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

"A closer look: Race to Reconciliation"

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
328 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Guest Preacher:

The Rev. Kim Latice Coleman
Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA

Celebration Day Events:

  • Holy Eucharist – Bishop McConnell, Celebrant
  • Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest Award
  • Musical Performance by youth of the Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program 
  • Luncheon – $8 per person or $15 per family
  • Focus Groups, appropriate for all ages, willaddress current race issues.
  • Story time and activities for preschoolers and young children available throughout the day.

If possible, please register online below and then pay at the door.
Questions? Call Nancy Travis Bolden at 412-683-8888 or the Rev. Nancy Chalfant Walker 412-243-6100

Registration Deadline: February 4, 2015.

Click here for online registration

Click here for printable bulletin inserts (PDF)

Click here for a printable flier (PDF)

Click here for information about the Frank E. Bolden Literary Contest


Guest Preacher for Absalom Jones Day:

The Rev. Kim Latice Coleman

  • Recent candidate for Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of New York
  • Ordained to the Priesthood, Diocese of Virginia (2001)
  • Master of Divinity (Magna Cum Laude) – Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA (2001)
  • B.A. Economics and B.A. Political Science – Pennsylvania State University (1980)
  • Member – Standing Committee, Diocese of Virginia
  • Adjunct Professor, VTS, Oral Interpretation of Scripture

The following are excerpts from Rev. Coleman’s responses to questions from the selection process for Suffragan Bishop:

What gives you joy? 
Family, children, music, singing, writing and laughing (not telling jokes mind you but laughing) all are sources of joy from which I regularly draw. …. My greatest joy comes from my life in God through Jesus Christ. I have had the extraordinary privilege of seeing my own life and the lives of others transform after embracing Jesus and finding healing in his gospel.

How do your skills and talents add to those of (our) Bishop?
I share in his passionate love of Jesus and the Church.. I am excited to possess practical, hands-on experience… I just led a congregation through leaving a survivalist mentality behind, embracing God’s mission, receiving healing from a conflicted past, and opening themselves anew to the Holy Spirit’s work…. I have found my penchant for detail and dedication to tangible output to be invaluable for the work of translating a vision into practice.

The new Bishop Suffragan will take our church out into the world, beyond the doors of our churches. Which of your gifts and talents would equip you to do this work?
At heart, I am a pastor, teacher and evangelist. I love to share God’s story … Prior to entering the Episcopal tradition, I served as Director of a Commission on Evangelism that taught me how to respect the dignity of every human being by sharing the Good News without offending or abusing others.