54th ABMC of Union of Black Episcopalians Commemorative Journal

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Union of Black Episcopalians

Roots, Reparations, and Renewal Food for The Journey

Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore, Maryland

Annual Business Meeting and Conference July 4 – 6, 2022 ANNIVERSARY


In Blessed Memory

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lmighty and ever living God, by your gracious favor and omnipotent hand you have blessed, preserved and defended your sons and daughters imbued with ebony

grace. We give you humble and hearty thanks for Absalom Jones, James Theodore Holly, Alexander Crummell, Artemisia Bowden, George Freeman Bragg, Pauli Murray and all your righteous servants who having carried aloft the torch of freedom now rest from their labors. We ask you especially to send your heavenly benediction upon the Union of Black Episcopalians. United in bonds of affection, faithfulness and determination, may it be a force for good in church and community, and a beacon for all of God’s children whose hope it is that justice flow down like waters. We ask this in the Name of your Son, Jesus Christ the Liberator, who lives, and reigns with you and the Sustainer-Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN

The Reverend Canon Harold T. Lewis, Ph.D.

Rector Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1996 - 2012 Staff Officer for Black Ministries 1983 - 1994


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CONTENTS Welcome/Acknowledgment Letters 1. City of Baltimore, Mayor Brandon M. Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2. Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3. Bishop of Maryland, The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4. Honorary Chair, UBE Board of Directors, The Right Rev. Carl Walter Wright . . . 7 5. UBE National President, The Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 6. Chair, 54 th ABMC, The Rev. Linda Tardy Wilson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 7. President, The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter, Ms. Celestine Baxter Morgan . . . 10 8. Director, Mid-Atlantic Region, Ms. Carrie A. Brown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 54th ABMC Awards ABMC Schedule and Presenters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 UBE Awards of Distinction Recipients. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Exemplary Ally Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 President’s Award. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Sankofa Youth Empowerment Awards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 UBE Heroes Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 ABMC Design Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 UBE Board of Directors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 New Life Members & Upgrades 2021/2022. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Graduating Seminarians. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Patrons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Ads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 UBE National Presidents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Necrology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 History of UBE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74


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Welcome to Baltimore! On behalf of the citizens of Baltimore, I welcome you to the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor for the Union of Black Episcopalians 54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference, “Roots, Reparations and Renewal: Food for the Journey.”

Mayor Brandon M. Scott

As Mayor, I am delighted that you have selected Baltimore for your event, and I invite you to discover the city’s many exciting attractions. From Baltimore’s numerous waterfront attractions, outstanding restaurants, and fabulous shopping to our charming neighborhoods, historical sites, and world-class art museums, you’ll find that our city has something for everyone. Thank you for choosing Baltimore to host your conference. Best wishes for a memorable event! Sincerely,

Brandon M. Scott Mayor, City of Baltimore

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July 4–6, 2022

Dear Friends in Christ, I greet you in the ancient words of the Apostle Paul, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” I was blessed to serve in Baltimore for 12 years as rector of St. James Church. In those years, that church did remarkable things. All I had to do was be the conductor of the orchestra. We did hard work in the center city, not only in countering harmful things in the lives of the community but doing work that offered life, such as after school programs, feeding programs and mentoring programs.

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry

I am glad that UBE has chosen this city for its 54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference. I love this city, and I am so grateful to Bishop Eugene Sutton, the clergy, the people, the staff, and the Diocese of Maryland, who welcome us so graciously. The Diocese of Maryland is doing life changing work in the City of Baltimore and in the State of Maryland. The City of Baltimore is one where there are good people who will stand up and march and say “We’re gonna lay down our swords and shields, down by the riverside, and we’re not gonna study war no more.” I especially celebrate the fact that UBE has committed to doing its part to improve the welfare of the people of Baltimore by recognizing two programs for at-risk youth based in Baltimore and awarding those two programs a substantial financial gift to further their work. Both the Saint Luke’s Youth Center (SLYC) and the Singing Sensations Youth Choir are doing an amazing job of showing our younger generations that they have a future with hope. Although we too often hear that the blood of Abel is spilled on the streets of Baltimore, killing the children of God, children of infinite value and worth, because of the scourge of violence in our country, in Baltimore we proclaim we will lift each other up. I applaud UBE for reinforcing the work that already has begun to honor the dignity of all and repair the breach that the sins of racism and white supremacy have created. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount in the seventh chapter of Matthew, after teaching us through the recitation of the wisdom of the Beatitudes, Jesus concludes that those who refuse to listen to these words, to God’s way of love and life, are like someone who built a house on sand. When the storms of strange and hardtimes come, as they surely will, that house built on sand will not stand. But those who listen to me, who listen to God’s way of love and life, they are like those who build their house on a rock. When the storms of strange and difficult times will come, as they always do, and though that house may be shaken, it will not fall. It will stand. Thank you for coming to Baltimore for the 54th ABMC and for choosing as your theme, “Roots, Reparations and Renewal.” There is no time like the present for us to return to and draw strength from our ancestral roots and the rock of our faith we know to be Jesus Christ the Lord. Thank you for your tireless work here and across the Church, in building up the Beloved Community and raising up children to believe in their roots, their valuable, golden roots; to believe, as Isaiah would teach us, in repairing the breach; and to believe in renewal, in the food for the journey offered by our loving, liberating and lifegiving God. God bless you and your work during the 54th ABMC of the Union of Black Episcopalians. Keep the faith,

Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

Baltimore, Maryland

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My Brothers and Sisters in the Union of Black Episcopalians,

The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton

I am honored that you have chosen the City of Baltimore and the Diocese of Maryland as the site of the 54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference. I am also pleased that the theme of this year’s conference is Roots, Reparations and Renewal: Food for the Journey. And what a journey we are on. I’d like to invite you to visit a special website we have built for the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, https://gceighty.org. On it you will find a documentary produced by our Diocesan Truth and Reconciliation Commission called The Trail of Souls: A Journey Toward Truth to Transformation. I hope that this film will provide you a bit more food for the journey as you continue to travel the road of renewing our historical roots through truth telling and reparations, and I honor your tireless efforts in doing this holy work. In addition to these and other diocesan efforts, and the efforts of UBE, the upcoming General Convention will vote on a resolution from the Presiding Officers' Working Group on Truth-telling, Reckoning, and Healing that calls for the establishment of an Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice as a voluntary association of Episcopal dioceses, parishes, organizations, and individuals. Folks, it's these kinds of bold proposals that will move our church forward toward racial justice for many years to come, and I hope you will support them. My friends, we’ve all inherited a racial mess. We swim in an ocean of racism in this country, and fish don't know they're wet. We didn't cause it, but we have to fix it. Reparations is not about guilt; it's about responsibility. We all have a responsibility to repair the damage of centuries of theft. The Episcopal Church in Maryland had a role in sustaining and perpetuating structural racism in America. And now, we in Baltimore and throughout Maryland are working to make a different choice, to repair the breach and right the wrongs of centuries. Welcome, UBE, to our wonderful city, the “Greatest City in America.” Thank you, thank you, Dear People of UBE, for your faithful support of our journey to transformation in The Episcopal Church through your work in the Union of Black Episcopalians!

Eugene Taylor Sutton XIV Bishop of Maryland

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July 4–6, 2022

Greetings Brothers, Sisters, Siblings and All, As Honorary Board Chair of the Union of Black Episcopalians and as a son of Baltimore, Maryland I am especially delighted to welcome you to the 54th anniversary of our Union. When composing this message the thought occurred to me how often I use the words “food” and “fun” when praying and blessing our times together.

The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright

But on this occasion I’ve decided to add another “fellowship!” When we come together as Union each year, while it is true that we look forward to our food and fun, but it is our fellowship that gives us the strength we need to continue to do the work of fighting for justice. It is our fellowship that keeps us going; our fellowship that draws our fellow Episcopalians to our ranks. It is our strong bond of fellowship that, in spite of the criticism of naysayers, allows us to endure. And, if I may say so it is our enduring fellowship that makes us an invaluable gift to the Episcopal Church. Particularly in these pandemic and war stricken times, we thank God for this Union and the myriad ministries we have accomplished; and for this Church whose ministry to us daughters and sons of Africa endures. As we meet and greet, let us remember those sacred words from Anthony Johnson Showalter’s hymn: “What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on [God’s] everlasting arms!” Again, welcome. I pray that you will enjoy the fruits of the labors of our indefatigable President, the Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman and the many Union members who have made this week possible. Faithfully,

Carl Walter Wright

VII Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries

Baltimore, Maryland

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Greetings my dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus and welcome to UBE’s 54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference. As we come together under the theme of “Roots, Reparations, and Renewal,” we recognize our longing to reconnect and experience the joy of one another’s incarnate presence, to hear united voices in the work of eradicating the Church and society of racism, and to celebrate the goodness of a God who saw fit to decorate humanity with a diversity of races and cultures that we now enjoy as constituent bodies in our beloved Episcopal Church. Welcome to Baltimore and prepare yourself for a time of enrichment and inspiration that will feed your soul for many months to come.

