1) AG public hearing on police encounters, 2) LGBTQ Pride event from June 7th, 3) Juneteenth Prayerful Protest March in Mineola, and 4) some words from our Pro-Cathedral
I pray that you are all coping alright, and surviving these challenging and complicated days.
There are 4 things that I want to bring to your attention:
1) Tomorrow, Wed. June 17th starting at 11am, our NYS AG Tish James is hosting a virtual public hearing on the interactions between police and the general public during recent protests. The livestream public hearing can be accessed tomorrow morning from the homepage of the AG’S website.
2) On June 7th, the Pro-Cathedral and the LGBTQ Working Group in the Diocese, along with other co-sponsors, hosted a deep and powerful conversation with Bishop Deon K. Johnson, the newly consecrated bishop in the Diocese of Missouri, and the first openly gay and Caribbean-born bishop in the Episcopal Church. Here is the link to the recording of the webinar.
3) There will be a Prayerful Protest March starting at the Supreme Court in Mineola to acknowledge and observe Juneteenth, this Friday, June 19th. For those unfamiliar with Juneteenth, it is the observance of the “official” proclamations on June 19, 1865 that slavery was “ended,” but obviously it’s far more complicated than that. There are many writings dedicated to this history, and here is just one of them from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on the PBS website: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/
Here is the link for the Juneteenth Prayerful Protest March on Friday
https://www.facebook.com/events/795513980852512/ and a link for more flyers,
4) And finally, below is a link to the Pro-Cathedral service last Sunday. Toward the very end of the service, at about the 28 minute mark, we list a number of trusted local (mostly NYC-based) organizations with which St. Ann & the Holy Trinity is familiar. If you’re looking to connect with — or wish to donate to — some great folks in the City doing God’s work, this is a good place to start. (And if you are interested in hearing my sermon, that comes in at about the 9 minute, 30 second mark.)
Stay safe and be well.
Rev. Marie A. Tatro
Vicar for Community Justice Ministry,
Episcopal Diocese of Long Island