Anglican Church in Wall Sreet – Christian Mission

Anglican Communion Churches around the world – affiliated to the Founding Church of England – are getting ready to send their local bishops to the next LAMBETH CONFERENCE, to be hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt. Revd. Justin Welby, in July and August 2022, in England.

Differently from most of the Anglican diaspora, the first American Anglican Bishop was ordained by a bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church – rather than a bishop from the Church of England, which Church at that time was not ready to perform that necessary function. However, later in its history, the Church – now named the Episcopal Church in North America – became part and parcel of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

One of the early Anglican (Episcopal) Foundations in North America, was that which began its ministry in the New York Financial District of Wall Street.

The uniqueness of this Episcopal parish church is its functioning within the ethos of America’s thriving financial and civic heartland in New York City. Appropriately in its particular situation, its congregation is multi-ethnic, inclusive, and well-disposed towards its surrounding environment of both well-to-do and socially deprived citizens, all of whom are inclined towards a Christian witness of solidarity with its membership, with a focus of outreach towards the local and the international community of which it is a part. With an extensive foundational backing, this Church has been able to disburse, on a regular basis, financial and other aid towards people living in the surrounding area, which benefits from Trinity’s extensive social action programmes. The Church also serves as a benefactor for struggling Churches in other parts of the Anglican world. The worship which takes place at Trinity, Wall Street, is well-known for its depth of theological insight, backed by a well-regarded liturgical and musical tradition. With the official appointment of its next Rector, the Parish of Trinity, Wall Street is ready to continue its mission and ministry into the future. Its history is summarised in this paragraph from the article below:

Now in its fourth century, Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish of more than 1,200 members. The parish is guided by its core values: faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship. Members come from the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding areas to form a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse congregation. More than 20 worship services are offered every week online and at its historic sanctuaries, Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, the cornerstones of the parish’s community life, worship, and mission, and online at trinitywallstreet.org. Trinity Commons, 5 floors of programming space built to support the larger community, will open in 2022.”

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Trinity Church Wall Street Calls the Rev. Phillip A. Jackson as Its 19th Rector- Trinity Church Wall Street Posted Jan 10, 2022 (E.N.S)Back to Press Releases 

The Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street announced today that the parish has called the Rev. Phillip A. Jackson as its next Rector. Jackson, who currently serves as Trinity’s Priest-in-charge, will be the historic church’s 19th Rector.

“Over the past two years, under Phil’s faithful leadership, Trinity has deepened our commitment to our missional work, expanding our outreach to those in need, awarding nearly $80 million in grants, and creating new ways to be in community, serving our neighbor and God,” said John G. Talty, church-warden. “This has been particularly important – and challenging – during the pandemic, and we are grateful for and blessed by Phil’s vision and guidance.”

“This is a joyous day for Trinity, for our neighborhood, and our city,” said Susan Hewitt, church-warden. “Phil has challenged us to deepen our faith and do more together in Christ’s name to serve, help, and heal during these difficult and challenging times, and we look forward to continued work with Phil, the congregation, and the staff to fulfill our mission.”

Jackson’s institution as Rector will take place at Trinity Church on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m.

“I am humbled to be called to lead this loving congregation, dedicated Vestry, and committed staff as we seek to do God’s work here in New York City and around the world,” said Jackson. “With its resources, Trinity has the unique opportunity – and responsibility – to respond to the needs of our times by feeding the hungry, working to end homelessness, and promoting racial justice, while supporting others who do the same.

“Our service in New York City is especially critical right now, as we continue to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the most vulnerable disproportionately hard,” said Jackson, who as Trinity’s first Black Rector brings a broad and inclusive perspective to the current challenges.

Jackson was appointed as Trinity’s Priest-in-charge in January 2020 by the Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. In that role, Jackson has performed all the duties of a Rector, including acting as the spiritual leader of the parish, and as the chief executive officer of the organization. Prior to serving as Priest-in-charge, Jackson was Vicar of Trinity, responsible for the pastoral and congregational life of the parish.

Before coming to Trinity in February 2015, Jackson was the Rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, AZ, where he led reconciliation, congregational growth, and community engagement in the Phoenix area.

Jackson also has served parishes in Houston and Detroit, and before being ordained as a priest, he practiced law as a litigator in Hawaii.  He serves on the boards of Amherst College, the City University of New York Law School Foundation, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Anglican Communion Compass Rose Society, the Mead Art Museum, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History President’s Council.

Jackson earned his B.A. in history, cum laudefrom Amherst College; a J.D. from Yale Law School; and an M.Div. from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. He is married to Page Underwood, an attorney.

About Trinity Church Wall Street

Now in its fourth century, Trinity Church Wall Street is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish of more than 1,200 members. The parish is guided by its core values: faith, integrity, inclusiveness, compassion, social justice, and stewardship. Members come from the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding areas to form a racially, ethnically, and economically diverse congregation. More than 20 worship services are offered every week online and at its historic sanctuaries, Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, the cornerstones of the parish’s community life, worship, and mission, and online at trinitywallstreet.org. Trinity Commons, 5 floors of programming space built to support the larger community, will open in 2022.

About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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