Welcome to Chelsea Community Church
We are an inclusive, independent, lay-led and non-denominational Christian community;we invite you to read our brief mission statement . We also invite you to visit our meditation space here. Our congregation meets weekly, Sundays at 12 p.m., except for the month of August through Labor Day, at 346 West 20th St., New York, between 8th and 9th Avenues, where we are fortunate to be able to share the beautiful space of historic St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea.
Worship Services, Sundays, 12 p.m.
“Faith in Action” meetings, monthly.
Candlelight vigils at St. Peter’s, weekly.
For details, see “Additional,” below.
June 25 Rev. Dr. Marjorie Williams-Cooper (Christian) was ordained in the Pentecostal Charismatic tradition but has moved on in her religious beliefs. She is on the faculty of the University of Phoenix in Jersey City, teaching courses in world religious traditions, cultural diversity, music appreciation and visual arts in popular culture. She was involved with various ministries in Denver where she founded Women in Ministry and Clergy Women United and was the first woman elected to the Executive Council of the Greater East Denver Ministerial Alliance. She earned an M.A. in liberal studies at Regis University and a certificate in church leadership at Iliff School of Theology, both in Denver. She was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree by Aspen Christian College and Theological Seminary in Aurora, CO in 1992. Special Music: Rev. Dr. Marjorie Williams-Cooper
For an overview of recent speakers, click on “Events,” above, then then on “Speakers & Special Music.”
Special music this Sunday, June 25, will be provided by our speaker, Dr. Marjorie Williams-Cooper.
Since our founding we have been blessed with a number of extraordinary music directors. Approximately twice monthly we also enjoy the work of gifted musicians in our program of special music, now funded by a legacy from former music director John Eggleston. We are pleased to have the weekly services of Jeff Cubeta, above, as our CCC music director. He holds a B.S. in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is also a songwriter and works as a pianist/musical director in the concert/cabaret world.
The Reading Group meets most Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Rectory Chapel. On June 24, the group will be discussing the eighth and ninth sections of our current book, Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. This book developed out of a TED talk and a grant that Armstrong received to create the Charter of Compassion. Here is a link to the Charter for Compassion – and here is a link for her TED Talk about the Golden Rule – both will give you some background to the book. There is also an app available through CompassionGames to help us keep compassion in our minds all week long! All are welcome! If you have any questions about the book – or would like a copy of a chart with the dates we’ll be meeting, chapters we’ll be reading, and other background information – please email RevBethPerry@gmail.com.
Communion & Coffee Hour
We celebratecommunion each Sunday for all who wish to participate, immediately following the worship service. We use juice rather than wine. We have a coffee hour each Sunday in the rectory, also immediately following the service. The garden is welcoming us for the warmer seasons; we particularly enjoy the coffee hours we can spend both inside and out.
COMING UP ON SUNDAYS AT CCC
July 2 Lay Service
July 9 Min. Gloria-Jean Skeete (National Association of Congregational Christian Churches) is the pastor at the New York Congregational Nursing Center in Brooklyn. She graduated from New York Theological Seminary in 2012 with an M.Div. degree. Her seminary education included internships at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Brooklyn and Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Before going to seminary she worked in the fashion industry. Special Music: Scot Albertson
July 16 Rev. F. Romall Smalls (Baptist) is associate minister for social justice at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. He is also a senior affiliate chaplain at New York University working with the Student Christian Movement and with Judson Memorial Church. He is co-chair of LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent. In addition he is a contributing writer for Religion News Service. He received his M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary.
July 23 Dr. Mary Ann Cejka (Roman Catholic) is a psychologist, writer, activist and longtime friend of Chelsea Community Church. She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale and a Ph.D. in psychology from Purdue. Her articles have appeared in a number of periodicals including National Catholic Reporter, America, The Christian Century, Sojourners, Maryknoll and The Catholic Worker. She currently teaches graduate courses in psychology for Walden University as well as a variety of peace studies courses for Global Ministries University. Special Music: Maureen Taylor
July 30 Rev. Dr. James Campbell (United Church of Christ) is pastor of Broadway United Church of Christ. He received a doctor of ministry degree from Drew University in 2014. He earned his M.Div. degree at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio and was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1991. He served congregations in that denomination in Ohio and New Jersey for eight years before working in the private sector for several years and transferring to the United Church of Christ.
Thursday evenings until further notice: Our host church, St. Peter’s, will be conducing candlelight vigils, praying for our country, our leaders, and all those affected by our leaders’ decisions, every Thursday from 6:30-7:00 p.m., until further notice.
Faith in Action – a group comprised of all interested which meets to discuss how to deal with and/or express Christian commitment in the current political climate. The group decided to meet monthly to continue discussions. Watch this page for further details as they are announced. Call for details.
JUNE 20 Chelsea’s FIRST Celebration of National Bald Eagle Day Join friends and neighbors for “A Musical Celebration of America.” Sing “This Land Is Your Land” and other folk song classics with guitarist Peter Pasco of the NYC Friends of Clearwater. Enjoy 2017 MAC Award winning group, Those Girls, and other entertainers. Hear about the history of National Bald Eagle Day. Celebrate with us Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome, including children. There is no charge. National Bald Eagle Day was founded in large part thanks to the efforts of late St. Peter’s and CCC member Rick Carrier, who died this past December. St. Peter’s Chelsea.
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