March 18, 2017

Theology and Resistance

How can Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology and life help contemporary U.S. Christians resist Trump’s agenda of white supremacy, xenophobia, and the creation of economic, judicial, and political chaos? Last week, as part of our Lenten discussions, Paul Feuerstein led a first discussion of excerpts from “Life Together,” introducing us briefly to Bonhoeffer’s life and context. We talked […]

March 11, 2017

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Imagine that you have been following Jesus for a while, watching him heal people, hearing him preach, seeing him welcome outcasts and eat with sinners and argue with religious authorities. You’re with other disciples one day when Jesus turns to you to ask, “Who do you say that I am?” You can listen to others’ […]

March 4, 2017

The Spirit of St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s has its own unique spirit, as anyone who has found a home here – and some folks who have not – knows. But there is more to this spirit than just the character of a congregation. Exploring this idea may be helpful in the transition from interim to “settled” rector. Walter Wink applies […]

March 4, 2017

St. Mark’s Immigrant Solidarity Group

Interested in the NYC Sanctuary Movement and other efforts to protect immigrants and refugees in our community? St. Mark’s members are organizing to decide how we will engage in the Sanctuary Movement. Participate in the conversation and stay informed by joining the St. Mark’s Immigrant Solidarity Google Group. Send an email to to be […]

February 25, 2017

A Letter from our Next Rector

Dear People of St. Mark’s, I am honored and humbled to serve as the 14th Rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery. Having read St. Mark’s is Dead, written by the talented Ada Calhoun, about the vibrant past of both St. Mark’s and the East Village, I can only begin to imagine the exciting and […]

February 25, 2017

What Shall We Do for Lent?

Pray. That seems obvious, and yet also off-putting – there’s way too much work to do to pray. What does that mean anyway: Recite scripture or read the prayerbook or repeat affirmations? Or perhaps it means to set aside time to meditate, in one or more of the host of techniques available, or to retreat […]

February 24, 2017

Black History Month Series: African-American Episcopal Saints

For Black History month, I started compiling a list of African-American saints recognized by the Episcopal Church, some already in our official calendar of saints listed in Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints, and some proposed (names in brackets). Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints is the result of Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori’s request to […]

February 19, 2017

New Rector is Called

With great pleasure, the wardens and the vestry announce that we have called the Reverend Anne Margaret Sawyer as the fourteenth Rector of St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, and she has accepted the call. She will take up her duties on June 1, 2017, and her first service at St. Mark’s will be on the Day […]

February 17, 2017

Black History Month Series: African Americans and the Episcopal Church

It is February, when we are invited to pay more focused attention to African-American history. To start us off, here are two resources that give us insight into African Americans in the Episcopal Church from U.S. independence to the beginning of the 20th century: AA Episcopal church timeline, and a longer, illustrated version from the national Episcopal […]

February 17, 2017

Lent is Coming

In the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday, there will be creative visioning and pancake eating, and the season of lent will full of opportunities for reflection and discussion. See the full schedule.

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