The New York Haiti Project – Building Bonds of Love

The New York Haiti Project – Building Bonds of Love

“In the midst of suffering and difficulty Haiti is full of faithful, hopeful people. The New York Haiti Project seeks to build bonds of affection between rural Haiti and New York through the Episcopal Church. The people of Martel, Haiti have asked us to help them build a school and a church for their community. They are actively working to transform their community, and we are being transformed too.” – Father Sam Owen   In July of 2017, I was fortunate to go on a trip with The New York Haiti Project to visit Martel, Haiti. We were on a mission to assist the people in building a new school and church and to deepen our relationship between the Diocese of New York and the Episcopal Church in Haiti. Eleven participants from eleven different Episcopal Churches in New York ventured out to experience Haitian community, to pray, worship and be with the people of Haiti.  The experience was eye opening and transformative. In the short time that we were there we saw, heard, and sang with the spirited people of Martel and felt the Holy Spirit at work in the community surrounding us and in ourselves.  The projects we were there to visit were underway, but not yet complete. It took patience with ourselves and others to accept that not everything would happen on our expected time-table. In the few months, since our visit, St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Martel has opened in a temporary building, while the permanent building is being built nearby. It is exciting to share the news of the opening of a grain mill that...
Christopher Wilson Awarded the 2017 Church Club’s Young Adult of the Year

Christopher Wilson Awarded the 2017 Church Club’s Young Adult of the Year

Christopher Wilson has been awarded The Church Club’s 2017 Young Adult of the Year Service Award for his missionary work in Hatsavan, Armenia. We are excited and blessed to share Chris’ story. You can support Chris’ efforts, and the children of Hatsavan here. “For a year, I spent my service teaching and wandering the beautiful country of Armenia as a Peace Corps volunteer. I was assigned to the region of Syunik Mars in the small rural town of Hatsavan. Life there is simple; your children go to school, you work the fields of your ancestors and you celebrate holidays and birthdays like a true Armenian. I was invited into a warm home, with all of the food my family could provide, not truly understanding what was being offered to me when I first arrived. Living in the suburbs of Westchester, New York I never felt the burden of being a farmer, the anxiety of a next meal, or even a deep-rooted connection to the land. As Americans, we do not always feel this sense of connection because we do not know how to truly stand still. We move with the bustle and hustle of life like an addiction, having no time to rest and no time to hear the beauty of creation. Sitting at my first Horovats (Armenian BBQ), listening to the laughter and stories shared, I began to see what drives the Armenian people forward: it is a simplicity in living and a hope in a better future despite the hardships. I began to study the joy of a people who had nothing in terms of material but had...
Applications Open for the Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

Applications Open for the Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

  The Church Club’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award is a  regional program that provides recognition to an outstanding Young Adult (in his or her 20s or 30s), or group of Young Adults, for exceptional volunteer missionary service work within the Young Adult’s or group of Young Adults’ church or other community ministry acknowledged in the Episcopal Dioceses of New York, New Jersey, Newark, Long Island, or Connecticut. $1,000 Honorarium: The Award is accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium, of which $500 is designated to the awardee and $500 to the church or community ministry, presented at the Church Club’s Annual Meeting Application/Nomination Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017 Application Guidelines: Click here Application Form: Click here for a fillable pdf Click here to download an MS Word file Learn more about past winners and submit application/nomination on  The Church Club of New York...
Saint Nicholas Gatherings and Practicing Generosity with the Young Adult Network

Saint Nicholas Gatherings and Practicing Generosity with the Young Adult Network

20’s-30’s folk active in congregations around New York City have shared in a holiday get together around St. Nicholas Day for many years.  In 2011 the social activity was paired with an act of generosity and a new tradition was born!   On Saturday, December 3, 2016 the Young Adult Network  gathered downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel for a festive evening of social engagement and serving others. In the spirit of St. Nick we collected donations to participate to post-Hurricane Matthew recovery and rebuilding work in Haiti.  Donations came in the night of our party and in the following weeks totaling $1,200! The Diocese of New York and the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan in the Bronx are at work with Episcopal communities that are rebuilding rooftops of homes and schools and providing access to clean water and food to our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Contributions from this evening are supporting the ongoing recovery work taking place in the Diocese of Haiti, following the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016. Here is an update from the Rev. Sam Owen, priest in charge of our partner congregation, the Church of the Good Samaritan Since the hurricane hit on October 3rd, we have received an outpouring of donations from parishes and individuals in New York, Connecticut, Texas and Montana totaling over $10,400.00. We sent $1,500.00 immediately after the storm to Fr. Jean Berthod Phanord in Bondeau and Fr. Irnel Duveaux in Jeremie, to purchase food and supplies for their parishioners. We used another $600.00 to help cover the shipping costs of donations of food, clothing...
Caroline Angell to be Awarded The Church Club of New York’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

Caroline Angell to be Awarded The Church Club of New York’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

The Church Club of New York is excited to present the Young Adult of the Year Service Award to Caroline Angell of The Church of the Epiphany. Caroline has taken a stand and created RACKET, an initiative formed to help reduce the needless stigma and shame surrounding periods. RACKET aims to redefine feminine hygiene products as essential, to provide all women to these products, and to encourage open dialogue about menstruation. Caroline dedication to RACKET has extended past her own parish, where she has encouraged other parishes and organizations to get involved and cause a “racket” to change the laws and conversations about women’s menstruation. Get involved in the conversation and be part of the change, by joining The Church Club of New York on July 22nd at Grace Church, as they present the Third Annual Young Adult of the Year Service Award to Caroline Angell. Learn more about Caroline and why she deserves the award through her written personal statement. Together let’s cause a “racket” by sharing Caroline’s story. Since 2011, my friend Margo and I have been volunteering on Wednesday nights for the homeless dinner program at The Church of the Epiphany on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. After reading an article in the Huffington Post that affected us deeply as women, we decided to speak to some of our Wednesday dinner guests about their access to feminine hygiene products. Through conversation and research, we discovered three things: Feminine hygiene products are not considered essential These products are not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better know as the food stamp program. Specific hygiene needs are not...
Tamara Plummer: Sharing God’s Hands In The World

Tamara Plummer: Sharing God’s Hands In The World

Tamara Plummer is a cradle Episcopalian who worships at Saint Luke and Saint Matthew’s Church in Brooklyn. Since October 2015, she has been transforming the way The Episcopal Church celebrates God’s presence in the world, through her service with the Episcopal Asset Map. The Episcopal Asset Map is an online portal that highlights how local churches are active in their communities. For example, you can use the tool to find churches that host food pantries, based on your geographic area. It maps the gifts, strengths and assets of The Episcopal Church across the United States, making it easy to locate active ministries through one consolidated resource. The tool was developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (which impacted the East Coast in October 2012). There was an urgent need to identify parish-based programs in order to respond with appropriate disaster relief. Thanks to this tool, it will be easy for domestic disaster relief agencies to deploy outreach resources without reinventing the wheel each time. The project is a partnership between The Episcopal Church and Episcopal Relief & Development As Asset Map Coordinator at Episcopal Relief & Development, Tamara has spoken to over 200 Episcopalians across the United States about their ministries. She sees potential for this tool to tell the stories of how The Episcopal Church can be “God’s hands in the world.” “The Asset Map is a visual representation of how God is present,” she says. “Episcopalians can be shy about evangelization because we don’t want to be oppressive. The Asset Map allows us to reclaim the stories of how the hand of God is working in and...