Announcement and Invitation from the Presiding Bishop
Where the Episcopal Church, in accordance with General Convention Resolution A123, will publicly apologize for its involvement in the institution of Transatlantic Slavery.
An historic and contemporary exploration of slavery and its effects on the church and society and Diocesan responses to Resolution A123 will culminate with A Service of Repentance
The Service of Repentance will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Lancaster Avenue and Overbrook Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori will be Celebrant and Preacher.
The two day event will also feature the following:
Historic Presentations and Displays: 1:00-5:00 PM, Friday, October 3, 2008;
Opening Reflections with the Master of Ceremonies, The Very Rev. Lloyd Casson,
Acting Dean, Philadelphia Cathedral;
Revisiting the Past with The Rev Dr. Harold Lewis, Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA and author of Yet With a Steady Beat;
Taking Action in the Present: Diocesan Initiatives Across the Church
- Moderators: The Rt. Rev. Chip Marble, Assisting Bishop, Diocese of North Carolina/Retired Bishop of Mississippi and Dr. Anita George, Chairperson of The Anti-Racism Committee of Executive Council;
Charting a Course for the Future with The Honorable Byron Rushing,
Member of the Massachusetts State Legislature/Former Director of the African American Historical Museum in Boston, Massachusetts
*Other presenters have been invited
Reception immediately following from 5:00 - 7:00PM
We would be pleased and blessed if you would join us for this landmark event. Please plan to arrive on Friday, October 3, in order to fully experience this rich program.
In addition to the presentations, there will be archival displays courtesy of St. Thomas' historian Arthur Sudler; the Director of the Episcopal Church Archives, Mark Duffy; and the African American Historical Project at Virginia Theological Seminary.
Come help us examine the past and the present as we proceed with hope and love into the future.