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.
February February 23 Rev. Elizabeth A. Perry (United Church of Christ) is a consultant on reducing the risk of child abuse in the church and an online trainer with www.BeADisciple.com. She alsoteaches at the University of Phoenix’s Jersey City campus and at the College of New Rochelle.
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 Whelan Room of the Rectory. The group will NOT meet this Sunday, December 22, and on December 29 will meet to begin discussion of its next book, A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith by Timothy Egan. We hope to see you all at the discussions or to read your comments about the stories when you cannot attend. All are welcome; join us! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communion & Coffee Hour
We celebrate communion 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
March 1 Rev. Nindyo Sasongko (Mennonite) is pursuing a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Fordham University. He is a teaching fellow at Fordham and a theologian in residence at Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship. He served as a pastor in his native Indonesia from 2005-2013, with time out as a youth minister in Ethiopia for nearly a year. After receiving an M.A. from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry in 2015, he became the Elias Pohan visiting research fellow at Jakarta Theological Seminary in Indonesia. In 2019 he was selected to participate in a bilateral dialogue between the Mennonite World Conference and the World Communion of the Reformed Church, an appointment that runs to 2024.
March 8 Dr. Mary Ann Cejka (Roman Catholic) is a psychologist, writer and activist. She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Loyola Marymount University, an M. Div. from Yale and a Ph.D. in psychology from Purdue. Her articles have appeared in periodicals including National Catholic Reporter, America, The Christian Century, Sojourners, Maryknoll and The Catholic Worker. Her teaching career includes graduate courses in psychology for Walden University and a variety of peace studies courses for Global Ministries University.
March 15 Timothy Walton (Baptist) is a youth mentor at Exodus Transitional Community. A native of the South Bronx, he was raised in the church but found his way into selling drugs. That led to his incarceration in 1994. He was released from prison last year after being incarcerated for 25 years. During that time he earned a GED and an AA degree as well as additional college credits.
March 22 Rev. Dr. Valerie Holly (American Baptist/ United Church of Christ) is the senior community minister at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, a position she has held for nearly six years. Previously she was the senior pastor at Unity Fellowship Church of Christ New York City in Brooklyn for eight years. She has also held managerial social work positions in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS programs. Her studies at New York Theological Seminary brought her an M.Div degree and culminated in her receiving a D.Min. degree. She also holds an M.S.W degree from Columbia University.
March 29 Robert D. Arnau (Metropolitan Community Church) is a faith and queer advocate who has been called to minister to those on the margins and who have suffered church/religious trauma. A graduate of New York Theological Seminary with an M.Div. degree, he is currently a candidate for ordination under the Metropolitan Community Churches. He is the co-creator of Queer Bible Study, a podcast that focuses on rediscovering the Bible and the message of Jesus through the eyes of a post-modern movement. He has worked with other churches, preached in various settings and been involved in faith panels and discussions. He is currently studying pursuing pastoral mental health counseling at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion.
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