Parenthood is a natural partner for the Cathedral. So we’re very excited to think about having this very serious conversation tonight moderated by Alexander Sanger with our very special guests, who I'm looking forward to hearing from. So please welcome them, and [00:01:00] we hope that this will be the first of many conversation...

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

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    But labor on Saturdays or Sundays is not the only thing we Christians can attend to in today’s Gospel from John. John’s Gospel is not a parable. John isn’t big on parables. Instead John seems to look back, and with a long view, and tell us the story as it was. Typically in commentary or sermons I’ve read and heard, the individual in today’s story, this person with a long-term illness has rarely, if ever, been seen as a good guy. He’s selfish or full of self-pity. He’s an ingrate, never reported to even give a thank you to the Lord. He’s maybe lazy, giving Jesus a litany of excuses for not curing himself, not getting up and taking the good fight, maybe not trying enough to make his way into the pool–the pool that would make him well....

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

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

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    For the whole of his life Bruckner was an Organist and devoted catholic. His music suits the fabulous instrument at St. John the Divine perfectly - we have every resource and flexibility in terms of color and power, perhaps even more than the orchestra. I always think of Bruckner’s music as ‘big-building-music’ - these monumental arches of sound which exactly mirror the colossal architecture of the cathedral. It takes you out of yourself. And I sincerely believe that the Bruckner really benefits from the enormous resonance of the cathedral - these cataclysmic crescendos which very often terminate in mid-air and make so much more sense in a cathedral than in a concert hall. The unique fusion of the 1911 orchestral style of organ building (E M Skinner) and 1953 American cl...

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  • June 20, 2018 - 12:00 PM Immigrant Songs

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    Rafael Guastavino, born in Valencia, Spain, moved to New York in 1881 with his nine-year-old son Rafael Jr., who would grow up to take over his company. His new method of fireproof cohesive construction using interlocking terra-cotta tiles required a cement difficult to find outside of the United States, and made possible vaults, staircase, domes and arches which were cheaper, faster and safer to erect. Marina Friedenberg Stern’s family of Italian Jewish heritage left Venice in 1939 as Italy’s racial laws became oppressive. Marina was eleven. They spent two years in England working towards immigration during which time her father was interned. In February 1941 they received immigration papers enabling the trip to the United States via Brazil. She never forgot the beauty of the harbor...

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  • June 12, 2018 - 12:50 PM AIDS Quilt Display

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    One panel features the artist and activist Keith Haring, whose final work—the Life of Christ—sits in the Chapel of St. Columba. One panel features Robert Joffrey, the founder and artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet, who is inturned in our Columbarium. Finally, one panel features Gerald Chapman, who was the founder, first artistic director and education director of the Young Playwrights Festival here in New York, and a Cathedral acolyte. The Cathedral’s permanent AIDS Memorial has been a sacred and welcoming place of contemplation and memory. We hope that the addition of these panels enhances the experience of all looking to remember the victims, honor the caregivers, and bear witness to the resilience of our community. All photos credit to Wayne Pearson

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  • February 7, 2018 - 1:50 PM The Feast of Absalom Jones

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    Absalom Jones became the Episcopal Church’s first ordained black priest in 1804. Born into slavery in Delaware and sold as a teenager to a shop owner in Philadelphia, Jones eventually bought his freedom and began serving as a lay minister at a local church. When leaders of the church began segregating the increasingly black attendees, Jones broke off and, with Richard Allen, formed the Free African Society to provide religious services and aid for “free Africans and their descendants.” As the Free African Society’s religious offerings grew, Jones looked to join the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania but retain the church’s independence. The Diocese agreed and in 1794, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas opened. The church is still in operation today. A year later, Jones was o...

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  • November 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM CCC Toy Drive!

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  • November 7, 2017 - 1:43 PM Donations needed for Thanksgiving supper!

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    We are looking for donations of: cooked chickens cooked turkeys cooked hams coffee any size (for a standard coffee machine) cookies pies gravy for meats Please bring all donations to the CCC Soup Kitchen* before 9:45 on Sunday, November 19th. If you are unable to donate items in person but would like to help, you can donate to CCC by going to stjohndivine.org/support and choosing Cathedral Community Cares from the dropdown. * The CCC Soup Kitchen can be accessed by the driveway south of the Cathedral. The security guard at the top of the driveway can assist you in accessing the space.

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  • October 23, 2017 - 4:29 PM Who Makes our Halloween Extravaganza?

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    Ralph Lee became Artistic Director of the Mettawee River Theatre Company in 1976, two years after staging his first outdoor production featuring giant puppets and masked creatures. Since then, he has helped create productions based on performance myths, trickster tales, Sufi stories, and legends and folklore from many cultures. Lee’s involvement in Halloween traditions in New York City also extends to the city’s historic Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, the first of which he organized in 1974. He directed the parade until 1985. In addition to the Halloween Extravaganza, Mettawee also hosts an original production every summer on the Cathedral’s Close.

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  • August 15, 2017 - 12:37 PM Harlem/Havana Festival at the Cathedral

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    Obini Bata opened the event by singing, dancing, and drumming. Traditionally, the Bata drums are played only by men but Obini Bata pushed the envelope to become the first female folkloric drumming ensemble in Cuba. Following the drummers, Cesar Lopez, who is considered one of the most important saxophone players in his field, took the stage with his band the Habana Ensemble to perform a full set of Latin Jazz. As the crowd began to dance in the aisles, Obini Bata returned to the floor to lead a Conga line throughout the Cathedral. Before and during the event, many attendees and performers began to hear reports of what was happening in Charlottesville, VA at the same time. A hate-filled Neo-Nazi rally in the college town eventually turned violent when a terrorist drov...

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  • June 27, 2017 - 11:47 AM The 12th Annual CCC Health Fair

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