The Very Reverend Kim L. Coleman

We will explore our roots as we honor the Historic St. James Episcopal Church, cauldron of formation for many Episcopal black leaders including our Honorary Chair, the Right Rev. Carl W. Wright and our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry. You will witness the fruit of the extraordinary efforts our local chapter hosts, the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter of Maryland, put into planning for this conference and supporting the work of the ABMC Planning Committee. And we will premiere two new, short films about the life and wisdom of Canon Ed Rodman, one of the most important Episcopal freedom-fighters alive today. Through experts in the field of racial justice and reparations, we will educate and equip our members and chapters with what they need to know to be effective leaders of reparations efforts in their own locations. We will discover how broad the work of reparations is and how it is being undertaken across this nation, in our parishes, in our dioceses, in our institutions and in our communities. And we will renew our spirits through powerful worship and a concluding awards dinner where we will celebrate a host of leaders in the area of anti-racism and racial justice. Someone has defined peace not as the absence of conflict or affliction, but as having resolute calmness, joy, and contentment in the midst of conflict and/or affliction. Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the coronavirus, we gather to thank God for sustaining us as we reestablish in person connection with one another. Thank you, Beloved, for being with us in Baltimore. To God be the glory and praise. Faithfully yours,

Rev. Kim L. Coleman UBE National President

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July 4–6, 2022

Welcome to our 54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference, Dear Union of Black Episcopalian Family and Friends, Thank you for joining together in Baltimore for this Momentous Gathering! I am grateful that you have traveled near and far to share once again our legacy and devotion to this organization. We have come this far by faith and hard work and let us continue to do so into our future.

The Reverend Linda Tardy Wilson

God's Blessings to All,

Linda Tardy Wilson 54th UBE ABMC Chair

Baltimore, Maryland

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Dear UBE Members and Friends: Welcome to our beautiful CHARM CITY! On behalf of The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter, UBE, we are delighted to welcome you to Baltimore, Maryland, which is a place where you will experience why it is referred to as Charm City! We congratulate the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) on its 54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference.

Ms. Celestine B. Morgan NEW PICTURE

While the COVID 19 pandemic has hampered some of the many activities we wanted you to experience, we assure you will enjoy your stay. Our theme for the conference, “Roots, Reparations, and Renewal: Food for the Journey,” reminds us of our beginnings, what we have gone through, and renewal of our faith as we anticipate the future. Our city can also be described by our theme as you explore its historical aspects, see improvements from our past, and observe the changing landscapes for a better future. We hope you will have time to see the many attractions Baltimore has to offer. You will also observe that information shared from our conference speakers, sessions, activities, and events are reflective of our theme. Most importantly, we want you to leave the conference with a renewed interest in the mission of the UBE as we continue to work for social and economic justice, and that we have provided you with “food for the journey.” As the Baltimore UBE host Chapter, we want you to enjoy the conference and Charm City! With gratitude,

Celestine Baxter Morgan

President, The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter, UBE

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July 4–6, 2022

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, On behalf of the UBE Mid-Atlantic Region, it is my honor and privilege to welcome you to the 54th Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) Annual Business Meeting and Conference, “Roots, Reparations, and Renewal: Food for the Journey.”

Ms. Carrie A. Brown

As a member of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter, a resident of the state of Maryland and Chair of the On-Site Planning Committee for this Conference, I welcome you to the city of Baltimore. I invite you to take advantage of the city’s many offerings which can be found at gceighty.org. Please view the Trail of Souls documentary and other history postings. As a member of the Diocese of Maryland and Province III, who has served on many committees and commissions addressing economic and social issues, especially concerning racism and reparations, I am delighted to say this Conference will focus on these matters. You will gain insights, practical ideas, and tools to take back to your chapters and community. Above all of this, will be the fun and fellowship we will enjoy together. So, in the Baltimore tradition: Welcome Hon! Faithfully,

Carrie A. Brown

Director, UBE Mid-Atlantic Region

Baltimore, Maryland

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Union of Black Episcopalians ABMC Schedule YoungAdults and Adults 54th ABMC Schedulefor for Young Adults and Adults Roots, Reparations and Renewal: Food for the Journey Sunday, July 3, 2022 Optional Preconference Events 9:15 am

Bus departs from Hyatt Regency for St. James Episcopal Church (Limited seating with preference for seniors and mobility challenged persons registered at hotel) REAR HOTEL ENTRANCE (1ST FL)

10:00 am

Worship at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1020 W Lafayette Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217. Festival Eucharist: The Feast of Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray Preacher: The Rev. Richard D. Meadows, Jr., Rector, St. James Episcopal Church, Baltimore and Priest-in-Charge, St. Michael’s & All Angels Episcopal Church Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Christine McCloud, Canon for Mission, Diocese of Maryland

12:00 pm

Bus returns to the Hyatt Regency

4:00 pm

Volunteers and ABMC Planning Team Meeting

Monday, July 4, 2022 Opening Plenary Sessions and Worship Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor

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10:00 am-12:00 pm

Check in at Hyatt Regency. No onsite registration. Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner on own

1:00 pm

Opening Remarks and Welcome BALLROOM A/B The Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman, UBE National President Greetings from Mayor Brandon M. Scott, City of Baltimore

1:10 pm

Celebrating Our Roots: Spotlight on The Historic St. James Episcopal Church, Baltimore, Maryland Speaker: Mrs. Elise Jude Mason, Esq, Member, St. James Episcopal Church

1:25 pm

Historical Overview of the Movement for Reparations BALLROOM A/B in the United States, National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) Speakers: Dr. Ron Daniels, NAARC Convener and President, Institute of theBlack World 21st Century; Don Rojas, IBW Director of Communications and International Relations; The Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, NAARC Commissionerand Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple

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BALLROOM FOYER

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1:45 pm

Keynote Address by The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers BALLROOM A/B Canon to thePresiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care

2:20 pm

Stretch Break

2:30 pm

UBE Business Meeting-Part II BALLROOM A/B Installation of Newly Elected Officers • Celebration of New Chapters • Presentation of the UBE Sankofa Empowerment Award • Recognition of Lifetime Members 2021-2022

3:30 pm

Break to prepare for worship

4:00 pm

Festival Holy Eucharist Worship Service at Hyatt Regency BALLROOM A/B Preacher: The Rev. R. Jemonde Taylor, Rector. St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, Raleigh, North Carolina Co-Presiders: Bishop-Elect Paula Clark, Diocese of Chicago and The Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Arlington, Virginia, UBE National President Music: Singing Sensations Youth Choir, Dr. Hollie Hood-Mincey, Director

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Adult Reception (with Cash/Credit only Bar)

6:30 pm

Dinner and Fireworks (see below @ 9:00) on your own

7:30 pm

UBE Weekly Prayer Line Group Gathering

8:00 pm

Prophets Among Us: The Legacy and Wisdom of Canon Ed Rodman

HARBOR VIEW/ATRIUM

PRESIDENT’S ROOM (1st FL) BALLROOM A/B

Join us for the premiere of two new, short films about the life and wisdom of Canon Ed Rodman, one of the most important Episcopal freedomfighters alive today. What better way to celebrate freedom! Sponsored by the UBE, the Committee to Celebrate the Legacy and Wisdom of Canon Ed Rodman, and The Episcopal Church’s Office of Racial Reconciliation and Justice. 9:00 pm

Enjoy fireworks on Hyatt’s Sixth Floor or from the Atrium area

10:00 pm

Service of Compline

PRESIDENT’S ROOM (1st FL)

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor 7:30 am

Morning Prayer

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Check in. No onsite registration.

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast

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Baltimore, Maryland

PRESIDENT’S ROOM (1st FL) BALLROOM FOYER ATRIUM 2

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10:00 am

Welcome and Orientation BALLROOM A/B Moderator: Ms. Ebonee Davis, Associate for Programming & Historical Research for Reparations, Office of Multicultural Ministries, Virginia Theological Seminary

10:15 am

Panel Discussion: Reparations from the Ground Up BALLROOM A/B Panelists include: - Ms. Danita Roundtree Green, Coming Together Virginia - Dr. Ron Daniels, NAARC Convener and President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century - Mr. Woody Register, Roberson Project on Slavery, Race and Reconciliation, the University of the South: Sewanee - The Rev. Dr. Joseph Thompson, Director of MulticulturalMinistries and Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary - The Rev. Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr., Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing, Diocese of Virginia

12:30 pm

Lunch at Hotel

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

“A Race Against Race” – Social Justice Quilts Presentation BALLROOM A/B The Rev. Carol Burnsides, Diocese of Maryland

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Workshops A, B, C, D, E (to be repeated in Second Hour)

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Workshop A COLUMBIA ROOM (2ND FL) Topic: Reparations on the Community/Grassroots Level Speaker: Danita Rountree Green, Coming Together Virginia A Winter 2022 article in “A New Social Justice” reports that the first reparations claim was made in 1783 by a woman named Belinda who petitioned the Massachusetts legislature for payment for her labor as an enslaved woman. Since Ms. Belinda, other grassroots efforts to restore community and close the breach born of racism and institutionalized oppression have emerged. This session provides a lens into what communities can accomplish when they come together as well as how UBE chapters can support and facilitate this type of reparations work.

Workshop B FREDERICK ROOM (2ND FL) Topic: Reparations in our Institutions Speakers: Woody Register, University of the South, and The Rev. Dr. Joseph Thompson, Virginia Theological Seminary Across The Episcopal Church, Episcopalians are realizing that the institutions we have established and cherish belong as much as to the descendants of the enslaved people who built and worked them as they do to the white people that everybody always thought such institutions belonged to. In this session we learn what this awakening looks like in two leading Episcopal seminaries and examine what it might mean to apply the same lens to other institutions that exist because of the contributions made by enslaved persons.

