This holiday season, West Park Presbyterian Church will be presenting a series of concerts and performances at their historic landmark church building on West 86th St. and Amsterdam Ave.
The concerts will be held in conjunction with “Awakening,” a series exploring the intersection of ethics and esthetics, beauty and justice. The series begins Sunday, November 23rd at 10:30 am with a concert/service featuring the music of  Thomas Carlo Bo based on the poetry of Jake Schneider.
Two world premiers will be presented as part of the series; Prophecy from a Refrigerator Box, a Tone poem for Baritone and Jazz trio and Anesthesia a collective meditation for Baritone, Jazz trio and Congregation. Performing will be Thomas Carlo Bo, piano;  Roland Burkes ,baritone; Josh November, bass and Jon Di fiore – Drums.
Also scheduled is Stephanie Johnstone, composer/lyricist. Her performance on Sunday, December 7th will provide concert-goers with a “music-drenched, highly collaborative theater experience”. On December 21 the highly acclaimed Dzieci Theatre will present a “Fool’s Mass”. Curating the series and leading music for worship will be Jeremy Mage, Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and composer.

For more information contact:
Robert L. Brashear, Pastor





10/31 Treats on the steps for neighborhood children 4-6 PM. Come help us welcome our neighbors….

10/31 A special edition of Open Mic…come hear an amazing array of musical and spoken word talent at 7 PM… scary songs anyone?

11/1 Open reading of the book of Revelation. Written as a letter to a besieged young church, the book is often misunderstood. Come hear it as the first Christians heard it. Scripted by former intern Kimberly Debus. (Anyone interested in reading?)

11/2 All Souls Day …we gather as the saints and souls of West-Park


 OHNY 2014 – WEEKEND: October 11 & 12 


Open House tours are back!


October 11-12 Open House New York tours of West-Park.  Saturday from 9 Am to 5 PM and Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM, we are one of the featured Manhattan sites on this annual tour of architectural gems. A great time to welcome the community to West-Park.

LEOPOlD EIDlITZ, 1884; Expansion, HENRY F KILBURN, 1890.





AND NOW….This weekend is the PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH which promises to be one of the biggest marches in New York City in years…and as fitting with its tradition and legacy, West-Park will be doing it’s part and helping as we can…

Here’s what’s happening….

Sunday will be an exciting day….we will be welcoming 3 buses from Columbus, Ohio who will be dropping off their marchers at West-Park. They will include marchers from the Sierra Club and Faith Based Community Organizations. Please come and welcome our out of town guests….

SOOO here’s our plan...

9-9:30 AM Welcome, fellowship and light refreshments…
9:30-10:30 AM West-Park prayers, reflection and music….
10:30 AM We leave to go to the Faith Communities meeting point at 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues….(enter on 9th…) Multifaith worship and invocation 11AM-12:30 PM
12:30 PM step off for the march…

This will be an opportunity to experience what Abraham Joshua Heschel, on the march from Selma to Montgomery, described as “praying with your feet….”

Join us Sunday at 930am for a light breakfast, celebration and fellowship at the West Park People’s Climate March Rally. We will have guest speakers, fellowship, and music to get you ready for a historic day marching and celebrating our commitment to saving our climate.

Call us with questions and/volunteer information at the church 212-326-4890



West Park is thrilled announce a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Freedom Summer and Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner, Freedom Summer: The Next Generation, on June 9th at 7 pm. The evening, presented in partnership with The Center at West Park and in cooperation with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, will focus on what we can learn from the summer of 1964 and the communities that nurtured Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner to guide our struggles for a more inclusive society today. The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. will deliver the keynote address, and Linda Sarsour, Simran Jeet Singh, and Stosh Cotler, will offer responses and reflections. Our friend and local singer-songwriter Jeremy Mage will be curating a series of songs from the Freedom Summer as well.


For more information, please see the poster (above) or get in touch with us at 212.362.4890 or 86amsterdam@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you on June 9th at 7 pm!

April update

We’ve had a busy and beautiful April so far at West Park, including a beautiful Easter service with music from our friends Ralph Farris, Elizabeth DiFelice and Andre Solomon-Glover. Good Friday and Palm Sunday brought our friends from Theatre Group Dzieci back for their performance, A Passion According to Matthew. 


Now, as we move into May, we are excited to welcome back Carman Moore and Lotte Arnsbjerg for their dramatic song cycle, Girl of Diamond Mountain. The song cycle deals with important but difficult subject matter–child abuse and how one individual finds her way to “true survival”.

May 2nd and 3rd, 7:30 pm, $15 suggested donation

For more information, you can call Carman Moore (212.580.0825) or West Park (212.362.4890).



January-February Events

January – February Events

We have many exciting events at West Park this month, particularly over the next two weeks.

On Feb. 1, 2 & 7 we will have concerts from our friends at the Open Program. You can find details on the Open Program’s website, here, or on their Facebook page, or on our events flier.

We are also excited to host a dialogue with representatives from the Sikh Coalition and the National Interfaith Office of the PC(USA) next Sunday, Feb. 2, during worship. You can find more details about the dialogue here: Sikh Presbyterians West Park Event.

Sikh Presbyterians West Park Event

See you at an event soon!


December events

Bread & Puppet just finished a great run at West Park (and we were so happy to have them). Now, we move into December concerts, an advent Bible study, and special Christmas services and events. Check out the details below.
For more information about outside events, see the following links:

December 7: Dzieci’s Fool’s Mass at 7 pm, suggested donation $10; Composers Concordance’s concert Legends at 8 pm, $20
December 14: Spectrum Symphony’s concert The King’s Symphony at 7:30 pm, $20-25


Bread & Puppet–The Shatterer of Worlds

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Don’t miss Bread & Puppet’s The Shatterer of Worlds, a new 50th anniversary performance of giant puppets and dance, between November 7 and November 24, 2013 at West Park. Click through to find more information about the show and to purchase tickets.

Bread&Puppet Shatterer Trailer Dannenhauer from Mark Dannenhauer on Vimeo.

From Bread & Puppet: “At the moment when the first atomic bomb was dropped, Oppenheimer, the chief architect of that bomb, recalled words from the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu prayer book:  “Life, the splendor of 1000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul, is become Death, the shatterer of worlds.”  The overt extrajudicial capabilities of the society system allow the shatterer of worlds to function legally to cultivate destructions so minute and gigantic, the eye cannot perceive and the mind cannot behold them. No politician, no hazardous substance, but a well-established tradition and demon strengthened by endless practices of devastation, the shatterer continues to plot the assasination of existence-as-it-is, while disguising his activities as benevolent maneuvers meant to cure the two ailing adversaries: the planet and humanity. By imitating the miraculous blossoming of the evening primrose, the chapel manages to reverse the original statement: Death, the shatterer of worlds, becomes Life, the splender of 1000 suns blazing all at once, resembling the exulted soul.

The Shatterer of Worlds photo taken by Mark Dannenhauer.