Past Programs

PAST PROGRAMS

January 16, 2017:  Day of Service at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen

January 15, 2017:  Martin Luther Exhibit with guided tour at Morgan Library & Museum, Candlelight Communion and Reception at Church of the Incarnation

December 6, 2016:  Annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive

November 9, 2016:  Annual Bishop’s Forum with Bishop Mary Glasspool

October 26, 2016: Members and Guests “Meet and Greet” at the French Church du Saint Esprit

June 22, 2016: Annual Meeting at Grace Church in New York City. CLICK HERE

 

March 1, 2016: Women Rectors – Leadership for the 21st Century

It was an historic moment for The Episcopal Diocese of New York when, on the first day of Women’s History Month, many of the Diocese’s female rectors, along with dozens of other priests, seminarians, Education for Ministry students, and members of the general public participated in a panel and roundtable discussion organized by the Church Club. The sold-out event was held at The Church of the Ascension, where its rector, The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, celebrated the Eucharist and provided a brief history of her church before inviting guests to convene in the church’s beautiful adjoining Parish Hall for a reception and the program.

December 9, 2015: Holiday Party & Toy Drive

Church Club members and guest enjoyed a holiday party at St. Michael’s Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and received a warm welcome from Rector The Rev. Katharine G. Flexer. Church Archivist Jeannie Terepka (standing at right in photo) presented a fascinating history of St. Michael’s and its relationship with the history of the Church Club. Toys were collected for the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies’ 2015 Holiday Toy Drive, and the evening concluded with a choral compline service as St. Michael’s professional octet chanted the final prayers of the day.

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2015 Bishops Forum Reception

October 28, 2015: Annual Bishop’s Forum at All Saints Church

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of New York, enjoyed the reception following a choral Evensong at All Saints Church on East 60th Street. During the Forum, the Bishop focused his remarks on important issues discussed and resolutions made at the recent General Convention of The Episcopal Church, held in in Salt Lake City, including the election of the new Presiding Bishop.

March 18, 2015: The Way of Wisdom and the Wisdom Year at General Theological Seminary

After attending Evensong in the Seminary’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd, with its choir-wise arrangement of pews with elaborately carved wooden stalls, a sold-out crowd of Church Club members and guests retreated to the magnificent Refectory for a reception and remarks by General Theological Seminary’s Dean Kurt Dunkle about a new major initiative for seminary education called The Way of Wisdom, which integrates all disciplines of formation and includes The Wisdom Year, the final year of study in partnership with area churches to prepare for real-world ministry. The evening concluded with a lively audience discussion with informative questions and answers.

Following his remarks, Dean Dunkle, standing at right, listens as Bishop Herbert Donovan comments on the importance of seminary education today.

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December 10, 2014: Holiday Party & Toy Drive

Church Club members and guests participated in an intimate Holy Eucharist service around the high alter at St. Bart’s Church, which was followed by a private tour conducted by the Rector, Rev. F. M. “Buddy” Stallings, shown here, center, pointing out details in the Chapel. Following the tour, a festive holiday reception was enjoyed and toys were collected in support of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies’ Holiday Toy Drive.

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November 18, 2014: Annual Bishop’s Forum at The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

Following Evening Prayer and a tour of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Times Square, attendees of the Church Club’s Annual Bishop’s Forum listened with great intent to The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, Bishop Suffragan of New York, discuss Rowan Williams’ recently published book on the four essential components of Christian life entitled Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer.

