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Senior Minister Search Committee Prayer Service on May 1

The Senior Minister Search Committee invites you to join members of the Committee, our Riverside clergy, and our community in the Nave on Sunday, May 1, immediately following worship for a brief prayer service for our time of discernment. We are grateful for all the prayers lifted up remotely, and hope you can join us to lift up prayers in person.


April, 2022:

Dear Riverside Family,

In 2005, something extraordinary happened – a 2,000-year-old date palm seed found in the rubble of ancient Masada in the Judean Desert germinated.

Life, from a seemingly impossible situation. Like the grand narrative of Holy Week and Easter. Like the hope we dare to feel as we emerge from our two-year pandemic. And in a way, like the progress we’re making in our search for the next Senior Minister of The Riverside Church.

Your guidance and patience in helping us find our Senior Minister are now yielding tangible results – a large number of applications from across the US and beyond, amazing in diversity, have been received so far. Your Senior Minister Search Committee is in the process of reading these comprehensive portfolios. We are also listening, watching, and discussing. It’s an enormous responsibility. We are giving all candidates the full attention they deserve, trying to discern their gifts and their hopes and how these might mesh with what we have heard from you over the past year.

To that end, our committee is scheduled to meet at least six times in April and four times in May, in person and through Zoom. We continue to consult with our ABC and UCC representatives and have been fortunate in having Mr. Jason Lillis as our administrative assistant along this journey – the input and support have been invaluable. Of course, we also continue to value the insight of our Riverside family at all times.

And that palm tree? Well, it yielded its first crop of dates in 2020. We hope to produce a similarly beautiful result – and we can assure you, it won’t take us 2,000 years!

We wish all of our Riverside family a most joyous Easter season as we move into the abundant life Christ has promised us.

With God’s grace,

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

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Information for Candidates

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Senior Minister Search Committee Update | March 2022

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Senior Minister Search Committee Update | February 2022

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Senior Minister Search Committee Update | January, 2022

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Senior Minister Search Committee Update | December, 2021

December, 2021: Advent Season gives us renewed hope and confidence to our work.

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Senior Minister Search Committee Update | November, 2021

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Information for Candidates

The Riverside Church in the City of New York is in search of the next Senior Minister of our interdenominational, interracial, international church, a welcoming and affirming congregation. We seek a full-time Senior Minister whose practices embody pastoral care and progressive theology, grounded in a deep spiritual foundation and a commitment to social justice. Click below for a Church Profile (PDF), and a link to the Senior Minister Job Description and Application Instructions:

Riverside Church Profile (PDF)

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