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Workshop C ANNAPOLIS ROOM (2ND FL) Topic: Reparations in The Episcopal Church Speakers: The Rev. Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr., Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing, Diocese of Virginia; The Rev. Grey Maggiano and The Rev. Deacon Natalie Conway, Memorial Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD It’s happening in dioceses, in congregations, in Episcopal schools, just about everywhere. People are rising up to acknowledge the sin of racism, to identify its reverberating consequences, and to find ways to make amends for the harms of slavery and its many legacies. This new landscape gives rise to questions like where do we begin, how do we handle certain challenges, and what are the best practices when it comes to the topic of reparations. Panelists in this session will not only share their particular stories but also will invite conversation around these questions to share the wisdom we can gain from one another and our particular experiences.

Workshop D BALTIMORE ROOM (2nd FL) Topic: Nationwide Historical and Practical Experiences of Reparations in the United States Speakers: Dr. Ron Daniels, NAARC Convener and President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century; Don Rojas, IBW Director of Communications and International Relations; The Rev. Dr. Robert Turner, NAARC Commissioner and Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple Perhaps the best kept secret in these United States is the reality that reparations has been a topic of conversation and action for decades. This session will look into that history as it plays out in this nation and help attendees to understand how this old phenomenon is being made new by the twin pandemics of coronavirus and racism.

Workshop E LOMBARD ROOM (3rd FL) Topic: The Church Pension Group: For the Future You! Speakers: Mr. Gerald K. Delk, Vice President – Education and Wellness, Church Pension Group and Ms. Kathy Floyd, Senior Vice President – Education and Wellness, Church Pension Group What can you do today to secure your future? Learn about your clergy pension and how to reframe retirement savings. It’s never too early or too late to start saving. We will also focus on the determinants of overall wellbeing including physical health, mental health, financial wellness, social connectedness, and sense of purpose in retirement. The Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye Wilson, a Church Pension Group Board member, will provide practical insights into how financial consultations work with clergy. The afternoon session will allow attendees to go deeper on topics of particular interest.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Repeat of Workshops A, B, C, D, and E For workshop descriptions and room locations see above

4:00 pm

Break to prepare for worship

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4:30 pm

Festival Holy Eucharist Worship Service with Necrology BALLROOM A/B Celebrant: The Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Diocese of Missouri Preacher:The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris, Diocese of Massachusetts Music: Singing Sensations Youth Choir, Baltimore, Maryland

6:30 pm

Dinner at the Hotel

8:00 pm

Fireside Chat with National President, Chapter Presidents, and Regional Directors

PRESIDENT’S ROOM (1st FL)

10:00 pm

Service of Compline

PRESIDENT’S ROOM (1st FL)

BALLROOM C, D, F

Wednesday July 6, 2022 Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor 7:30 am

Morning Prayer at Hotel

PRESIDENT’S ROOM (1st FL)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast/Check In. No onsite registration.

9:15 am

Buses depart for Washington D.C. Tour REAR HOTEL ENTRANCE (1ST FL) National Museum of African American History & Culture and the Black Lives Matter Plaza

9:15 am

Free time for those not taking the tour. See contents of Conference bag for suggestions of local sites

4:00 pm

Buses return to hotel from Tour

6:00 pm

Awards Dinner Check In / Reception with Cash Bar BALLROOM FOYER (All attendees must present vaccination card and identification. No onsite registration)

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Awards Dinner and Program COMBINED BALLROOMS With Keynote Address Video by The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, awards presentations, and celebration of special guests

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Conference attendees complete and submit electronic survey before departing for next destination.

Thursday, July 7, 2022 Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor 8:00 am - 10:00 am

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New Board Orientation Meeting

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July 4–6, 2022

ABMC Presenters & Workshop Leaders Mrs Elise Jude Mason, Esq. | President of the Board of Directors of the St. James Terrace Apartments and Co-chair of the Bicentennial (1824-2024) of the Historic St. James Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD Elise Mason has a passion for the history of the Historic St. James Episcopal Church Baltimore and invests her energy in preserving and sharing that history while also serving St. James in many capacities. A Baltimore native, Elise was baptized, confirmed and grew up at St. James. Recent involvements include serving as Finance Commissioner, a role that allowed her to spearhead the development of a financial management and strategies plan, develop the church's annual budget and establish and maintain internal controls, accounting guidelines and business practices.

The Rev. Carol Burnside | Saint Katherine of Alexandria Episcopal Church, Baltimore I was baptized at age 13 in a Presbyterian Church in Arkansas. I visited the local Episcopal Church when I was in high school and experienced an overwhelming sense of coming home. Shortly after this recognition of my true spiritual home, I was dumbfounded by the disruption when the first women were ordained priests and the Book of Common Prayer was changed. Little did I know that thirteen years later I would be a priest myself. When I was ten I took art lessons. All of my paintings were portraits of pirates. They weren’t very good. Along the way, the art teacher asked why I painted pirates. I told her that since pirates had a patch over one eye and a kerchief covering one ear, I didn’t have to worry about the eyes and ears matching. The only People of Color I saw in my hometown prior to my junior high years were two Asian families I knew at the Presbyterian Church. Who could have predicted from my childhood that I would later be an Episcopal priest in Baltimore who made art quilts for racial justice? Life is a thrilling journey that has led me to this UBE conference. I am truly blessed to be with old friends and new at this conference in my current hometown of Baltimore.

The Rev. Natalie Conway | Deacon, Memorial Episcopal Church, Baltimore The Reverend Natalie Conway is a cradle Episcopalian attending church in Baltimore for most of her life. She is also a Deacon in the Episcopal Church. She earned a BA in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park. After college, she worked at the US Department of State and retired in 1997. She began working at the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland in 2000 in the Office of Transitions helping churches find clergy and clergy to find churches. She began ordained formation in 2008 and left her position at the Diocese to actively pursue ordination to the Diaconate. She was ordained Deacon in 2013 and is currently serving at Memorial Episcopal Church in Baltimore. Reverend Conway's interests include social justice and racial reconciliation. She has served as co-chair for the Diocesan Truth and Reconciliation Commission and as President of the Diocesan Standing Committee. She lives in Columbia and has a daughter and granddaughter.

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ABMC Presenters & Workshop Leaders | continued Dr. Ron Daniels | Convener and President, National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), Institute of the Black World 21st Century Dr. Daniels is the Founder and President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a progressive, African-centered, action-oriented Resource Center dedicated to empowering people of African descent and marginalized communities (www.ibw21.org). As the administrator for the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), IBW has emerged as a leading organization within the U.S. and global reparations movements. NAARC has devised a 10 Point Reparations Program and is a staunch supporter of HR-40, the Congressional Bill that would establish a National Commission to study reparations proposals for African Americans. Dr. Ron Daniels serves as the Convener of NAARC. A veteran social and political activist, Dr. Daniels was an independent candidate for President of the United States in 1992. He served as Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition in 1987 and Southern Regional Coordinator and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Jesse Jackson for President Campaign in 1988. He holds a B.A. in History from Youngstown State University, an M.A. in Political Science from the Rockefeller School of Public Affairs in Albany, New York, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Africana Studies from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.

Ms. Ebonee Davis | Associate for Programming & Historical Research for Reparations Virginia Theological Seminary Ebonee Davis is the Associate for Programming & Historical Research for Reparations at VTS. She holds a MA in Museum Studies & Historical Preservation from Morgan State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in African Diaspora History at Howard University. For nearly 15 years, Davis has operated within the field of public history; working for local, state, and national institutions in the U.S. and Africa. Davis is currently responsible for coordinating the Seminary's Reparations Program and liaising with the Program’s descendant families.

Mr. Gerald Delk | Vice President, Education and Wellness Church Pension Group Gerald K. Delk joined CPG in January of 2022 as Vice President, Education, and Wellness for Church Pension Group. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in New Brunswick, NJ. He has held senior leadership positions with Vanguard and GE Capital. Additionally, Gerald served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Harold E. Ford, Sr. in Washington, DC. He is very active in the surrounding community. He has served as an Elder and Treasurer of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Board Member and Treasurer of Arm in Arm of NJ, and a Board Member of the Alliance Theater in Atlanta, GA. Gerald earned an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and a BA from LeMoyne-Owen College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist. Gerald is also a GE Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He resides in West Windsor, NJ, with his wife, Karen. They are proud parents of Winston, Phyllis, and Brian.

