News From The Pews
Allan Appel | Feb 21, 2017 8:00 am
Slavery still exists in the prison-industrial complex. Voting rights have been reversed. But we can prevail against systemic evils — because we have done it before right here in New Haven.
That history lesson with contemporary resonance highlighted a sermon that kicked off a three-year celebration of the historic
Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ as it moves towards its 200th anniversary in 2020. Continue reading ‘Dixwell Church Plans For 3rd Century’
Paul Bass | Jan 30, 2017 2:02 pm
A cold wind was blowing outside, but inside a church in the Hill, ev’ry voice rose to the rafters with hope. Continue reading ‘A Tuneful Tonic For Troubled Times’
Allan Appel | Mar 28, 2016 12:35 pm
“We miss you, we love you, and when we grow up, we want to be just like you!” Continue reading ‘Trailblazer Pastor Feted On Her 90th’
Paul Bass | Mar 21, 2016 6:32 am | Comments (11)
In the front row of an historic church service, Kim Davis sang a hymn entitled “Holy, Holy, Holy,” not as an outcast, but as a deacon. Continue reading ‘1st LGBTQ-Led Black Church Debuts’
Lucy Gellman | Jan 19, 2016 7:37 am
In Roget’s Thesaurus there are some 120 synonyms for blackness, and at least 60 of them are offensive. Such words as “blot,” “soot,” “grim,” “devil,” and “foul.”
The sentence rang out across the expanse of Christ Church on Broadway, each word falling and bouncing back, with a sure and steady weight, like marbles across the church’s stone aisles.
Continue reading ‘Where We Go From Here’
Allan Appel | Jan 18, 2016 1:16 pm VIDEO A low, grounded Buddhist chant to unleash compassion and a long, melodious reading of verses from the Koran were very unlikely to have been heard at Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green when that gorgeous Gothic building was erected back in 1816.’
Sunday night those sounds — along with prayers to Allah, Adonai, Jesus the Risen Lord, and
Siva — filled up the sanctuary, along with 200 parishioners and admirers and 13 clergy members from a wide range of New Haven faiths and denomination. Continue reading ‘Buddhist Chants, Koranic Verses Mix With Epsicopal Prayers’
Allan Appel | Jan 18, 2016 7:48 am | Comments (1)
When the image of a black Christ filled St. Rose of Lima Church, New Haveners who originally hailed from Guatemala felt a bit more “a la casa”—as if at home. Continue reading ‘Cristo Negro Warms Up Fair Haven’
Allan Appel | Oct 2, 2015 12:52 pm VIDEO It began with profound silence. Then smoking incense, and then the din of a distant bell. Continue reading ‘Holy Transfiguration Enters Second Century’
Jordi Gassó | Oct 1, 2014 9:49 am
Sun filtered through stained-glass windows, bathing pews with white light as congregation members took their seats. Continue reading ‘125 Years Later, St. Michael’s Seeks A Rebirth’
Allan Appel | May 20, 2014 11:49 am
“You sold shoes on Legion Avenue. Three dollars a pair,” Paul Weiss told 100-year-old Herb Croog.
“Your grandfather circumcised me,” Croog reminded 90-year-old Samuel Faiman.
Continue reading ‘Historic Synagogue Marks 100 Years’