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Grace Notes Grace Cathedral spring 2014

E X P ER I E N CE W O R S H I P, ED U CAT I O N , S ER V I CE A N D THE ART S at San Francisco’s Cathedral for All

DEAN’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, I do hope you all had a very happy and blessed Easter.

This spring, we continue our exploration of our sustainability theme, and are delighted that Bishop Marc will be teaching a class on ecology and theology on Wednesday evenings (April 30–May 21). We are also pleased to announce that we will have an intern from the Environmental Defense Fund, assessing all the cathedral close buildings to see how we can become greener. This future work will build on the remarkable achievements — including solar panels on the cathedral roof — of the long tenure of our retiring Canon Sacrist, Kathy Kirkpatrick. We celebrate Canon Kirkpatrick’s wonderful care of the cathedral buildings over 28 years in this edition of Grace Notes. This spring, too, I will be going on sabbatical for May, June, and July. It is fitting that my three-month sabbatical has been earned as we come into the Year of Sustainability. The biblical concept of Sabbath is right there at the beginning of the first book of the Bible, Genesis, when God rested on the seventh day. Such times of rest give us important periods of refreshment — and thereby sustain us. I will be spending time doing research in several archives, working on my new book on spirituality and mysticism in the early twentieth century. There will be no spring Forum because of my absence, but the Forum will return in September. Graced with Light, the art installation over the nave, informally known as “The Ribbons,” has been enjoyed by thousands of people. It is finally time to take the ribbons down, and that will happen on May 7. Do take the opportunity, if you can, to enjoy this remarkable art installation before then. I look forward to seeing you all when I return from sabbatical at the end of July. Warmest wishes. The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw B oa r d o f T r u st e e s The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus

Anne Casscells

Vance Y. George

Bob Peck



Zane O. Gresham

Garrett A. H. Price III

David W. Walker

The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw


Samuel Hocking

L. Gregory Scott

Steven N. Holland

Rita Semel

Judith Droz Keyes

Michael Sippey

Mary Ryan McCarthy

Anna Deavere Smith

Charles L. Moore

Thomas F. Steyer

Meridee Moore

Patrick S. Thompson

Lori Ogden Moore

Trevor Traina

John Oxaal

Mary Vargas

James Pannell

Susan von Herrmann

Michael J. Patterson

Mrs. Diane B. Wilsey

Vice President

Jane Shaw Carpenter Chair

Eliza Brown

Jamie Nicol Bowles Gabriela Strand Bruce Lee McEnany Caraher Dorena Chan

Vice Chair

Jane A. Cook

Valerie Crane Dorfman

Donald W. Derheim

Vice Chair

Lokelani Devone Peter M. Drake

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This year at Grace Cathedral we are especially exploring the theme of sustainability. Over the past few months we have enjoyed stimulating and challenging Forum conversations with many leaders in the areas of the environment and food, and we launched this Year of Sustainability at our very successful gala, Carnivale. We are so grateful, as always, for your support and we could not do all that we do without your wonderful generosity throughout the year.

spring HIGHLIGHTS Additional event information:

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Graced With Light: On View Through May 6 This stunning visual art installation from 2013’s resident artist Anne Patterson, which has enhanced Grace Cathedral for the past year, will be deinstalled on May 7, 2014. This date is official, so please make plans to see it before then! Information: Tango on the Labyrinth: May 11, 12:15–3 P.M. Kevin Footer

Join us on the outdoor labyrinth and plaza for dancing! A large group of tangueros, led by Terence Clarke and partner Beatrice Bowles, will recreate the great tango dance halls of Buenos Aires. Information: Opera Parallèle’s Production of Anya17: June 3, 6 P.M. Painting by evan white

In advance of the American premiere of the new contemporary opera Anya17, members of Opera Parallèle will visit Grace Cathedral to perform musical excerpts and for a panel discussion on how music and art can address issues of injustice and suffering. Information:

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The 50th Anniversary of the Cathedral’s Consecration: November 20, 2014

Celebrating past, present and a sustainable future. Check this summer for details. GRACE GRACE NOTES NOTES spring spring 2014 2014 | 3


Beyond Sustainability: Evolutionary Ecology The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus will lead a series on theology and ecology. May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Quire (during NightSong) Spiritual Practices for the Earth as it Awakens in the Spring May 14 at 7 p.m. in Wilsey

Conference Center The Earth in the Congregation of the Faithful: Giving the Earth its Sabbath

May 21 at 7 p.m. in Wilsey Conference Center Facing the Impossible: The Birth of a Genuine Civilization

More information on these and other Year of Sustainability events:

Greening Grace Cathedral This summer, in partnership with Interfaith Power & Light, an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow will help create a long-term plan for the cathedral’s greener future. The fellow will recommend reductions in water and energy use, alternative energy sources and new sustainable practices. Carnivale donors have given over $100,000 to help fund the plan. To join with your support email

The World Café: Conversations About Sustainability Sunday, June 22 and Sunday, August 24

This summer, join us for practical and theological conversations about sustainability at two World Café discussion days led by the Rev. Canon Dr. Randal Gardner. On June 22, café gatherings will generate conversation on what each of us can do to live a more sustainable relationship with the wider world. On August 24, discussions will focus on ways in which Grace Cathedral can be a more sustainable community. 4 | GRACE NOTES spring 2014

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The roof over the north transept and north side quire was replaced in 2000–2001 to fix a leak.