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Ms. Kathy Floyd | Senior Vice President, Education and Wellness, Church Pension Group Kathy Floyd is Senior Vice President – Education and Wellness. In this capacity, she is responsible for CPG’s educational programs and conferences, including CREDO, Planning for Wellness and Enriching Your Retirement, as well as the CPG.org Learning Center and courses. Kathy joined CPG in 2015. Before joining CPG, Kathy served as Senior Advisor in the Office of Financial Education at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and was previously Deputy Director for Investor Education for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Earlier, she was Executive Director of Stock Market Game for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and Director, Baltimore Academics, for the Baltimore City Public School System. In all, she has more than 25 years experience developing and implementing financial education programs and curricula. Kathy resides in New Jersey and has two children. Ms. Danita Roundtree Green | Co-Founder and CEO, Coming Together Virginia Danita Rountree Green, M.A., TLSC, is an author and transformational storyteller who believes language leads change. This rooted belief led her to become Co-Founder and CEO of Coming Together Virginia (formerly CTTT - RVA), the largest affiliate of a national nonprofit committed to racial healing and reparative justice, engaging nearly 4000 participants each year. Coming Together Virginia facilitates the "courageous, clumsy and often uncomfortable conversation on race” and the legacy of the American Slave Trade in the former Capital of the Confederacy. As a playwright, artist, and TIC/ACEspecialist, Green offers workshops addressing community trauma. Also known as The BroomLady and the creator of The Love Locked Down Theatre Project, she uses storytelling to unravel harmful narratives, helping audiences move through personal, generational, and historical trauma. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Maryland University of Integrative Health, Green also holds certifications from the Virginia Department of Health and Howard University. In all that she does, Danita is dedicated to "bringing Love to the fight" and moving our nation toward a season of uncompromising compassion for cultural repair. To learn more about Danita's publications, international conferences, and vision of the Beloved Community, go to danitarountreegreen.com. The Rev. Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr. | Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing, Diocese of Virginia A native Virginian, the Reverend Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr., has served as Missioner for Racial Justice and Healing in the Diocese of Virginia since November 2021. As Diocesan Missioner, Hill collaborates with lay and ordained leaders to engage all congregations and diocesan organizations in the work of healing across racial and other divides; supports existing ministries of racial justice and healing; works with groups across the Diocese in the development of new ministries; and facilitates courageous dialogue about race that is rooted in Christ and that honors different experiences. Reverend Lee holds degrees from George Mason, Wake Forest, Emory University, and post-graduate certificates from Princeton Theological Seminary, the Morehouse School of Pastoral Leadership, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Reverend Hill is an ordained minister with standing in the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ and has served congregations in California, New York, and North Carolina. He thoroughly enjoys being a pastor, preacher, scholar, cultural critic, public theologian, and social justice activist who ministers at the intersection of the spiritual and the social, the secular and the sacred. Baltimore, Maryland

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ABMC Presenters & Workshop Leaders | continued The Rev. Grey Maggiano | Rector, Memorial Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD The Reverend Grey Maggiano has served as rector of Memorial Church in Baltimore since 2016. He is a graduate of Williams College and has master’s degrees from Georgetown University and Virginia Theological Seminary. He served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the White House and State Department and was a law enforcement and counter-narcotics program manager in Afghanistan. Before accepting the call to serve as rector of Memorial Church, Father Grey served as an Associate Priest at Trinity Cathedral in Miami, Florida. Grey’s church experience includes the development of youth and young adult programs, as well as significant mission, leadership, and congregational work in Uganda, Rwanda, Honduras, and Colombia. He is passionate about presenting the Gospel to a multi-generational, multicultural community. Both Grey and his wife Monica are fluent in Spanish, and their daughter Isabella is being raised bilingually. Monica is a public relations professional who has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Grey’s hobbies include running, the Washington Nationals, Spanish literature, and teaching his daughter the finer intricacies of the infield fly. Mr. Woody Register | Roberson Project on Slavery, Race and Reconciliation, University of the South: Sewanee Dr. Woody Register is the founding Director of the Roberson Project since 2017. He has been teaching courses at the University of the South School (Sewanee) on nineteenth- and twentiethcentury American society, gender, and slavery’s role in the development of American institutions and society for nearly thirty years. Dr. Register’s involvement with the Roberson project was sparked first by his own research into Sewanee’s particular history in connection with slavery and was then influenced by the international movement among colleges and universities to study the history and impact of their institution’s indebtedness to slavery and slavery’s indebtedness to their institutions. Dr. Register has been a newspaper reporter and editor, has a doctorate in history from Brown University, and is presently the Francis S. Houghteling Professor of American History at Sewanee. Mr. Don Rojas | Director of Communications and International Relations, Institute of the Black World 21st Century Director of Communications since 2013 as well as of International Relations since 2017 of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Don Rojas possesses a unique combination of communications expertise and experiences spanning a long career in print, broadcast, and internet media as well as international diplomacy. Over the course of his career, Rojas has traveled and worked extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In the early 1990s, he established a communications department for the NAACP (National HQ) and recently was featured in a chapter in the book The Black Digital Elite.

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The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers | Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers spearheads Episcopal efforts to follow Jesus’ Way of Love and to grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with God, each other, and the earth as Canon to Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. The author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation – as well as The Episcopal Way and The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline and New Hope for Beloved Community – Spellers has worked for years at the intersection of practice and reflection, renewal and justice. Prior to taking her current post, she directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary in New York City, served as a Canon in the Diocese of Long Island, and founded The Crossing, a ground-breaking church within St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. She began her career as an award-winning religion journalist in Knoxville, Tennessee, a job she took in 1996 upon graduation from Harvard Divinity School, where she studied religion and movements for social change. She later graduated from Episcopal Divinity School and, in 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from the General Theological Seminary. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, she and her husband Albert deGrasse make their home today in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. The Rev. Dr. Joseph Thompson | Associate Dean of Multicultural Ministries; Assistant Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies,Virginia Theological Seminary The Reverend Joseph Thompson, Ph.D. is Associate Dean of Multicultural Ministries at Virginia Theological Seminary. He helps to ensure that seminarians engage with issues of race, justice, and intercultural awareness as part of their theological education. He was formerly Archivist for the African American Episcopal Historical Collection, also at VTS. Before heading off to seminary, he taught African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and prior to that, he was Director of the John Hope Franklin Center for African and African American Documentation for the Duke University Library. He holds an H.B.A. from the University of Delaware, an M.A. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Yale University. On Sundays, he serves at St. Paul's, K Street in Washington. The Rev. Dr. Robert Turner | NAARC Commissioner and Senior Pastor of Empowerment Temple, Baltimore, MD Reverend Dr. Robert Richard Allen Turner is a millennial who is passionate about his calling to serve this “present age” by speaking truth to power, and by following the Word as printed in Isaiah 61 to “preach good tidings to the poor…heal the brokenhearted…proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Currently, Dr. Turner is the pastor of Empowerment Temple AME in Baltimore, MD. Previously he served as Pastor of the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has the only edifice which survived the 1921 Race Massacre on Greenwood. Additionally, Dr. Turner is now the Academic Dean for Jackson Theological Seminary, in Little Rock Arkansas. He sits on the National African American Reparations Commission, Board of Trustees for the American Village, the Advisory Board of the Blackburn Institute of the University of Alabama, and the chairperson of the board for the Turner Ministry Association 501(c)3. Turner has been married for over 15 years to Shere Turner. They have two boys, ages 11, and 9, Robert Richard Allen Turner II (Deuce) and Malcolm Robert Martin Turner (Bobby). In his free time, this community activist, consultant, dean, and clergyman enjoys reading, sports, mentoring youth, working with convicted felons, and spending time with his family. Baltimore, Maryland

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UBE AWARDS OF DISTINCTION RECIPIENTS The Board of the Union of Black Episcopalians is pleased to announce the awarding of this year’s annual awards of distinction to individuals who exemplify the passion, commitment and work reflective of four trailblazers in The Episcopal Church and our UBE community. Awards will be presented on the evening of July 6, 2022, at UBE’s Annual Awards Dinner during the 54th UBE Annual Business Meeting and Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2022 Bishop Barbara C. Harris Prophetic Witness Service Award The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers | Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation, and Creation Care The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers spearheads Episcopal efforts to follow Jesus’ Way of Love and to grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with God, each other, and the earth as Canon to Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. The author of Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation – as well as The Episcopal Way and The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline and New Hope for Beloved Community – Spellers has worked for years at the intersection of practice and reflection, renewal and justice. Prior to taking her current post, she directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary in New York City, served as a Canon in the Diocese of Long Island, and founded The Crossing, a ground-breaking church within St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. She began her career as an award-winning religion journalist in Knoxville, Tennessee, a job she took in 1996 upon graduation from Harvard Divinity School, where she studied religion and movements for social change. She later graduated from Episcopal Divinity School and, in 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from the General Theological Seminary. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, she and her husband Albert deGrasse make their home today in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. The Dr. Anna Julia Haywood Cooper Honors Award Ms. Teresa Turner Chang | Co-founder of the One Human Race Initiative. Teresa Chang is the co-founder and coordinator of the One Human Race Initiative, a ministry of the Myra McDaniel Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians. She serves St. James’ Episcopal Church, an inclusive multicultural community located in Austin, Texas, as Junior Warden, Eucharistic minister, and usher. In her quiet, persistent, creative manner, Teresa has had a profound impact on congregations throughout Austin, the Diocese of Texas and beyond. She began her journey in 2012, as a facilitator who hosted courageous conversations in the larger community using the PBS series, 'Race: The Power of an Illusion'. In 2014, Teresa Chang and Sandy Battise, co-founded 'One Human Race Austin'. Teresa administers, trains the team, and facilitates workshops, virtually and in person. Teresa continues to demonstrate ways 'white allies' can use their privilege, power, and influence to contribute to conversations which shine light on opportunities to end institutional and systemic ism's - sexism, classism, and racism to name a few, in the Episcopal Church, communities of faith and neighborhoods where we live. Since 2014, One Human Race has presented its workshop and The Austin Story, which chronicles Austin’s racial history, at over 19 churches, as well as an elementary school, the Seminary of the Southwest, and organizations such as the YWCA and Episcopal Health Foundation conferences. One Human Race is an all-volunteer organization and does not charge for any of its programs.

