January 2023
What do you hope the Episcopal Church will look like in 2050?

The Church in 2050

So many questions, so many perspectives in what some call the “motley crew of the Church.” With characteristic wit and accuracy, cartoonist and priest Jay Sidebotham helps us see that when it comes to the future, we’re not a lot different from that first motley crew following Jesus. They, too, had lots of questions and no idea of what was coming.

These days, the Rev. Jay Sidebotham divides his time between New York City and Wilmington, North Carolina. In New York, he serves as Associate for Formation at St. James’ Church on the Upper East Side. In North Carolina, he continues work with RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement. Ordained to the priesthood in 1991, Jay has served parishes in Rhode Island, Washington, DC, Durham, North Carolina, New York City and Lake Forest, Illinois.

Jay attended Union Seminary in New York. Prior to that course of study, he worked in illustration, graphic design and advertising in Manhattan. (Some might say he still works in advertising.) He also worked as an animator for Schoolhouse Rock. He is married to Frances Murchison, who grew up in Wilmington. They have two adult children, each married, and two quite splendid grandchildren.


This article is part of the January 2023 Vestry Papers issue on What do you hope the Episcopal Church will look like in 2050?