Cathedral of St. John the Divine lights up rainbow columns for Pride Month – Harlem World Magazine
St. John the Divine Cathedral in Morningside Heights in Harlem will light up its columns in bright and beautiful rainbow colors to support LGBTQ communities during Pride Month.
If you are interested in seeing the Pride Month light display and speak to Reverend Canon Patrick Malloy, Under Dean and Canon for Liturgy and the Arts at Saint John the Divine Cathedral to learn more about the pledge history of the cathedral with the LGBTQ community, please let me know.
The cathedral has long been a home for progressive social causes, beginning with its charter as a “House of Prayer for All”.
As one of New York’s first religious institutions to champion the causes of the LGBTQ community, the cathedral has built on a legacy of inclusivity and a powerful religious presence in the fight for social justice.
The cathedral is proud to serve its LGBTQ community both in times of joy and in times of crisis.
The cathedral was one of the first churches in the country to recognize the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s, and it continues to honor survivors today.
The nave of the cathedral contains an AIDS Memorial dedicated to the memory of those who died of the disease.
One of artist Keith Haring’s last works, a triptych altarpiece titled The Life of Christ, made just before his death from AIDS, is on public display in the Cathedral’s Chapel of St. Savior.
St. John the Divine Cathedral is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is chartered as a house of prayer for all and a unifying center of intellectual light and leadership.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the cathedral has responded to the changing needs of the local community and the city and state.
People from many faiths and communities pray together in daily services held online and in person; the soup kitchen serves about 50,000 meals a year; social services outreach offers an ever-expanding list of programs to safely provide resources and assistance to the hardest-hit New Yorkers; the distinguished Cathedral School prepares young students to become future leaders; Advancing the community of tomorrow, the
renowned preschool, after-school and summer program, offers various educational and enriching experiences; the exceptional Textile Conservation Lab preserves the world’s treasures; concerts, exhibits, performances and civic gatherings allow for conversation, celebration, reflection and remembrance – such is the happily busy life of this beloved and revered Harlem cathedral.
Photo credit: Saint-Jean-le-Divin Cathedral.