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UBE AWARDS OF DISTINCTION RECIPIENTS The Bishop Walter Decoster Dennis Honors Award for Canonical and Ecclesiastical Leadership The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton Elected in 2008 as the first African American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, Bishop Sutton is a nationally recognized leader on issues such as racial reconciliation and reparations. He has testified on Capitol Hill and lectured on the benefits that reparations can bring for American society before NPR, Fox News, the Chautauqua Institution, and other public forums. He has served on the boards of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, the Maryland Green Jobs Initiative, and Bishops United Against Gun Violence. An advocate for the education of our youth, Bishop Sutton established the Sutton Scholars, a five-week summer program that provides instruction on life skills and events, learning, and mentoring to Baltimore City High School students. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Bishop Sutton graduated from Hope College (Holland, MI), attended Western Theological Seminary earning his Master of Divinity, and completed Anglican studies at the University of the South, School of Theology (Sewanee, TN). Prior to becoming Bishop, Sutton served as Canon Pastor and Director of the Cathedral Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage at the Washington National Cathedral. He continues to lead pilgrimages to the Holy Land and is an avid supporter of The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray UBE Chapter. Bishop Sutton is married to Sonya Subbayya Sutton, an internationally recognized pianist, organist and choral director. They have four adult children and stepchildren. The Dr. Anna Julia Cooper Honors Award Mrs. Alma R. Flowers A retired nurse whose passion for caring for and serving others extends well beyond the hospital walls where she has exercised her gifts of hospitality, encouragement, recruitment, and administration since graduating from the Brewster School of Nursing in 1963 and receiving her degree from the University of North Florida in Health Science in 1971. Her vocational assignments centering in the psychiatric field have included working for the Veterans Psychiatric Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama and with the State of Georgia. At the time of her retirement, Alma was employed as a Nurse Administrator for Outpatient services in Clayton County, Georgia where she managed program areas of Mental Health/ Developmental Disabilities, Dedicated Case Management and Crisis intervention, Group Home/Hospital Utilization, and Developmental Disability Respite Group Home. A Gold Lifetime member of the Union, Alma was elected President of the Father Sidney B. Parker Chapter of UBE in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005. She served as president of this Chapter until being elected as Southern Region Director, a role she filled until 2021. After Alma’s term as Southeast Region Director ended, she was reelected as President of The Sidney B. Parker Chapter. Alma is currently a member of the UBE Nominating Committee and serves on the Vestry of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. She is the mother of four children five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and is "granny" "auntie" to a host of God-given children. " Her life is a shining example of what it means to love and give without expectation of getting something for it and her deep passion and love of the Lord exemplifies how God can achieve extraordinary things through the faithful work of everyday people who are willing and committed to serving their brothers and sisters in need. Baltimore, Maryland

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UBE EXEMPLARY ALLY AWARDS

The vision of the Church Pension Group, “to provide our clients with the highest possible level of financial security in retirement consistent with exemplary financial stewardship on our part and with the evolving needs of the Church” provides the primary impetus for the mutually beneficial partnership Church Pension Group has forged and maintained with the Union of Black Episcopalians for many years. CPG has been a major donor towards UBE’s Annual Business Meeting and Conference, contributing financially and faithfully sending key organizational representatives every year. This connection has kept UBE clergy membership apprised of research being undertaken of special interest to persons of color as well as of benefits of importance to clergy and laity alike. Most significantly, CPG has and continues to undertake bold and innovative initiatives to make certain CPG is doing more than merely identifying evolving needs. Within the last decade alone Church Pension Group, and its Church Publishing, Inc. arm, have partnered with UBE in the launch of our quarterly virtual “We’re Talking Now” series, has provided UBE members with discounts on book purchases, has spearheaded the analysis of clergy compensation data to provide insight into the Church’s treatment of minorities and has facilitated the offering of a CREDO wellness affinity group offering specifically for clergy of color and will do so again in 2023.

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When asked to share why the relationship with the Union has been a priority for CPG, Anne Malloney, former Chief Ecclesiastical Officer for CPG writes, “As with all good relationships where the parties involved positively impact one another, CPG has benefited uniquely from this one. In order to fulfill its purpose to serve the lay employees and clergy who serve the Episcopal Church, CPG must remain alert to the changing needs and evolving concerns of the Church. UBE has been a faithful partner as a source of information, honest feedback, and crucial connection to important constituents. For example, UBE and its membership helped CPG prove out our affinity CREDO model by their early participation in this program. Its success affirmed the wisdom of this approach as another option in our core educational offerings for clergy. Similarly, it was because of UBE’s partnership that CPG was able to get the word out to Clergy of Color asking for important demographic data to help the Church address issues of equity and parity…There are too many examples to list here, but the message I want to convey is the importance of the UBE relationship to the Church Pension Group.” Through its rewarding partnership with the Union, Church Pension Group attests to the value of the voice and presence of black Episcopalians and other persons of color in The Episcopal Church and further demonstrates the Church’s efforts to achieve God’s Beloved Community amongst all its members.

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UBE EXEMPLARY ALLY AWARD

When one looks at the meaning of the word “Exemplary”, it truly describes the relationship and support that the Diocese of Southern Ohio has provided the Union of Black Episcopalians over these past 35 Years.

Agent for UBE by providing a series of grants, advances, loans, and loan guarantees to support UBE during those times of shortfalls in Annual revenue or unexpected expenses.

The Diocese of Southern Ohio has been a model of inspiration and shared vision of eradicating racism from the church and society. Over the past 35 years, it has been the trellis that has supported UBE to grow and become the organization it is today.

In 2002 UBE was forced to cancel the Annual Meeting and Conference due to a national boycott of downtown Cincinnati caused by the shooting in the back of a young unarmed black man by the local police. The Rt Rev. Herbert Thompson Jr. intervened to call for a “Summit on Racism” and met with the hotel owners on behalf of UBE to make arrangements and serve as guarantor of UBE’s $73,000 debts owed to the hotel and others.

The Genesis of the relationship between the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Diocese of Southern Ohio began in 1987 when UBE held its Annual Meeting and Conference on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati located in the Diocese. UBE was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Office of Black Ministry to support the conference which had to be requested and administered by the office of the Diocesan Bishop. The then Bishop, The Right Rev. William M. Black, provided an additional $20,000 to help with the underwriting of conference expenses. This was the first time that the UBE Annual Meeting and Conference had met west of the Allegheny Mountains.

In 2016 the Diocese restructured an outstanding $100,000 loan to be a combination $50, 000 grant and a $50,000 ten-year loan at 4% interest. The UBE Board of Directors has voted to pay off the loan balance and is pleased to present a check for this amount at the 2022 UBE Awards Dinner. UBE celebrates the steadfast support and encouragement it has received from the Diocese of Southern Ohio, a partner whose assistance in word and deed has enabled UBE to stabilize its operations and realize the present that we now enjoy.

From 1989 to the year 2009, the UBE National Office and Headquarters was located in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The Diocese in many ways has served as the Fiscal

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PRESIDENT’S AWARD RECIPIENT The Right Rev. Arthur B. Williams, Jr. Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio The Right Reverend Arthur B. Williams, Jr. was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Ohio on October 11, 1986, at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio and retired from that position on December 31, 2002. Born on June 25, 1935, in Providence, Rhode Island, Bishop Williams received his early education in the public schools of East Providence. He graduated from Brown University in 1957, after which he was commissioned a line officer in the United States Navy where he served until he entered the General Theological Seminary. He graduated and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1964. Bishop Williams was ordained to the diaconate on June 20, 1964, and to the priesthood on March 27, 1965, by Bishop John Higgins of Rhode Island. After serving parishes in Providence and Riverside and the Cathedral of St. John, Bishop Williams was called to Grace Church in Detroit in 1968. In 1970 Bishop Williams was appointed to the staff of the Diocese of Michigan as Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry, Deployment and Urban Affairs. He served the Diocese of Michigan until he was appointed Archdeacon of Ohio in 1977 by Bishop John BuRight He was elected Bishop Suffragan of Ohio in 1986. While Archdeacon, he was elected a Deputy to three General Conventions and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance. He has served on the national Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, the Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary, and was a consultant to the Calendar Committee of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. Bishop Williams is presently Assisting Bishop in the Diocese of Ohio. He served several years on the faculty of CREDO and was the Episcopal Visitor to the Order of St. Benedict. Following his retirement, he was Interim Director of Ethnic Congregational Development on the staff of the Presiding Bishop. He chaired the Editorial Committee of Lift Every Voice and Sing II, published in 1993. He also chaired the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee of the Executive Council and the Committee on Human Sexuality of the 73rd General Convention. From 19952003 he served as Vice President of the House of Bishops. His memberships include the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Union of Black Episcopalians. In 1974 Bishop Williams was awarded a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and was honored in 1987 by the General Theological Seminary with the degree of Doctor of Divinity. Bishop Williams married the former Lynette Rhodes at Trinity Cathedral on July 27, 1985. Bishop William’s spectacular track record of service to Jesus Christ, The Episcopal Church, and the Union of Black Episcopalians, reflects his deep interest and commitment to the life and development of parishes, in the pastoral care for clergy and their families, and in promoting racial justice by awakening people to the nature of their own participation in racism and its pervasiveness. He established a local chapter of the Union when he arrived in the Diocese of Ohio as Archdeacon in 1977 and continues to be a loyal supporter and active participant. Bishop Williams has been supported in the ministry he has rendered by his wife and faithful confidant, the former Lynette Rhodes, whom he married at Trinity Cathedral on July 27, 1985.

