Lori was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Savannah, Ga. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors’ degree in history. A life-long member of the Presbyterian Church, USA, she holds an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Church history and Theology from the Toronto School of Theology.
She was installed as pastor at New Hempstead in 2005.
When not enjoying her work with the congregation, Lori can be found reading, cooking, or traveling. She is married to Howard Whitehouse, an Englishman she met while studying at the University of Warwick her junior year of college. They share their lives with very spoiled cats and a guinea pig.
As many of you know by now, my father, Lee Knight, passed away early this morning. I am so grateful to have been his daughter, and to have had such a wonderful father. Howard essentially took it upon himself to be my father’s caregiver, and I will be forever grateful for his love, help, and support of my dad.
Howard and I are grateful to each and every one of you for the way you welcomed my father into membership at New Hempstead Presbyterian. You all showed him such love and welcome, and we are grateful.
A memorial service will be held when we can all worship together again.
Thank you for the love, grocery shopping, calls, and cards you have sent us during our illness and time of need.
It is going to be a very different Holy Week and Easter this year, but worship will go on. Currently, services are being put together from many different churches in Hudson River Presbytery (including New Hempstead!) There will be what I think of as “patchwork worship”: different parts of the service read, performed, or preached by different folks in the presbytery. There will be a service for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
These services will be broadcast on various platforms–I think we will be able to have access to the services on our own YouTube Channel. A schedule will be posted on this website, and on Facebook as soon as it is available. Watch this space for more info!
On Thursday, March 19, I woke with a fever of 100.1. I called my doctor, who listened to my symptoms and said it sounded like I had a cold with a secondary infection. He prescribed antibiotics. By Monday, March 23, I still felt, I still felt bad and was running a temperature (~99.) I called my Dr. again, and he said it sounded as if I was getting over Covid-19. I immediately placed myself in quarantine.
The only people I had contact with (besides Howard and Lee) from March 19-March23 were Barbara Zacheis and Lois Anderson (Sunday, March 22, for live-stream worship). I have spoken with them, and they are well. We kept a 10ft+ distance at all times, and Barbara reminded me that she never once heard me cough! My self-imposed quarantine will be up on April 2.
I was acting on the medical information and advice that I had at the time: I would never have been near anyone if I had been told I might have Covid-19. I have waited until now to let you know this because in speaking with some church leadership, we arrived at the decision that it would cause more panic.
Some may ask why I did not take a test. They were and are in short supply; my Dr. did not recommend it; and I would much rather a single mother with 2 kids get the test and care than I myself.
If anyone feels that I have been an absent pastor during the last two weeks, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I care deeply for each and every one of you, and you have been in my prayers since the crisis began.
We will begin a new Bible study Sunday, January 7, after coffee hour. We will gather with our coffee in the sanctuary and spend an hour or so in Holy Conversation around the Gospel of Mark. This is not instead of Ed Garcia
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On Wednesday, September 6th at 7:30pm, Pastor Lori will resume our discussion group on race and white privilege. The group will be reading and discussing “The Star Side of Bird Hill” by Naomi Jackson and “Between the World and Me” by Ta Nehisi Coates.
There will be a panel discussion on the newest edition to our PCUSA Book of Confession, the Confession of Belhar from 2-4 PM on Sunday, November 6 at Germonds Presbyterian Church. This statement of faith came out of the apartheid-era Reformed Church of South Africa. It was ratified by the General Assembly of the PCUSA last summer, after being accepted by a two-thirds majority of the Presbyteries of the denomination. …Continue reading →