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    { We're Glad You've Visited }

    We welcome you and invite you to enter into a deeper exploration of a community that shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world. It takes more than a few words to describe a parish, but there are two things we can tell you right away: we are committed to Jesus Christ and from that commitment flows our care for one another and our ministries. In every ministry and program, we at St. James' Church on Madison Avenue at 71st Street invite you to enter more deeply into the life we share in Christ. We hope you will join us.

    The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector

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    { Sundays }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m.  |  Choral Eucharist (Church)

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    WEEKDAY WORSHIP
    Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m.  |  Morning Worship

  • { Getting Here }

    LOCATION: Madison Ave. between 71st and 72nd Streets

    GET DIRECTIONS: Click here to get directions via Google Maps

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    OFFICE PHONE: (212) 774-4200

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    { First Time Families }

    We've found that St. James' mix of rich Anglican tradition and innovative, fun family worship and programming is just the right recipe for helping kids know God's love.

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    When you come to church at St. James', you can expect to find...

    SPACE TO PRAY. Our services include hymns, prayers, and time for silence, as well as Communion and sermons that connect our Scriptures to our lives.

    SPACE TO BE YOURSELF. Worshipers at St. James' come from many different places, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    SPACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. Whether it's your first time or your thousandth, there's always an opportunity to get better connected with God and one another. Join us at coffee hour or stop by the Welcome station on your way out. We look forward to meeting you.

Coming out Christian

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This weekend our city celebrates LGBT Pride, as it has on the last weekend in June for nearly 50 years. There will be a huge parade on Sunday, concerts and speeches, even a special Choral Evensong tonight at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Marriage equality may be the law of the land—as well as the practice of most Episcopal churches, including StJames’—but the struggle to affirm the equal dignity of all human beings is far from over. The tragic killing of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last June and ongoing conflict over the rights of transgendered people are proof enough of that. We have lots of work to do.

But Pride has me thinking of an interesting book I read last summer, Douglas Boin’s Coming Out Christian in the Roman World. In it, Boin argues that the metaphor of coming out of the closet (so typically used by and about gay people) is actually an interesting lens through which to view the process by which early Christians ‘came out’, as it were, among family and friends in the Roman world, challenging stigma, becoming more visible, and claiming a place at the table. And that got me thinking. In our increasingly post-Christian world, in what ways might we need to ‘come out’ as Christians in our time and place? How might God need us to be bolder, clearer, and more visible in claiming our faith and standing up for what we believe? For as our summer blessing, written by William Sloane Coffin, puts it: the world is now too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love. May we be bold with our truth and our love, and be proud followers of the One who lived, died, and rose again for us all.

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