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A Testimony

Rachel Pollak, our Community Coordinator, was baptized at St. Lydia’s on November 6, 2011.  She gave this testimony at Dinner Church that evening. This is my testimony. I heard the good news for the first time in a college seminar.  In 2001, following difficult events both worldly and personal, I had arrived at a dark [...]

A letter from Paul to the Lydians

Paul Thorson is a congregant in the St. Lydia’s community.  This summer he moved to Minneapolis, MN to pursue ordination in the ELCA.  He periodically sends us letters to update us on his progress and whereabouts; this epistle came to us by email on July 24, 2011. Greetings to all of you! I am biting [...]

An Excerpt from Jeremy’s Thesis

Jeremy Sierra is a MFA student and lives in New York.  A congregant at St. Lydia’s, he blogs here under the category Jeremiah Speaking. On May 15, he shared this excerpt from his MFA thesis at dinner church. I went to an Episcopal Camp in the Diocese of Texas, about an hour’s drive outside of [...]

An Excerpt from Kathleen’s Thesis

Kathleen Reeves, a congregant at St. Lydia’s, recently graduated from the Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU. On May 15, Kathleen shared this excerpt from her MA thesis, “‘Perishable but Never Ending’: Materiality and Mystery in Early DeLillo,” which traces the vivid presence of the human body in DeLillo’s early novels, [...]

Eating Food, Eating Scripture

Paul, a congregant, song leader, and deacon at St. Lydia’s, sent us this selection from Blake Layerle’s contribution to the book, Educating People of Faith; Exploring the History of Jewish and Christian Communities about eating food and eating scripture in Church “This language “command of Scripture,” however, needs further modulation, again based upon the analogy [...]

A final nudge from Heather about seasonal giving

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a little on the blog entry about a small seasonal-giving campaign that I volunteered us Lydians for. On the Sunday that followed, there was an outpouring from our community and we raised a pretty penny, getting us well on our way to our $70 goal. St. Lydia’s finds [...]

The Most, and Least Important Part

Denise is a congregant at St. Lydia’s. She can be reached at denisenyc2010@gmail.com I suppose there are lots of things at St. Lydia’s (or any church) that people could find scary. Some congregants probably get a little nervous about having to make conversation with strangers during an entire meal, or singing without a loud organ [...]

A word from Heather on holiday giving

When I was growing up, my church always “adopted families” for Christmas. Through the local food bank, we banded together to provide food and children’s gifts for a bunch of local families that needed a little extra help. Now that Lydia’s is in its second year, I’d like for us to begin observing a similar [...]

All Saints and These Souls

Jeremy Sierra is a MFA student and lives in New York.  A congregant at St. Lydia’s, he blogs here under the category Jeremiah Speaking. A guy, white with dreadlocks and funky shoes, came to the church where I work.  “Peace be upon you,” he said “Um, hi,” I responded. “Whey do you have Jack-O-Lanterns in [...]

Traditions and Denominations

Jeremy Sierra is a MFA student and lives in New York.  A congregant at St. Lydia’s, he blogs here under the category Jeremiah Speaking. Recently, I have been having something of a denominational crisis.  My father is an Episcopal priest.  I own at least five versions of the Book of Common Prayer, and I took [...]