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Cheerleading | The Rev. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Last week, a pile of small, thin, blue strips of paper arrived at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. On one side was typed the name of our organization, address, a brief summary of our programs, and hours of operation filled in with a child’s handwriting. Attached to each slip of paper was a hand-made pipe cleaner flower. These small gifts came from a program called “Service in Schools,” which seeks to pair New York City public schools with volunteer opportunities....

Cheerleading | The Rev. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2019-06-07T18:58:43+00:00

One Small Step | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

During Eastertide, our Adult Classes have addressed the theme of “Eco-Faith.” Mother Susan and I have led discussions on creation care in Scripture and the Episcopal Church, and I talked about the journey to installing solar panels on the Parish Hall Roof at Grace Church in Hastings on Hudson. We also welcomed guest speakers: Soup Kitchen Director of Operations Michael Ottley offered updates about the zero-waste initiative at HASK. Sr. Faith Margaret from the Community of the Holy Spirit spoke about her Order’s discernment and process toward building a green convent.In sources both secular and spiritual we can find exhortations to look at change as a series of small behavioral shifts rather than one huge and immediate commitment. Research indicates that absolutes in this regard are not as successful as moving toward a new way of being and doing. This reality was a common theme throughout our recent series. The people who spoke and the narratives we explored all described dedication to caring for the environment as a process, happening step by step. The vision was there, of course, but embodied through a process of accumulated smaller actions....

One Small Step | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2019-05-23T22:51:07+00:00

“It Was A Mission Statement” | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

If you have ever seen the movie Jerry Maguire, you probably remember that the catalyst for much of the action is a twenty-five-page document written by the main character (played by Tom Cruise) after some experiences in his work as a sports agent that disturb his conscience..... ...Our Vestry is in the process of reimagining the Mission Statement for the Church of the Holy Apostles. The incentive to do this came out of a Vestry retreat in October led by the Rev. Carol Gadsden from St. Thomas Church in Mamaroneck. She pointed out that our last Mission Statement was adopted by the Vestry in 1995. She encouraged us to revisit the document in light of the changes since, and in the intervening months we have done so. Our goal is to approve a final statement ready to share at our June Vestry meeting...

“It Was A Mission Statement” | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2019-05-14T23:26:39+00:00

Before The Parade Passes By… | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Our Lenten Adult Classes this year focused on the material in a book by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg titled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem. Inspiration to write this book hit the authors after the release of the controversial film The Passion of the Christ. In the process of responding to questions about that movie, they soon realized that very few people possessed a working knowledge of the details of what occurred between Palm Sunday and the Resurrection....

Before The Parade Passes By… | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2019-04-23T20:28:46+00:00

Sunday Supper | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The most clear and immediate reflection of a successful gathering is that people linger. Toward the end of our first Sunday Supper last weekend, as I stood back by the baptismal font gazing out into the nave of the church, this was my view: round tables with crumpled napkins and empty plates and cups. Vestiges of salad, bread and cookies. Tables that had hosted a satisfying meal. And people....

Sunday Supper | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2019-04-09T20:34:26+00:00

Of Lent & Basketball | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

As I write this, the month of the year known to college basketball fans as “March Madness” is halfway to its conclusion. The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games will be played this weekend, the Final Four and Championship rounds will happen just as March turns to April the week following. Although I have never been much of a follower of basketball on any level, that changed this year when I was given some tickets to the Big East championship game right here at Madison Square Garden. Now it’s a thing for me. I don’t have the patience to tune in to many games or pay serious attention to anything more than the final five minutes of the games I do watch, but I’m involved....

Of Lent & Basketball | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2019-03-28T23:12:16+00:00

Going Forth | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson

A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to find myself in Boston at Trinity Church, Copley Square. And I was doubly blessed to be hearing a sermon from the Rt. Rev. Carlye Hughes. Bishop Hughes serves currently as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. Her words to the congregation were impassioned, and she spoke the truth to us in love as she focused on power and welcome, systemic injustice and growth....

Going Forth | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson2019-03-14T17:48:06+00:00


ast Sunday evening, after my first Annual Meeting at Holy Apostles, I settled in front of the television to watch a live telecast of the musical RENT. Although I have always been a lover of all kinds of music as well as a self-confessed “theater-geek,” I missed RENT in its first incarnation....


Contemplating Growth

Back in the early days of Advent, a parishioner forwarded to me a video of Ray Suarez’s keynote address to the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. The theme of his talk was church growth and changing demographics (the link to the video is here). As you are probably already aware, church growth is an issue addressed early and often when faithful people gather together. I know it was a topic of discussion when I was interviewing with the Holy Apostles Search Committee and Vestry, and Bishop Shin shared during his Visitation with us that it is the subject he is most asked about when he spends time with congregations....

Contemplating Growth2019-01-15T00:55:56+00:00