Thursday, September 28, 2017

Order of Urban Ministers

John 15:12 (NRSV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”


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. 

This year, our Ninth Year of the New York Chapter, our Service of Covenanting will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE) at 6:00 p.m. in Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Getty Square, Yonkers with The Right Reverend Allen K. Shin, Bishop Suffragan, preaching and presiding. 

For those who can, please meet in the Guild Room at St. John’s Getty Square at 5 p.m. to prepare for the service. Following the service, members and friends are invited to Giovanni’s Pizza, 25 Main Street, Yonkers NY 10701 for pizza, salad, soda ($15 each).

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.

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 mothervsirota@gmail.com

Ingrid Sletten ingridannsletten@yahoo.com
The Rev. Marie Tatro mtatro@gts.edu
Meryl Marcus, Secretary of the Order merylmarcus@gmail.com

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