At one point in my life, I was seriously considering the vocation of the priesthood. Ultimately, I found out I wasn’t meant to be a priest. But it’s that spiritual journey that gives me a special appreciation and admiration that for anyone who walks the walk. So when Thia Reggio asked me to photograph her installation ceremony, I felt honored and excited.
Thia Reggio has been the minister at Astoria First Presbyterian Church for a bit over a year now. This ceremony just made it official. First Presbyterian Church is located in a small, intimate space at 23-35 Broadway. It’s a quick walk from the subway. I think it’s one of Astoria’s best kept secrets.
It’s got a super-peaceful, inviting feel. The vibrant congregation welcomes with open hands. The church is child friendly, too, which is one of the reasons we chose to make it our spiritual home. Our son, Walker, has made some great friends at the church, and he loves to be there. It’s not uncommon for him to ask to go to church on a weekday. (I don’t ever remember asking my parents that when I was growing up.)
The church shares its space with Arthouse Astoria, which is another one of Astoria’s best kept secrets. Arthouse Astoria is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing affordable music and art classes to the neighborhood. (http://arthouseastoria.org)
Here’s a few photographs from the event. I thank Thia Reggio and the First Presbyterian Church for letting me photograph such a special day.