Senior Minister Search Committee Update | July, 2021

Dear Riverside Church,

As New York continues to reopen, the Senior Minister Search Committee looks forward to opportunities to connect with the Riverside community both online and in person. We want you to have a chance to interact with us, so we are thrilled to announce our very first in-person get-together: the Senior Minister Search Committee Meet-and-Greet! Come join us for an informal gathering in Sakura Park with light refreshments and conversation on Saturday, July 24th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. We are excited to welcome each and every one of you. All are invited!

You can enter Sakura Park just north of the church on Riverside Drive and 122nd Street. In the event of rain, we’ll move indoors to South Hall. Details are also posted on our website: We can’t wait to see you!

During the month of July, the SMSC has continued our listening tour with members of the Riverside Church Community. In June, we met with representatives of 22 ministries by hosting more than 8 group sessions, as well as an open session that welcomed anyone who participates in the life of this church. It has been such a blessing to meet with you! Continuing to gather your feedback about our community and its needs will be an essential effort as we build our church profile for potential candidates for Senior Minister.

Additionally, the SMSC is working to build connections with our affiliated denominations in support of the search process. Several of our members attended the American Baptist Churches/USA Biennial Mission Summit held June 24-26, and some of us are attending the United Church of Christ General Synod being held July 11-18.

Grace and peace,

The Senior Minister Search Committee

Alexa, Andrea, Annie, Beth, David, Emily, Hylda, Karissa, Lee, Lisa, and Mark