About Tom Hart

Web Developer, photographer, paddler. Lives on Jersey’s Hackensack River and supports SPSA’s mission of inclusiveness, social responsibility and living the good life in NYC.

World Premiere of MOURNING SUN by Antu Yacob

From the company that created THE CHURCH OF WHY NOT:
Theatre 167 Presents the World Premiere of MOURNING SUN by Antu Yacob. Directed by Ari Laura Kreith.

At 14, Biftu and Abdi listen to American pop music and fantasize about meeting Michael Jackson. But then Biftu is forced into an arranged marriage and their dreams are destroyed. Set in Ethiopia and New York, this explosive new play explores trauma and recovery, dislocation and identity, and the power of human connection. 

Nov 6-Dec 6. Thursdays at 7, Fridays & Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 7 (no performances on Thanksgiving Weekend). Continue reading

UMW RESPONSE magazine article about Rosie Pohlmann

The UMW national RESPONSE magazine for January 2015 has an article about Rosie Pohlmann entitled “Making It Happen: Environmental Justice” by SHIRLEY STRUCHEN telling how Rosie Pohlmann and SPSA’s Green Team work for climate justice on small and large scales and  also  “create a bottle cap tree” from the “This & That…More Than A Cookbook” which you can order from SPSA UMW.

Read the article “Making It Happen: Environmental Justice” as a pdf.

See video on how to create a bottle cap tree.

United Methodist Women at the Church of Sc Paul and Sc Andrew, a United Methodist Church in New York City, was delighted to send Rosie Pohlmann, one of our young adults, to Assembly 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky, in April 2014.

Ms, Pohlmann founded the United Methodist Women Green T earn at the church in 2013. Creating the team was a culmination of her faith, a lifelong, deeply spiritual love for nature, and a growing panic about the environment. Attending Assembly 2014 helped deep-en that love and encourage her commitment to environmental justice.

“The United Methodist Women Assembly connected the dots between social justice, racial justice and climate justice,” she said. “United Methodist Women showed models of environmental groups motivating people from a place of love and taking a strong, active stance on climate justice. The women moved us forward in a joyful, infectious manner. The optimistic~ active spirit that I witnessed at Assembly has stayed with me in the months since, and I always try to embody it when I do anything with our Green Team.”

In college Ms. Pohlmann began paying attention ro the serious impacts of climate change, and she felt called to take a stand. To address environmental justice from within the church was an obvious choice as a Christian.

“With the help of my congregation and other members of the community, we have made some great strides for-ward, tram building-wide composting, to community farm-to-table meals, to incorporating the message of earth stewardship more regularly into our ministry,” she said. “We also took an ac-tive role in the People’s Climate March September 21, as a visual commitment to act now for climate justice. I must also add that the phenomenon of women being at the forefront of a movement to respect Marner Earth is incredibly powerful.”


Holiday-ish Concert Dec 11 at 7:30

Suzzy Roche
Lucy Wainwright Roche
Loudon Wainwright III
Julie Gold
and friends…

This has been a GREAT holiday tradition over the past couple of years, and this year’s show will be wonderful!
And we’re thrilled that these Grammy-winning, song-spinning artists are uniting to benefit St Paul & St Andrew!

Dec 11, 2014 7:30 PM in the SANCTUARY.
Tickets can be purchased at most SPSA events including services with no service fees as well as at: rochewainwrightholiday-ishshow.brownpapertickets.com

$30 General Admission
$20 Student/Senior/Limited Income Discount
$100 Preferred Seating: includes Benefit Reception and Listing in Program
$250 Premium Seating: includes Benefit Reception and Listing in Program

Suzzy Roche, an original member of The Roches, has been singing for most of her life. Together with sisters Maggie and Terre, the Roches recorded thirteen albums.  Their beloved Christmas recording We Three Kings is a perennial favorite. Lucy Wainwright Roche was born into two influential musical families, the Wainwrights and the Roches.  Since 2007, Lucy has released two EPs and two studio albums (“Lucy” and “There’s a Last Time for Everything”). Their Holiday-ish Show is a thoughtful musical journey that includes some Roches’ style holiday cheer as well as material from two lifetimes of writing, singing and performing.  Joining them for this special concert will be Lucy’s father, Loudon Wainwright III and Special Guests, including Julie Gold and Ira Glass.

Loudon Wainwright III is a Grammy winning singer-songwriter, musician, actor and humorist. Over the years he has recorded over twenty-five albums, scored films and theatre productions, acted in numerous films and television shows. His latest release is a digital album “Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet)”.

Julie Gold is a NY songwriter best known for Bette Midler’s version of her song “From a Distance”, which won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1991. Artists such as Nanci Griffith, Patti LaBelle, Patti Lupone, Lea Solonga, Andrea Marcovicci, Carol Woods, Sinead O’Conner and Kathie Lee Gifford have recorded her songs. She has four CDs documenting her work over the years: Dream Loud, Try Love, The Girl I Found and Love is Love is Love.

Dec 11, 2014 7:30 PM in the SANCTUARY.
Tickets can be purchased at most SPSA events including services with no service fees as well as at: rochewainwrightholiday-ishshow.brownpapertickets.com

Present Through the Promise Podcast

From the fig tree learn this lesson: as soon as its branches become tender and starts putting out leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see certain signs taking place, you know that the Son of Man is near, at the very gates…”  Mark 13: 28-29

Listen to the Sermon:

Download the sermon (mp3)
Preached November 30, 2014 by K Karpen

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, and it was time to drive my mom back home to Long Island.  So I got the car at the garage, in order to head back to my house and pick her up. Continue reading

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Easter Mysteries Video

Ali Ewoldt, Ken Robinson & in for EASTER MYSTERIES at SPSA, 4/11-13

Easter Mysteries at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on April 11-13

Featuring Ken Robinson (Memphis, Baby It’s You), Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables), and Mark Campbell (Mama Mia). Joining them are J. B. Adams (Far From Heaven, Parade), Michael Andrako (Fiddler on the Roof), Eileen Aurelia, Stella Boonshoft, A. J. Cedeno, Sarah Charles, Alma Cuervo (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Caberet), Michael Deleget (Goodspeed’s The Most Happy Fella), Jazmin Gorsline (My Fair Lady), Jessica Kahkoska, Laura Kaldis, Paul Louis Lessard, Michael Pesce, Spencer Plachy (Romeo and Juliet, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), A. J. Shively (La Cage aux Folles), Tony-nominee Walter Willison (Two by Two, Pippin). The performances were at Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on April 11-12 at 8:00pm, and April 13 at 7:00pm.

Easter Mysteries, was directed by Donald Brenner (The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid, NYMF Award of Excellence), with Musical Direction by Micah Young (Best Music Director of NYMF 2013), with Stage Management by Don Myers. John O’Boyle (Music, Book, and Lyrics) is a producer including two shows last season, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and with the RSC on Matilda. He is a member of Dramatist Guild and ASCAP.

Ted Chapin, President of Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization said, the “oratorio is both theatrical and heartfelt. I commend [John] for taking on the challenge, and I think he has succeeded in creating a modern work that will speak to a wide group, those who care about the big questions we all struggle with.”

“The piece has a contemporary sensibility combined with passionate storytelling and accessible melodies. One day I hope to conduct this moving piece,” said Kristen Blodgette, Broadway Musical Supervisor, Conductor (The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, Evita).

It was a benefit for the West Side Campaign Against Hunger