Christian Nationalism: Why It’s Dangerous for Democracy and the Gospel

 Wednesday, May 15, 2024 6 -8 p.m.  Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church5299 Jamesville Rd., Syracuse, NY 13214 Guest Speaker: Dr. Greg CareyProfessor of New Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary  Dr. Greg Carey’s most recent books are: Death, the End of History and Beyond: Eschatology in the Bible; Using Our Outside Voice: Public Biblical Interpretation  Christian Nationalism […]

Safe and Warm Coalition

St. James Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission joins Safe and Warm Coalition “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat . . . “ Matthew 25: 35 More than 242 children in Cayuga County were without permanent shelter during the 2022-23 school year, the most recent statistics available from the New York […]

Corn, Beans and Squash–Oh My!

Starting in May, children from St. James and Merriman Circle will be learning to plant a Three Sisters Garden using techniques developed by the Haudenosaunee hundreds of years ago. It’s called the St. James Church and Merriman Circle Three Sisters Community Garden and it is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Rescue Mission […]

A Saint Once Among Us: Absalom Jones

Quarterly, the St. James Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission will spotlight an individual recognized in the Episcopal Church’s Lesser Feasts and Fasts who also represents cultural, gender, or ethnic diversity. The following is summarized from a biography presented to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2022. Absalom Jones was born enslaved to a […]

60th Anniversary of “I Have a Dream”

“I Have a Dream” is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist and Baptist minister Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. In the speech, King called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States. […]

Story Quilts June 11th

Hear the tales told in the Story Quilts made by fiber artist and storyteller Vanessa Johnson. Griot Vanessa Johnson, fiber artist, activist and storyteller in the West African tradition, will present “Loving Neighbors” beginning at noon, June 11, 2023, at St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles, N.Y. Johnson’s story-tell will highlight the dedication and celebration of […]

March 26 – Guest Preacher Elder Melody Smith-Johnson & Black Celestial Choral Ensemble

Melody R. Smith Johnson is a tenacious catalyst for change. Melody is an entrepreneur, ordained minister, servant leader, social activist, mentor, and a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. The only daughter of the late Pastor Beverly L. Smith-Crafton, a renowned Harlem-based Pastor, professor, trailblazer and General in the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Elder Melody served […]

March 12 – Dr. Philip Arnold & Sandy Bigtree on the Doctrine of Discovery

A little about the presenters: Sandy Bigtree, Bear Clan, is a citizen of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. She is board member of the Indigenous Values Initiative; co-edited the Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) educational booklet; and was an original Planning Committee member of Skä•noñh—Great Law of Peace Center. In 1984-85 she worked for […]

March 5 – Guest Preacher The Rev. Alicia Dixon-Garrard

The Rev. Alicia Dixon-Garrard will be the guest preacher at St. James on March 5 for all services. Rev. Alicia Dixon is a pastor and church planter. She is a native New Yorker from Westchester County, and came to the Binghamton area to attend Binghamton University in 1993. Her first Master’s degree is in U.S. History […]

CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret

Did You Know: A great way to celebrate Black History Month is to support and enjoy CNY Jazz Black History Month Caberet. On Sunday, February 26th at 5:00 pm at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s Finger Lakes Ballroom there will be a concert with performances by Althea Rene and Jeanette Harris. Also, George Kilpatrick who is […]