Dear Cathedral Family,
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany is the first Sunday of February, the month established in the United States for honoring African Americans and raising awareness of Black history. It will also be our 3rd annual celebration of Black History Month here at Christ Church Cathedral.
The Festival Eucharist this Sunday will lift up in thanksgiving to God the gifts shared with all Christians by our African American sisters and brothers, especially through African American spiritual music. Our musical guests will include, once again, our longtime friends, the members of Mobile’s Excelsior Band. We will also be joined by the Stillman College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jocqueline Richardson.
As for many years past, we will welcome the young men of the Mobile Kappa League, along with many of their family members, and the proceeds of our brunch following worship on Sunday will go to support their preparations for college entrance. We are thankful for the many years of relationship we have enjoyed with this fine organization, mentored by our own Dr. Carl Cunningham, Jr.
Since 2015, Christ Church Cathedral has contributed almost $33,000 to their scholarship preparation efforts. We are honored to have been a small part of Kappa Leaguers’ success in earning $70 million in scholarship offers since 2005. Currently, there are 110 young men in the Mobile Kappa League program in 15 high schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In this our bicentennial year, Christ Church Cathedral gives thanks for the gifts African Americans have shared with our community throughout our history, as we look forward to working in unity toward a future of greater justice and peace among all people, in which the dignity of every human being is respected.