All Are Welcome at Christ Church
Christ Church Hudson is a community of faithful Episcopalians who seek to know of God, and to make God’s all embracing love more present and real in one another’s lives and in the life of our surrounding community. We are diverse in all respects. We welcome all people to worship with us regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, health status, or economic circumstance. We are committed to the principle that all people are entitled to the fullest inclusion in all aspects and all levels of church life. We are united in our commitment to preserving an expansive understanding of the message of Christ and our ever evolving mission as God’s people.
Throughout the history of the Christian church, there have been periods of skepticism and upheaval in the face of a changing and uncertain future. Our day is no exception. We urge all with a desire to pursue a spiritual journey to join with us as we experience God’s grace in our community. As loyal, mainstream Episcopalians, we celebrate the enlightened, progressive spirit that has made our national church, The Episcopal Church USA, a world leader in the movement to eradicate discrimination in both religious and secular life. We pledge to continue to do all in our power to ensure that this noble effort continues.
Jesus did not say, “If I be lifted up I will draw some.” Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all.” All, all, all, all. Black, white, yellow, rich, poor, clever, not so clever, beautiful, not so beautiful. It’s one of the most radical things. All, all, all, all, all, all, all, all. All belong. Gay, lesbian, so-called straight. All, all are meant to be held in this incredible embrace that will not let us go. All.
—Bishop Desmond Tutu
** NEWS **
Blessing of the Animals: The annual blessing of animals on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 10 am.
Interim Rector Called: Christ Church is delighted to announce that we have called the Reverend Eileen E. Weglarz as our full-time Interim Rector. Reverend John Perry, Rector for ten years, retired on June 1, 2014. Father Perry announced his retirement to the congregation in October 2013. The Vestry then began the search for an Interim Rector to not only continue the spiritual and administrative leadership of the church, but also to help the congregation assess and shape our aspirations for the future and to prepare us to call a permanent Rector.
"We could not be happier nor more thankful that Mother Eileen has joined us at this challenging but exciting time in the life of our church," Senior Warden Jamison Teale said. "The Vestry was unanimous in welcoming her. She is experienced, energetic, and has a broad and inclusive view both of the life of the spirit and the life of Christ Church in the Hudson community."
Mother Eileen joined Chirst Church on July 1. To explore her sermons, click here.
Christ Church Becomes DEPO Parish: The Bishop of Albany has granted Christ Church its request for Designated Episcopal Oversight. More here.
Christ Church Accepted for Membership
as a Believe Out Loud Parish
"Believe Out Loud is an online network that empowers Christians to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. Reaching nearly one million individuals a week, we elevate the people and places where Christianity and LGBT justice intersect." More here.