The Cathedral: Chronology

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Cathedral convenes a coalition of religious leaders to urge a moratorium on nuclear power and weaponry. The Manhattan Valley Youth Program is established to provide low-income young people from upper Manhattan with work skills and education enrichment. The Valley has assisted more than 100,000 at-risk young people. The Dalai Lama pays the first of his many visits to the Cathedral.

United Nations Secretary-General Waldheim addresses the Iran hostage crisis at the Cathedral, urging a peaceful resolution. The Paul Winter Consort becomes an artist-in-residence. The Consort is well-known for its musical celebrations of the summer and winter solstices and its annual performance of the Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) at the Cathedral's observance of the Feast of St. Francis.

Bishop Moore lays the Jerusalem Stone to resume construction of the southwest tower. Philippe Petit, famed aerialist and Cathedral artist-in-residence, delivers a trowel to the bishop via a high wire 150 feet above Amsterdam Avenue.

Halveti-Jerrahi Order of Dervishes of Istanbul performs Islamic liturgical dance beneath the Crossing's dome. The Cathedral responds to a growing crisis of homelessness in New York by establishing a soup kitchen and overnight shelter, both of which continue to operate under the auspices of Cathedral Community Cares. Madeleine L'Engle publishes A Severed Wasp, a novel set at the Cathedral with some characters in common with The Young Unicorns.

Dancers of the New York City Ballet perform at a memorial service for choreographer George Balanchine. Leonard Bernstein conducts at the first New Year's Eve Concert for Peace, an annual free event. Governor Mario Cuomo delivers a homily in a special Advent sermon series on the stewardship of political power.

Cathedral exhibits Christa, a bronze crucifix by British sculptor Edwina Sandys depicting Christ as a woman. A controversy erupts, with some hailing the work as liberating and others decrying it as blasphemous. Inauguration of the Poet's Corner in the Arts Bay of the nave, dedicated to American men and women of letters. Grand Harp Event features music composed for 30 harps positioned around the nave.

Dedication of monumental bronze sculpture of the archangel Michael by sculptor-in-residence Greg Wyatt. The first Feast of St. Francis celebration, now an annual event, features a solemn procession of animals. William Jay Smith is named poet-in-residence. Dedication of the memorial for persons who have died of AIDS in the Medical Bay of the nave.

Based on information from the Cathedral's Web Page