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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.

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Proposal for Fixed Slate elections

At its February 2018 meeting, St. James' Vestry voted to recommend that the parish consider a change to our bylaws, to move from CONTESTED ELECTIONS for Vestry service to having the parish elect a FIXED SLATE of candidates.

Why has the Vestry made this recommendation?

We are extremely fortunate to have all the gifts we need for exceptional Vestry leadership within our parish. The Vestry’s recommendation acknowledges the following:

Every Vestry needs members who are representative of the parish, and every Vestry has need of a variety of particular skills and experience in order to inform the conversations involved in fulfilling its roles in spiritual leadership and fiduciary responsibility. We have always sought to have the breadth of our worship life, as well as a balance of age, life stage, and gender within the Vestry. A contested election, even of very qualified candidates, does not guarantee that candidates with currently-needed skills and expertise are elected.

In a parish as large as ours (and with four services on Sunday), it is hard for everyone in the parish to personally know all of the candidates; it is understandable that some therefore vote for the candidates they do know. In a contested election, this can mean that those candidates who frequent a larger service or who have more visible roles in ministry are more likely to receive votes than those equally qualified candidates who regularly attend a smaller service or who work more quietly in ministry “behind the scenes.”

We also know that some eminently suitable parishioners are dissuaded from standing for contested election because of the discomfort, and sometimes pain, of not receiving the votes of their fellow parishioners.

For these reasons, the great majority of large Episcopal parishes like ours elect a fixed slate, in which the number of candidates matches the number of open positions.

How would a fixed slate be selected?

The following process has been proposed as a means of ensuring that establishing a slate of candidates is undertaken in as open and accessible a manner as possible.

  1. The Vestry appoints the NOMINATING COMMITTEE (of which at least half its members are non-Vestry appointed from the parish at-large, as is current practice).

  2. Members of the Nominating Committee are publicized in the Sunday announcements, the weekly e-newsletter, and on stjames.org; photographs of the members are clearly posted online and in the Parish House so that members are easily identifiable to all parishioners.

  3. Nominations may be submitted by all parishioners directly to any member of the Nominating Committee or in a ballot box placed visibly in the Parish House during the nominating period (lasting 4-5 weeks). Verbal reminders will be given during the Sunday Greetings that nominations are welcome and sought.

  4. A 3-week period of NOMINATION BY PETITION will follow the posting of the nominees after the February Vestry meeting (as has always been the case). A nominee may be added to the slate with 20 signatures.

How would the bylaws be changed?

Parishioners will be asked to vote on this change in the 2018 Vestry election. Making the change requires a majority of votes. If approved, the change would go into effect for the 2019 election.

Whom can I contact if I need more information or clarification?

Please reach out to the Rector or any Vestry member if you require anything more to help you make an informed decision on this recommendation. We appreciate your voice!

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