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First to climb Denali, June 7, 1913

In 1913 Hudson Stuck, Archdeacon of the Yukon and the Artic, organized a party for an attempt to be the first to reach the summit of Denali (Mount McKinley). The group reached the summit on June 7, 1913. Alaskan native Walter Harper was first to reach the summit.

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Brooklyn: Apartment building rising where parish hall stood

On property owned by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Clinton Hill, Brooklyn an 17-story apartment tower will rise. The current parish hall is being demolished to make way for the tower. The developer has a 99-year ground lease with the church. Thirty percent of the housing will be affordable. And there will be space in the new building for church operations.

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Curry addresses Hobart & William Smith 2020 graduates

Like the Greatest Generation, the Classes of 2020 have been “formed and forged in a crucible of hardship,” as the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry ’75, D.D. ’20 told graduates in his Commencement address. “Part of your most important formation as human beings has happened in the crucible not of a Great Depression, but of a great pandemic.

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Students remove portrait of Vermont bishop who defended slavery

The students of Rock Point School in Burlington have removed a portrait of the Rt. Rev. John Henry Hopkins, first bishop of the Diocese of Vermont. Hopkins believed the controversy over slavery could be remedied by proving that it had a biblical basis. He is perhaps best known for his 1861 pamphlet, Bible View of Slavery. A second portrait of Hopkins remains on display with context written by the students.

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NYT on VTS reparations payments

“Ms. Thomas, 65, said her mother remembered growing up in a little white house on the campus. She said her grandfather had dreamed of becoming a minister but had been barred from applying to the seminary because of his skin color. Eventually, near the end of World War II, he moved to Washington and became a minister before his death in 1967.”

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