Join us tonight!
Sept. 9th, 16th & 23rd @ 6pm
Facilitators: Stephen Baronian & Rev. Jon Owens
In January 2017, a group of 23 pilgrims including the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, his brother and sister bishops, as well as Episcopal Relief & Development leaders, supporters and several staff members, participated in a Truth and Reconciliation Pilgrimage to Ghana. Pilgrims prayed and reflected at several sites critical to the trans-Atlantic slave trade, including the Elmina and Cape Coast slave forts. They also visited Episcopal Relief & Development programs and deepened relationships with the resilient and resourceful people of Ghana.The three-video series shared here welcomes viewers to join and reflect on the pilgrimage, through the perspectives of three participants. Information to join is in our eblast for ZOOM or watch on Facebook LIVE.
Rebecca and Frank have dreamed about the day they can retire and live in a place where they can have ample yard space. In September they plan to make their journey and new home to the Lone Star State of Texas, Dallas Ft. Worth area. We are so happy for them over the years sharing their gift of music and acting with us. Please join us for worship September 6th as we send them off.
We all know some of you are looking for things to watch as your stuck at home. Rebecca has been in two shows we want to commend for you to watch.
The first is Aarzu e Mann filmed in San Francisco. It is a 15 episode series that is a Bollywood style soap opera. Rebecca plays the mom of a child who is on love in San Francisco to a woman who is presented with dealing with traditional Pakistani culture of arranged marriages. Watch the plot as it thickens! This is free on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYSI0Ilhpf4
The second is Hiraeth. Rebecca plays the mean white woman a film that highlights immigrants deal with on a day to day basis in the United States. This video is only available on Amazon Prime. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07YYZ6LLD/ref=atv_hm_hom_1_c_iEgOEZ_2_2
Thank you to the campus committee: Steve Baronian, Malinda Hardtke, Katie Kroger, Laura Kroger, and Karen Medford for their work on the new sign at our Gouldin Road entrance. The sign was made by Berkeley Signs.
The sign was the start of a campus improvement plan to help guide people in from Gouldin Rd to increase visibility from St. John's. It also exposes our new branding that was done by our communications committee.
Full Length Film Discussion
Wednesday September 2nd @ 6 pm
Facilitators: Judy Kridle & Rev. Jon
In 1797, William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), the great crusader for the British abolition of slavery, is taking a vacation for his health even while he is sicker at heart for his frustrated cause. However, meeting the charming Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai), Wilberforce finds a soulmate to share the story of his struggle. With few allies such as his mentor, John Newton (Albert Finney), a slave ship Captain turned repentant Priest who penned the hymn, "Amazing Grace", future Prime Minister William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Olaudah Equiano (Youssou N'Dour), the erudite former slave turned author, Wilberforce fruitlessly fights public indifference and moneyed opposition determined to keep their exploitation safe. Nevertheless, Wilberforce finds the inspiration in newfound love to rejuvenate the fight with new ideas that would lead to a great victory for social justice.
For the ZOOM link refer to your Friday email or worship lounge.
Food lovers get ready. We spotted. St. John's Brenna Gustafson on KQED's "Check, Please Bay Area". Check out the video.
As we continue to manage all the things that life has thrown at us in 2020 it is hard not to think how much more challenging it is for our friends in Uganda. Despite the lock-downs, that are much more intense than ours, I still find them to be full of joy and hope and as always finding ways to prosper. Whether it is sending nurses and doctors into the community to visit patients that can not travel or Marjorie checking in individually on her students who are studying at home, they always make a way. If you are curious what is happening at KIDA here is a link (https://www.kidauganda.org/disease-control.html) that shows how they are affected and how KIDA Hospital has prepared and continues to prepare for this.
Please continue to pray for them.
p.s. Stay posted for exciting news about this fall’s Green and Yellow festival!!
Pictured: Nurses caring for patients at the Hospital, Social distance basket making at KIDA, Lucky receives her school materials to continue at-home learning.
St. John's Parishioner and Oakland Unified School Teacher, Brenna Gustofson was interviewed on PBS News Hour a few weeks ago. Click here to watch the story.
While we realize this is from a few months ago we wanted to highlight another St. John's parishioner, Sigmund Seigel in the news with out new blog. Check out the full story.
August 22nd 2020 at 11 am.
In this special episode, developed with The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships and filmed in late 2019, Sikkema visits with the Tsedaqah community and others from the Diocese of Liverpool in England. Tsedaqah is a community of young adults representing dioceses in locations that participated in the Triangle of Despair that fed and nourished the transatlantic slave trade. Through worship, communal life, and service to the community, they work toward reconciliation and transformation of the Triangle of Despair to a triangle of hope. The episode participants - Nelson Pike of The Episcopal Church's Young Adult Service Corps, the Rev. Nana Akwasi Kessie of the Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana, and the Rev. Canon Malcolm Rogers, MBE, of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool - talk about what it has meant for them to practice their Christian understanding of Going, whether that has entailed crossing an ocean or a cobblestone street.
"Participating in the Triangle of Hope pilgrimage programme has helped me build new relationships with friends across the Communion," said Rev. Kessie, "Especially in Liverpool and Virginia and across the Church of England and The Episcopal Church. The listening and sharing exposed me to the different mission theories and practices in other parts of the Anglican Communion. I also came to appreciate the differences and similarities in our liturgy."
Canon Rogers adds, "The Triangle of Hope is a remarkable project. Although it has been in existence for many years, its work of promoting racial justice and reconciliation is more relevant and needed than ever. It brings together partners from around the historic transatlantic triangle, and supports them in their ongoing relationship, reflecting on the evils of the past, imagining and working hard to transform a triangle of despair into a Triangle of Hope. It does this through youth pilgrimages, diocesan connections, advocacy, workshops, seminary connections, micro business partnerships, connections with the Mothers Union and Episcopal Church Women, and much more."
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 at 6 pm with speaker Jesse Warr
People of African descent figure in California history from its very name. This presentation will introduce: two Rosa Parks who successfully challenged racial discrimination in San Francisco public transit; The Presidio's Buffalo Soldiers; the young teen who nicknamed the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (Palace of Fine Arts in The Marina); and other indomitable people who survived de facto Jim Crow and persistent efforts to marginalize and ridicule San Francisco's Black minority. California briefly took center stage in the long-standing national debate over slavery, and its admission to the Union helped precipitate the Civil War.
In the '70s Jesse interviewed 22 Black descendants of original settlers, for the San Francisco Public Library, and did his own research in primary sources about "Mammy" Pleasant, an unique and powerful woman who claims to have left San Francisco and gone to aid John Brown in planning a slave insurrection at Harper's Ferry: "John Brown's body lies a'mouldering in the grave [but] his Truth is marching on." Jesse will be happy to take questions.