On Saturday, February 5th, the Diocese of Pittsburgh will again come together, this year at Trinity Cathedral, to celebrate the life and ministry of Absalom Jones, the first African-American Episcopal priest.
The Commission on Racism feels honored to again have the privilege of coordinating the activities that are a part of this celebration and we are quite excited about this year's activities.
The day will begin with the Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. The traditional sermon this year is being replaced by an Absalom Jones re-enactment created and presented by the Kuntu Repertory Theatre and based on his last sermon. The winner of the Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest will be announced and a presentation made during this service.
Following lunch, an afternoon program inspired by this year's theme of "People of Faith – Ambassadors of Peace" will feature a panel representing many different faith communities. We hope the persons representing these different faiths will bring with them items that can be displayed. It is our expectation that the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network will partner with us on this.
For this to be truly a diocesan celebration, all parishes need to participate. Bishop Price expressed his excitement about the opportunity this presents for the people of this diocese to again come together for a celebration. Imagine the procession including priests and deacons, choir, torch bearers, acolytes and crucifers representing the many parishes from across the diocese.