Bishop Shin at the 2014 Bishop's Forum

June 17, 2014: Annual Meeting at the Church of the Transfiguration.
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May 7, 2014: 127th Annual Dinner honoring The Very Rev. Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral.
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March 22, 2014: Upper Manhattan Excursion

A lively group of Church Club Members and guests ventured on an excursion to Upper Manhattan by luxury coach to appreciate a private tour of the extraordinary loan exhibition “Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral” at The Cloisters.  The tour, conducted by Metropolitan Museum of Art staff lecturer Carol Schuler, also featured highlights of the permanent collection.  The day continued with a catered lunch at The Church of the Intercession, which was followed by a tour of the Church presented by The Rev. Rhonda Rubinson, Priest-in-Charge, and included a demonstration on the Church’s Schlicker Organ by William Randolph, Jr., Director of Music and Organist.  The excursion concluded with a walking tour of the Eastern Division of the Trinity Church Cemetery, adjacent to Intercession, led by freelance author, photographer, and licensed New York City tour guide Eric K. Washington.

December 13-14, 2013:  Ralph Adams Cram Boston-area Church Tour

A delegation of Church Club members and friends participated in a two-day celebration of the 150th anniversary of prolific and influential American architect Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942). The weekend started on Friday afternoon with self-guided tours of selected Cram work in Boston, followed by a Cocktail Reception and Festive Dinner at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge. On Saturday there was an all-day bus tour of Cram sites in the Greater Boston area, including the Cram family’s 1913 private chapel and graveyard, now part of nearby St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Sudbury.  The day concluded with a Service of Nine Lessons & Carols at All Saints, Ashmont and a reception, which was followed by a lively “Roaring ‘20’s” dinner and dance hosted by the Cram & Ferguson Architects firm at the 1905 Cram-designed First Unitarian Church in West Newton, MA.

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2013 Dec 4 St Nick appears copyDecember 4, 2013:  St. Nicholas in the Holy Land Presentation at the Church of the Heavenly Rest

St. Nicholas made a surprise guest appearance in the Church of the Heavenly Rest’s Chapel of the Beloved Disciple during a presentation by Anne Lynn (standing), President, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem entitled “St. Nicholas: Building Peace from the Ground Up in the Holy Land.”  Church Club members and guests were welcomed by Rector The Rev. Matthew Heyd prior to a reception and tour of the Church that was lead by Heavenly Rest parishioner Molly Grose.

2013 Nov 22 clapping copyNovember 22, 2013:  St. Cecilia’s Day Concert at Church of the Ascension

A concert including works by J. S. Bach, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Oley Speaks, Sammy Cahn and Mel Tormé was held in the Church of the Ascension’s Parish Hall featuring Metropolitan Opera tenor Barry Banks and the Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City, conducted by Gene Wisoff (standing) and accompanied by Alexandra Akulich.  Before the concert Church Club member and Ascension Warden David Cholcher provided a brief history of the Church and its exceptional music program.  The concert was followed by a reception with the musicians.

2013 Nov 6 Bishops Forum Reception Schulze in middle copyNovember 6, 2013:  Annual Bishop’s Forum at St. James’ Church

Attendees of the Church Club’s Annual Bishop’s Forum with The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan, The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, enjoyed the reception in Sunderland Hall at St. James’ Church.  Preceding the Bishop’s remarks, Rector The Rev. Brenda G. Husson welcomed guests and conducted a tour of the Church, including the magnificent Ralph Adams Cram-designed Reredos.

October 18, 2013:  Private Tour of Morgan Library’s Bible Collection with Reception and Tour at Church of the Incarnation

A sold-out crowd of Church Club members and guests enjoyed a private tour of The Morgan Library & Museum’s Bible Collection, conducted by curator Dr. John Bidwell (center).  Following the tour, a reception and tour was held at nearby Church of the Incarnation with Rector The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley.

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June 20, 2013:  Annual Meeting at Calvary Church  CLICK HERE 

April 25, 2013:  126th Annual Dinner honoring Rafael “Ray” Suarez Jr., Author and senior correspondent, PBS NewsHour  CLICK HERE

James HarperFebruary 19, 2013:  “The Life of Christ” Barberini Tapestries Lecture

Church Club members and friends joined the Cathedral’s lecture series “Visions of Jerusalem” for a presentation by scholar James Harper about the Barberini tapestries, depicting the life of Christ, which were once displayed in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.  A thirty-year restoration of the tapestries, interrupted by the 2001 fire at the Cathedral, is nearly complete.  The event included a slide presentation by Prof. Harper in the tapestry lab, a tour of the crossing (where several of the tapestries reside), and a reception.

