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SAVE THE DATE: PRIDE March on Washington, DC 2017

Sunday, June 11, 6:00 am – 11:00 pm, The Mall (Washington, D.C.)

In light of recent events, a march on Washington, DC in support of LGBTQIA rights is being organized. Members of the Park Avenue Christian Church will be traveling to DC to join this demostration. If you are interested in joining us, please let us know either here on Facebook or by contacting the church office directly at 212-288-3246. More details will follow in the coming months regarding meet times, locations, and travel accommodations.

Please join this Conversation on LGBTQ Activism in a Changing America, April 30

Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, The Park
What Will Be Different: LGBTQ Activism in a Changing America

Despite celebrated and hard-won advances in equality, the deeply diverse LGBTQ community has always been targeted by bias and hate. In recent months that antagonism has flared, along with other forms of intolerance.  Now, as people who openly disparage LGBTQ rights fill key posts within the U.S. Government, and an old, anti-Other sentiment gains new legitimacy, what are the challenges and goals of LGBTQ activism today? What is the historical context for this battle, and what guides those at its front lines? Looking forward, how do we organize across communities to build a future where our differences are prized and human justice is available to all, regardless of gender identity or gender preference?

Join us for a conversation with Apphia Kumar, Chair, SALGA-NYC; Bashar Makhay, Founder, Tarab NYC; Cara Page, Executive Director, Audre Lorde Project; and Mustafa Sullivan, Executive Director, Fierce. Moderated by J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Social Justice.   Pre-talk performance by Angel Nafis, Author, BlackGirl Mansion.

Presented by the Astraea Foundation, The Park Avenue Christian Church, and The Tate Group.


Park Avenue Christian Church
La Segunda Iglesia Cristiana
And Church World Service


Saturday, April 22nd
SABADO, 22 de Abril
SAMEDI, LE 22 Avril 10am-12pm


CALL 212 288 3246

We can help with applications for citizenship, a green card, or other immigration statuses.

Location: La Segunda Iglesia Cristina (DdC) del Bronx
595 East 169th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

Call ahead to reserve your appointment.  We also accept walk- ins.


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Ubicación: La Segunda Iglesia Cristina (DdC) del Bronx
595 East 169th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

Llame con anticipación para hacer una cita.  Personas sin citas podrían ser atendidas.


CONTACTEZ 212 288 3246

Nous saurons vous assister à remplir les formulaires de citoyenneté, de résidence et d’autres étapes de l’immigration aux États- unis.

: La Segunda Iglesia Cristina (DdC) del Bronx
595 East 169th Street
Bronx, NY 10456
Appelez dès maintenant pour prendre rendez-vous. Nous recevons aussi même sans rendez-vous.

A flyer for this clinic is available here.

“God Meets You in Your Tears” by The Rev. Kaji Douša

Easter is the holiest and most exciting day of the year.  We celebrate because this is the day in which we remember that Jesus Christ, who did die, came back. And that he has risen, and that is such good news.  That is essentially the essence of good news. And the good news of the Gospels is that even if death happens, life always follows. Now, it can be for many of us that we want to jump straight to the resurrection, and we forget the despair and the anguish that Jesus’ followers felt just before they found out the good news. But I want us to remember that, too. We hear the story of Mary Magdalene, who went to the tomb expecting one thing, and seeing the stone rolled away, and she didn’t know. She thought that they have taken her Lord. And through her tears she wept. The angels asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”  And maybe we would hear that story and think that we’re not supposed to weep at death. Maybe someone has told us before that we need to have enough faith and trust in God enough and trust in the the resurrection and we don’t have to weep. But the reason the angels asked Mary why she was weeping wasn’t because they thought she shouldn’t, but it was because they were waiting for this answer: that they had taken her Lord. Her Lord. One who hadn’t met the expectations of Messiah, but the one who rose. She thought that they have taken her Lord, and even though all these other people abandoned him, he was still her Lord. And it was only through her tears that she saw Jesus.  Those tears that we cry can give us the clarity to see God in ways we never could. And so, weep. But Know that God meets you in your tears. Weep, and see even more clearly than perhaps ever before, that sometimes when our hearts crack open, it lets the light in. Know that light now. Amen.

Pastor Kaji’s Easter sermon is here:

Music at The Park Upcoming Concerts April 28 and 30

April 28th 7:00PM
aTonalHits, Violin and Piano Duo 

Katha Zinn on Violin and Illya Filshtinskiy on Piano.
Tickets $20.aTonalHits will perform works by J.S.Bach, Illya Filshtinskiy, Shawn Chang, J.Brahms, Falla and C. Frank. Visit for more information.

April 30th Sunday at 12:30PM (Directly after the service)
Baroque Concertos
, performed by graduate students of Rebecca Cypess from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Baroque Ensemble will perform works by Vivaldi, Albinoni, Telemann
Donations accepted.

“Why Do You Cry? A Resurrection Sermon for Easter Sunday” by Rev. Kaji Douša

Woman, why are you weeping? they asked.

