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6th Annual Feast of Absalom Jones Celebration and Dr. G.H. Love
Youth Awards “Healing in the Midst of Pandemic and Protest”

The event is jointly sponsored by the chapter, our diocese, cathedral, and members of our community. This year, we consulted with Dr. David Hurd, composer, concert organist, choral director, and educator. His gifts in sacred music and compositions are world-renowned, making him one among few notable African-American organists in the world, and some of his works can be found in our Hymnal 1982.

Thurs., Feb. 11, 6 – 7:30 PM via zoom
Lift Every Voice: African-American Anglican Sacred Music and The 1982 Hymnal” moderated panel with notable musicians and artists.
Register with this link http://bit.ly/AbsalomJonesPanel

Sat., Feb. 13, 9 – 10 AM via zoom
Feast of Absalom Jones Morning Prayer Service w/ Music from Dr. David Hurd & Diocesan Musicians
Register with this link http://bit.ly/FeastDayPrayer

Sat., February 13, 10:00 – 11:00 AM on zoom
Absalom Jones: Healing in the Midst of Pandemic and Protest
Dr. George H. Love-Virtual Youth Awards Ceremony
Register with this link http://bit.ly/UBEYouthAwards

2021 ABSALOM JONES CONTEST
Grades 3-5, Middle and High School Students Sponsored by the Dr. George H. Love Youth Awards, Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE)

Absalom Jones (1746 – 1818) is one of Pennsylvania s earliest human and civil rights activists. His lifelong struggle for freedom and justice has much to offer us today. This Absalom Jones contest invites you to research the life of Absalom Jones. Formerly enslaved, Absalom Jones found freedom in Philadelphia. Consider some of the social justice issues that he faced as he became an inspirational community leader, the first priest of African descent in the Episcopal Church, and the founder of St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

Monetary awards will be provided and winners are invited to present their submissions in person as a part of our Absalom Jones Day celebration on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Winners will be notified in early February by email and/or phone. Details of zoom format will be given closer to the date.

Before you begin, take time and use the following questions to examine the intersection of the social justice and public health issues that affected Absalom Jones and other people of African descent during his lifetime.

Questions to consider (Grade Band(s) 6th-8th, 9th-12th)
* How did he, along with friends like Richard Allen, respond to some of these indignities, including the Yellow Fever of 1793 that ravaged Philadelphia?
* Which social justice issue is important to you?
* What are some active ways you can support your cause and gain the support of others to the benefit of your community?
* How have you seen the COVID 19 epidemic as a social justice issue in your community?

Questions to consider (Grade Band(s) 3rd-5th)
* During Absalom Jones time, he and friends like Richard Allen, helped a lot of people who were sick from the Yellow Fever of 1793.
* What are your thoughts about helping people in need?
* Provide 1-3 examples of how you would help people who are different from you during good and not so good times.
* Absalom Jones helped people during pandemic in his lifetime and how it affected people of color. Are there ways you have seen COVID 19 epidemic affect diverse groups, creating social justice issues?

Submission Guidelines
Submissions will be judged on content clarity, critical thinking, creativity, and quality of production.

We invite you to be as creative as possible. Using the examples of Absalom Jones’s fight for justice and the research on your chosen issue, here are some ways to submit your response:
* Writing: essay, letter, poem, song,
* Video: video, podcast, vlog
* Original artwork or photos, journal, etc.

Video submission tips: be sure to speak loud and clear and try not to have too much noise in the background. We advise participants to dress accordingly for the occasion and in the spirit of the ceremony. Video submissions should be no more than 5 minutes in length. All or portions of videos will be shown during the online award ceremony. (Video submissions may be sent via Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube. Be sure to hashtag #AbsalomJones’21 and #AJDay2021).

Essay submission tips: the word limit is 100-200 words. For those who choose to respond with a creative piece such as a poem, song, video, or artwork, please include a paragraph that describes how your research about Absalom Jones’    struggle for justice informed your decisions for your creative piece.

Please include the form or the information from the form when submitting your project. All submissions are due to The Reverend Canon Kate Harrigan with the subject line “Absalom Jones Youth Awards” by January 31, 2021.

To download the guidelines in pdf, click here. To donate to UBE, click here. 


Ways to Participate

  • Share. Extend our invitation with links to your congregation.
  • Pray. Use the collect designated for Fr. Absalom Jones and include UBE in the Prayers of the People on the Sunday closest to the Feast of Absalom Jones, February 13.
  • Contribute. Make a parish or discretionary contribution to the UBE Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter. PayPal or make checks payable to UBE Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, Memo: Absalom Jones Day 2021. Mail to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Attn: UBE BBC, 248 Seneca Street, Harrisburg, PA. 17102.

UBE Bishop Nathan Baxter, Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and School Sponsorship Opportunities

6th Annual Feast of Absalom Jones Celebration and Dr. G.H. Love Youth Awards “Healing in the Midst of Pandemic and Protest”

Sponsorship Opportunities
Your generous contribution will support our Dr. George H. Love youth scholarship fund, and training and educational programs. All supporters will be listed in a projected slide at the start of each event in
addition to the promotional benefits listed below.

Absalom Jones Level
$1000

Video Welcome, Full Page Ad in Online Booklet, Organization’s Logo on our Social Media

Lift Every Voice Level
$500

Video Welcome, Half Page Ad in Online Booklet, Organization’s Logo on our Social Media

Dr. George H. Love Level
$300

Video Welcome, Half Page Ad in Online Booklet

Community Sponsor Level
$100

Half Page Ad in Online Booklet


A Special Message from the President of the Union of Black Episcopalians, Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter

Anthony Alexander, President of the Union of Black Episcopalians, Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, has a special message.

If you or your parish are interested in donating to the UBE Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, click here. For questions, please contact President, Anthony Alexander.

UBE Chapter Officers:
Anthony Alexander, President
Karen Love, Vice President
Carol Morris, Treasurer
John Corey, Asst. Treasurer
The Rev. Canon Kate Harrigan, Secretary
The Rev. Canon Shayna Watson, LOMAD

About the Union of Black Episcopalians
Organized in 1968 as the Union of Black Clergy and Laity, the Union is the proud inheritor of the work of many people. UBE also grew out of the work and spirit of earlier organizations. The Convocation of Colored Clergy and the Conference of Church Workers among Colored People were dedicated to justice and the ministry of Blacks in the Episcopal Church.

The Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter of UBE was established in 2014 with the Rev. Brenda M. Taylor as the first president. The chapter is dedicated to serve as an instrument to eradicate racism and social injustice and to help the Episcopal Church become one body for all.

For questions, please contact President, Anthony Alexander.


UBE Membership Brochure

If you are interested in donating to the UBE Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, click here.

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