Join us on Thursday, February 10th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET, as we celebrate Black History Month and honor the life of Absalom Jones, whose feast day is February 13th. Dean Kelly Brown Douglas will host a panel discussion with Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown, Episcopal Diocese of Vermont; Bishop Kevin Nichols, The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem; and Bishop Robert Wright, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
As the Episcopal Church’s first African American priest, the Rev. Absalom Jones’ story is one of resilience, struggle, and powerful witness. Our panel will reflect on the life of Rev. Absalom Jones and the significance of his witness for our Church and nation today. RSVP for this virtual event here.
About Absalom Jones
Born into slavery in Delaware in 1746, Absalom Jones became one of the foremost black leaders during the United States’ post-revolutionary period. Both Jones and Richard Allen served as lay preachers and evangelists at St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA. When white congregants protested the tenfold increase in black membership, Jones and Allen led a historic walk out from St. George’s in 1786 which ultimately led to the founding of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination and the first black priest and black congregation of the Episcopal Church. Bishop William White ordained Absalom Jones as the first black Episcopal priest in 1804 whereupon he denounced slavery and warned slaveholders to “clean their hands of slaves.”