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SANKOFA YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AWARD St. Luke's Youth Center Board

Saint Luke’s Youth Center (SLYC) is a collaborative of West Baltimore families working together with friends, neighbors, and partners to provide youth with critical resources, life-enriching experiences, and a safety-net of support. It formed out of the community programming that had been taking place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore for decades. In the mid-twentieth century, while Episcopal churches in other areas of Baltimore followed the “white flight” of their members to the suburbs, St. Luke’s stayed in West Baltimore to serve its neighbors, especially the children. Entering the twenty-first century, even as older members died, and church membership and financial resources dwindled, the church continued to maintain its ministry to the neighborhood. It provided a summer camp, an after-school program to the children, hosted community meetings and an annual Thanksgiving dinner. As this work became unsustainable, in 2015 the ministry was reorganized as Saint Luke’s Youth Center (SLYC).

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Working in collaboration with the local Elementary/ Middle School, SLYC developed an arts and literacy integrated summer camp to meet the needs of children in the area. As authentic relationships of love and support developed among the youth, their families, the community, partner churches, and parishioners throughout the Diocese, SLYC began hosting weekly community dinners in 2016. Until Covid-19, these dinners brought people together every Wednesday to break bread and share in the joys of fellowship. This network of people, all celebrating community and youth, grew stronger and the need to provide a safe, loving environment after school became apparent. SLYC met that need with enthusiasm. In January of 2017, SLYC Afterschool began. With a focus on social emotional learning and leadership, children ages 7 to 17 came to St. Luke’s each day for a community meeting, followed by healthy snacks, homework support, and fun. When SLYC became an independent nonprofit in August 2019, several SLYC Kids formed a youth advisory

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board. As the leadership of SLYC Kids grew, so did the engagement and leadership of their families. In order for all programming to remain free to participants, SLYC families developed a cooperative model in which they began donating their time, talent, or treasure each month. One of our SLYC fathers was hired to support efforts to keep the property in safe condition for programming to continue. A SLYC mother was hired to manage administrative tasks. And, a grandmother was hired to keep on top of the kids, checking with teachers and supervising homework.

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SLYC’s mission of empowering youth through the strength of community has effectively empowered all members of our beloved community. When asked, “What words represent SLYC to you?” the responses from our children, parents, staff, members of partner churches, and neighbors proclaim the dream and the commitments we make to one another every day- Together, we are a loving family, committed, connected, supportive, dedicated, and strong. We are a purposeful community of leaders.

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SANKOFA YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AWARD Singing Sensations Youth Choir

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The Singing Sensations Youth Choir was founded with the expectation of exposing youth in the Baltimore Metropolitan area to the diverse and multifaceted aspects of the performing arts. The choir, which typically has 45 to 50 participants each year, runs “Sensational Sounds” for students ages four through second grade and “Singing Sensations” for children in third through 12th grade. According to Director Dr. Holly Hood-Mincey, “We support the belief that all youth deserve the right to thrive in and be empowered by the arts. We are committed to helping children master skills and experience the joy of performing with artistry, and developing the selfdiscipline and confidence that will ultimately enhance many areas throughout their lives. Without the Singing Baltimore, Maryland

Sensations Youth Choir, most of the children we service would not have the opportunity to travel outside of their neighborhoods and surrounding communities.” Each year, the choir hosts a Christmas, Black History Month and spring concert with proceeds benefiting college scholarships or traveling costs for children who have become quite the globetrotters. Since starting, Singings Sensations has performed in locations such as Virginia, the Carolinas and Universal Studios as well as Canada, Spain, the Bahamas, Trinidad, and South Africa, where they were asked to sing for Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday celebration. For Mincey, Singing Sensations offers children mentoring as well as singing opportunities. Kids are encouraged to 29


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talk with the choir leaders about what’s going on in their lives, and Mincey brings in therapy professionals for oneon-one sessions. To stay in the choir, youth are required to maintain good grades and demonstrate leadership and role modeling at school. Several of Mincey’s students have graduated at the top of their high school class and attend college in Maryland. A typical Singing Sensations session lasts three hours while Sensational Sounds runs for about 90 minutes. Each session includes time for leadership training, singing and music reading and theory. Music genres range from classical and choral to soul and gospel, with some dancing and theatrics included.

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Besides performing and traveling, opportunities also include college suppoRight Kids who stay in the choir between ninth and 12th grades receive a $2,000 scholarship from the choir. Singing Sensations has also partnered with Morgan State University’s theater department since 2006 and has participated in many productions including “The Lion King,” “Sarafina!” and “The Wiz.” As part of their collaboration, any Singing Sensations choir member who attends Morgan State and joins the university’s choir automatically receives an academic scholarship. The Singing Sensations Youth Choir exemplifies the best of what Sankofa stands for.

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UBE HEROES AWARDS

Ms. Carrie A. Brown UBE Mid-Atlantic Region Director

Rev. Canon Christine McCloud Canon for Mission Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

Ms. Wendy Wilson Walker UBE Midwest Region Director

Baltimore, Maryland

Rev. Deacon Canon Clive Sang UBE National Treasurer

Rev. Deacon Linda Tardy Wilson UBE National Secretary 54th ABMC Planning Team Chair

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ABMC Design Team Ms. Simone Barnes Ms. Carrie A. Brown The Rev. Randy Callender The Very Rev. Kim Coleman The Rev. Canon Dr. Lynn Collins Ms. Ebonee Davis The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart The Rev. Marlene Forrest Ms. Lois Jackson Mr. Casey Jones The Rev. Valerie J. Mayo The Rev. Canon Christine McCloud The Rev. Canon Deacon Clive Sang Ms. Dianne A. Smith Mr. Herschel Wade Ms. Wendy Wilson Walker Ms. Charlene M. Wiltshire The Rev. Deacon Linda T. Wilson

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ABMC Design Team | On-Site Team Mr. Wayne A. Blassingame Dr. Helen Bhagwandin Ms. Ama Brown Fenton Ms. Carrie A. Brown Mrs. Reba B. Bullock The Rev. Carol Burnside Ms. Christine D. Caines Mr. Alvin Collins Mrs. Leatrice Curtis Ms. Nona Diggs The Venerable Ruth Elder The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher Stewart Canon Carrie Graves Ms. Ellie Lopez The Rev. Canon Christine McCloud The Rev. Richard D. Meadows, Jr. Ms. Celestine B. Morgan Ms. Heather Neil Mrs. Eugenia Starghill Mrs. Donna Sweeting The Right Rev. Carl Walter Wright

Baltimore, Maryland

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UBE Board of Directors

The Very Rev. Kim Coleman President

Ms. Charlene M. Wiltshire Assistant Treasurer

The Rev. Guy Leemhuis Vice President

The Rev. Linda T. Wilson Secretary

The Rev. Canon Clive Sang Treasurer

The Right Rev. Carl W. Wright Honorary Board Chair

Canon Annette Buchanan Immediate Past President

Mr. Casey J. Jones Young Adult Representative

Miss Olivia Bolden Youth Representative

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Mr. Andrew Bolden Youth Representative

The Rev. Marlene Forrest Youth Chaplain

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UBE Board of Directors | Continued

Rev. Dr. Wilmot Merchant II Rector St. Stevens, Episcopal Church, North Myrtle Beach, SC Liberian Liaison

Rev. Sheldon Hamblin Rector, St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Flatbush NY Caribbean Liaison

Lois Jackson Administrative Volunteer

Regional Directors

NORTHEAST REGION Mr. Michael Hughes

MID-ATLANTIC REGION Ms. Carrie A. Brown

MIDWEST REGION Ms. Wendy Wilson Walker

SOUTHEAST REGION Dr. Lavonnie Perry Claybon

SOUTHWEST REGION Mr. M. Dwight Ward

WESTERN REGION The Rev. Dr. Mauricio Wilson

Baltimore, Maryland

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New Life Members & Upgrades 2021/2022 (Includes only persons who have reached membership at these levels over the past year. Not named below are individuals working towards reaching a particular Lifetime Membership level) BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD

Danielle Baker

Carrie A. Brown

Jeffrey Brown

Madeline Rae Gill

Right Rev. Jennifer BrookeDavidson

KiKi Brown

Michael Hughes

Rev. Stacey Forte Dupre

Kojo Brown

Laurie Johnson

Rev. Marlene Forrest

Sandra Mc Fadden Brown

Theodore Johnson

Rev. Sheldon N. Hamblin

Sharon Coleman

Michelle Mayfield-Baske

John Harris, Jr.

