About Us

We seek to live the way of Jesus in love, humility, and service to others.

Welcome!

We are delighted that you are exploring our wonderful community, because we ourselves are a community of people committed to exploration. We have hundreds of years of history on the Upper West Side, but we aren’t stuck in it. That history only fuels our journey. We are seeking what God would have us do and be in the world as it is, so that we can be a part of making the world as God would have it be. We feed and nurture all who come in both body and soul, so that when we go out from here we all can feed and nurture others.

At St Michael’s you will find a little of everybody here. Children and elders, gay and straight, rich and poor, and everyone in between. We’re all different colors and backgrounds. You’ll find someone like you here. Come and see.

We worship in a variety of ways, from formal-feeling Episcopal style (but always with a twist) to casual interactive prayer (but always with some silence). We celebrate with feasts and parties and fun, and pray in candlelit darkness and quiet. Our music is all over the map and part of everything we do. We study the stories and teachings of scripture and tradition and find truth in them for issues of justice and relationships in our day. We find healing in God’s love and welcome, an d we share it with others who come looking for wholeness.

There’s always something happening on our corner of 99th and Broadway. Come and be restless with us.

Blessings,
Mother Kate+

About Our Rector

The Rev. Katharine Flexer has been rector of St Michael’s since December 2014, and loves this community dearly in all of its quirks and possibilities. Trying hard to maintain a Benedictine balance to a life of work and prayer, community and solitude, Kate and her husband Jim Hinch , a journalist and editor at Guideposts magazine, are the parents of two children, Frances and Benjamin. Kate and Jim take their family on backpacking and camping expeditions upstate and in the West as often as possible, and Kate is also a long-distance runner, working out many of her sermons and pastoral questions on the trail.

Before coming to St Michael’s as rector, Kate served four years as Rector of the Episcopal Church in Almaden, in San Jose, California. Previous to that, Kate was Associate Rector here at St Michael’s from 2005 through 2010, and earlier served in positions in the Bay Area of California (moving back and forth across the country is her specialty). Kate was ordained to the priesthood in 2000 from the Diocese of Olympia, and is a native of Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle. She is a graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, attended seminary at CDSP in Berkeley, California, and took part in a postgraduate study year at Ripon College Cuddesdon in Oxford, UK