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The Voice of Freedom: Civil Rights

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The congregation, staff, and clergy of St. John’s, Worthington, invite you to an event that we are co-hosting with Opera Columbus: The Voice of Freedom: Civil Rights on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10:15am.

The schedule for the morning will be:
9:00 am:      Episcopal Service with (voluntary) Eucharist
10:15 am:     The Voice of Freedom: Civil Rights, performed by members of Opera Columbus
11:15 am:     Reception and Conversation with the Performers

The Voice of Freedom, an abridged version of Opera Columbus’ renowned program “The Journey: Civil Rights,” celebrates African-American cultural history through song.  St. John’s has set aside a Sunday when parishioners and guests have the opportunity to reflect and pray about the legacy of the enslavement of blacks in the United States – a legacy that stretches back 400 years.

Because February 16 is only a few days after the Episcopal Church observes Absalom Jones’ Day on February 13, we’ll use the Lectionary readings from that day and offer special prayers. Absalom Jones, a former slave, was the first African American to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States.

We’ll remind ourselves of the story of his courage when faced with discrimination. When they arrived one Sunday for services at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Absalom Jones, Richard Allen (who was the founder of the AME Church) and other black members were told that they could not join the rest of the congregation in seating and kneeling on the first floor and instead had to be segregated, first sitting against the wall and then in upstairs in the gallery. After completing their prayer, Jones, Allen, and most of the church’s black members got up and walked out. The Historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia was founded in 1792 as the first black church within the Episcopal Church; Absalom Jones was the parish’s first rector.

Please join us for this very special day.

Voices of Freedom Flyer version 3


February 16
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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St John’s Worthington
700 High St
Worthington, OH 43085-4137 US
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