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Bio

I am currently the semi-retired, part-time Associate for Faith Formation at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Long Island) in Brooklyn Heights. I am delighted to be leading the Psalms Project.

 

In addition to my church connection, I am a Visiting Scholar at Saint Ann's School, also in the Heights, where I teach a once-a-week seminar for high school students called Bible Shenanigans.

 

Combining these two positions, during this academic year, I am also undertaking the historical research to determine the ways in which the two original parishes - St. Ann's Church, and Church of the Holy Trinity - either benefited from slavery and slavery-driven businesses, or conversely were involved in the antislavery and abolitionist movements. Six students at Saint Ann's School are working with me on this research as a history class. A report will be made to the parish, and a presentation to the school, in the spring of 2021.


I received my Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University; my field is American Religious History. My research for that degree led to a book, Faith in Their Own Color: Black Episcopalians in Antebellum New York City (Columbia University Press, 2005).

I have served in the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church since 1982.

 

You can reach me at ctownsend@stannholytrinity.org.