June 1, 2015 Comments Off on Contemplating Pride Month at St. Luke’s
For the first time since the St. Luke’s Blog came into existence, it is being fired up for the month of June. As a parish, we have celebrated LGBT Pride Month in many ways over time, and this seems a good point to encourage St. Lukers to contribute written and verbal reflections on our customs and history.
We are hoping to have three posts a week–Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the month. The pattern we are hoping for (but not rigidly clutching) will be:
Monday: A reflection engaging a piece of Scripture, perhaps.
Wednesday: A look around us now. What are we doing and how are we living together now? Some possible themes may be:
- Raising children in an LGBTQ-affirming church
- Aging as an out LGBTQ person
- Navigating same-sex relationships when one partner is a non-believer
Friday: A look back at historical people who have helped make St. Luke’s the LGBT-affirming place it is today.
Comments are open, and welcome!
Mary and Nicole
December 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
Welcome to our St. Luke’s Advent blog. In these post-Sandy days, imagining the apocalyptic events of the eschaton described in Scripture is not difficult. Many stood, and some still stand, at the edge of a new level of deprivation: communities experienced death, floods, cold – with hunger and other scarcities close at hand. We came to a deeper thankfulness for the everyday blessings and comforts of our lives, and a new awareness that we live at the edge of a precipice. New York City is 17th in the list of world cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels. And the sea levels on the Northeastern seaboard are currently among the fastest rising in the world. Global warming could devastate America as quickly as cyber or bio-terrorism or fiscal crisis and likely more irreversibly.
One thing that Jesus tries to do in his teaching – and we can hear this particularly in the gospel passages of pre-Advent and early Advent – is to prepare his disciples for calamities ahead. Jesus describes apocalyptic events as a precursor to a new world, the beginning of the birth-pangs of what will become a new heaven and a new earth. We may find it hard to be so hopeful about global warming. But however we understand recent events from a faith perspective, Jesus has given his church the gift and constancy of a community of faith. His prayer is always that his followers will stick together and also reach out beyond their community to others in need. Social media and blogs like this one are a contemporary way of doing just that – expanding and deepening our community and human connnection in difficult times. Please contribute your voice: you and your unique insights are truly valued and appreciated.
-The Rev. Caroline M. Stacey, Rector
February 17, 2010 § 1 Comment
Welcome to St. Luke’s first foray into the Blogosphere! While Lent is traditionally a time when Christians seek to give things up, it can also be a season of incorporating new practices that nurture our spiritual well-being, that make more space for reflection on who we are called to be, and what we are called to do; this blog is intended to be such a place. In the coming weeks, Lenten reflections based on the Stations of the Cross will be posted, and your responses are invited. Essays, poetry and visual artistry will all be much in evidence, thanks to the hard work of those in our parish responsible for creating this wonderful online space. We are very glad you stopped by.
This blog is also an experiment in reaching out to people who may not know about the wonderful, welcoming community that is the Church of St. Luke in the Fields. To those for whom this blog is your first introduction to our faith community, I want to extend a special welcome and encourage those of you who are in the New York area to come and experience the worship, music and thoughtful dialogue that characterize life at St. Luke’s. We are a fully inclusive, open and affirming Episcopal church in Greenwich Village. Our Anglo-Catholic liturgy, our music program, and the energy of our congregational singing draw visitors from around the country and the world. We hope you will join us during this holy season of Lent, and when you do, it is my prayer that you will find both the Blog and the Church of St. Luke in the Fields a place of spiritual comfort and challenge.
The Rev. Caroline Stacey
Rector, The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
February 16, 2010 Comments Off on Artist’s Statement on the Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross
a series of ten 12” x 16” panels, acrylic & gold leaf on canvas
James Middleton, 2007-9
given by the artist in loving memory of his Mother, Rae Fawley Middleton,
Holy Week, 2009 ~ Soli Deo Gloria
Two years ago, at the beginning of Lent, Sean Scheller challenged me to paint a series of the Stations of the Cross. At the time, my mother was dying, and working on this series proved a tremendous help in channeling my grief: She died on the Wednesday before Palm Sunday of 2007, and the drama of Holy Week and the joy of the Resurrection had never been more real to me.
My mother was a well-educated, agnostic Presbyterian lady whose simple Christianity was expressed in no-nonsense terms: “I don’t know anything about whether he was God or not,” she said on many occasions, “but if everybody treated everybody else the way Jesus said we should, the world would be a much nicer place.” My own Christianity runs much along those same lines – I am not very concerned with heaven or the saving of my soul ~ it has always seemed to me that those who do good in order to gain the reward of eternal life are missing something quite essential in Christ’s message. To me it’s important to try to treat people right – the rest, God willing, will take care of itself.
I decided that since the series of Stations which I knew best – the powerful paintings by Simon Carr – depict the intensely human sufferings of Christ via facial close-ups, that I would do something different. The idea took shape in the first I painted, which set the format for the series: “Jesus meets his Mother” – an event in the standard fourteen scenes which we do not use liturgically in our eight scene version, but which had particular resonance for me at the time.
James Middleton’s Stations of the Cross will be posted on this site during the season of Lent.