Sheila A. Elliott

Veronica Hinkson

Olive E. Franklin

The Rev. Canon Dr. Wilmot Merchant II

Canon Myra B. Garnes

Roberta Todd

Rev. Nontombi Tutu

Sharida Gillison

St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church (Richmond, VA)

Constance White

Birdie Blake Reid

PLATINUM

Mabel Drayton Wernham

Right Rev. Carl Walter Wright

Right Rev. Susan B. Haynes Lois Jackson Louise Moss

Helen Sharpe-Williams

Valerie Patton Jeri Robinson T. Robinson Byron Rushing, Esq. Janis Sanders Celeste J. Sang Cameron Scott Margaret E. Smith St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Columbia, SC) Deborah Stokes-Wayne Charlene M. Wiltshire Bernadette Ingrid Wyche

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Graduating Seminarians of African Descent 2022 SEMINARY OF THE SOUTHWEST

GENERAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Flora Fearon, MDiv.

Kevin Brooks MA in Ministry

Jose Alvarez, MDiv.

Certificate of Spiritual Direction

Julius Rodriguez, MDiv. Joe Williams, MDiv. Charles Latour, MDiv.

TRINITY SCHOOL OF MINISTRY Deitre Maximillion Elliott, MDiv.

VIRGINIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Albert Moreno Casas, DMin.

BLOY HOUSE

Robert Alex Renix, DMin.

Dominique Nicolette Piper

Donna Kay Sweeting, M.A.

Certificate of Diaconal Studies (2020)

Christian Formation Donna Arrendell, MDiv. Omar Cisneros, MDiv. Eliza Aryeequaya-Davies, MDiv. Samson J. Mamour, MDiv. Ernest Nnamdi Ogbozor, MDiv. Corey Vernard Smith, MDiv Creamilda Shirley Wulck-Nortey Yoda, MDiv.

EPISCOPAL DIVINITY SCHOOL AT THE UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY* CHURCH DIVINITY SCHOOL OF THE PACIFIC SEMINARY* SEWANEE: UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH*

Mtipe Koggani, Dipl. Anglican Studies

BEXLEY-SEABURY SEMINARY* * No response from Seminary

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Patrons Carrie A. Brown Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) Ruth Elder The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Marguerite Smith Union of Black Episcopalians, Diocese of Newark Marietta English Church of the Holy Trinity The Rev, Helen Harper The Commission to Dismantle Racism & Discrimination/ Partnership Dioceses of Western NY and NWPA The Rev Eric Metoyer St Francis' Episcopal Church Celestine Baxter Morgan St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Julian L. Morgan, Jr. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Alicia Morgan Cooper, MD St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Fred D. Cooper, Esq. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Jason L. Morgan St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Kuren E. Morgan St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church Reba Baxter Bullock St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church

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July 4–6, 2022

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Congratulations & Blessings to The Union of Black Episcopalians Celebrating 54 years of Ministry Northern California/Vivian Traylor Chapter

The Rev. Dr. Mauricio J. Wilson – Western Regional Director Jeanette Dinwiddie Moore - Co Chairman Brenda Paulin - Co Chairman Michelle Mayfield-Baske - Secretary Jeri Robinson - Treasurer pg. 1

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THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF MARYLAND

historical roots

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The Union of Black Episcopalians Philadelphia Chapter Congratulations and best wishes on the 54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference. We applaud our national UBE officers for unwavering perseverance and leadership.

Kurt Williams - President Rev. Darrell Tiller- Vice-President Doris Cain Master – Recording Secretary Sharon Cotton Bullock - Corresponding Secretary Charlene M. Wiltshire - Financial Secretary Lillian Anne Randolph - Treasurer Hebrews 12:1-2 “…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…”

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July 4–6, 2022

Welcome to Baltimore! Union of Black Episcopalians Roots, Reparations, and Renewal Best wishes from:

The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter For the:

The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray

54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference July 4 - 6, 2022

Officers

Committee Chairs

Mrs. Celestine Baxter Morgan, President Ms. Christine Caines, Secretary Mrs. Leatrice Curtis, Treasurer

Mrs. Reba Bullock, Fundraising Mr. Alvin Collins, Legislative Ms. Tamara Jones-Short, Technology Dr. Geraldine Waters, Membership Mrs. Eugenia Starhgill, Co-Chair, Membership

Joining us virtually? marylandube.org

Baltimore, Maryland

Please visit Baltimore virtually at https://gceighty.org!

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Our deep commitment is to shape Church leaders, lay and ordained, who are committed to the creation of a just society in which the image of God in all people is honored and

where the sins of racism and injustice are named, challenged, and ultimately eradicated. – Excerpted from the Seminary’s new mission statement, ratified by the Board of Trustees on May 12, 2021.

Thank you to the

Union of Black Episcopalians for Leading the Way Virginia Theological Seminary 3737 Seminary Road Alexandria, Virginia 22304 703-370-6600 www.vts.edu

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Congratulations and Best Wishes to the UNION OF BLACK EPISCOPALIANS 54TH Annual Business Meeting and Conference

The Church of St. Mary’s the Virgin 3121 Walbrook Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21216 The Rev. Charles Mercer, Rector

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July 4–6, 2022

Is Proud to Celebrate Our 54th Annual Business Meeting Conference

July 4th- July 6th, 2022 Romans 12:4-8 “

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

Baltimore, Maryland

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Congratulations to the members Of The Union of Black Episcopalians On their 54th Annual Business Meeting And Conference

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The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano, the clergy, and the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island extend their gratitude to the Union of Black Episcopalians for their steadfast leadership in shaping our church to become a transformed, anti-racist church and for their work healing, reconciling, and a restoring wholeness to the family of God. We are proud to stand with you in our journey towards becoming the Beloved Community.

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July 4–6, 2022

Congratulations Union of Black Episcopalians for

54 Years of unwavering commitment to our mission

John E. Culmer Chapter Union of Black Episcopalians Arlene Aranha - President Chandra Robinson Williams - Vice President Leila Mizer - Secretary Rhonda Carter - Treasurer

8 We give a special “thank you” to our Immediate Past President, Georgette G. Johnson, for her years of dedicated leadership and service to our chapter.

Baltimore, Maryland

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The Episcopal Church of St. Michael & All Angels

Congratulates Union of Black Episcopalians on its

54th Annual Business Meeting and Conference July 4-6, 2022 The Episcopal Church of St. Michael & All Angels

2013 St. Paul Street ~ Baltimore, MD 21218-5929 The Rev. Richard D. Meadows, Jr., MDiv, Rector Celestine Baxter Morgan, Senior Warden

Voice: 410-685-3129 ~ Email: rector.smaa@gmail.com Website: www.StMichaelsBaltimore.org Facebook: The Church of St. Michael & All Angels YouTube https://youtube.com/channel/UCtyShymgNUf1_Sn-bSJQKSA

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Congratulations to UBE on the Success of the 54th Annual Business Meeting & Conference! Peace & Blessings from Charlene Mitchell Wiltshire The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Philadelphia Chapter, Diocese of Pennsylvania Baltimore, Maryland

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St. Peter's, Niagara Falls, NY, proudly supports the Union of Black Episcopalians. The Rev. Helen Harper, Priest-in-Charge

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July 4–6, 2022

The Mid-Atlantic Region Best Wishes to the

Roots, Reparations, and Renewal: Food for The Journey Ms. Linda Shomo, President

Earl B. Scott Chapter, Diocese of New Jersey

Mr. Kurt Williams, President

Philadelphia Chapter, Diocese of Pennsylvania

The Rev. Shayna Watson, President Pennsylvania

The Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, Diocese of Central

Ms. Celestine B. Morgan, President

The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter, Diocese of Maryland

The Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, President

Crummell-Cooper Chapter, Diocese of Washington

Mrs. Helen Sharpe-Williams, President Southern Virginia

The Rev. James Solomon Russell Chapter, Diocese of

The Rev. Marlene Forrest, Representative

Virginia Chapter, Diocese of Virginia

Ms. Chandra Lewis, Secretary Mrs. Leatrice Curtis, Treasurer Ms. Carrie A. Brown, Director

Baltimore, Maryland

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July 4–6, 2022

Founded in 2006; incorporated in the State of North Carolina ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Congratulations& Best Wishes! ON YOUR

54RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE CHURCH WIDE REVIVAL OF THE

UNION OF BLACK EPISCOPALIANS Thank you for more than 200 years of Black Leadership in the Episcopal Church Theme:

“UBUNTU” From the Officers and Members Of The

Liberian Episcopal Community USA (LECUSA, INC.) Mr. Samuel A. Abdullai – President The Rev. Deacon Enid Cole– Vice President Mrs. Theresa Witherspoon – Secretary Mr. Johnathan Pearce - Treasurer Mr. Thomas Rolland – Financial Secretary The Rev.Fr. Victor king - Chaplain Mr. Benoni Grimes – Parliamentarian The Rev. Dr. Wilmot Merchant - At-Large Member, UBE Board LECUSA Motto: “Giving back to the Church that molded us, so that others may benefit from its teachings”

Baltimore, Maryland

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The Charlotte Angels Chapter Host of the Southeast Regional Conference June 2022 Congratulates The Union of Black Episcopalians for the 54th Annual Business Meeting & Conference Baltimore, Maryland

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The Union of Black Episcopalians Hartford Chapter

Officers Dorothy Jackson, President Teresa Sharp, Vice President Maurice Lewis, Secretary Sonja Hall, Treasurer Historian, Claudia Dixon Members

Congratulations a n d Best Wishes To The Union of Black Episcopalians in celebration of the F i f t y- F o u r t h N a t i o n a l C o n f e r e n c e and Business Meeting

Paulette Blythe Alanna Bumbray Irene Nurse Cohen The Right Reverend Clarence Coleridge Valerie Dixon Hattie Henry Bates Lyons Cedric Newman, Jr. Trevor Prescod Cecile Tinker The Rev. Annika Warren

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness and come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; and his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100: 1-5

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July 4–6, 2022

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

SALUTING

The Union of Black Episcopalians On the Occasion of its

54th Business Meeting & Annual Conference From

St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush An Episcopal / Anglican Church in the Diocese of Long Island and a member of the Worldwide Anglican Communion

157 St. Paul’s Place Brooklyn, New York, 11226

Our mission is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ, through worshipping and engaging in intentional community outreach and partnerships. Celebrating 186 years of ministry in Flatbush and beyond.

