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Should We Sell the Episcopal Church Center: links to the two-part article

Should We Sell the Episcopal Church Center: links to the two-part article

In his long career, Del Glover has served as a vice president for DuPont, chief operating officer at both Trinity Wall Street and the Riverside Church, associate dean at the General Seminary, deputy to several General Conventions and chair of Executive Council’s Finances For Mission Committee.


This week he took a long look at whether the Episcopal Church should move out of its headquarters at 815 Second Avenue in New York City and whether we should sell the building. Part one was published on Monday and part two was published this evening.

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Paul Woodrum

I love New York but perhaps it is time to move our Episcopal Church Center. 815 may be near the UN, but most of this architecturally undistinguished building is rented out to other not-for-profits. While the chapel remains, the book store is gone, the lobby unwelcoming, and the office space is shabby without being chic. The probably-never-to-be-finished Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is using its remaining open property for income-producing luxury apartments as is the church’s considerably diminished General Theological Seminary. St. Luke’s Hospital is now part of the Mt. Sinai medical conglomerate and Columbia University long ago left the fold. Its iconic British crown logo has lost its cross only to be replaced with a Teutonic spike.

If we desire to create an attractive church center, the best choice might be on the grounds of or near the Cathedral Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Washington, DC. The cathedral’s site is second only to the Capitol in prominence. It is already the cathedra of the Presiding Bishop and Primate and the place of their installation and seating. It is finished. There is a wonderful book store, a resource center and a school. DC probably garners more national and international press coverage than any other American city including New York, and transportation in and out is as good.

In time we might even raise the Presiding Bishop to Bishop of Washington and Archbishop of The Episcopal Church. America’s Canterbury! Now, how traditional would that be?

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