Grace Episcopal Church is an historic Gothic Revival church in Syracuse, New York. It was designed by Horatio Nelson White and was built in 1876. It is located at 819 Madison Avenue near Syracuse University. On March 20, 1973, tt was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Grace Church was founded in 1871. The current church was constructed in 1876. Grace Church has a long history of social activism. In the late 1900s, the church baptized and ordained David Pendleton Oakerhater, a Cheyenne warrior and political prisoner. Oakerhater devoted his life to serving his people and the Episcopal Church. In 1992, Oakerhater was elevated to sainthood within the Episcopal Church. Grace Church is a national shrine for Saint Oakerhater - the first Native Episcopal saint. In 2004, windows were installed in his honor and in 2005, a celebration with Saint Oakerhater's decedents was held at Grace.
In 1957, Grace Church joined with St. Philip's - a historically black Episcopal Church - establishing grace as one of the first fully integrated Episcopal churches in the nation.
In the 1960s, Grace led the city's churches in its commitment to civil rights. Grace's activism included providing a home to one of the first HeadStart programs offering training for Peace Corps, and Vista volunteers, and holding meetings for the Congresses for Racial Equality (CORE).
In 1974, Betty Bone Scheiss of Grace was ordained three years prior to the Episcopal General Convention's recognition of women priests. She became associate rector.
(Taken from The Grace Church Brochure)
Grace Episcopal Church is still an active social justice parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York
. Its current rector is the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who also serves as the Episcopal Chaplain at Syracuse University.