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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

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

  • { Getting Here }

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

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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.


Stillman Lecture


Founded in honor of parishioner Eugenia Stillman, this lecture series is dedicated to pursuing the connections between faith and culture, and helping Christians explore what it means to live out our faith in contemporary society.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018  |  6:30 p.m.


This spring, we are thrilled to celebrate the conclusion of our 2017-2018 "Year with the Bible" by welcoming author, historian, and theologian Lauren F. Winner as our Stillman Lecturer. Lauren Winner is the author of Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God, our parish-wide 2018 Lenten reading selection, as well as books such as Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis.

An Episcopal priest, Lauren is Vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, N.C., and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School. She writes and lectures on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. 

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Winner to St. James', and look forward to hearing from her about the ways Scripture can fire our imagination for living faithfully as God's people in contemporary society.





The relationship between Christianity and Islam has always been complicated, but it has only become more so in the first two decades of the 21st century. Some talk of a “clash of civilizations,” others are not sure what to think. Eliza GriswoldNew York Times best-selling author of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Faultline Between Christianity and Islam, and her father, The Most Rev. Frank Griswold, former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, helped us better understand the reality of what is going on and help us think theologically about how best to respond.



In May 2015, the parish welcomed The Rev. Dr. Sam Wells to New York for a lecture entitled "Beyond Justice."  Sam is currently Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, London, a church renowned for its high profile in the arts and deep commitment to social justice. From 2005-2012, he served as Dean of Duke University Chapel in Durham, NC. Sam is the author of 20 books and a highly sought after contemporary theologian and preacher. Listen to a recording.



As we concluded the Bible Project, we welcomed Dr. Elaine Pagels to St. James'. The Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University, she offered a multimedia presentation on "Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of Revelation." Dr. Pagels is a renowned Biblical scholar who came to fame for her work on the Gnostic Gospels.



As the Bible Project continued, the lecture was given by Dr. Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. Dr. Davis is a prolific author, preacher and much-loved teacher of the Old Testament. A faithful Episcopalian, she is also deeply involved with the Episcopal Church of Sudan's efforts to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture. 



As the parish launched the Bible Project, a two-year effort to read the Bible cover-to-cover, we welcomed the Dr. Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, on the topic "All that Jazz: Surprised by Scripture." Dr. Brueggemann's nearly 60 books have made him one of the preeminent contemporary Bible scholars, and he is a widely sought after preacher and lecturer. 



The inaugural lecture was given by The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones and was entitled "A Theology for Rulers and Rebels." Dr. Jones is the 16th President of the Faculty at the historic Union Theological Seminary in New York City, the first woman to head the seminary, and also holds the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She was formerly the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and chair of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. The author of several books, including the widely-acclaimed Trauma and Grace, Jones is a leading theologian who regularly contributes to scholarly and public discussions on matters of faith, social justice, and public life.








The Stillman Lecture series is given in memory of Eugenia Stillman by her family. Known for her gracious demeanor, undiluted North Carolina accent and her ready smile, "Eugie" looked just as you might imagine the wife of a private school headmaster would. Yet it took only a brief acquaintance with Eugie to realize that appearances never tell the whole story. Anyone who knew Eugie well soon learned of her abiding belief that faith must be lived, and the seriousness with which she took the baptismal vow to respect the dignity of every human being. Never one to shy away from controversial subjects, she was a consistent advocate for the full inclusion of all God's children in the life of the church and a clear voice for human rights for all in our society.