Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00
Before receiving the call to serve as the interim pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown, Reverend Terri Yvette Cisse served as the assistant Protestant chaplain and later the interim associate university chaplain to the Protestant community at Brown University. She also served as the chaplain at Emerson College, Wellesley College, Simmons College, and as seminarian chaplain and the director of the Harvard University Memorial Church School under the tutelage of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes.
Cisse has also served the following congregations as the minister for Christian education and spiritual formation at the Flemington Presbyterian Church in Flemington, NJ and the interim minister of education at the Hingham Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Hingham, MA.
Cisse is a graduate of the Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her Th.M in Education and Spiritual Formation. She is a graduate of Harvard University where she received the Master of divinity degree. She also received a Master of Arts in cross cultural theology from Columbia International University. Cisse received her undergraduate degree in history from the Mississippi University for Women where she was inducted into the national honor society of history (Phi Alpha Theta) for outstanding historical scholarship. Her clinical pastoral education was completed at the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals (Dana Farber Cancer Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital) where she served as an interfaith chaplain.
Cisse has served the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the following capacities: New Brunswick Presbytery Education and Missions Committee board member, national delegate for Presbyterian Women Association, Presbyterian youth triennium educator and team leader, delegate to Presbyterian Multicultural Church Institute and worship committee member for the Big Tent.
Cisse’s further ministry and professional developments include two term president elect of Harvard Harambee (representing students in the African diaspora) at the Harvard Divinity School, the Chalice Press Outstanding Seminarian award, the Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellowship where she received a grant to conduct ethnographic research of griotte women in Mali, West Africa to examine the practice and tradition of the transmission of religion through oral narratives.
Cisse has also served as a delegate to the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain to examine and create models for interfaith dialogue. She has also served as multifaith coordinator for service learning to Wahat al-Salaam/Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace) Village school in Jerusalem, Israel jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Biblical Literature, and the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators.
Cisse desires to approach ministry not just as a theoretical endeavor but also as a practical way of life. Like Jesus, she desires to use parables as a medium to contemporary, cross-cultural and multi faith conversation. She desires to create a ministry model that focuses on examining personal narratives for the pattern of the divine that is sometimes silently woven into the stories of their lives. Cisse believes that when people “find God” in the midst of their life stories this facilitates their faith journey towards lives full of purpose and passion.
Friday, 25 April 2014 00:00
Dressed in their Sunday best, churchgoers came to the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown to take part in the biggest celebrated Sunday in the Christian year.
A special holiday calls for a special service, which was led by Reverend Terri Yvette Cissé-Ofori. There were flowers decorating the inside of the church as well as musicians playing their instruments throughout the service.
“Today is Resurrection Sunday,” said Cissé-Ofori. “Normally people call it Easter, but we celebrate the rising of Christ. We believe that Jesus rose from the dead, and he’s still alive.”
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
While Island Trees School District officials plan to reexamine a proposal to develop senior housing on 11.3 acres of property currently used to house the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow schools, district officials have so far been unwilling to identify the developer.
The plan to sell the Farmedge property was first conceived in 2010, when BOCES dropped its lease on the Gallow school. The school district issued a request for proposals. After reviewing its options, the Island Trees Board of Education selected and presented to the
public a proposal to develop 160 to 247 housing units for seniors over 55.After public outcry against the project, the district said it would go back to the drawing board, re-opening discussions and engaging a wide range of stakeholders. However, despite requests from the public and the press, the district has steadfastly declined to identify the developer of the initial proposal—which may yet end up being the winning bid.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
The Farmingdale State College baseball team earned an 8-2 victory over the College of Staten Island in a recent non-conference home game.
In the bottom of the second, left fielder Richard Sullivan of Farmingdale broke broke the scoreless tie on a two out RBI single. Senior third baseman Sal Sanquini of Levittown would go on to hit an RBI single through the left side to increase the lead 2-0. Sanquini was 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high of 3 RBIs.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
The Island Trees varsity softball team had an amazing 8-3 win in extra innings on April 2nd against a previously unbeaten Clarke team to improve their league record to 2-0. Ashley Melendez opened up the scoring with a solo homerun to lead off the 4th inning.
Although the team relinquished the lead in the 4th and 5thinnings, they did not let the negative turn of events get the best of them. Down one with three outs left, Sam Scharff led off the top of the 7th with an amazing bunt for a hit. Christie Ciaramitaro and Kelly Cembrale both reached on errors to keep the inning and team’s hopes alive. Morgan Petry roped an RBI single up the middle to score courtesy runner, Kim Ahrens with the tying run.