Many of the projects Kathy managed reduced the cathedral’s carbon footprint and introduced sustainable practices, including: • Placement of a solar panel array

• A remodel of the Chapter House kitchen

• Installation of an energy-saving

• Installation of bike racks and containers

on the cathedral roof

ventilation system in the parking garage and lighting changes through the cathedral property

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This June, Kathy Kirkpatrick retires after 28 years with Grace Cathedral. During her time as Canon Sacrist, she directed facilities management and oversaw several projects that carried out the cathedral’s ongoing vision to be more sustainable. Of her legacy, Kathy is most proud of the construction of Chapter House, the plaza and front stairs and the outdoor labyrinth in the late 1990s. It’s important, she says, because “this marked a big transformation in the life of the cathedral, in terms of the buildings and also the activities that go on in and around them.”

using energy-efficient appliances

for compostable and recyclable items

• A move toward drought-resistant

landscaping and less overall water use

While Kathy will continue to be a devoted member of Grace Cathedral, her retirement from the staff is the perfect occasion to acknowledge her enormous contributions. For 28 years, she has ensured that Grace Cathedral is a welcoming, safe and sacred space for our congregation, community and neighborhood, one with a vibrant and sustainable future. Thank you, Kathy.

Opening Soon

A Greener and More Gracious Community Kitchen We will soon realize a vision of our Dean, Trustees, nearly 100 special donors and our friends at Boulette’s Larder when we reopen the newly renovated Chapter House kitchen. The modernized space, built to greener standards, will serve more people in need through our transformative outreach programs. It is also more functional for other vital purposes: life’s special events, educational programming, community building, and for generally enjoying the experience of food together. Thank you to all who have made this possible. The new space will be completed this summer with opening events planned for the fall. GRACE NOTES spring 2014 | 5


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LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL On March 10, 2014, actor, playwright and Grace Cathedral Trustee Anna Deavere Smith (pictured above) joined renowned violinist Robert McDuffie (pictured left) at Grace Cathedral for a sold-out performance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail, a landmark document of the civil-rights movement. The spectacular performance explored the topics of the arts, empathy and human rights and also included excerpts from Smith’s works. Full slideshow: ORGAN RECITAL SERIES Selected Sundays, 4 P.M.

Concerts by accomplished musicians playing one of America’s finest organs, a 7,466 Æolian Skinner organ. Suggested donation: $10 May 4

Bill Callaway, Organist at Chamblee Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia May 25

Robert Poovey, Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester, New York June 1

Martin Setchell, Curator of the Rieger organ in Christchurch Town Hall for the Performing Arts in New Zealand and Associate Professor of Music and University Organist at the University of Canterbury

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The Forum, Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation series hosted by the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw on select Sunday mornings, will return in Fall 2014.

$250,000 Gift to Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel Grace Cathedral has received a $250,000 gift from the estate of Thomas Dross, a longtime resident of San Francisco and benefactor of AIDS-related causes, who died in 2012. The gift will be used to refurbish the Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel inside Grace Cathedral. The Ven. Anthony Turney, who is Deacon for the Arts at Grace Cathedral and was integral in the process of developing and dedicating the chapel, said, “This gift is so important because the cathedral can further make the chapel the space it deserves to be — a true memorial to all those who lost their lives, including 170 members of the cathedral congregation, and a place of prayer and solace that ministers to the living.” Built out of Grace Cathedral’s AIDS ministry and the leadership role the cathedral played during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s, the Interfaith AIDS Memorial Chapel was dedicated on November 30, 2000 and stands as a powerful tribute to all those affected by HIV/AIDS. The chapel houses renowned artist Keith Haring’s altarpiece entitled “The Life of Christ” (pictured above) and panels of the AIDS Quilt, which have been hung in the cathedral since 1988. More information:



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September 6, 2014

Grace Cathedral’s yogathon for all to benefit The Community Preschool. Transform the life a child while transforming yourself. cover photos: Top photo and kids/fountain photo by Abby McKee. Labyrinth / ladies photo by Marian Ellis.

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Spring 2014  

An update for the congregation, friends, and supporters of Grace Cathedral

Spring 2014  

An update for the congregation, friends, and supporters of Grace Cathedral