The Feast of Blessed Absalom Jones and Commemoration of the Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris

On Saturday February 10 at 1 p.m., Church of Our Saviour, together with the the people of the Wilma Ruth Combs Northeast Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians, will host the diocese’s annual festival Eucharist celebrating Absalom Jones, the first Black priest ordained in the Episcopal Church, whose feast day is February 13. At this service, we will also commemorate the life of the Rt. Rev. Barbara Clementine Harris, the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, whose life and ministry is commemorated on February 11, the anniversary of her ordination as bishop.

This service will be a joyful celebration of these saints whose lives and ministries inspire us as we continue our work of reconciliation and dismantling racism to move closer to becoming Beloved Community. Please join us!

Bishop Anne Jolly will preside at the service, and the Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson, director of organizing at the Episcopal City Mission in Boston, Massachusetts, will preach.

About the Rev. Edwin Johnson

The Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson is an enthusiastic and lifelong lover of Jesus and Episcopalian. Walter and Vilma, his loving parents from Montserrat and Costa Rica respectively, sought out diverse and loving communities in which to raise him which included St. John’s and St. James’s Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Edwin experienced the call to ministry at age five during baptism and got his first taste of community organizing and collective power at age 11 with the Roxbury Church Collaborative. It was then he gained clarity around the nature of his call to Gospel Joy and Justice

Read more on the website of the Episcopal City Mission.