Church of the Incarnation

Landmark Building, Living Faith New York, NY
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation
Church of the Incarnation

Who We Are

The Church of the Incarnation is a lively, growing multicultural Episcopal Parish in midtown Manhattan.

We are focused on living out our faith with careful reflection, passion, and conviction.

The congregation reflects the diversity of the Murray Hill neighborhood and the New York metropolitan area from which it is drawn. Worship, intellectual exploration and practical application of Christian principles are especially valued by Incarnation's members. The Incarnation family invites you to visit its landmark building and experience the living faith that has sustained this community for 150 years. Please join us!

About Us

Friendly, Multigenerational, Traditional Liturgy, Down to Earth

Community Service, Young Adults, Faith and Work, Adult Education

Traditional (Hymnals & Choir)





Plan Your Visit



209 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10016

(212) 689-6350


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Our Services

What are services like?
The central activity that unites us at Incarnation is the worship of God through prayer, music, Scripture and the sharing of the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). Beautiful music, traditional language, and the art-filled space in which we worship create a sense of sacred space and time. Incarnation also places a high priority on preaching that connects the Biblical text with everyday life.

What is the community like?
The people of Incarnation genuinely care for one another and enjoy being together. We come from all over the city (though there is a critical mass from the neighborhood), from all ages, races, and walks of life. You'll notice a large number of 20s/30s. We aren't a pushy bunch, but we will welcome you with open arms.

What if I'm not a Christian?
All persons, of whatever faith, are invited to our worship services, and will find a genuine welcome. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion - but all are invited to learn more about the Christian faith.

Leadership View all

J. Douglas Ousley

J. Douglas Ousley

The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley grew up near Boston, attending public schools before going on to Yale University, where he graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude in 1969. He went on to earn graduate degrees from New York Theological Seminary, the University of London, and the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research. The Rector’s first church position was Assistant Minister at St. Thomas Church Manhattan and Chaplain of the St. Thomas Choir School. He then served as Canon Pastor of the American Cathedral in Paris, France, and Rector of St. Paul’s Within-the-Walls in Rome, Italy, before coming to Incarnation in 1985. Douglas Ousley has served in various offices for the church, including chairing the Board of Directors of Incarnation Center in Ivoryton, Connecticut, and membership in ecumenical groups in France, Italy, and New York City. He currently is clergy liaison to the 17th Precinct of the New York Police Department. His writings have been published in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Century, the Church Times and the Living Church. He now reviews books for Anglican and Episcopal History. He has lectured for various schools and groups as well as presenting programs for Italian radio (RAI), Vatican Radio and other media. The Rector has two sons, John, an attorney, and Andrew, a marketing manager, in New York City. His wife of 37 years, Mary, died in 2008.

What Members Say Add your voice

  • I am so thankful to be a part of an engaged, diverse, growing congregation in the midst of the city, a group of people committed to living out their faith in the midst of a world in great need. Please know that you are always welcome here.
  • Christmas at Incarnation is a wonderful time to draw near to God. Please join us!
  • Please join us this Sunday at 5pm for Lessons and Carols, a wonderful service of darkness and light, prayer, music, and reflection.
  • Please join us this Christmas - for Festival Eucharist with music at 10:30pm on Christmas Eve and for Christmas Day worship at 11am.
  • Worship with us on New Year's Day - 8:30am and 11am!
  • MEN’S GROUP MEETING: 6pm. Monday, January 9. All men (including those who attend the 20s/30s group!) are invited to our first meeting of the new year. One of our members, Greggory Keith Spence will discuss the upcoming primaries and the current political situation in the US. Greggory has taught political science at the New School as well as serving as its General Counsel.
  • 2012 CONFIRMATION/INQUIRERS CLASS. Classes are set to begin on February 8, at 7pm, for those who are interested in the Episcopal Church's understanding of the Christian faith. The five sessions can serve as preparation for confirmation, reception, church membership, or the renewal of a baptismal commitment. Some people who just want to learn more about the Episcopal Church also attend, and long-term members of Incarnation come for a refresher course. Please contact us at [email protected] if you are interested.
  • 20s/30s Drinks and Discussion - Meet at the Parish House on Tuesday, Jan 31 and we'll head to a local bar for good conversation. First drink - be it a coke or a beer - is on us.
  • Join us for Lent at Incarnation! Wednesday, February 22: Ash Wednesday - Holy Eucharist and Ash Wednesday liturgy at 8:15 am, 12:15 pm, and 6:15 pm. Imposition of ashes all day in the church. Sundays in Lent - Lenten Lecture Series: Spiritual Autobiography - C.S. Lewis, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Merton, Two Clergy Autobiographies, and the Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk. Sundays, 12:30 pm in the Parish Dining Room. A light lunch will be served. 
  • Lent at - Holy Eucharist and Ash Wednesday liturgy at 8:15 am, 12:15 pm, and 6:15 pm. Imposition of ashes all day in the church. Please join us
  • Lenten Lecture Series - Spiritual Autobiography. C.S. Lewis, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Merton, Two Clergy Autobiographies, and the Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk. Sundays, 12:30 PM in the Parish Dining Room. Light lunch included.
  • Holy Week is an amazing experience at Incarnation - Easter is all the more meaningful after having prayed and reflected all week. Check out for more info.
  • Lots going on this week at Incarnation - check out our website and join us!
  • Had a great time in worship last week - such a loving, welcoming group.
  • This Sunday at Incarnation - guided tours from 1:30-6pm as a part of the NY Landmarks Conservancy's Sacred Sites program. Come learn about our landmark building and our living faith.
  • Start off your day with Morning Prayer on Tuesdays at 8 AM. Coffee and pastries after!
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – ART WEEK: Children ages 3-10 are invited to join us for this summer’s VBS, an arts-based ecumenical Christian program focusing on arts, music, storytelling, crafts and games. Head to for more information!
  • So much going on this summer at Incarnation! Check out our website to learn more.
  • Last week's play reading was fantastic. Can't wait for the next one!
  • Our Next Outreach Projects Please join us on October 6 for a work day at Moravian Open Door, a transitional housing facility for those who are elderly and homeless. To learn more, please email [email protected] 20s and 30s will have a chance to learn about Grand Central Network's emergency shelter system at the BBQ and Band party on September 25 at 7pm.
  • 11 am this Wednesday: Join us in the Parish House to pack Thanksgiving meals and deliver them to the homebound in Murray Hill with local nonprofit HONEY (Helping Our Neighbors Eat Year-round). Please contact Jill Curtin at [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer.
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