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Thursday, January 3, 2019
A Liberating Presence: 200 Years of Black Episcopal Witness in Missouri

This year's commemoration of the ministry of Absalom Jones, organized by the diocesan Dismantling Racism Commission is a Eucharistic celebration.

Held in conjunction with Christ Church Cathedral's 200th anniversary celebration, it will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Cathedral located at 1210 Locust in St. Louis.

Dr. Priscilla A. Dowden-White is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a M.P.S. in Africana Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is the author of the recently published book titled, Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949 (University of Missouri Press, 2011), and has recently begun the research for a biography on the life of the late civil rights attorney Margaret Bush Wilson.

Prof. Dowden-White has been a featured scholar in several historical documentaries, among them are: "Sing It, Tell It," a documentary exploring the African-American musical heritage of Missouri, created by Public Interest Films of Berkeley, California; "Decades," a series on the history of St. Louis since the 1904 World's Fair; "Made in the U.S.A.: East St. Louis," and "The Jewish American Experience."

A native St. Louisan, Dowden-White was educated in the St. Louis public schools. She is a missionary in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she is actively engaged in the field of local and global missions.

Every year the diocesan Dismantling Racism Commission organizes a celebration of the life and ministry of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained as priest in the US.

Reminder about upcoming anti-racism training. The Commission offers a free 14-hour anti-racism workshop at no cost. Next training is Jan. 19 & 20 to be held at Holy Communion. The training only takes place once a minimum of 15 register for it, and we are currently at 5. If you've been thinking about participating, do sign up now! Read more about the training and register here.


making disciples
Episcopal Service Corps, including Deaconess Anne House, accepting applications now

The application is for the 2019-2020 year. Priority deadline for this application is January 15, 2019, and offers will be extended beginning February 1st 2019. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis following these dates.

Have some fun with the ESC discernment quiz!

Learn more about Deaconess Anne House (and send that link to any folks who might be interested candidates). And, if you're not already following the best ESC Instagram account, follow @esc_stl.


This Epiphany season read Paul's Letter to the Romans

Join with tens of thousands of Episcopalians to learn about life in the early church and central principles of our Christian faith.

The Good Book Club and partners invite us to join in reading Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans during Epiphany 2019. Episcopalians will start reading Romans on January 7, 2019 and read a section every day (except Sundays) through the Epiphany season.

Church Next will offer a six-week live Bible study led by the Rev. Jay Sidebotham, author of Conversations with Scripture: Romans and director of RenewalWorks.

Forma is taking on "A Good Word." Find us on our social media platforms to Follow the on social media platforms: Twitter: @EpiscoForma | Instagram: @EpiscoForma | Facebook: @EpiscoForma or their webpage for the daily reading and image.

Gathering of Leaders has gathered it's members (creative, hope-filled young clergy in the Episcopal church) and collected brief reflections on leadership, transformation, and growth based on the book of Romans. Use their registration form to sign up to receive daily reflections throughout Epiphany.


building congregations
St. John's Tower Grove seeks Part-Time Parish Administrator

St. John's is a vibrant, busy, and growing congregation in South City looking for a pro-active, team-oriented, flexible, and friendly individual to join our team.

The Parish Administrator (PA) has general responsibilities for the management of all office functions. This includes close coordination with others to ensure that communications, record keeping, security, rental, room set up, cleaning, and maintenance of buildings are handled in a thorough and professional manner.

The PA reports to the Priest-in-Charge and coordinates efforts with the Senior and Junior Wardens, Treasurer, Vestry members, and ministry committees as appropriate. Compensation is $15 per hour, 15 hours per week.

Interested candidates may contact the Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright for a more detailed job description and/or to submit a resume and letter of interest BY FEBRUARY 5, 2019 at



All Saints and Ascension's music director Chrissy Bellizzi won a spot on Jeopardy. Her episode airs today at 4:30 pm on KSDK (Channel 5 in St. Louis). Post-Dispatch article.


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