What We’re Doing Now
Blessing of the Animals
On a Sunday in late September or early October we offer a service of the Blessing of the Animals in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. The liturgy is an expression of God’s love for all Creation and God’s call to care for it. We hope that you will bring any and all creatures who share their lives with you.
See a delightful photo album taken at the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Sept.29, 2013.
Haiti Wells Project
One of the projects of our Mission Team is the building of water wells in Haiti. One well at a cost of $2,500 will supply water for an entire village. In less than one year, we have built four wells in Haiti. Our goal is to build many more. Join us!
Heschel King Award
Pictured (l. to r.): Rev. Dr. Alvin O. Jackson, Will Eastman, executive director of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and Rabbi Ari L. Fridkis.
Honoring the friendship and the life work of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (born Jan. 11, 1907) and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (born Jan. 15, 1929), the Park Avenue Christian Church and Congregation Da’at Elohim created this award in 2004 to honor individuals whose actions embody the principles of social justice to which both men dedicated their lives. Previous award recipients include the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service; Rev. James Forbes, Jr., pastor emeritus of Riverside Church; and Dr. Akbar Ahmed, writer, filmmaker, educator, diplomat, former High Commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain.
The intake clinics hosted by Park Avenue Christian Church, and staffed by attorneys and paralegals from Church World Service (CWS), provide an initial free legal services consultation on a variety of immigration status issues. To make an appointment to discuss your case, call (212) 288-3246, extension 110 between 9 am and 5 pm weekdays. We will schedule an appointment for you at one of our intake clinics. Click this link for information on the next clinic, which will be held on September 24.
One of our nation’s most serious problems is mass incarceration. Millions—primarily persons of color—are currently behind bars, while a prison industry prospers. Laws and law enforcement are discriminatory, and families are broken and destroyed. But systemic injustices are also under attack by religious, social, and political visionaries—offering hope to the incarcerated and our country. Come and see and learn! Become part of actions that can change our culture!
Every year, The Park participates in New York City’s Gay Pride Parade as part of its open and affirming over-arching philosophy of the Divinity of Difference.
Saturday Community Lunch Program
For over twenty years, The Park has been the host site for the Saturday Community Lunch Program. Each week, over 200 people show up for a hot meal served by volunteers from The Park and our ecumenical and interfaith partners in this endeavor: Park Avenue Methodist Church, Manhattan Church of Christ, St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, and Congregation Da’at Elohim. Many of our guests have been coming for years to enjoy a meal and table companionship. Many are homeless. There are the “irregular regulars” who stop by when times get a little tight. And, with the downturn in the economy, we are seeing new faces.
To volunteer, contact Rev. Luis-Alfredo Cartagena.
SoulFood Fellowships provide an opportunity to meet once a month for Bible study, conversation, prayer, and fellowship with others. There is also a SoulFood Fellowship meeting for Spanish speakers. Upcoming gatherings:
Tuesday, December 6, SoulFood Fellowship for Spanish Speakers, 6:30 pm, Meets in the Home (Morningside Heights, Manhattan) and is led by Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado and Rev. Ismael Sanchez.