The Order of Urban Missioners is a Christian Community of Lay and Ordained People who feel called to urban ministry and believe that a simple rule of spiritual discipline will help them to be faithful to that call. Founded in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland in 2000, with a second chapter begun in the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 2009 by The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota and The Reverend Earl Kooperkamp, the Order of Urban Missioners is a spiritual support group with monthly meetings that include a shared meal, prayers, silent meditation and the Eucharist. Our symbol is a cross within a circle within a square, representing God’s love in the world and within the city block. In addition to our corporate vows as an Order, we covenant in the presence of God and with each other once a year (usually in September) for the location to which we feel called that year and the nature of that call. Our monthly meetings give us an opportunity to share our prayer concerns, struggles and joy as our ministries unfold and our relationships with Christ and with each other deepen.
This past year, the New York Chapter had thirty members from fourteen different churches in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, London (England), and Orange and Westchester Counties.
Our monthly meetings will be held in the Guild Room in Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Hudson Street (Getty Square) in Yonkers and begin with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. (all members bring one item to share) and conclude with Holy Eucharist at 12:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel at Saint John’s. St. John’s Getty Square is accessible by train from Metro North (Yonkers Station), or by public buses from the end of the #1 subway line to Getty Square.
Dates for Fall 2017:
Fall Retreat: Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY 12493
Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: October 14, November 4, December 9, Guild Room and Lady Chapel at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Hudson Street, Getty Square, Yonkers NY 10701
If you are interested in visiting a meeting or joining us this year, please contact:
The Reverend Dr. Victoria Sirota firstname.lastname@example.org
Ingrid Sletten email@example.com
The Rev. Marie Tatro firstname.lastname@example.org
Meryl Marcus, Secretary of the Order email@example.com