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Knit One | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

My grandmother was an amazing knitter. She had brilliant skill with all handicrafts, actually, and could embroider and quilt and sew clothes with the best. But when it came to knitting, she was the reigning and undisputed queen. There was nothing she didn’t know, and nothing she couldn’t create—seemingly without effort. Odds and ends of yarn would be transformed into something useful and surprisingly beautiful. She could go into a movie theater and emerge after the film with a completed pair of patterned mittens she had made, in the dark, during the show....

Knit One | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-12-22T16:22:29+00:00

Haul Out The Holly | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Confession: all my Christmas decorations are up. Double confession: I didn’t even wait until the first Sunday in Advent. Maybe it was because my sons were home over Thanksgiving to help. Maybe it was my need to brighten up my digs post-surgery, or maybe it was just 2020. Period. I know it’s not supposed to be done, and I get why we’re supposed to wait. But no delayed gratification for me. Not this year....

Haul Out The Holly | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-12-08T21:46:01+00:00

Angels | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

As I was going about the business or organizing the week this past Monday, I got a phone call. When I picked up, the man on the other end of the line identified himself as one of the Wardens from Church of the Good Shepherd in Kips Bay—our “neighbor congregation” directly across town on 31st St. between Second and Third Avenues. He told me that they were not a large congregation, but that they had always had at least one mission project to which they were committed.....

Angels | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-11-23T16:37:48+00:00

Pray | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

As I write these words, the outcome of the U.S. election is still uncertain. By the time you read these words we may know more about the election results, but we have known throughout 2020 that we have a way to go before divisiveness subsides and chaos diminishes. No matter how we engage the next chapter of our national narrative, our prayer life is essential to sustaining us (an obvious statement, and also an important reminder always!).....

Pray | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-11-04T17:30:56+00:00

Broken and Beautiful | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Last Monday we took our first steps back into worshipping in the building. Fifteen people gathered for a simple service of Holy Eucharist in the Muriel Moore Chapel, and in my homily, I spoke about the Japanese art of Kintsugi—literally translated as “golden joinery.” Kintsugi is the process of mending broken pottery with glue and a gold dusted lacquer. Rather than trying to hide the brokenness and the cracks, Kintsugi embraces them as part of the whole. The result is a work of art that is created with elements of the past and has a new beauty forged from the experiences of the present.

Broken and Beautiful | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-10-06T21:21:25+00:00

Living To Serve | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

In our Calendar of Saints yesterday we remembered Anna Ellison Butler Alexander, the first African American female Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Anna was born to former slaves in 1865. She was the youngest of eleven children and spent her life and ministry in Georgia....

Living To Serve | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-09-23T19:58:22+00:00

Red in Tooth and Claw | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The weather was so beautiful last weekend! Charlie and I decided to take advantage of the sun and the lower temperatures by enjoying a leisurely stroll along the Hudson River. We were deep in conversation as we looped around Pier 62, so we did not notice a small group of people clustered together near one of the guardrails. When we got closer, we saw that they were looking at a rare sight in the city: a Red Tailed Hawk, who was on the ground because it had caught a pigeon in its talons. That poor pigeon. It didn’t have much life left in it, and the hawk was standing, unintimidated and staring at all of us, waiting for the captured prey to breathe it’s last. It was a startling sight, especially in such an urban context. A few people tried to startle the hawk, hoping it would release the pigeon, but to no avail. Everyone watching was silent. Finally, one observer said out loud, “I really can’t stand pigeons, but I don’t hate them that much!” Whether we talk about compassion, kindness, connection, or empathy, Scripture is clear that love is a non-negotiable value of our faith. Of many faiths, actually, and in Christianity we know that “love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:10). And if active love seems far removed in a given circumstance, perhaps a first step is to refrain from allowing negativity to fester and cloud our reactions to those with whom we disagree. Maybe a foundational aspect of the love Jesus commands is the commitment not to wish any living creature harm; to recognize any disagreements and divisions around us, while also holding all creatures we encounter in the light of life and love....

Red in Tooth and Claw | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-09-14T15:02:23+00:00

Stormy Weather | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Recently I had the pleasure of spending some of my vacation in Massachusetts. The experience was lovely overall, but the first few days of my time away were focused on Tropical Storm Isaias. My brother, my sister and I were checking radar and weather reports regularly. Each time we looked, the forecast was different: hurricane force winds one day, the next “only” tropical storm gusts, flooding probable, until a few check-ins later when the rainfall predictions were drastically reduced. The changing predictions were all due to the variations in tracking the path of the storm. Some models did not bode well for us. Other possibilities were less punishing....

Stormy Weather | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-08-27T18:06:57+00:00

Be Still and Know | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

As you read this, I am away in a place where nature is close at hand and accessible. I know it can be difficult to connect with the natural world in the city, but it is not impossible! In that spirit, I am turning this meditation over to guest poet Nickole Brown. I hope you enjoy her poem Prayer to be Still and Know, as well as her commentary following....

Be Still and Know | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-08-17T14:28:45+00:00

Discussion & Hope | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Last Sunday, a good number of parishioners stayed on Zoom for a discussion of our SummerReads book How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Professor Kendi has been a high profile—and compelling—presence in the media lately, discussing this most recent work as well as his other books Stamped from the Beginning and Antiracist Baby. His commitment to unveiling what he calls the “Stage 4 cancer of racism” in our nation is thoroughly researched and deeply felt. How to be an Antiracist is a work that challenges and inspires. Reading and discussing it together was a gift....

Discussion & Hope | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-07-29T17:01:33+00:00
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