Absalom Jones Day Celebration
A Celebration of the Life and Ministry of the First African American to be ordained in the Episcopal Church

"Celebrating Diversity in New Ways: Inside the Church and Out"

Saturday, February 1, 2014
Trinity Cathedral
328 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Celebration Day Events:

  • Missa Luba African Mass w/Holy Eucharist – Bishop McConnell, Celebrant, the Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye A. Wilson, Preacher
  • Luncheon – $8.00 per person or $15 per family
  • Performance by youth of The Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program
  • Five Focus Groups:
    1. Creating Liturgy with The Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye A. Wilson
    2. Panel Discussion with Representatives from the Union of Black Episcopalians
    3. Diversity video with panel discussion
    4. Focus on Youth for Youth
    5. Exploring Being an Acolyte

If possible, please register online below and then pay at the door.
Questions? Call Nancy Travis Bolden at 412-683-8888 or nltbolden@yahoo.com

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2014.

Click here for online registration

Click here for printable bulletin inserts (PDF)

Click here for a printable flier (PDF)

Click here for a pastoral note from Bishop McConnell about Absalom Jones Day 2014


Guest Preacher for Absalom Jones Day:

The Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye A. Wilson

  • First black woman to serve as rector in the world wide Anglican Communion (Currently:  Rector of St. Andrew and Holy Communion Church, South Orange, NJ)
  • First woman priest elected to the Executive  Council of the Episcopal Church (served 18 yrs)
  • First woman priest to address the opening session of the General Convention
  • First woman priest to serve as National President of the Union of Black Episcopalians
  • Member of the Episcopal Church's National Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
  • Only priest to serve as a deputy to General Convention from five different dioceses.
  • * 2013 Recipient – Rev. Dr. Pauline Murray Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award

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