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History, Legacy and Possibility – our Anti-Racism Work Continues

History, Legacy and Possibility – our Anti-Racism Work Continues

As a congregation we have continued to engage in challenging conversations around systemic racism and how we respond as a church to effect change in the world. But this work is also very personal, and so we have encouraged the building of relationships and support from one another in our individual calling to bring a message of hope and inclusion to our families, friends and workplaces.


The Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon

Sunday, March 6
11:15 a.m.
Congregational Hall
Livestream available via Zoom: https://bit.ly/spring-adult-ed

Theologian and ethicist Katie Geneva Cannon was the first African American woman ordained as a pastor in the PC (USA), but her impact on scholarship and the church goes far beyond that. Cannon is attributed as one of the founders of Womanist Theology and Ethics which centers itself around the lived experiences of African American women. We are excited that one of our newly-created adult education classrooms will be named after Cannon.

Our presenter this morning is Dr. Traci C. West, professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School. She received a bachelor's degreee from Yale University, a master of divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary.

Dr. West is author of Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality: Africana Lessons on Religion, Racism, and Ending Gender Violence, Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter, Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence, and Resistance Ethics and the editor of Our Family Values: Same-sex Marriage and Religion. She is an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and previously served in campus and parish ministry in the Hartford, Connecticut area.

Join us as Dr. West shares her deep appreciation for the life and legacy of Katie Geneva Cannon and helps us understand how we might be reflections of her legacy in the church and the world.

To prepare for this class, she encourages us to read a short biography of Katie Cannon as well as two selected essays by Dr. Cannon. Links to the PDFs are below:

The Fruit of My Labor

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Exposing My Home Point of View


Dedication Service for Katie Geneva Cannon Room.
 Sun., March 6, 4:00 p.m., Ministries Center. Masks will be required for this service. We will dedicate the newly-created adult education and meeting room named after the Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon. The Rev. Carolyn C. Cavaness from Bethel AME Church of Ardmore and the Rev. Eustacia M. Marshall of New River Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia will help lead this dedication. We will highlight Dr. Cannon’s life and legacy in scripture, prayer and song and dedicate this new room and our congregation’s work of justice and reconciliation.