At first glance, this question may have seemed cruel. Who wouldn’t weep at a tomb? And now that tomb is empty? Of course she’d weep. Did she look at them with incredulity? Did she know that they were angels? Was she afraid? What did she feel that she didn’t say aloud?

It might’ve seemed cruel that they asked. But look again. Because what I believe they were doing was giving her an opportunity to affirm her love, to claim Jesus as Lord…

Mary Magdalene’s proclamation was an affirmation of her faith. “Her Lord” was still Lord, still ruler in her life, even in this death, even as her heart split open. Even as she cried.

And then…then, after the angels had done their job, had elicited the very answer it seems that Jesus was waiting for…

She looked again.

Through her tears, she saw him.

Excerpts from Pastor Kaji’s blog:

“Bearing” – Lenten Reflection for Palm Sunday, April 14 by Quinn G. Caldwell

April 14

“When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days… The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, And he shall bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:10, 11

The Oceti Sakowin camp had been there for months by then, full of Water Protectors resisting proposed plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross a dammed section of the Missouri River not far from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux. Other waves of supporters had come before them: waves of clergy, waves of sympathetic activists. This was just another wave, this time of military veterans.

But then a group of them did an astonishing thing. Standing in formation before tribal leaders, they dropped to their knees. They recited a list of the atrocities that the American military has perpetuated against native Americans throughout the years. Then they literally begged for forgiveness.

Of course we don’t know the name and history of every single person there that day, but it’s probably safe to assume that most of them did not actually personally commit any of the injustices they  mentioned. And yet, there they were apologizing for them. They chose to bear the iniquities of their ancestors as a way of making things right in the present.

Neither was Jesus the creator of any of the systems that destroyed him on this day so long ago: the forces of empire, the greed of client kings, the cowardice of leaders, the fickleness of crowds, the betrayal of friends, the tyranny of the powerful over the weak. And yet, he chose to bear them in his own body to try and make things right in his present and in the future.

Jesus, who didn’t have to, climbed a cross with the weight of others’ sins on his back. The vets at Standing Rock, who didn’t have to either, bowed low under the same weight. And in each of those moments, something like salvation entered the world.


April 14 Prayer


United Church of Christ Stillspeaking Devotional Published by Pilgrim Press. Shared with permission of the publisher.

Please join us at noon on Good Friday for “Worship Remembering the Way of the Cross”


In this service of lament that follows Jesus to the cross, we stand at his feet and worship the God who would even go to the sunken place to save us.
We continue our joint observance of Good Friday with Park Avenue United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Cathy Gilliard, preacher, Dr. Tony McNeill, and soloists including Charles Anthony Bryant, et. al.

Triduum begins this evening, with Maundy Thursday services

Easter Lilies

We encourage you to make a commitment to set aside the time for all of the events of the Great Three Days between Jesus’ last supper and resurrection.

Maundy Thursday – April 13
7 pm
Tenebrae: The Growing Darkness

Maundy comes from the word “mandatum”, from “do this in remembrance of me.” Remembering Jesus’ Last Supper before the crucifixion with footwashing, communion, a sermonic reflection and readings as candles are extinguished, we end the night in darkness.
With Pastor Kaji Douša, preacher, Dr. Tony McNeill, and soloists including Minister J. Lamont Fields, et. al.

“Do This” – Lenten Reflection for Palm Sunday, April 13 by The Rev. Kaji Douša

April 13

“For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15

How far are you willing to let God go?

Is there a line in behavior, a place of secrets, a shelter of practices that you expect God not to breach?

It seems that Jesus crossed that line in the story of the Last Supper.

Peter drew the line when Jesus gets too close to his (presumably filthy) feet. The work of a servant was too much for his Lord.

Jesus knew that they would never expect their Teacher to cross a major class divide. But he pushed. “You should also do as I have done to you,” he said.

Some people’s feet are unsafe to touch. We do not need to force people into situations of intimacy that will harm them. The literal interpretation can be convenient when it emphasizes a sense of physical submission. Far too often, submission is asked of the marginalized who are asked to kneel before the powerful.

Jesus’ example inverts the power structure. The Power of the Most High knelt at the feet of his friends.

If your traditional place is to kneel at the seat of power, hiding your face, keeping quiet, holding back, never upsetting the people who hold the reins to your ability to thrive, then truly following Jesus means a subversion all of this. If you were born into a position that allows you to tower over everyone else, then following Jesus will mean getting down on your knees. If your place in life includes expectations of servitude, then following Jesus might just mean standing up.

Diving in to the practice of giving alms, one of the traditional Lenten disciplines, means setting the conditions so that this is possible for everyone. What might that take in your life? What line is God challenging in your life?


God, if you would wash my feet, help me to wash away the injustice that expects this of some and not of others. May we all stand proud in the love of God.


United Church of Christ Stillspeaking Devotional Published by Pilgrim Press. Shared with permission of the publisher.

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