December 12, 2012:  All the Way to Heaven Talk and Book Signing

The Church Club joined the Laymen’s Club at the Cathedral for a St. Nicholas Day celebration. which included a private tour of the Baptistry with docent John Simko and a talk by Robert Ellsberg, editor of All the Way to Heaven, a collection of the selected letters of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert.

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The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche

November 27, 2012:  Annual Bishop’s Forum at Saint Thomas Church

At the 2012 Annual Bishop’s Forum, The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche spoke in Saint Thomas Church’s Andrew Hall about last summer’s General Convention, his plans for the Diocese after his installation on February 2, and his interest in young adult ministry.

September 26, 2012:  Treasures of the Church Club’s Historic Library

Church Club member and rare book scholar Jackie Rider made a presentation about the Church Club’s vast and valuable historic library of rare books and other archival material, which she inventoried.  The 1,500-volume library documents the religious roots and theological framework of New York’s financial elite, the birth of the Episcopal Church, and mainline American Protestantism’s reaction to the Social Gospel movement in the early 20th century.  It holds some rare and unique items, such as a 1686 volume of hand-drawn and -colored arms of the archbishops and bishops of England and Wales and several prayer books, including seven 1844 facsimile editions given to the library by Church Club member J.P. Morgan, one of which retains his personal bookplate.

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June 20, 2012:  Annual Meeting at Grace Church. CLICK HERE

May 17, 2012:  “Engaging the Episcopal – Lutheran Concordat” Discussion and Reception

The Rev. Canon J. Robert Wright (center) welcomed the Church Club to his home at General Seminary for a reception and discussion of ways to engage members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Fr. Wright is an author of the Episcopal – Lutheran Concordat, which brought the two churches into communion.

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Young Adults Event, 2012

April 14, 2012:  Young Adult Network Strategy Session and Reception

Church Club member Dana Cole and her husband, The Rev. Deacon Robert Zito of Trinity Wall Street, held a reception in their home for the Diocese of New York’s Young Adult Network. Some fifty members of the 20s/30s groups of the local parishes gathered for a reception with the Church Club and a strategy session, facilitated by The Rev. Mary Catherine Young, about service and mission opportunities in the diocese.

March 21, 2012: Elizabeth The Queen Talk and Book Signing

Author of Elizabeth The Queen, a biography of Elizabeth II, Sally Bedell Smith spoke to the Church Club at an event in the Rare Book Room at the Grolier Club, in observance of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

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IMG_8496March 13, 2012: “Marriage and the Episcopal Church” Presentation and Reception

In a program at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, two theologians, The Rev. Christopher L. Webber (left) and The Rev. Tobias Haller, spoke about “Marriage and the Episcopal Church.” Both gave an historical perspective on how marriage has been viewed and governed by the Church and how canon law and liturgy have responded to societal changes.
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January 24, 2012:  Annual Dinner

Guests at the 125th Annual Dinner, held at the Union Club, heard Jon Meacham ask the question, “Can Religion Be Saved from the Religious?” Meacham is an Episcopalian, member of the Church Club, former editor of Newsweek, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Guests included the rectors of the major parishes of the Diocese of New York.

November 30, 2011:  Annual Bishop’s Forum at Saint Thomas Church

At the Church Club’s Annual Bishop’s Forum, held at Saint Thomas Church, Bishop Sisk introduced The Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche (left), newly elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of New York. The bishops spoke of their plans for the Diocese as Bishop Sisk retires and Bishop Dietsche takes over in February 2013.

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November 5, 2011:  Bronx Church Tour

Church Club members toured five historic churches in the Bronx, many on the National Register, and learned of the challenges facing these parishes as they minister to their local communities.