About Me

Photo:  Grace Episcopal Church, Elmira, NY, All Saints’ Day 2016, on my 1-year anniversary as Master of Ceremonies for the parish.

Michael Clarkson, PhD

I am a member of The Episcopal Church and identify as Anglo-Catholic. What does that mean to me? A high view of liturgy and the Church; a belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and the sacramental priesthood; veneration of Mary, prayers to the saints, and for the dead; the discipline of daily worship; and a desire for unity with the Church throughout the world. It does not mean theological conservatism. I do not believe the sacraments of marriage and ordination should be restricted based on gender or sexual orientation.

I am a graduate of the Education for Ministry program from The School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South.  Currently I am a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ithaca, NY.  Previously I was at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, NY; and St. Paul’s Parish, K Street, Washington, DC.

I have a PhD in Computer Science, which I teach at Cornell University.  I am especially interested in logic, structure, and reasoning.  I also have a BM in Music Performance and have been a pianist, organist, vocalist, conductor, and composer.