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The East Shore disaster and church response in Staten Island

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Update Sat: Gather at the end of New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue on Saturday 11/3 at 9 a.m. Volunteers will be dispatched from there. Volunteers should bring what tools they can — rakes, shovels, push brooms — and work gloves

Memorial Day 2010

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  From Pilot Catholic News: As the sainthood cause for a Vietnam War chaplain gathers momentum, the priest was remembered at a Sept. 4 memorial Mass as a man “completely dedicated to the spiritual care of his Marines.” Father Vincent Capodanno, who died in Vietnam Sept. 4,1967, was one of the “great priest chaplains,” said [...]

Mayor Bloomberg closes Staten Island worship services of 2 religious groups. The list.

In a move with no precedent in Staten Island history Mayor Michael Bloomberg will shut down after today the worship services of 2 religious groups.

Part 6: The Making of the Postsecular City. The Manhattan Evangelicals’ comeback in 1978

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In 1978 the number of evangelical church plants jumped to three times greater than the average number planted per year for the previous decades. Since then, the number of successful evangelical church plants has averaged 1.7% per year. By 2000 the church planting ratio translated into 80-100 evangelical churches and ministries planted per year. 50% [...]

People who have helped us on the Journey: Pastor Chido

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There are surprises around every corner of the NYC Religious Census. Many times, it is we journeyers who are surprised by the warm welcomes. We are unannounced visitors like long lost relatives that only today decided to visit. Yet, invariably, people are warm and friendly. Some people, of course, are not at the church on the [...]

West Brighton Housing Projects and New Hope Community Church

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    In the West Brighton Housing Projects in Staten Island,  New Hope Community Church is working hard to live up to it’s name.  I had trouble keeping up with Rev. John Saldanha, their executive pastor, as he itemized all the programs his church has or hopes to develop for the children  in their community.  Rev. David Beidel is the church’s senior pastor. [...]

Goodbye, Staten Island! (A Tribute)

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There’s a running joke from the 1930s and 40s of how Staten Island received its name.  The joke goes like this:  The Dutch explorers came into New York harbor and spotted land.  One of them yelled, “s dat en island?”  (Is that an island?”) Staten Island has a long history spanning to the year 1609.  [...]

North Staten Island Census Map

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North Staten Island Community District 1 is big! And it’s geographical size, complexity and diversity reminds us Flushing, Queens.

Small church, big heart

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A pastor in Staten Island lamented that little churches like his own are looked down upon. Yet, they form a significant portion of evangelical Protestant churches in the city. We recently talked with this pastor during our NYC Religious Census in north Staten Island. Hitting the streets in the island, we found many jewels like this pastor [...]

Diary: Local-global connections of SI churches

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Hi, I am Debbie. I call and interview religious leaders after our census crew has mapped their sites. Two weeks ago, while I was interviewing Rev. Thomas Abraham of New York Pentecostal Assembly of Staten Island (www.nypasi.org), a predominantly Indian American church, I was happily surprised to learn that he not only knows someone who lives in my [...]

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