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 an Aspirant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Central New York.  My vocation is to teach, preach, and do my part to make the sacraments of the Church available, especially in their full “beauty of holiness” as elaborated in the historical Western Rite.

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.