Summer 2018

Dear Friends,

Before getting to the details of upcoming events, I want to note for the record some recent visits of distinguished bishops. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry made headlines when he preached at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I am happy to report that Bishop Curry was also in our pulpit here at Incarnation on December 6 of last year, when the Church Pension Fund celebrated its 100thanniversary (and his sermon was every bit as riveting as his address at the royal wedding.)

In May, the Bishop of Madras in India, the Rt. Rev. George Stephen came to meet with our Associate Rector and others active in the anti-trafficking ministry. The Bishop of New York, the Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche also spoke at the meeting.

One final episcopal note, from my blog post of May 15:

“Yesterday, I returned from a brief trip to London. Among other things, I was there to represent the Diocese of New York at the Installation of the new bishop of our link Diocese of London on May 12.

The Rt. Rev. Susan Mullally was placed on her episcopal throne with pomp and efficiency by notables of the Church of England and the City of London. Contrasting this event with installations of past bishops of New York, I have two comments.

  1. The Church of England still has a significant following as the Established Church. The Lord Mayor of London was present for the service and hosted a reception afterwards. (He even entered and exited by his own door in the north wall of St. Paul’s Cathedral.) The church was packed, and seats were available by ticket only. There was a lottery for the limited number available to the city at large. Seating has never been a problem in the Diocese of New York, and it is decades since a major of New York was present at an installation.
  2. Second, Bishop Mullally is the first female in her post, following 132 male bishops of London. Some conservative Evangelical and Anglo-Catholic parishes apparently declined to be represented at the service. Whether dissident parties who reject any ordination of women will eventually be reconciled with their new diocesan remains to be seen.”


Those of you who have recently begun worshiping at Incarnation are invited to a reception on Tuesday, September 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish House. RSVP by writing me at or calling 212 689-6350.


Mission and Outreach

We recently launched our “Make a Joyful Noise!” campaign for Moravian Open Door. Parishioners are invited to toss their loose change into a large, marked glass container in the Parish House. If you empty your loose change into a jar or container at the end of the day, consider bringing your collection of coins to church. It will definitely make a joyful noise. Donations of cash or check are also welcome and will go to support Moravian’s Open Door’s breakfast program, which provides residents a healthy breakfast six days a week. On Thursday, August 30, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., we’ll head to Moravian Open Door for a coin rolling party — a great way to bring our communities together. Please save the date!

Due in part to the efforts of our Anti-Trafficking Group, the New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed legislation requiring hotels in New York to post the National Human Trafficking Hotline in public areas and individual guest rooms. The Group will be making another round of hotel visits later this summer with new resources for hotels in the wake of this legislative victory. Please let me know if you’d like to participate in making visits.

Twenties and Thirties

The 20s/30s Group will enjoy conversation, cocktails, and live music in the gorgeous Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (5th Ave. at 90th St.) on Thursday, August 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, $13 in advance, and include one complimentary drink. Learn more at, and let me know if you can come.

Children and Families

There will be an outing for families on Saturday, August 18. Parents and children of all ages are invited to a day at Coney Island, where we’ll hit the beach, go on some rides at the theme park, and visit the aquarium. RSVP to me for logistics.

New York City Marathon

As the Rector has discussed in prior newsletters, we are anticipating extensive stonework on the façade of our church building. To help with fundraising for this effort, I am running the New York City Marathon on All Saints Sunday, November 4. I just launched an online campaign, “Living Stones: Building for Ministry,” which you can access at

In his first letter, Peter writes, “Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5). Stones symbolize the people who form the church and the structure that is a dwelling place for the Spirit of God, with Christ as our foundation.

Please consider making a donation to preserve the legacy we’ve inherited from previous generations of faithful Christians and preserve a space that supports a sustainable future for our parish, nurtures our many ministries, and proclaims a warm and joyous witness in the heart of New York City.

–The Rev. Adrian Dannhauser


The date has been set for our summer screening of Paul, Apostle of Christ, the story of Luke and Paul’s struggle to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message in a hostile world. Enter through the Parish House and join us in the Assembly Hall at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17. Refreshments will be served.


***Congrats to Kimberley Ferdinando and Spyro Stathonikos, whose daughter Ruby Sophia Stathonikos was born on June 6.

***Idelka Rodriguez and Uche Akwuba II whose daughter Kaylee Akwuba was born on July 5.


After the lengthy absence of a single word, it fills me with delight to be writing again. As all of you have noticed, for the last 4 weeks we have entered the off-choir season where, instead of hearing masterpieces from the choral literature, the individual choir members’ soloistic capabilities are highlighted in order to uplift the spirit of the 11:00 a.m. services.

Because each of them specializes in different types of musical genres, thus far we have been able to enjoy pieces from Bach cantata arias all the way to Vaughan-Williams, Stanford and Sean Salamon, one of our very own choir member’s composition. On September 16th, we will be able to welcome back our choir.

As it has appeared in the leaflet, here too, I would like to encourage you to reach out in case a favorite hymn comes to mind that you would like to be able to sing during one of the summer services. Also, while we are discussing hymns, our parish hymn sing will take place on August 22nd, which is a perfect opportunity for all of us to come together to enjoy each other’s company and sing some of our favorite hymns. Please be on a look out for further announcements!

Lastly, I would like to wish all of you a most delightful and enjoyable summer season!

–Levente Medvecsky


Come to the Assembly Hall on Wednesday, August 22, at 6:30 to sing old and new favorite hymns. Our organist will play the piano and there will be refreshments.


For our first meeting in the autumn, the Incarnation Book Club is reading Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. Those who have time are also encouraged to read Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. We plan to gather on Monday, September 17, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.


As a follow-up to our Instructional Eucharist, we will be offering an Instructional Morning Prayer on October 28 at 11 AM. The service will take place as usual, but in place of the sermon, there will be a running commentary on the various parts of the service. This should be of interest to old and new parishioners alike.


On Sunday, September 23, I will be away on vacation, and Adrian will be conducting the retreat at Incarnation Center (which I’m pleased to say is fully booked with a waiting list.) So I have asked my good friend, the Rt. Rev. Andrew St. John to preach and preside at the morning services on that day.

Bishop St. John had a long and distinguished career serving churches in Australia, England, and the United States. Before officially retiring, he was rector of the Church of the Transfiguration in New York City. After that, he has remained in Manhattan, serving two years as interim at the Church of the Holy Apostles, and now as an associate at St. Thomas Church. Many of you met him five years ago when he officiated at my wedding here. If you aren’t going to the retreat, try to come on September 23; you won’t be disappointed!

I’m also pleased to announce that our former Assistant Minister, the Rev. Ginger Strickland is tentatively scheduled to preach on All Saints Sunday, November 4, at 11:00 AM. Ginger currently serves St. John’s Church in Ross, CA, east of San Francisco.

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In closing, I have a couple of miscellaneous items. First, we are looking for new testimonials for our web site. If you would like to send us a couple of sentences about why you attend Incarnation, we would be very grateful. We also invite you to follow Incarnation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, as we continue to work on our Internet presence. Finally, we would also like “spiritual tips” regarding the Eucharist; there are many lessons to be read in church in August about “the bread of life.”

Many thanks, and best wishes for a restful summer.



The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley

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