Commemorating James Weldon Johnson

The worship service on Tuesday, June 30 remembered the life of James Weldon Johnson, poet and hymn writer.

Eternal God, we give thanks for the gifts that you gave your servant James Weldon Johnson: a heart and voice to praise your Name in verse. As he gave us powerful words to glorify you, may we also speak with joy and boldness to banish hatred from your creation, in the Name of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A combined choir of students from St. Augustine’s University and Voorhees College led the singing.

The Rev. Kimberly Jackson, Chaplain and Vicar of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center in Atlanta preached.

Listen to the sermon online.


“We are called to reject the notion that some people’s lives are of greater value than others’.”

20150730-listening to sermon


What’s happening on Tuesday, Day 6 of General Convention?

Legislative committees are meeting Monday through Thursday this week from 7:30 to 9:00 am, with worship at 9:30 am (Utah time).

Join the service live at 10:30 am our time on the Media Hub.

Today, the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will meet together after worship, from 11;15 am – 1:00 pm for a Joint Session to talk about Mission.

The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will meet separately for the afternoon legislative sessions. Since the General Convention is a bicameral (or two-house) body, whatever legislation one of them passes must then be sent to the other for concurrence.

You can watch either session live on the General Convention Media Hub. Here’s what they’ll be talking about:

House of Deputies – view the calendars.

House of Bishops – view the calendars.

There are numerous other activities going on all day today. Here are some that are scheduled:

All Day – Children’s Program
All Day – Episcopal Relief & Development: I believe that no one should live in poverty
All Day – United Thank Offering Blue Box
All Day – Young Adult Festival at General Convention
1st Half of lunch break – CPG Lunchtime Learning: Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud
2nd Half of lunch break – CPG Lunchtime Learning: Staying Active
1:00 PM – AA/Recovery
2:00 and 4:00 PM – ECW Triennial Workshops 2015
This evening – Seminary Gatherings
6:45-9:15 PM – Traces of the Trade
7:30 PM – Association for Episcopal Deacons Reception
9:00 PM – Deputies of Color Meeting