Clinical Pastoral Education: Focus on Prison Ministry
Park Avenue Christian Church is offering an intensive unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) focusing on individuals and families affected by incarceration. The Program Director is Rev. Maria Lopez, who served for twenty years as a prison chaplain at Riker’s Island and Bedford Hills Correctional Facilities. CPE provides an opportunity for those in religious leadership, both clergy and lay, to develop and deepen their skills in listening and healing. CPE students focus on the living human document in need of their attention. For more info, see our CPE page.
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!
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. Check our Events Page for upcoming dates.