2013 Agenda and Eucharist
Convention Eucharist to focus on racial reconciliation
The Convention Eucharist will focus on the theme of racial reconciliation. The 2006 General Convention passed resolution A123, which expected “all dioceses to explore and evaluate where they were complicit in or profited from the institution of African slavery.” In 2009 the Diocese of California formed the Racial Reconciliation Task Force to investigate the Diocese of California as requested by resolution A123. That final report was delivered to the diocesan convention in 2012 and is available here. This year's convention Eucharist will include a service of repentance, following the example of The Episcopal Church and other dioceses from around the church. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Prince Singh, bishop of Rochester, New York, will be the guest preacher. Bishop Singh is known for his interfaith work, work in Dalit studies, and is co-founder of the Dalit Solidarity Forum of the United States.
In 1959 Dr Martin Luther King visited India and was the guest of India's Prime Minister PJ Nehru. During that time they discussed Indian government efforts reversing discrimination of the Dalit people and the Dr King's work ending discrimination of the African Americans in the United States, as well as the Gandhi-an tactics Dr King adapted during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. These connections of facing the racism / caste system of the two societies made Nehru and King lifelong correspondents. Bishop Singh continues the work of these past justice activists and shows us ways we can work toward the reconciliation of all of God's people.
The convention Eucharist is open to all members of the diocese, whether they are delegates or not. The Eucharist will take place Friday, October 25, at 7 p.m., at Grace Cathedral. Join your sisters and brothers from around the diocese to open Convention with this special Eucharist, and come for a free dinner on the plaza beforehand.
When: Friday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco