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Lenten Reflections 2017 – Journeying through Forgiveness

February 28th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Dear Friends, Observe a holy Lent. This has been the invitation to followers of Christ for centuries during the forty days prior to Easter.  To walk with him as he makes his way to Jerusalem and beyond. To consider the spiritual disciplines he models such as forgiveness. From the cross of grief, Christ was heard… Read More

Needing Each Other…

February 24th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

Close to 30 years ago, a number of city clergy got together representing the Abrahamic faiths (Muslim, Jewish, Christian) in response to an especially violent season. As I recall, among other tragedies catalyzing our meeting, another child was killed in a drive-by shooting. The relationship between cops and communities was raw, exacerbated by racial and… Read More

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter at Christ Church

February 21st, 2017 by Chad Gurley

Ash Wednesday Services March 1, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All are welcome at our Ash Wednesday services which include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. Lenten Worship Services Sundays 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Music and story guide us as we journey with Jesus and his disciples on their way to Jerusalem. Family Lenten… Read More

Blood-stirred

February 17th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

On a recent visit to Chicago, Melissa and I stumbled into an off-the-beaten-track tour of what’s referred to as the Pedway, an unplanned but completely ingenious underground ribbon of tangled corridors running throughout 40 blocks of downtown Chicago. Its route is illogical: these passages exist outside of known space, and its hidden entrances lead to mysterious… Read More

Leadership Council’s Statement re: Immigrants and Refugees

February 10th, 2017 by Chad Gurley

In these turbulent times in our national life, as the Leadership Council of Christ Church, we invite you to join us in redoubling our efforts to live and practice the gospel of redemptive love as taught and modeled by Jesus Christ. Our current cycle of Gospel lessons recounts Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. Beginning… Read More

New Volunteer Opportunities at El Nido

February 7th, 2017 by Chad Gurley

El Nido is expanding quickly, meeting the needs of so many mothers with babies and young children in Washington Heights, providing them hope for a future! Because of our growth, we need your help, and there are countless ways you can get involved and volunteer. Here are a few: Teach English. Most of our El… Read More

The Glory of our Humanity

January 27th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

In July 1986, NYPD officer Steven McDonald while on patrol in Central Park was shot repeatedly at point-blank range by a teenager in broad daylight. He survived the attack but was confined to a wheelchair until his death by heart attack earlier this month at the age of 59. Perhaps you read or heard reports… Read More

Imagine That!

January 26th, 2017 by Kathryn Carroll

As long as I can remember, I have loved stories. Listening, reading, writing, acting out, and watching stories has been an important part of my life. After a really evocative one, I will often embellish it or continue it in my thoughts, composing and filtering it through my imagination and senses. I’ve done this often… Read More

Threading the current moment…

January 20th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

For more than twelve years, I provided commentary on WCBS NewsRadio on topics under the banner of “Simple Truths: on Values, Civility and Our Common Good,” eventually collected into a book by the same name. Christ Church felt this was a useful incursion into the public square concerning things that mattered most emerging from our… Read More

On love…

January 13th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

If you were to ask Melissa—to whom I’ve now been married for 40 years—she would tell you that I have a pathetic inability to find things around the apartment. In far too many instances to recount over the course of our marriage, she has caught me like a deer in headlights gazing into a closet… Read More