Baltimore, Maryland

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The Diocese of Southern Ohio Episcopalians in Connection

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honoring

Ms. Carrie A. Brown for her service to

Union of Black Episcopalians from Ms. Ama Brown-Fenton

Baltimore, Maryland

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UBE National Presidents 1. The Right Rev. Quinton E. Primo, Jr. (1968 -1969) * 2. The Rev. Canon Frederick B. Williams (1969 -1973) * 3. The Rev. Jesse Anderson, Jr. (1973 -1975) * 4. The Rev. Austin Cooper, Sr. (1975 -1976) * 5. The Rev. Joseph N. Green (1976 -1978) 6. The Right Rev. John M. Burgess (1978 -1980) * 7. The Rev. Canon Edward Geyer (1980 -1981) * 8. Mr. Edrick Bain (1981 -1982) 9. Dr. Deborah Harmon Hines, Ph. D. (1982 -1988) 10. The Rev. Canon Kwasi A. Thornell (1988 -1990) 11. Mrs. Judith G. Conley (1990 -1992) 12. The Rev. Dr. Richard Tolliver (1992 -1995) 13. The Rev. Darryl James (1995 -1998) 14. The Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye Wilson (1998 -2004) 15. The Rev. Canon Nelson Pinder, DD (2004 -2007) * 16. The Rev. Dr. C. David Williams (2007 -2010) 17. Mr. John E. Harris, Jr. (2010 -2013) 18. Canon Annette Buchanan (2013 -2019) 19. The Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman (2019 -present)

* deceased

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Necrology 2021-2022 | as of June 17, 2022 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the Lord's faithful ones Psalm 116:15

The Rev. James Solomon Russell Chapter, Diocese of Southern Virginia ■ Mrs. Alice Webley Harris (Life Member, Wife of former UBE National President Mr. John Harris), July 23, 2021

The Crummell-Cooper Chapter, DC ■ Mrs. Dora H. Whitsett (mother of Chandra Lewis, Secretary, Mid-Atlantic Region) November 16, 2021

Diocese of Long Island UBE Chapter ■ Mr. Luc El-Ar t Theodore Severe, November 14, 2021

NO CHAPTER AFFILIATION* ■ The Rev. Dr. Harold Lewis (Diocese of Pittsburgh), December 31, 2021 ■ Dr. Nesta Patrick (Mother of Mrs. Ayesha Mutope-Johnson, former UBE 2nd Vice-President), March 11, 2022 ■ Mr. Caliph Johnson, Esq. (Husband of Mrs. Ayesha Mutope-Johnson, former UBE 2nd VicePresident), March 12, 2022 ■ Ms. Cheryl deBarros (Former Northeast Region Director and Life Member), May 22, 2022

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Revisiting Our Roots History of the Union of Black Episcopalians as authored by UBE Historian, The Reverend John Carlton Hayden, Ph.D. (December 30, 1933 – June 29, 2022)

The earliest known national organization among Black Episcopalians is the Protestant Episcopal Society for Promoting The Extension of the Church Among Colored People, founded in 1856 by James Theodore Holly of St. Luke’s, New Haven. There were then four Black clergy and seven congregations. With their female auxiliary, the Good Angels, they fought the exclusion of Blacks from Episcopal seminaries and diocesan conventions, as well as the refusal of the Episcopal Church to take a stand against slavery. The Society, like all Black America, was divided over the issues of emigration to Africa or Canada for immediate freedom or remaining in the States for eventual freedom. In 1861, Holly immigrated to Haiti. A remnant carried on for a few years under Samual V. Berry of St. Phillip’s Church, Buffalo, New York. After the Civil War, General Convention’s Protestant Episcopal Freedom’s Commission established schools and churches in the South. Southern white resistance, northern white apathy, and dwindling revenues led to the disbanding of the Commission in 1867. That same year, a group of Blacks in Baltimore founded the Society for the Promotion of Church Work Among The Colored People. It pressed for the reestablishment of a national program for black evangelism and education. In a few years it ceased to meet. In 1882, a Mississippi priest launched a virulent attack on blacks, arguing that sparse black Episcopal growth was

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due to their intellectual, moral and leadership inferiority. The southern bishops then proposed the Sewanee plan to segregate blacks into a racial diocese. John Peterson, an aged teacher and deacon at St. Philip’s Church, New York, called the black clergy together, who organized the Convocation of the Colored Clergy, with the distinguished Cambridge scholar and missionary, Alexander Crummell of St. Luke’s, Washington, D.C., as the first president. Later the name was changed to the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People since some black laity and two white priests had joined. The Conference met annually. Every third year, it met at the site of General Convention and appointed lobbyists to press for black goals. Conferences were highly organized, with grand festive services, lectures, reports and stirring debates. Annual proceedings were published. It sponsored a monthly newspaper, The Afro-American Churchman, and later, The Church Advocate, edited by George Freeman Bragg, Jr., of St. James, Baltimore. The interaction on a national basis fostered a common distinctive churchmanship among black Episcopalians. The Conference, through protest and agitation, served as the conscience of the Church, recalling it to its catholic ideal. Over the years, the Conference partially achieved many goals. Segregation was never written into national policy or canon law. Another national commission to evangelize and educate southern blacks was established. A black priest was appointed to the

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commission. Academic standards for black candidates were not lowered. A black priest was added to the staff of Bishop Payne Divinity School, the South’s seminary for blacks. A theological college for blacks, King Hall, was established at Howard University. After several unsuccessful appointments, a black priest, William Victor Tunnell, professor of history at Howard, was named Warden. Industrial education never became the sole focus of Episcopal schools in the South, and Saint Augustine’s College was eventually developed into a four-year, degree granting college. In 1937, a black priest, Bravid Harris, became Secretary for Negro Work. He was succeeded by Tollie L. Caution.

of the Civil Rights Movements, it was unable to adapt to Black Power and ceased to function. On February 8, 1968, seventeen Black priests met at St. Philip’s Church, New York, and founded the Union of Black Clergy and Laity (UBCL) to remove racism from the Church and society and to stimulate the growth of black membership. This organization later becomes the Union Of Black Episcopalians. The name had changed, but the agenda remained the same.

The conference continued until the mid-1960’s, although it gradually gave way to the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity (ESCRU) founded in 1957. Although ESCRU seemed more in tune with the political thrusts

Conference Of Church Workers, 1928

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Acknowledgements Church Pension Group

Mr. Vic Carter, CBS WJZ-TV News Anchor

Episcopal Church Foundation

DJ A-RON

Virginia Theological Seminary

The Domino Sugar Company

DFMS Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care

The Rev. Carol Burnside, Art Quilts for Racial Justice

Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

The Rev. Canon Dr. Anthony Alexander, AKA Absalom Jones

Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Episcopal Diocese of New York Episcopal Diocese of Ohio Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh Episcopal Diocese of Western Missouri The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia The Mid-Atlantic Region, UBE The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray Chapter, UBE, Diocese of Maryland

Ms. Christine Caines Mrs. Leatrice Curtis Mr. Lionel Broom Mr. Kurt Williams Mrs. Jacqueline Williams Ms. Celestine B. Morgan Coach Louis Glosson Mr. Wayne A. Blassingame Ms. Una Harrison

Dr. Helen Bhagwandin, Coordinator-Nursing Ministry and President-Pastoral Care Ministry, The Church of The Ascension, Miami

Mr. Julian Morgan

Mrs. Wendy Gahm, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Airy

Mrs. Ama Brown Fenton

Canon Carrie Graves, Canon for Communications, Diocese of Maryland

The Venerable Ruth Elder

Rev. Canon Christine McCloud, Canon for Mission, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

Ms. Nona Diggs

The Rev. Richard D. Meadows, Jr., Rector, St. James Episcopal Church and Priest-in-Charge, St. Michael and All Angels, Baltimore

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Ms. Heather Neil, Graphic Designer, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Baltimore Mrs. Donna Sweeting, Administrator, St. James Episcopal Church, Baltimore

Dr. Alicia Morgan Cooper

Ms. Ellie Lopez

Canon Carrie Graves

The Rev. Richard Meadows, and Mrs. Reba B. Bullock, who were the onsite and behind the scenes volunteers The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Baltimore, Blessed Absalom Jones Statue, Sponsored by Mrs. Reba B. Bullock and Ms. Celestine B. Morgan

Mr. William R. Toole, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Airy

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Union of Black Episcopalians

Roots, Reparations, and Renewal Food for The Journey

The Episcopal diocese

of Maryl and

Annual Business Meeting and Conference July 4 – 6, 2022

Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore, Maryland ANNIVERSARY


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