03/28/19 8:00am

Textile artist Susan Schrott united Islanders to create a quilt for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Islanders came together with an outpouring of love and compassion with the creation of a Tree of Life quilt in response to the October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. (more…)

02/02/18 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | The Shelter Island Presbyterian Church as seen in a postcard, circa 1910.

COURTESY PHOTO | The Shelter Island Presbyterian Church as seen in a postcard, circa 1910.

The Shelter Island Presbyterian Church has long stood as a testament to community involvement. The Food Pantry, 12-step programs, an early childhood education center — these are just a small sampling of the many organizations that use the church as a home base in order to serve the diverse needs of Islanders.

This tradition of service has been a hallmark of the congregation for a long time — a very long time indeed.  (more…)

08/13/12 12:00pm

SUSANNE PAUL COURTESY PHOTO | The Summer Choir at Union Chapel’s August 5 service.

Sublime music and inspiring words echoed throughout the Grove in the Heights on Sunday, August 5 as the annual Summer Choir and soloist Nell MacDonald performed under the direction of chapel organist Linda Shelton Betjeman. The Reverend Dr. Katharine Henderson, president of Auburn Seminary and prominent religious leader in multi-faith programs, delivered a rousing sermon entitled “Our Feet Were Singing” as she addressed the congregation on a sultry summer morning. Reverend Henderson and the Summer Choir were part of Union Chapel’s 140th anniversary year program and the chapel was nearly full to capacity.

Auburn is a “seminary of the future,” a think-act tank committed to building a new, progressive multi-faith movement for justice. Auburn works through its movement-building initiative, Groundswell, as well as its programmatic areas of education, research and media.

Reverend Henderson was raised in Louisville, Kentucky; she earned her Master of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is the author of “God’s Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the World” (2006). She is an internationally-known religious leader who has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Crain’s New York Business, MSNBC’s The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and NPR’s On the Media.

Under the direction of Ms. Betjeman, the annual Summer Choir (which rehearses the Saturday morning before the service) performed the “Gloria in Excelsis” by Antonio Vivaldi, as their 30 voices strong made the hymns echo throughout the Heights. Ms. MacDonald, mezzo soprano and the guest soloist, is the director of the Youth and Children’s Choir at the Reformed Church in Bronxville. She is also the artistic director of the “Sing We Enchanted” ensemble, an a cappella vocal group in Westchester County.

Union Chapel in the Grove’s programs of non-denominational Christian worship are renowned for their guest preachers and wonderful musicians, drawn from the Island, the eastern Long Island community, greater New York City and beyond.

This year, the Chapel celebrates its 140th anniversary, holding Sunday services in the wooden church built in 1872 and lovingly maintained by Heights volunteer trustees and donations from the community, New York City and beyond.

06/24/12 7:00am

Union Chapel will welcome The Reverend Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones as guest preacher at 10:30 a.m. today.

Reverend Bozzuti-Jones is the priest for pastoral care at Trinity Church, Wall Street, and is a regular retreat facilitator and spiritual director.

He leads a weekly discussion group called, “The Gospel, Times, Journal & You.”  Born and educated in Kingston, Jamaica, he completed graduate studies at Loyola University, Chicago, the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, the University of San Francisco and the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge and has served as a missionary in Guyana, Belize, Mexico and Brazil.

Reverend Bozzuti-Jones is an award-winning author and has published numerous books, including “The Womb of Advent” (Church Publishing), “Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word” (Augsburg), “The Miter Fits Just Fine: A Biography of Bishop Barbara Harris” (Cowley), “Informed by Faith” (Cowley), “Sing the Faith: Spirituals” (Augsburg Fortress), and the children’s books, “God Created” (Augsburg Fortress), “God Thought of You” (Morehouse) and “Jesus the Word” (Augsburg).  His newest book, “The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama According to Mark,” was published in March.

The vocal soloist this week is Maggie D’Orio from Mastic. She is a junior at Queens College, majoring in music education with an emphasis on voice and viola.  Maggie has spent many summers on Shelter Island with her grandparents.

This is the first time she will be singing at Union Chapel.  She will be singing two spirituals — “Deep River” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”  You will also see her working at Sweet Tomato’s.