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Rev. Chloe Breyer of Interfaith Center headlines Lenten Prayer Breakfast

Holy Week Coverage Includes Vespers, Discussion on Finding One’s Mission

March 18, 2016 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Rev. Chloe Breyer, director of the Interfaith Center of New York. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Chloe Breyer
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All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s Lenten Prayer Breakfast welcomes as guest speaker the Rev. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York.

The Prayer Breakfast, held just before Holy Week, takes place this Saturday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Incorporating breakfast, discussion and prayer, the event also welcomes guest keyboardist Avis Joseph and All Saints’ Church’s choir director Adam Menninga.

The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) “works to overcome prejudice, violence and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders and their communities,” according to its website.

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Breyer is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New York. She joined the Interfaith Center in 2007. Previously, she founded and directed the cathedral forums on religion and public life at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Following Sept. 11, she worked on an interfaith initiative to rebuild a mosque in Afghanistan destroyed by U.S. bombs. Breyer is the author of “The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary” (Basic Books 2000) and has contributed chapters to “What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World” (Church Publishing 2005) and “Challenging the Christian Right from the Heart of the Gospel” (Beacon Press 2006).

Tickets for the Prayer Breakfast will be available at the door: $30 for adults and $15 for children. It will take place in the church’s undercroft; attendees should enter through the Senior Center, 463A Seventh St. at Seventh Avenue.

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All Saints’ Church will also hold a Passiontide Vespers on the evening of Palm Sunday.

The All Saints’ choir will lead a service of prayer, scripture and contemplation to begin the journey into Holy Week. All are welcome to the Passiontide Vespers, which begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

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Recovery House of Worship Brooklyn (RHOW), which meets at the Baptist Temple, has been focusing on its series, The Purpose Driven Life. (This is the theme of books by nationally known Pastor Rick Warren, a Christian author, evangelist and spiritual leader of The Saddleback Church.) On Palm Sunday, this faith community, which focuses on recovery and rebuilding lives, will discuss one of the greatest gifts one can have in life — finding one’s mission, which each person is meant to spend life doing.

RHOW’s Pastor Edwin writes in his weekly announcement that “Discovering our mission means the difference between waking up in the morning but dreading the day — and springing out of bed in the morning, excited about what we’ve been called to do…that mission does not just have consequences for a time, but for eternity.”

RHOW’s service begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. The Baptist Temple is at Schermerhorn Street and Third Avenue in Boerum Hill, just west of Barclays Center.

RHOW will also offer a Good Friday service on Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m. (with doors opening at 6 p.m.), and Easter Day at 10 a.m. and noon.


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