Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church

552 West End Avenue, New York, New York 10024
(Church Entrance on 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue)
Tel. (212) 580-3326 ~ Fax (212) 873-1452

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In the name of God, in whose image we are made: Black Lives Matter

This parish has been an intentionally inclusive community for decades. We have taken seriously the commandment that loving God means loving our neighbour. We have stood up against sexism and homophobia and, by word and deed, lived it out, especially during the AIDS Crisis. We must now live out the call to be an anti-racist community.

As the Rector said in his sermon on Corpus Christi, “Black lives matter is, in fact, a theological statement. If the Body of Christ matters, then Black bodies matter. It is as simple as that. Black bodies matter very much, constitute an essential element of, and are beloved members of the Body of Christ. When Black bodies are broken, then the Body of Christ is broken.”


NEW: Book Discussion: How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The Episcopal Diocese of New York is encouraging all parishes to participate in on-line discussions based on one of the most timely and important books of the day, Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist

In addition to starting a discussion group with fellow Ignatians, we will have the opportunity to join in conversation with members of another parish from the diocese, as well as a “meet the author” event at the end of October.  Thus we will have opportunities to address the crucial issues the book raises amongst ourselves and to create new relationships with other Episcopal parishes. Our plan is to have at least 1-2 parish discussion sessions mid-August to early September, before the wider diocesan discussions begin.

The book is readily available in print, Kindle, and audio editions from major retailers, but you may wish to support your local booksellers either directly or through  or, or use this link if you wish to purchase books from black-owned bookstores. If purchasing the book is an hardship, please let Deacon Kahn know confidentially and funds can be made available from the Rector’s Discretionary Account.

The Anti-Racism Committee and the clerical and lay leadership of St Ignatius encourage your participation! The group will meet via Zoom every other Monday at 6:30 PM, beginning August 31st, and will cover 3-4 chapters of the book at a time.  Contact Paul Kahn by email here or by phone at 917.544.3626 with any questions.  All are welcome to join in.

Read and watch the Rector’s sermon for Corpus Christi Watch the sermon on YouTube here

Read and watch the Rector’s sermon for Trinity Sunday Watch this sermon on YouTube at minute 24:55

Resources from the Episcopal Church USA:

Message from the Presiding Bishop

Responding to Racist Violence

Formation and training resources

Episcopal Diocese of New York Anti-Racism resources 


Please watch this page for resources and information as we continue this important work.