Weekly Update | January 7, 2024

Abstract art and religious and political activism will intersect at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral for their celebration of Black History Month. St. John's has a history of Social Justice activism. This year St. John's will host several local abstract artists to provide a platform to express social and political commentary in unique and thought-provoking ways. Abstract art, with its focus on shapes, color, and forms, allows for unconventional and symbolic representations of societal issues and political movements. This year St. John is focused on providing a safe space for our community to gather to discuss strategies to confront racism. We have invited three guest preachers who are committed to Social Justice: Brandon Harris the Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life at USC will kick off the month of Black History on January 14 for Martin Luther King Jr Sunday. Dean Harris is committed to interfaith engagement and racial justice He was ordained at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, the historic church community of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. Canon Warner Traynham, the former rector of St. John's, is known for his pioneering leadership in the inclusion of LGBTQ+ in the church will return to preach on January 28. Andre Henry theologian, musician, and author of the bestselling book All the White Friends I Couldn't Keep. Andre is an anti-racism activist. He will close out the month on February 11 when he preaches for Absalom Jones Sunday. Absalom Jones was an early anti-racism activist and the first Black priest ordained in the Episcopal Church. Please join us.

Canon Earl Mounger & The Very Rev. Anne Sawyer